The best part of summer is being able to spend time in nature. Camping is a great way to spend quality time with the people you love. Even if it wasn’t always your favorite thing in the past, these hacks will make your experience SO much better. Here are 41 must know camping tricks that will make life so much easier. Among them is putting toothpaste on a paper plate – read on to find out more about how it can save you when you’re out camping!
Foam Floor Tiles
These pieces fit together perfectly, and the fact that they come apart makes them super portable. Place them on the bottom of your tent for a softer floor. You’ll be able to sleep so much easier.
Not having access to electricity can be hard for some people. If you aren’t the type to fall asleep when the sun goes down, you’ll love this instant lantern. Strap a head lamp to a gallon jug of water, and you’ll have plenty of light.
Sure, you could buy some weird-smelling repellant from the stores. But it will be cheaper, healthier, and more pleasant to make it on your own. Mix one part tea tree oil and two parts water into a spray bottle. Spray it onto your shoes, socks, and the ends of your pants.
Striking a match can be quite an ordeal, but you can make your life a lot easier with a modified match holder. Stick sandpaper onto the top of your match container. Be sure to get strike-anywhere matches, and enjoy camping by a fire.
Empty Tic-Tac boxes make the perfect containers to store spices. They are stackable, portable, and easy to keep together. The best part is that the opening slot allows you to spice up your meals without dumping out way too much of each flavor.
If you can’t go a day without your coffee, this hack is for you. Scoop up some coffee grounds and place them into a coffee filter. Tie it up with a tea bag, and store it away. Now you can make your coffee just like you would make tea.
If you love using bars of soap, you know that they aren’t exactly portable. The soap will get squishy and sticky if you try to re-pack it after using it. Instead, use a vegetable peeler to break up the soap into single-use leaves. Problem solved.
If you plan to use pots and pans on your trip, hang them around a tree. Tie a belt around a tree trunk, and hang the kitchenware using hooks. This will be so much more cleanly than stacking the cookware on the ground.
Campfires are great, but starting them can be tricky. We don’t all have the patience to rub two sticks together until they make a flame. These cotton swab fire starters take all the stress out of starting a fire. Just dip the swabs in wax and save them until you are ready for your next campfire.
Keep your fold cold and carry cool, refreshing water with you all in one hack. Freeze bottles of water and place them inside your ice chest. The frozen bottles will keep the other food refrigerated, and when they melt you will have plenty of cold water to drink.
Do you ALWAYS lose random socks? Where on earth do they go?! Keep a pair of socks clean at all times by storing them in your sleeping bag. When you go to bed at night, you will have a pair of clean and dry socks waiting for you.
If you are trying to pack light, you may want to leave the pillow at home. There are plenty of ways to ensure your head has a place to rest without wasting valuable space. Pack clothing into a stuff sack, and use it as a makeshift pillow. Sweet dreams.
Bring a bit of newspaper with you on your next camping trick. When you return from your day’s adventure with soaked shoes, all you need to do is wrinkle up the newspaper and stuff it in each shoe. The water will dry right up, and your shoes will be ready for another day of adventures.
Plates take up a lot of extra room, and they aren’t exactly made of camping-friendly material. Ditch the plates and place your food on a frisbee instead. Camping is meant to be fun, right? So don’t be afraid to get a little silly.
If you have a down sleeping bag, you know that one of its best features is how fluffy it is. Keep the fluffiness going even after the bag is washed. Place a few tennis balls with the bag into the dryer, and it will keep its fluffy texture.
If you drop your phone into the water, all isn’t necessarily lost. Placing your phone in a bag of rice just might do the trick. Leave it sealed in the bag for 2-3 days, and let the rice soak up all the water.
Dab toothpaste onto a paper plate. Then let them dry. Put them in a plastic bag and you have on the go toothpaste.
A little mood lighting is all you need to clearly change the tone of the trip. Make a candle out of an orange peel, and you will have the perfect lighting no matter where you are. To learn how, follow this tutorial.
One of the more inconvenient parts of camping is not being able to shower every day. Well, at least not being able to shower according to the standards you are used to. This DIY camping shower may not be as luxurious as the one you have at home, but it is going to feel great.
Did you know deodorant is a great solution for bug bites? Rub some on the affected areas, and they will be slowly soothed. Get your hands on some travel sized deodorant and you will be set for the summer.
There is nothing worse than sitting down to relax on your vacation and hearing a kid say, “I’m bored.” Fend off this boredom with custom made activity bags. Place an activity in each bag, and keep them handy for when the kids need something to do.
If there is one thing you should always have with you while camping, it is calamine lotion. This stuff is just magical: it heals sores from poisonous leaves, bugs, and other irritations. To learn how to make it, click here.
It can be hard to keep track of kitchenware while camping, but a shoe organizer will make your life so much easier. There are so many spaces to store each type of utensil separately. Hang the organizer from a tree or inside a tent, and you’re good to go.