Planning a perfect vacation this summer? Check out these 41 Genius Camping Tips that are sure to make you trip fun and easy!
1. Make pizza in your pie iron with biscuit dough.
2. Line your pie iron with foil for easy clean up.
3. Wrapping your meat in cabbage leaves will keep it from getting burnt to a crisp.
6. Kids can make an adorable and easy keepsake bracelet out of duct tape.
They can stick things on, like tiny pebbles, flowers, or leaves, and create a souvenir from their nature walk. Just make sure the sticky side is on the outside.
7. Here’s an awesome s’mores hack your kids will love:
8. Stovetop popcorn (like Jiffy Pop) can be made over a campfire.
9. Keep extra duct tape for emergencies right on your water bottle.
10. Make eggs and bacon in a paper bag.
11. Use an acorn cap to loudly whistle for help if you’re lost in the woods.
Or make a willow whistle.
12. These compact towels can dry off two people after swimming and are dry to the touch within an hour of use.
13. Bailey’s dipped toasted marshmallows are a must for camping.
Toast a marshmallow over hot coals, and then dip the warm marshmallow into a cup of Bailey’s. They’re so delicious and addictive, you’ll want to make them even when you’re NOT camping.
14. Make flaming Jell-O marshmallow shots.
15. Make a last-minute camping spoon with a knife and a plastic bottle.
16. Fill a gallon milk jug with water and 1/4 cup salt to use as a salt block for your cooler.
The jugs mean that you won’t get water all over your food when the ice melts. The salt will make the cold last longer.
17. Carry your seasonings in straws.
Just use a lighter to re-seal.
18. You can also keep seasonings, toppings, and condiments separate but organized in stackable pill containers.
19. Blue cheese filled bacon-wrapped mushrooms are the savory version of a campfire s’more.
20. This is the coolest tarp trick:
Use a small stick to help secure the main center line. When pressure is put on one end, the line will tighten evenly, keeping the grommets from being torn out.
21. Pre-make your food and vacuum seal it.
It will stay fresh longer and will be easier to pack.
22. Keep your toiletries hooked onto a shower caddy.
23. Slit foam swim noodles lengthwise and slip over each awning strut.
Not only are you less likely to bump into them in the dark, but they’ll be padded! You can also use a pool noodle to cushion a canoe before strapping it to your car to protect from scratching.
24. Carry some emergency TP in an Altoids container.
Especially if you’re going to be venturing off on a hike or nature walk.
25. A 16-ounce water bottle will hold 8–9 large eggs.
Pre-scrambling your eggs will save you the trouble of having to figure out a way of transporting them. It also eliminates the need for a separate bowl and whisk.
26. This collapsible silicone coffee dripper takes up almost no space.
And it has a super high Amazon.com rating. Get it here for $10.99.
27. For fewer burrs, rub the laces of your hiking boots with paraffin before hitting the trail.
28. Corn chips (like Fritos or Doritos) make a great substitute kindling when starting a fire.
29. Make an inexpensive candle lantern out of a used tuna can and a candle.
The foil will reflect the light and create more glow. It could potentially block some wind, as well.
30. Silicone cups are unbreakable and super easy to pack.
31. Make toothpaste dots.
Spread them out on a plate, let them dry for 2–3 days, and then sprinkle baking soda over them. Once they dry, just pop them into a resealable plastic bag.
32. Keep your TP dry in a CD spindle.
If you’re trying to save space because you’re backpacking, take the tube out and flatten the toilet paper. Keep it in a plastic bag instead.
33. Instant grits will keep ants away from your campsite.
34. Use biodegradable trail marking tape so you don’t get lost while hiking.
35. Safely remove a tick with a cotton ball soaked in liquid hand soap.
36. Your deodorant doubles as a mosquito bite itch queller.
37. Make solar camp lanterns out of mason jars and solar disks.
38. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil doubles as a super effective mosquito repellent.
And you won’t smell like bug repellent.
39. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.
Keeping your matches in a tupperware or stainless container will ensure they don’t get wet.
40. Cobble together a makeshift shower using a large water jug and a watering can head.