Awesome Camping Hacks We Bet You Haven’t Thought Of!

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Give these 25 camping hacks a try to make your next trip smoother!


Mesh laundry bags for drying dishes – throw in the wet dishes, hang it from a tree and leave to dry.


Solar stake lights are an easy and cheap way to light up your campsite at night.


Protect your toilet paper from getting wet by keeping it in an old CD container with a hole in the top for easy access.


Line the tent floor with interlocking foam squares for a more comfortable night’s sleep.


Thread tent ropes through pool noodles to make them more visible and keep people from tripping over them.

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Break your eggs and store them in a labeled jar/bottle before you leave, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking in a the carton.


Cover food with a new shower cap to keep the flies and bugs off.


Use a cake cover to keep paper plates and napkins from flying away in the wind.


Clothes pegs and homemade hanging weights (made from a small stack of coins) will help keep a table cloth in place.


Forgot your can opener? Rub the can against a rock to break off the top.

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Meal prep before you leave so you can spend more time with company and less time cooking.


Save space by pouring small quantities of spices into empty Tic Tac boxes. You can pack a bunch of these in the same space one of your big shakers would take up.


Cut off small chunks of soap instead of bringing large, bulky blocks.


Instead of bringing a whole tube, squeeze out small blobs of toothpase onto baking paper and sprinkle them with baking soda. Leave for 2-3 days and then place in a small bag.


Dip the end of your matches in toothpaste to protect them from water. When ready to light, wipe the paste off and go!

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Dip cotton wool in petroleum jelly for instant fire starters. Be sure to store them in plastic Ziploc bags and keep them well away from the clutches of kids.


Rub petroleum jelly on your ankles before you go hiking to help prevent blisters before they happen.


Make individual coffee servings with coffee filters and dental floss. Drop the bag into a mug of hot water and let it steep until the coffee is the strength you’d like.


Make a homemade mosquito repellent with a mix of vegetable glycerine, witch hazel, and essential oils sprayed around the perimeter to help keep the bugs from coming close.


Many camp grounds don’t allow open fires anymore, so try hanging a flashlight in an empty jug as a lighting alternative.

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Easy fire starter: stuff used toilet paper rolls with fluff from your lint trap. Light and toss into the pit to start a fire.


Another easy fire starter: Pack charcoal in an empty, cardboard egg carton. Light the carton, place in the pit, and the charcoal will feed the fire.


Wrap a few layers of duct tape around your water bottle so you have some handy for campground repairs whenever you need without bringing the entire roll.


Repurpose an old (but clean) laundry detergent jug with a spout to create a hand-washing station.


Make a compact first aid kit with an old pill bottle as a mini supply for hikes.