11 Ways To Decorate Your Campsite

Camping fosters a sense of relaxation, coziness, and happiness. How can you ensure you’re maximizing your experience?

The city life is amazing and full of the constant hustle and bustle. It’s fun and exciting, and anything you might want is at your fingertips. But there are times when it’s necessary to unplug and unwind. 

Taking the family on a weekend getaway to a quiet campsite could be the perfect cure for feeling overworked and trying to keep up with the concrete jungle. 

Sometimes, it can be challenging to feel at home and truly relax while you’re at a campsite. If you love camping, but you’re looking for fun ways to make your kids and spouse feel at home in the wilderness, look no further. 

Before you start picking out your favorite decorations and committing to typical campsite decor, there are a few things that you’ll need to keep in mind. 

Keep it Functional 

One of the first things you learn after a camping trip is that over-packing can cause problems. While you certainly don’t want to leave important things out of your packing list, it’s best to be mindful of what you’re packing and what purpose it will serve. 

Try to find items that will serve multiple purposes or have a practical use, rather than packing decorations just because they’re cute. 

Your campsite can look like a picture from a magazine while still using only practical and functional decorations. 

A van house camping during autumn.

Find Weather Resistant Items

Incorporating weather-resistant materials and decorations when possible is also a must. Weather can be unpredictable, especially if you’re up in the mountains. You won’t have to worry about a random rainstorm if you use weather-resistant or waterproof decorations. 

It’s also great to find weather-resistant materials because they’re easy to clean and last a long time, meaning you could end up saving money over time. 

Now that you have a good idea of the materials to include in your camping trip, it’s time to get creative and have fun with it!

11 Campsite Decoration Ideas

1. Citronella Candle Table Arrangement 

Whether you’re camping in the hills of California or the North Georgia mountains, you’ll likely encounter mosquitoes or gnats. It’s an unavoidable side effect of camping, but that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do. 

Chances are, you’re going to bring citronella candles anyway. Have fun with these and use them to your advantage. 

Making a fun arrangement on the table with your citronella candles will not only keep pesky insects away, but it will also serve as a fun and unexpected decoration. 

Different style of candle lanterns or lamp.

2. Incorporate String Lights 

Using string lights at your campsite will serve a functional and decorative purpose. They’re easy to use and set up, and they add casual lighting to your campsite without drawing too much power or attention. 

String lights are cost-efficient, they’re water-resistant, and they boost the mood and vibe of any space. 

It’s a great addition to your campsite that will let everyone know you’re there to have a good time. 

Burning scrap woods in a fire pit camping.

3. Use an Outdoor Rug

Chances are, you won’t be camping on soft and plush surfaces. Using an outdoor rug is great whether you’re tent camping or pulling a camper. 

Outdoor rugs prevent from dragging dirt and pine straw inside your camper or tent, and it feels better on your feet after a long day of hiking. The best part is they look great and can provide the missing piece to your outdoor style. 

A swing extension roof from the side panel of a trailer truck, two chairs and a rug.

4. Kick Back in a Hammock

There’s no better feeling than relaxing in a hammock under the shade of a tree. Not only are hammocks a great place to curl up with a good book, but they also add style and design to your campsite. 

Use vibrant nylon hammocks to add a pop of color and interest to your mountain getaway. They’re soft, durable, and add an unexpected element. 

Use a traditional woven hammock if you’re going for more of a connected-to-nature vibe. It will provide you with a great place to kick up your feet after a long hike and the best nap spot. 

A camping tent beside a hammock during sunrise.

5. Incorporate Lanterns 

Bringing different size lanterns on your weekend getaway will bring style and class to your campsite while providing practical use. 

Try to find different sizes and use some on the ground and some on your tables while you eat. 

They’re also great if you need to walk at night and need some light to guide the way. 

A small lantern with its light on.

6. Bring Wicker Baskets

Wicker baskets are light and add a warm vibe. While you can easily pack what you need to bring in plastic bags or totes, a wicker basket will help set the mood.

Best of all, they are lightweight, sturdy, and water-resistant. You can use them to hold food items that would otherwise be squished in flimsy bags.

Try looking for some of these beautiful yet inexpensive baskets at second-hand stores or Goodwill!

7. Add Some Water-Resistant Pillows

The perfect addition to your beautiful wicker chairs is water-resistant pillows. They are great for camping because you use them while you’re relaxing outside or while you’re in your tent. 

Choose vibrant colors to contrast with the browns and greens found in nature. It’s a great addition to style and interest to your space while also providing comfort. 

Red and yellow throw pillows in a sofa.

8. Use Solar Path Lights 

Solar path lights are great for lighting a walkway that might be hard to see at night. It’s a great way to prevent the little ones from getting lost if they wander off, and it adds some fun to your space.

The solar lights won’t need to be plugged into any power source; just line the path during the day and let the sun charge them up. The extra light at night will be great for illuminating the walkway, but they’re not too bright to keep you up at night. 

A solar powered garden light.

9. Find a Copper Dishware Set 

You don’t have to compromise with your dishware set while you’re camping. Investing in a copper set will provide you with all the plates, cups, and bowls you’ll need while camping. 

The copper will be the perfect addition to your space and contrast with the colors found in nature. It’s a subtle but bold statement that will make mealtime that much better. 

Mini copper kitchenware.

10. Bring a Vase for Local Flowers 

Since you’re surrounded by beauty, bringing a vase to highlight it is a cost-efficient and fun way to add to your space. 

Bring your favorite vase and once you get settled in, have the little ones collect their favorite fresh flowers. Place the flowers in the vase, and you have a beautiful and free table decoration. 

The kids will love being able to help with this task, and you’ll love saving money on table decorations. 

A small glass vase with water holding an arranged flower.

11. Add a Custom Sign 

Bringing a custom sign representing you and your family is a beautiful personal touch. It’s a fun way to mark your spot and make your slice of nature feel like home. 

Whether the kids help you paint a sign or you contract out a local artist, it’s the perfect final touch. You can make it as simple or intricate as possible. 

If your family takes an annual camping trip, keep your old signs to remember every place you’ve been together and watch the memories grow. 

Welcome message, welcome to our campsite..
Jessica Childres
Jessica Childres is a Georgia native and former teacher. She loves to share her skills, knowledge and passion with others. She has an ongoing interest in real estate, home decorating, and design.
More ArticlesExterior