Solar Lights on Tent

Camping tips – outdoor lighting ideas

So you and the family are going on a camping trip to live outdoors and be at one with nature for a few days. When you are setting up your campsite, you will undoubtedly need some outdoor lighting ideas to give you an added living space to enjoy in the evenings.

You cannot have camping endeavours without the proper lighting. To make things easier for you, we are here with tips and camping lighting ideas that will make your trip worthwhile.

Citronella Candles

Citronella Candle

Candles made of Citronella are always a camper’s favourite to have on hand. They usually come in a tin or glass container that can easily be placed on the picnic table. It will give you a low level of light as well as keep the bugs away from you. These candles are only recommended for burning outside and never in an enclosed area.

Fire Pit

Fire Pit

Of course, you will have a fire going, even if it is summer; going camping and not having a campfire is just not real camping. It produces a fire-bouncing light show of its own, and as it turns into hot coals, it becomes the perfect way to roast a marshmallow.

Solar Lighting

Solar Lights on Tent

You can also purchase a string of lights just for outdoor lighting on your camping trips. They come in a variety of styles, from balloons to oriental-shaped pagodas. These are easy to work with and can be hung from a tree or any poles that may be in your campsite. Or even over the top of the tent doorway. The choices as to where you can hang them are endless.

Tiki Torches

Tiki Torch

If you prefer, you can go in a different direction for the lighting on your campsite. Using Tiki torches is another good idea for creating a special feel to the atmosphere of the fun-spirited mood in the camp. They are generally about five to six feet tall and can be filled with a citronella-based oil to help eliminate bugs while it burns and gives you light.

Parasol Lights

Parasol Lights

Suppose you happen to be taking along a parasol for a table centre or a free-standing one. In that case, you can always wind a small string of lights running up the pole in the middle of the parasol, or you could try to secure them to the outer edges of the umbrella itself. You can use small metal office clamps to hold it in place, and they are small enough that you will not be able to notice them.

Camping Lanterns


There is also a  huge assortment of camping lanterns that runs off of a battery or solar power that can be used for the table tops to give you enough light to prepare food and snacks.

You may choose to use one or more of these lighting ideas in and around your campsite the next time you decide to take your family on a camping adventure.

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  • Thoroughly Modern Grandma

    July 12 at 8:21 am

    What some great tips. We have a camper van and the Citronella candles are great for keeping the insects away when we’re eating outside.

    1. Sabina Green

      July 15 at 11:29 am

      We would love to try camper van travelling, perhaps you can share some tips 😉

  • Jon | The Money Shed (@themoneyshed)

    July 12 at 8:46 am

    Great tips here! I keep meaning to buy a fire pit due to their dual purpose use they would be ideal for a camping trip!

    1. Sabina Green

      July 15 at 11:30 am

      We have a fire pit at home but it’s far too big to take camping with us. Need to find a travel size 🙂

  • Tracey Kifford

    July 13 at 10:28 pm

    Citronella candles are a MUST – several of them preferably!!

    1. Sabina Green

      July 15 at 11:32 am

      Yes we like to dot them around to keep the pesky bugs at bay.

  • jennifuchs

    July 14 at 6:48 am

    I’ve never ever been camping before, but I love these suggestions. If I ever do go camping, I really want a fire pit.

    1. Sabina Green

      July 15 at 11:32 am

      Maybe one day 😉

  • Miranda (Anosa)

    July 14 at 7:02 am

    I don’t know why but I always prefer lanterns when we go camping and glamping, there is just something magical about them

    1. Sabina Green

      July 15 at 11:32 am

      I know what you mean, they feel so much nicer than a harsh torch.

  • Alexandra Cook

    July 14 at 11:31 am

    That was a cute and really fun idea. My kids would be so happy to try camping with these beautiful lighting.

    1. Sabina Green

      July 15 at 11:33 am

      Lighting can really improve the atmosphere and make it more magical.

  • The Unbalancing Act

    July 14 at 3:48 pm

    I’ve never been camping but I love the idea of the parasol lights – it looks like a lovely setting in a natural environment. Might even be good for the garden tbh!

    1. Sabina Green

      July 15 at 11:33 am

      Oh definitely, they would look great in a garden too.

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