Camping is fun, even though you need to be a nature lover to do it. Camping and comfort do not always go together, but even now, people are inventing more practical and fun tents for everyone’s comfort. Imagine having kids on top of that? A really interesting experience. That’s why you need to be prepared for the worst! Here are some camping hacks to make your outdoors experience more than enjoyable.
1. Mesh laundry bags hanging from the tree are a great way to dry your dishes.
Toss your wet dishes inside and tie it well. Hang up and let them dry!
2. Solar stake lights light up the perimeter of your tent, or you can use them as a shiny path to the bathroom.
You can find them at the dollar store.
3. Tripping over tent ropes will become a distant past.
Threading them through pool noodles will make them a lot more visible.
4. When the only roll of toilet paper gets wet or dirty, your camping becomes a nightmare.
Protect it in an old CD container with a hole in the top to dispense the paper.
5. Line the tent floor with interlocking foam squares for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
This kids’ room accessory can add luxury and color to your tent.
6. There is wind outdoors, be careful!
You’ll probably need a cake cover to stop the paper plates flying away all the time.
7. You’ll also need large clothes pegs and weights to keep the tablecloth on the your table.
Wrap a small stack of coins in order to create simple hanging weights.
8. You can use a shower cap to keep the insects off your food.
Because bugs in food is another serious issue when camping.
9. Instead of taking a carton of eggs, smash them before you leave.
Measure out individual egg quantities and mark them on the side of a bottle.
10. Prepare meals for the kids in advance.
Before you leave, prepare meals in individual bags, like these omelets. Save time and energy the real fun!
11. Don’t take the whole bar of soap with you!
Cut off small individual chunks instead with a knife or a cheese slicer.
12. Save some of your toothpaste, too!
Squeeze out small blobs onto baking paper and sprinkle them with baking soda. Leave for 2-3 days and then place in a small bag.
13. Save space by not packing all of your spices.
Pour small quantities into empty Tic Tac boxes.
14. You can also dip cotton wool in petroleum jelly for instant fire starters.
Store these highly flammable morsels in plastic Ziploc bags, and well away from your kids!
15. Make strawberry s’mores!
Your kids will love them.
16. Never worry about relighting your candles again.
If you have kids, you probably have a packet of relighting birthday candles somewhere.
17. No more blisters on the ankles!
Rub petroleum jelly on the ankles before you take off for your walk to help prevent blisters.
18. Making an acorn whistle
Besides being fun, this trick is also really useful if you get lost on a hike and need to call for help.
19. Hang a flashlight in an empty jug for cheap camp lighting.
These are a great alternative for lighting. Plus, they look nice!
20. Make individual coffee servings with coffee filters and dental floss.
Drop the bag into a mug of hot water and let it steep until you reach the oerfect strenght of your coffee.
21. Make a homemade mosquito repellent that smells great.
A mix of vegetable glycerine, witch hazel, and essential oils sprayed around the perimeter will help keep the bugs from coming near you.
22. Bring some canned crescent dough for a fun alternative to s’mores.
Wrap the dough around a cleaned branch and stick a piece of chocolate in the center so it can get melty. Yummy!
23. Repurpose an old laundry detergent jug with a spout to create a hand-washing station.
Make sure to clean any leftover detergent before filling it with clean water.
24. Light your campfire with stray laundry lint.
Use toilet paper rolls with fluff from your lint trap. Just touch with a lighter and toss into the pit to start a fire.
25. Packing charcoal in an empty egg carton to start a fire.
Just light the cardboard, place in the pit, and the charcoal will feed the fire.
26. Have emergency duct tape without carrying a bulky roll.
Wrap a few layers of tape around your water bottle in case you need some.
27. Make a homemade calamine lotion for any itches.
Bug bites, poison ivy, or just a sunburn can occur more than often while camping. You can always count on calamine to soothe it.
28. Make a compact first aid kit with an old pill bottle.
Have your full kit nearby, but keep a mini supply handy for hikes by using an empty pill container.