If you are anything like us, we enjoy camping in all types of weather. But for those of you who are not die-hard campers, the official season has begun! There is nothing like relaxing among Mother Nature. Whether you like to fish, hike, or hunt, camping is a time to let go of your inhibitions and become one with the wild. So pack the car and the cooler, and get ready to head up north (or out west… whatever direction your compass takes you!).

Remember, you aren’t preparing a luxury vacation at a ritzy hotel. Although you probably want to take your swim suit, you are going to be roughing it. Even if you understand that much, you aren’t going to want to lug around all of your bathroom toiletries, comfortable amenities, and kitchen sink. You have to be careful on how you store your food, pitch your tent, and kindle your campfire. After all, if you run into a mistake, there is no room service or bell boy in the middle of the woods to come to your rescue. Okay maybe you could order pizza and stand by the side of the road, but we don’t recommend it! Instead, you need to learn the ropes of camping.

With that being said, you know it can be tricky maneuvering through the great outdoors. From cooking to sleeping, you will run into a few bumps in the road (pun intended). Instead of enduring bad food and restless nights, you can take our advice. We have lived through it and know how dangerous wet socks can actually be for a camper.

You should not be ashamed to do a little research before your camping excursion, especially if it is your first time! For you to get the most out of your camping experience, you should definitely check out these 30 camping hacks that are tried and true. You will be glad you did (and can thank us later).

30. Repel Mosquitoes With Sage

Say goodbye to annoying mosquitoes thanks to sage repellent.

One big pet peeve of camping is the unwanted pests. You should take precautions when it comes to mosquitoes; they transmit blood-borne pathogens that are dangerous to your health. You can protect yourself and your loved ones thanks to sage. Throw some in the fire pit, and the odor will ward off the mosquitoes. Bugs are an annoyance, to say the least, but you have to protect your family from creepy crawlers that pose a threat to their well-being.