Summer is nearly here and you know that that means – Camping! If you’re like me, camping is the best part of summer, especially when you have a list of awesome camping hacks that help you to make the most of your trip. Whether you take your RV or you love to rough it in a tent, living the easy life, without phones, without the hustle and bustle of everyday life, well that’s something that you just can’t help but look forward to.
If you’re someone who loves to camp, I’ve got a treat for you. I’ve gathered 55 of the most amazing camping hacks. These easy tricks are guaranteed to get the Wow factor going, and sure to make spending time in the great outdoors even more special than it was before. All you need is your sunglasses and you’re ready for some outdoor rest and relaxation. Check out these other DIY camping projects to make your trip even more fun and adventurous.
From easier ways to cook your food to the simplest storage solutions, there’s a hack in here that you are bound to find useful. Whether you camp for the relaxation, or you just love soaking up the sun, you’re sure to find a useful hack in this collection. Don’t forget about my DIY backyard games collection, too. You can use so many of these to make your trip extra fun for the kids. So, grab those camping supplies, we’re about to learn some of the best, and easiest, ways to make yourself and your family more comfortable when you’re living the sweet life.
1. Duct Tape Mod
Chances are, you always have your bottle with you, so you’ll always have duct tape when you need it.
2. Easy Lighting
This gallon jug lighting is brilliant. You just strap a headlamp to a gallon jug and it gives off as much light as your living room lamp. It’s enough to fill your entire tent. You just need the jug and your headlamp, which you can pick up at any store that carries camping equipment, and they’re relatively cheap. This is great for those late night talks or even reading in the tent.
3. Tick Deterrent
If you’re planning to go camping, tick deterrent is a must. This one is all natural so there are no harmful chemicals and it’s perfectly safe for kids. You could even spritz it on your pets if you normally take them along with you. This is a great recipe not only for camping, but for keeping with you anytime you’re outdoors this summer.
4. Matchbox Holders
Keeping matches clean and dry during camping is a must, unless of course you’re skilled in starting a fire with flint. So, to keep those matches from getting ruined, use an old baby food container. Those plastic containers are great for protecting your matches and the lid keeps them firmly in place.
Source and instructions: craftaholicsanonymous
There are so many ways that you can save space when packing for your camping trip. Rolling shirts and stuffing them inside socks is a great way to make sure that you have plenty of room for all of your clothing.
6. Tic-Tac Boxed Spices
Take along your favorite spices without having to make room for those large jars and bottles. Empty Tic-Tac boxes make the perfect traveling boxes for spices. If you really want to be fancy, print out stickers with the names of your spices, or you could just write them in with a sharpie.
Source and instructions: seattlesundries
7. Camping Handwashing Station
This DIY handwashing station is awesome! You just use an old empty laundry detergent bottle, and create the perfect place for kids and adults to keep those germs at bay. You can even add a paper towel holder to the top. Just fill the bottle with water, sit a jar of liquid soap next to it, and you’ll be able to keep dirt and grime away easily.
Source and instructions: makingmemorieswithyourkids
8. Pot and Pan Holder
Take along an old belt and use a few hooks to create the perfect place for drying and storing your pots and pans while you’re camping. Instead of having your campground littered with dishes, hang them up. Just wrap the belt around a tree, add the hooks and you’ve got your own little kitchen storage area.
9. Campground Washing Machine
Who says you have to wait until you get home to wash all those dirty clothes? Imagine being able to wash clothing, linens, and towels while you’re camping. With a five gallon bucket, a plunger, and a few other supplies, you can create your own mini washing machine, and it does a great job of getting out the dirt. Just don’t forget to take along a little laundry soap!
Source and instructions: melissadimock
10. Fire Starter
Instead of buying those expensive charcoal brands that light quickly and easily, you can create your own campfire starter with a cardboard egg carton and regular charcoal. These are great, and really inexpensive. You just literally light the egg carton on fire and the charcoal picks up the flame. Remember to buy your eggs in a cardboard carton for a few weeks before you go camping. Foam cartons won’t burn.
Source and instructions: sewmanyways
11. Dorito Kindling?
Here’s a hack that’s been floating around for a while, and it’s one that really does work. When you’re camping, you need a campfire, right? Believe it or not, you can’t always find kindling, depending on where you are camping, or whether or not it’s been raining. Take along a few extra bags of Doritos, or if you have stale ones that the kids haven’t gotten to yet, just light those bad boys on fire!
12. Rosemary Smoked
Instead of worrying over seasoning your steaks or fish, just put rosemary on the charcoal while it burns. It will give your meats a wonderful smoked rosemary flavor that even the pickiest of eaters will love.
Source and instructions: marthastewart
13. Mosquito Repellent
Camping is so much fun, but those mosquito bites are not. Instead of worrying with packing spray on repellent and being concerned that chemicals may be getting into your system, simply add some sage to your campfire. Sage works as a natural deterrent to keep those pesky bugs away, and it smells nice, too.
14. Biodegradable Trail Tape
If you’re planning a hike, keep yourself and the environment safe by using biodegradable trail marking tape. You can find this tape at most stores that sell camping supplies, and it’s a great way to ensure that you don’t get turned around on your hike and lose your way. It’s also a great way to keep the woods all natural and safe from chemicals and litter.
15. Camping Toilet
If you’re not someone who’s comfortable just going anywhere, this DIY toilet is a dream. You can make it easily with just a few supplies, like an old milk crate, a five gallon bucket, and a toilet seat. You’ll need to empty it of course, but for those who just can’t manage to go in the woods, this easy to put together portable potty is perfect.
Source and instructions: rootsimple
16. iPhone Charger
Okay, you want to say that you don’t need your phone when you go camping, but honestly, you know that you’ll want to keep it charged just in case of emergencies, or you know, if you want to listen to music or something. This solar powered charger works with your iPhone or iPad and helps you to avoid running down your car battery just to charge your devices. It’s also really easy to make and works like a dream.
Source and instructions: instructables
17. Orange Candle
Take a long a few oranges the next time you go camping. Not only are they a delicious and healthy snack, you can turn the peels into candles. You can use any citrus actually, like lemons, grapefruit, or limes, too. You’ll also need some standard kitchen oils like vegetable, olive, etc. Not only does this help light up your camping world, it smells wonderful!
Source and instructions: instructables
18. Comfortable Sleeping
Instead of really “roughing it” and ending up with an achy back and very little sleep, use foam pads to make then floor of your tent more comfortable. These little colorful foam tiles are not terribly expensive, and they will help you to avoid sleeping on rocks and twigs that may be under your tent. Plus, they help to spruce up the interior of your tent, too.
Source and instructions: alittlecampy
19. Backpack Checklist
First off, let’s check that backpack! If you’re planning to hike while you’re camping, this checklist is a must. It helps you make sure you remembered everything you could possibly need, plus it’s a great organization tool to make sure that you have room for everything you need. Just print it off and check those essentials off the list as you pack them.
20. Egg Storage
You know that taking whole eggs in a cooler when you go camping is just asking for trouble, right? I mean, there’s really no way that those eggs are going to stand up to all that rough country traveling. If you need beaten eggs, and you want an easier way to carry them, clean out a water bottle and put them in there. You just beat them beforehand and pour them into the bottle. Not only does this ensure you’re not cleaning broken eggs from your cooler, it makes it really easy to just pour your eggs out when you need them.
Source and instructions: cookiecrumbsandsawdust
21. Camping Shower
You know you want a good shower while you’re camping, but what if you’re not really near a campground that has this amenity? You make your own. And, it’s easier than you think. You need a rectangular water jug, and a few other supplies. This is such a great idea, and perfect for rinsing off after you get out of the lake when swimming, too.
Source and instructions: instructables
Here’s a great twist on traditional s’mores, and one that kids are bound to love. Instead of graham crackers, twist open an Oreo and then put a piece of chocolate and your roasted marshmallow. These are smaller than your average graham cracker, so they’re easier for kids to handle, and they are simply delicious!
23. Treat Bug Bites
Deodorant is a great medicine for bug bites and other itches. Just rub your deodorant over the itchy area and it will stop the itching. Pick up those little travel sized deodorants or something on sale and stock up for all your summer camping trips.
Source and instructions: wikihow
24. Secure Your Tent
By placing a stick in the center line of your tent, you can help to keep it level and ensure that it stays put. Depending on where you’re camping, you should find plenty of sticks. Just raise up the line a bit and place the stick between the line and the grommet.
25. Keep Food Fresher
Before you pack up the food that you’re taking with you, vacuum seal it. This will help you to keep food fresher longer. It also helps to ensure that ants and other bugs stay out of your stash, and you can save room because vacuum sealing pulls out air, so you’ll have a lot more room to fit things into your cooler or bag.
Source and instructions: livingonalatte