Camping is fun and all, but it is no wonder that it comes with its own set of challenges. To overcome at least some of it, here are 20 genius camping hacks to make your camping vacations a little bit easier!
1. Prep your meals
Make a meal plan and prep your meals accordingly at home. You can chop ingredients, put some ingredients together in a zip-lock bag and prepare stuff like sandwiches beforehand to save time and energy during camping.
3. Easily protect yourself from ticks
Wear long sleeve shirts and tuck your pants into your socks. Ticks are often found in the ground, so this will significantly reduce your chance of getting one. Also, invest in some tick repellent clothing with permethrin.
2. Bring a tick deterrent, or make your own
Ticks are a pain while camping. To repel them, you can either use commercial DEET-based repellents (at least %20) or make your own natural tick deterrent. In a spray bottle, put water, 1-2 cups of white vinegar and 10-20 drops of essential oil, like lemongrass, peppermint, cedar, or thyme. Both essential oils and vinegar are great tick repellents.
4. Learn how to remove a tick
In case you get bitten by a tick, you need to know how to remove it correctly to not dismember it and increase the chances of infection. Bring a pointed tweezer and alcohol. Clean the area around the tick with alcohol, bring the tweezer on your skin to grab the tick as close to its head as possible. Hold it gently and slowly pull in the same direction it stays in. After it is out and intact, clean the area of the bite with alcohol again and wash your hands with soap.
5. Repel mosquitoes with sage
To repel mosquitos, you can also use a DEET-based product, but if you want a safer, more natural approach, you can burn a bundle of sage in your campfire. It smells good and repels mosquitos.
7. Use chips to start a fire
Chips like Fritos and Doritos are highly flammable thanks to their oil content. They make excellent fire starters, but be warned, they don’t smell that nice.
6. Make your own tent lantern
Grab a jug of water and strap a head lamp on it. The jug of water will spread the light evenly to your tent.
8. Make your own pillows
Pillows cover a lot of space. To save extra space, don’t pack pillows, pack pillow cases and fill them with clothes when you want to sleep. You can also buy inflatable pillows.
9. Put spices in Tic Tac containers
You know those Tic Tac mints? Their containers make excellent spice holders since they are small enough to not cover much space but big enough for a couple of meals worth of spice.
11. DIY Dish Holder
Take a belt and some double-ended hooks, wrap the belt around a tree, install the hooks and voila! You just made yourself a place where you can hang pans, pots or anything, really.
10. Learn folding hacks
To save tremendous space from clothes, or to simply pack more of them, you can search for folding hacks and learn them.
12. Find your way back with duct tape
One of the most popular activities people do while camping is hiking. Why shouldn’t you see all the beautiful terrain when you’ve come all this way? To not get lost and find your way back as quickly as possible, mark rocks and trees with colored duct tape, and follow/collect them on your way back. Use biodegradable duct tape to ensure you don’t litter the nature.
13. Put your eggs in bottles
There is no way that normal eggs will survive in your cooler on rough roads. Clean a bottle of any kind, crack your eggs and put them in there. You can then store it in your cooler. Practical and safe.
15. DIY outdoor candles
If you are camping with your significant other and want to create a mood lighting around your camp, you can make your own outdoor candles. Take a long, relatively thin stick like a dowel and add taper candles on top. You can either drill the candles beforehand or sharpen the dowels like spears to make installing candles easier.
14. Relieve itching easily
You can’t escape itching while camping. Be it from various bugs, mosquitos or poisonous plants, you will get itchy. To easily relieve itchiness, you can rub lemon, alcohol, toothpaste, deodorant or apply ice on the itchy spot.
16. DIY glowing lantern
Want a cool looking tent accessory? Take a jar and paint its inside with glow-in-the-dark paint. You can even draw cool stuff with different colors if you want. They even recharge during the day.
17. Use sandpaper to light matches
Match boxes are small and easy to lose, so if you want to light matches easily without the box, use sandpaper to strike matches. You can even glue sandpaper on your own matchbox. Don’t use strike-anywhere matches, they are dangerous. They can easily light by themselves.
19. Roasting marshmallows with a rake
If your family loves roasted marshmallows (Who doesn’t?), bring a rake that has a quarter-circle shape. Clean it %100 and place marshmallows on its tips. Now you can roast 10-15 marshmallows at once!
18. Use microfiber towels
Microfiber towels take much less space and dry much quicker than normal ones, so they are great for camping.
20. Protect your head near your RV
If you are camping with an RV and it has an awning, you know how easy it is to hit your head to its awning struts. Get a foam noodle and place it on the strut to protect your head.
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