6 essentials for comfortable camping #fastadvil

Nate comes from a woodsy, roughing-it kinda background. I, on the other hand, have always been more of the five-star resort sort of traveler. Since getting married and having kids we've merged our two traveling styles and now do a little bit of everything. When we do camp – and we camp a LOT! – I insist on comfortable camping. I need all the accoutrements to make my experience in the great outdoors as hassle-free and happy as possible. Here are my six must-have items whether we're tromping through the backwoods, climbing rocks offroad or holing up in a little cabin in the middle of nowhere.

What You Really Need for Comfortable Camping

eye mask and ear plugs for comfortable camping #fastadvil

An eye mask and ear plugs. Have you ever been stuck in a campsite next to a rowdy fraternity or found yourself in an idyllic setting that just happens to be next to a bizarrely-placed blinding light of insanity? I have. It sucks. Be prepared to ensure a more comfortable camping experience.

Klymit Cush seat pillow for comfortable camping #fastadvil

Klymit Cush inflatable seat pillow. This thing has saved my butt (quite literally) more times than I can count. You're bound to wind up plopping your buns down at some point on a lumpy log or hard rock, and some extra cushioning can really help. It can also fold up and serve as a makeshift pillow or even be stashed under your hips if you find that your bedding is a little lumpy. Best of all, it cinches down to the size of a soda can for easy storage and comfortable camping in a flash (trust me, Nate whines about this thing a whole lot less than the times I've tried to bring my body pillow along backpacking).

Fast Advil #fastadvil

Advil. At some point during any given camping trip, you're bound to feel some pain. Trust me. There's a lot of stuff to haul around on your back, bizarre situations that may give you a raging headache of stress, and unfamiliar spots where you're bound to trip and fall. We always pack Advil to be prepared.

extra towels for comfortable camping #fastadvil

Extra towels. Roughing it gets dirty. Really, really dirty. Bring a ton of extra towels to make for a more comfortable camping experience. You're bound to need them to wash yourself, dishes, and rub the general dirt and grime off of all of your possessions (especially if you're using a truck or open-air trailer to transport everything).

mummy liner for comfortable camping #fastadvil

MummyLiner. My biggest gripe with camping used to be that no matter where we went, it seemed like I was perpetually freezing. Someone suggested MummyLiners – a thin fabric bag, usually made of silk, that inserts into your sleeping bag to add up to 20 degrees in warmth – and I was SOLD. I cozy up in this thing anywhere and everywhere around the campsite for the most comfortable camping imaginable.

extra water bottles for comfortable camping #fastadvil

Extra water bottles. Carry one with you at all times or you WILL get dehydrated and cranky.

What are your must-have essentials for comfortable camping?