No matter how often you go RV camping, it’s always nice to make your campsite feel like your own personal retreat. We love creating a space we can enjoy while relaxing and unwinding from the demands of daily life. No matter the time of year, these eight simple tips will ensure you have a cozy campsite.
Add Outdoor Patio Lighting
Nothing adds to the coziness of a campsite quite like outdoor patio lights. They set the mood and create the atmosphere you want to achieve. When it comes to lights, you can go as wild or simple as you’d like.
We’ve seen plenty of campsites with party disco-ball lights that change colors. We personally love running warm white LED string lights around the trees or the side of our camper. It adds the perfect soft glow.
If you’re looking for some outdoor lights, check out these Edison bulbs from Camping World.
Or, shop all outdoor lighting to find the lighting you love.
Step Out onto a Stylish Patio Mat
No matter where you’re camping, you will always have a little “yard” space. We’ve had RV campsites with gravel, grass, sand, dirt, and concrete patios. No matter what type of terrain you’re parked on, a patio mat will make your campsite look 10 times better.
Not only will it look better, but it will also keep your space cleaner. We always prefer walking on a patio mat over wet grass or mud. Plus, it’s extremely easy to sweep or hose off if it gets dirty. Some patio mats even have lights around the edges, which add extra cozy points and make it easier to walk around at night and see the edge of the patio.
Here is our favorite patio mat from Camping World.
If you can’t decide which one you like, use The Ultimate Guide to RV Patio Mats & Outdoor Rugs to help you choose the right one for you.
Have a Warm Fire to Sit Around
No campsite is complete without a campfire. Whether you build a wood fire or use a propane firepit, the choice is yours. We’re definitely “Team Propane Firepit” due to the convenience and flexibility; you can often even use them during burn bans. Just pay attention to the campground and local burn restrictions.
A few other reasons we love propane fire pits are because they’re portable, easy to use, and require minimal cleanup. We take our portable firepit everywhere, and our friends enjoy sitting around it without getting smoke in their eyes or dodging ashes and hot embers. Explore all of Camping World’s portable fire pits and patio heaters.
You can check out the portable fire pit that we use here.
If chopping wood and starting a fire is your thing – great! Nothing can beat the sound of crackling wood, which automatically creates an extra relaxing atmosphere.
Cuddle Up in Comfy Camp Chairs
When we imagine relaxing at a campsite, we always think about sitting around a campfire with friends. Whether you have a blazing campfire or not, you’ll probably do a lot of sitting outside at your campsite, which is why comfy camp chairs are a must.
These are the ones we bought from Camping World. We like these because they are so puffy and cushiony. There are even upgrades to this chair where you can get a footrest to help you kick back and relax.
Use The RVers Guide to Choosing the Best Camp Chair to find the chair that suits your needs and storage capabilities.
Design Your RV Entertainment System
It all depends on what your idea of relaxing is, but adding music or TV might make you feel right at home. We know you probably didn’t picture taking a camping trip just to watch TV, but we know several campers that would say sitting around the campsite with their favorite drink of choice and watching their team play is their idea of fun and relaxation.
We’re guilty of getting cozy in our two-person hammock while watching TV on a cold, rainy day. Instead of staying cooped up inside, we put our awning out to shelter us from the rain drizzle, set up our TV outside, cuddled under several blankets, and watch our favorite TV show.
Another option for you is to purchase a projector. This can be much easier and more convenient than moving a TV around. We use a projector as the sole “TV” in our truck camper. We preferred that method over installing a TV. Plus, we can take it outside and project it on the side of our RV. There’s no judgment on how you choose to relax.
Check out more RV entertainment system options.
Hang a Hammock
This is self-explanatory. If you want to increase the coziness of your campsite, having a hammock to relax in will do the trick. We have spent many hours napping in our hammock, whether mid-day or cuddled up under the stars near a fire.
There are different types of hammocks you can use. We have one that ties between trees, and another that rests on a stand. Browse Camping World’s huge selection of hanging chairs and hammocks.
Bonus Points for Blankets
If you want to get cozy, don’t you picture being warm and snuggled up? Blankets are great for every kind of weather and camping trip. Even as it cools down on summer evenings, it’s lovely to cuddle up with a blanket around the campfire. Plus, it might even protect you from those summer bugs.
We like to be outdoors and enjoy a campfire all year. Blankets come in handy. When winter camping, it’s great to use a heated blanket to stay warm. Camping World has this heated blanket available.
Browse all blankets, comforters, and throws.
Don’t Forget the Decorations
You can go all out on decorations if you’d like, or just keep a minimalistic vibe. Add a few key pieces, such as greenery, seasonal decor, and flowers to make your campsite feel cozier.
We personally prefer fake plants just because they’re low maintenance. We can use them indoors or outdoors. Our cat Moka loves to nibble on our live plants, so it’s always safest and easiest to go with fake ones in our RV, but there are so many decor options for inside and outside the RV.
Another cool thing about decorating your campsite is that you can change it as often as you want. The fall season wins for cozy vibes for us, and it’s so easy to decorate for. Add a few pumpkins, lanterns, and mums, and you’re good to go!
We love this light-up palm tree from Camping World because it doubles as decor and lighting.
We love seeing how our fellow campers decorate for the seasons and holidays. Who doesn’t love walking or cruising around a campground scoping out all the other campsites, and getting cool ideas for yourself?
There are so many things you can do to make your campsite cozy. Choosing a few tips from this list will help get you started. The possibilities are endless. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll see how you made your campsite cozy on one of our walks around a campground.
Do you have other cozy campsite setup tips? Share them in the comments below.