There’s nothing like spending some time in the great outdoors. But remember, there is a reason they say you’re “roughing it.” Camping is a tricky past time, and like a boy scout, you need to be prepared. To make sure that you are a happy camper this summer, here are a few simple but ingenious tips.
15 Brilliant Hacks for Your Summer Camping Trips
- For tent camping, use foam floor tiles (the kind you use on a kid?s playroom floor) to create a more cushioned and comfortable surface on the floor of your tent.
- Create an instant lantern by strapping a head lamp to a one-gallon water jug. This will fill the tent with light.
- If you are staying on heavily wooded campgrounds, make sure you familiarize yourself with the poisonous plants native to the area.
- Make an all-natural tick spray out of tea tree oil and water. Put this in a spray bottle and apply to shoes, socks, and pants.
- Repurpose an old coffee container to hold your toilet paper.
- Camping food can be bland due to a lack of storage space for ingredients. For cooking purposes, use tic tac boxes to store various spices.
- Bring a two-person sleeping bag. Cuddle time will also help keep you warm when the night?s cooler temperatures set in, especially if you are camping near a lake or staying on shady campsites.
- Cut a straw into small sections and fill each piece with antibiotic ointment, toothpaste, or anything else you may need. Use a lighter to seal the ends. These single-use packets will save space in your backpack.
- Use a belt and some hooks to hang your pots and pans from a tree.
- Empty prescription bottles make great containers for mini first-aid kits.
- You can make your summer camping trips a whole lot cleaner when you build a portable washing machine out of a bucket and a plunger.
- Can?t find any good kindling? Use Doritos to make a fire! They burn better than you?d think.
- Adding sage to a fire will keep the mosquitoes away.
- Cotton dipped in wax makes a great fire starter.
- Create mini oil lamps out of travel-size shampoo bottles and other tiny toiletry containers.