I’m all about saving time, space and money when I go camping. The less gear I have to bring in the better. After all, isn’t one of the joys of camping, the simplicity? With these 10 camping hacks and shortcuts, I help you save all three, plus enjoy a few new twists on some old recipes.
- Use frozen jugs of water instead of packaged ice in the cooler.
- For a new spin on S’mores, use Oreos as an alternative to graham crackers.
- To save space and prevent broken eggs during transporting, crack eggs and funnel them into 16-ounce plastic water bottles.
- Greasy chips work great as fire starters. Throw some Fritos or Doritos in your fire pit instead of kindling, especially if it has been raining and everything is damp.
- Instead of draining the melted ice from your cooler on the ground, collect it in a big bowl, boil it and use it for washing up. In a pinch, purify it and drink it.
- If camping with babies or toddlers, take an inflatable kiddie pool. More versatile than your child’s Pack N’ Play, fill it with sand, water or blankets and toys. When deflated, these pools roll up and pack away compactly, leaving more room in your vehicle for other gear.
- If it is going to be chilly overnight, tuck four chemical warmers in your sleeping bag an hour before bedtime to warm it up.
- Make flourless pancakes for breakfast using 1 and 1-1/2 ripe bananas, 2 eggs and 1/8 teaspoon baking powder—packed in a straw container. Leaving a few lumps, mash the bananas, mix with eggs to make a batter, add baking powder and then fry like normal pancakes. You can skip the baking powder, but your pancakes will taste less like traditional pancakes without it.
- Throw fresh sage in the campfire to repel mosquitoes. This helps only as long as the sage does, so spray on conventional bug repellant as your primary means to prevent bites.
- A pop-up or sun shade can be a lifesaver if rainstorms surprise you. Use it to cover your tent to prevent flooding or the BBQ grill and picnic table so you still have a dry place to cook, eat and play games.
For more camping tips, tricks and hacks read the following articles:
- Quick Camping Tip: 5 Free Fire Starters
- Quick Camping Tip: Free and Frugal Odds and Ends
- Camping on a Budget
- How To Buy A Tent: Tips on Selecting the Perfect Tent for Your Needs
- Quick Camping Tip: Prepare Food Beforehand
Do you have any good camping hacks, tricks or shortcuts? Share them with us in the comment section.
Suzanne Wiley started shooting at a young age when her older brother bought a Marlin 60 and taught her to shoot. She took to shooting and developed a love for it when she realized she was a natural with a .22 LR rifle at summer camp. As an outdoor adventurer, she enjoys camping, fishing, and horseback riding. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter and the modern-day prepper, and is a staff writer at Cheaper Than Dirt!
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