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The 10 Tent Commandments

We all go to the outdoors seeking different things, but above all else, every camping experience should be fun. The Tent Commandments is here with a cheeky take on outdoor life, in an effort to keep Mother Nature laughing and campers smiling.

1. Thou shalt have a room with a view

Whether it’s mountains, trees, lakes, or you’d like to sea the ocean, your tent should always have a view worth waking up to. Consider your surroundings and always place the door of your tent towards the most alluring part of your campsite.

Starting top left and moving clockwise: 360° View Camper, CA (Joe and Kathrina Merrill), Separate Star Point, CA (Kathryn Stevens), Glacier Mountain Camp, CO (Megan Kantor), The Landing, WA (Evan Kubena).

2. Thou shalt be con-tent with your supplies

Camp dwellings come in all shapes and sizes and serve all in-tents and purposes. Make sure you are prepared for your particular outdoor experience. There are great tents out there for any budget and function, but make sure you are familiar with your equipment and set up camp before the drinks start flowing. Setting up tipsy is whiskey business. Also, take care of your equipment and store it dry and in its original packaging. (P.S. a first-aid kit never hurts.)

Katie Cooney

3. Thou shalt focus on what is important and capture the good times

What fun is finding a gem of a campsite if you can’t share your photos with your friends? Be sure to take your camera of choice and take lots of pictures. Open your aperture a bit and get creative. Expose yourself to something new! You’ll be glad you did. What if a unicorn came to your campfire and you had no way to prove it?! Tag #thetentcommandments and #hipcamp to be featured on our pages.

Clockwise: Tiptoe through the Garden, NC (Cole Sweeney), Secluded River Spot on a Farm, CA (Allie Foraker), S.S. Yurt 19’ Glamping, NC (Cole Sweeney), Solitary Glamping Near Zion, UT (Lexi Smith)

4. Thou shalt leave it better than you found it

It’s like MC Hammer says ‘You compost this’. Or at least that’s how we think it goes. Make sure you pack out your trash, don’t disturb the landscape, and whatever you do DON’T FEED THE BEARS. You’re cooking isn’t that good and they are notorious for leaving negative Yelp reviews.

5. Thou shalt keep an active Napchat account

Let’s face it. You can’t spell camping without N-A-P. Take a little time for yourself, throw up the hammock or blanket, and get your midday snooze on. Recharge from that hike or the whiskey at last night’s campfire. Nobody’s around to judge you.

From top-bottom, left-right, The Cove, NY (Meredith Moyer Brontager), Organic Farm Camp, OR(Evan Kubena), Swim the Beautiful Ivy River, NC (Erin McGrady), Caravan Outpost, CA (Kikki Eilersten), Prairie View Camp, WI (Brittany Step), Andzen Acres: RV & Tent Camping, NE (Ashley Tiedgen)

6. Thou shalt keep a paws-itive attitude

It can be ruff leaving your best paw-l at home, so why not bring them to the outdoors with you! It’s a scientific fact that dogs love the freedom of the outdoor lifestyle and they can provide you with much needed warmth in the event you went with the budget sleeping bag! Win-Win! Just make sure you check the dog policies of campsites and trails before you go so poor Baxter will not be left out. Don’t stop retrievin’!

From top-bottom, left-right: Hatch Camp and Art Farm, GA (William Reed Olds Benton), Midcoast Way Station, ME (Vital Wilsh), High Pasture Campsite, MO (Andrea Watson), Dockley Ranch, MO(Michelle Park)

Psst… check out the Dogs of Hipcamp.

7. Thou shalt live every moment in the present tents

Camping is all about relaxing, reconnecting or, like most of us, drinking too much and passing out in a hammock. Whatever it is you are after, make sure you take each moment as it comes and appreciate the good things in life.

8. Thou shalt tree-t yo self!

I’m trying to list all the reasons that you should seek a camp in the forest but I’m stumped! It goes without saying that camping and the woods go hand in hand so do yourself a favor and park your junk near a trunk! May the forest be with you!


Clockwise: Locally Crafted Yurt, NH (Will Barrett), Forests, Fields and Creeks Oh My!, WA (Erinn Hale), Forest Tent Camping, CA (Lisse Lundin), The Birdie Treehouse, ME (Erin Wheat), Lupine Wood and Meadow, NC (Erin McGrady), Cedar Hollow (Haley Thelen)

9. Thou shalt be shore of thyself

Waterfront camping can provide some of the most waterful views and most memorable campsites you will find. If it’s relaxation you’re looking for, look for a site near some H20. And despite the great advice of TLC, we recommend that you do go chasing waterfalls if it is safe to do so. Always be sure to respect the landscape and camp at least 200 feet from the fresh water source, to avoid contamination.

Clockwise: Lakeside Camp, SC (Justin Cummings), Quercus Cabin, CA (Lisse Lundin)Secluded River Spot on a Farm, CA (Allie Foraker), Sweeney Bluff Cabin, TN (Deziree Dufresne)

10. Thou shalt keep it lit, Fam!

Half of the reason we go camping is for the fire, so be prepared before you go. Have matches, marshmallows, and Hershey’s bars ready at all times. Wood gathering and fires are not permitted at all public sites so be sure to prepare ahead of time. Start small, be patient and keep building. When in doubt, a healthy dose of lighter fluid does the trick. And always remember, what happens around the campfire, stays around the campfire.

Clockwise: Adirondack Glamping, NY (Chantilly W), Tree House Tent, UT (Katie Cooney), Klepht Hideout, NY (Ezekiel Gonzalez), Olympic Wilderness Camp, WA (Megan Paulsen)

Cover image: High Desert Campout, CO (Northbound and Down)

Thou shalt camp more and worry less! The Tent Commandments gives praise to all things tent and provides a humorous take on outdoor life. Follow them on Instagram for more great tentspiration and top quality con-tent ?

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