Camping is all about having fun and taking it easy. To make your next camping trip a hit with the family, here are over 25 time-saving tips and tricks you’ll want to try.
With time avid campers accumulate a lot of knowledge. They have expert tips and a lot of very helpful information to share.
- Take advantage of their years of experience and never be caught unprepared again!
- These ideas will make life simpler and easier for you, but also save you from unexpected expenses.
Preparation and storage
- Freeze salt water in plastic containers in your cooler; the ice will last longer.
- Roll your clothes instead of folding them; it takes up less space and the clothes will be less wrinkled.
- Keep your rolls of toilet paper in large coffee tins.
- Use clear storage boxes rather than big bags; this makes it easier to pack the car and find everything faster.
Home-made insect repellent
- Use mentholated chest-rub ointment instead of mosquito repellent to keep pests at bay.
- Place fabric softener sheets under the tablecloth to keep ants away.
- Burn sage in your campfire.
Products that keep ants away
- Instant oatmeal
- A mix of baking soda and sugar
- Coffee grounds
- Lemon juice
Tips to keep the tent dry
- Place a tarp on the ground before mounting your tent for water proofing and better insulation. If possible, hang a tarp over the top of the tent (the cover must not touch the tent).
- At night keep all “windows” open, but closed during the day.
- Light a candle lantern about 30 minutes before bedtime.
- Don’t bring wet clothes into the tent.
- Take the sleeping bags out during the day and aerate them.
- Place the tent so that you avoid full sun exposure in the morning.
- Waterproof the outside of the tent.
Tricks to keep you and your stuff dry
- Dry wet shoes faster by heating sand over a fire; pour the hot sand into the shoes, filling them up until they are covered. Repeat. You can also fill wet shoes with newspaper.
- Bring extra trash bags and plastic sealable bags; they can be used to protect all your belongings, large and small!
- Wrap the ice in the cooler with fabric; this will prevent soggy food.
- Polish your shoes with wax for waterproofing.
Fire starters and unusual kindling
- Cottons balls soaked in wax or petroleum jelly
- Corks soaked in alcohol
Ideas for at night
- Double up your sleeping bags by zipping them together for the coldest nights.
- Sleep in dry clothes you didn’t previously wear during the day.
Beautify your campsite
- Plant solar-powered garden lights in the ground or hang Chinese lanterns in the trees.