There’s nothing like going out of the city and camping. In the great outdoors, the air is fresh, the water is cool and you can actually see some stars at night.
As much as we love camping, though, we can’t deny that it also involves a lot of preparation and work. New and seasoned campers alike have a lot of camping pet peeves that they wish they could get rid of, like failing firestarters or broken eggs. You shouldn’t waste your time stressing over those, so we took the liberty to compile 22 tried and tested camping hacks guaranteed to make camping easier and more enjoyable. Check them out and let us know what you think!
- Use corn chips like Dorritos or Cheetos as fire starters. They prove to be quite flammable. See the full demo here.
2. Better yet, make your own fire starters from dryer lint, old candle wax, and egg cartons. Here’s how.
3. Use frozen bottles of water instead of ice bags. These frozen water bottles can keep your food in the cooler fresh! Once they melt, you’ll have cool drinking water, too.
4. Use silicone cups. Glasses are too much of a bother to bring on a camping trip. Plastic cups can be crushed and can harm the environment. Use silicone cups instead! These collapsible cups keep their form and are reusable.
5. Keep your campsite bright by making an ambient light source from a headlamp and a milk jug. Check out the full details here.
6. Solar chargers. Not much of a hack, but having solar chargers around are a big help in keeping your electronic devices juiced up.
7. Since you’ve got solar chargers with you, take it up a notch and pack some solar lanterns, too. These keep your campsite bright and safe with clean energy.
8. Eggs can break on the way to the campsite. Why don’t you pre-scramble them instead? A 16-oz water bottle can hold at least 8 eggs. All you have to do is pour them into a pan over the campfire or stove and you’re set. Check out the full instructions here!
9. Pre-made pancake batter. This hack works pretty much the same way as pre-scrambled eggs. Prepare your pancake batter at home and pop it in a zip lock bag. To cook, simply snip off a corner of the bag and squeeze the batter into your pan. Mix in some dehydrated fruit in the mix for a tastier meal. Here are 4 other ways to make pancakes on the trail.
10. Aluminum foil is a must-have in every camping trip. You can use it to prepare all kinds of camp-friendly food, from simple hot potatoes to burritos. Here are 21 yummy meals you can make with foil.
11. Cook some bacon and eggs in a paper bag. Line the bottom of the bag with the bacon. Then put in the eggs. Place the bag over the fire, but be careful not to burn it. The result should be a yummy camp breakfast. Check out the full tutorial here.
12. Use a pill organizer for your spices. You can also use tic-tac containers. These save you a lot of space.
13. Wrapping duct tape on your water bottle or flashlight. Like foil, duct tape is also a camping essential. You can use it almost everywhere— from patching up tarps to a makeshift bandage. If keeping a roll of duct tape is too tedious, you can wrap it around your water bottle or flashlight instead to keep it handy.
14. Throwing sage into the fire to ward off mosquitoes. This herb is a natural mosquito repellent. Throw a bunch of it on your campfire to ward off bugs like mosquitoes.
15. You can also use citronella or lemongrass to keep the bugs away. Check out how to make your very own insect repellent here.
16. Use a vegetable peeler to “peel” your soap. Something as simple as a bar of soap can be pretty messy when you’re in camp. So why not use a vegetable peeler to “peel” some single-use strips of soap? This way you won’t waste the entire bar.
17. Make single-use antibiotic or toothpaste packs. Like the soap hack, this would save you space and money. All you need is some straw, a lighter and a pair of pliers. Check out the full instructions here.
18. Build a penny stove! It’s a small camp stove built using a couple of soda cans, some fuel and yes, a penny. Check out the full instructions here.
19. Make your own camp kitchen organizer. No need for a bulky set; this one is easily portable. Check out the full details here.
20. Coat the bottom of your pans with dish soap to get rid of the soot. Coating it with dish soap makes the black soot simply slide off the pan when washing.
21. Keep warm using your water bottle.Fill your water bottle with hot water and put it in your sleeping bag for added warmth. Be careful though— it shouldn’t be in direct contact with your skin, so wrap it with some cloth to avoid burns.
22. You can also make DIY heat pads using some rice and a sock.
Camping shouldn’t be difficult or messy; it should be a fun experience for everyone. These hacks may be simple but they sure save you a lot of time, space, and energy…leaving you with a hassle-free camping experience.
Any other hacks that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!