Never been camping but thinking of taking a camping trip? Be sure to look over these camping hacks that really work. It will go over a wide range of hacks, so there is surely something here for everyone.
Camping Hacks That Really Work
With the daily grind of work, study, business or whatever you’re doing in the regular days of your life, you certainly need a day or 2 or even three off. One of the best ways to relax and unwind is to go camping. So having a few camping hacks in your knowledge database can be super handy.
The food, the campfires, and the great outdoors are so enjoyable when camping but can sometimes be tricky when you’re left to Mother Nature’s mercy.
Make your next camp trip a memory worth keeping with the following camping hacks.
Basic Camping Tips & Hacks:
Easy, bright lighting:
You can strap your headlamp around a jug to produce an ambient light inside the tent or even outside. This is a brilliant lighting idea that only requires a jug and a headlamp. It’s perfect for reading inside the tent or late night talks.
Another great lighting trick for around camp is a few of those cheap solar yard lights that you can grab online or in dollar stores. Place them around camp to see where you are going.
You can also flip something like a flower pot over on a table and place the light in the bottom to hold it in place.
To go camping can be fun minus the mosquito bites, which is inevitable in the middle of the wilderness. Just add sage to the campfire rather than packing on repellent.
The sage will serve as a natural deterrent keeping the bugs away from the camp area. This is a smart idea to keep your system from dangerous chemicals.
Cardboard Egg Carton Fire Starter:
Create your own campfire starter with lint and cardboard egg carton instead of quick and easy-lit charcoal brands. Fill cardboard cartons with lint from the dryer, then drizzle a little wax over the lint to hold it in place.
Then simply toss one in the fire ring with a few twigs over it and light it up. The materials used here are inexpensive yet they are effective.
Mini First Aid Kit:
Make a DIY first aid kit with an old Altoids mint box or an empty prescription bottle for your camp or hike. Add band-aids and other necessary items. This is great if you’re saving space in your camping bag.
Other Basic Camping Tips To Check Out:
Seasonal & Weather Hacks:
Keep Matches Dry:
It’s unpredictable at times when it will rain or not during a camp. That said, it would be appropriate to keep the matches dry and clean while camping, unless you are skilled enough to start a fire using a flint.
You can use an old container of infant food so as not to ruin the matches. The container’s lid will keep the matches in place.
Other Seasonal & Weather Hacks To Check Out:
Camping Cooking Hacks & Recipes:
Pan & Pot Holder:
Create a holder to dry and store your pans and pots while on camp. Hang your pans and pots up to avoid clutter in the campground. Get a belt or strap and wrap it around a tree then attach hooks to make mini kitchen storage in the wilderness.
Empty Tic-Tac boxes for spices:
Never bother yourself in getting a room for your huge bottles and jars for the spices. Make traveling spice boxes using empty Tic-Tac containers. You may even print stickers for labeling to be a bit fancy.
Hygiene Camping Tips:
If camping somewhere that is not right near a restroom you may want to take a portable potty and potty tent with you. There are so many options available these days that are pretty low priced.
If you are somewhere that does not have a dumping station to empty the potty at, here is a hack you could use. However, I do try and avoid these when I can because they are not the greatest for the environment.
You can line a portable potty with a diaper or absorbent pads. Then when finished carefully put them into a plastic bag (shopping bags work for this) tie it up and dispose of it.
Blow Up Bath:
Most campgrounds only provide showers to wash up in. If you have small children that hate to take showers, this can lead to a lot of screaming when it comes time to wash up.
A super easy way to get around this is to have a small container like a tote or better yet a small blow up pool with you. Place it under the shower, allow to fill with water and then turn the shower off. Now the kiddos can get clean without having to use a shower.
I love the blow-up pools for this as they are small and take up little room when packing the camping gear.
Apps For Camping:
When camping there are times when it is really handy to have a few apps on your phone. They can be great for finding the best camping locations and sites as well as identifying plants.
Now that you have learned a few of these camping hacks it will make your next outdoor excursions safer, more fun, and happier.
Do you have any camping tips and hacks that you have found helpful that you would like to share with others? Feel free to leave them in the comments below, we would love to hear them.