Camping is a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work! Here are some great hacks that will make your trip a little easier and help you love nature a little more 🙂
1. Pool noodles on tent lines. Avoid tripping by using pool noodles as markers for your tent lines! When kids are running around or it has gotten too dark to see, these big, bulky and colorful noodles will help keep people from accidentally tripping! (Tying glow sticks on them at night is also a great precaution!)
2. Easy-to-make fire starters. Before you leave for your camp out, save up on dryer lint and toilet paper rolls so you can make fire starters! Simply stuff your toilet paper rolls with as much lint as you can and you’re ready to go! If you want them to burn a little longer, pour some hot wax from an old candle over the lint and add your own wick with a strip of cardboard. This 5-minute hack will give you a roaring fire!
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3. Eggs in a bottle. Trying to bring eggs on your camp out without them breaking can be a pain. Instead of bringing them in the carton, scramble them in a water bottle marked in increments of two. This makes them not only easy to measure but easy to store! And they’ll fit nicely inside your cooler!
4. Shower caps on shoes. Don’t let your mud-covered shoes spread dirt all over the place – pack them away inside shower caps! Shower caps will keep camping dirt from falling off in your bags, tent or on the car on your ride home and they’re super cheap! I bought an 8-pack at the Dollar Tree for $1!
5. Travel size condiments. The next time you go out to eat, grab a few extra condiment packets to store for your camping trip. They’re much easier to pack than full size containers and you won’t have to worry about bringing them home. Once you’re done — toss them in the fire!
6. Rolos on s’mores. If you’re like me, you like your chocolate melted when making s’mores. Have you ever tried stuffing a Rolo inside your marshmallow as you heat it up? Do it. Trust me. You won’t be sorry.
8. Hobo Dinners. Also known as tin foil dinners, these easy-to-make meals are great for campers who don’t want to prep meals outdoors. Before you leave, simply throw some raw chicken or hamburger, carrots, potatoes, onions and your choice of seasonings, in some tin foil, wrap it up a few times and you’re done! Store these pre-made meals in your cooler until ready to use. When you start to get hungry, let them cook in the fire over hot coals. You can just pull a few coals away from the fire and set the foil dinner right on top. Pull them out once the chicken’s cooked through and enjoy! (Cooking time varies depending on how hot your fire and coals are, and what kind of meat you choose.)
What are some of YOUR camping hacks that make trips easier and more enjoyable?!?!