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41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

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We love camping and these ideas are simply genius.  #2 by far is my favorite, so simple.  #31 will never be happening that is just gross. What is your favorite?


1. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.

Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.alittlecampy.com


2. Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.

Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.Flickr: listorama

3. Paint the inside of a jar with non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint for an easy DIY lantern.

Paint the inside of a jar with non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint for an easy DIY lantern.lindsayandandrew.blogspot.com

See how she did this here.

4. Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.

Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.thereadystore.com

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5. Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.

Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.sheknows.com

6. Bring a tick deterrent.

Bring a tick deterrent.

7. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.

Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.craftaholicsanonymous.net

Be sure to buy strike-anywhere matches.

8. Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.

Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.fieldandstream.com

 

9. Make crescent rolls over the campfire.

Make crescent rolls over the campfire.

For maximum yumminess, fill ‘em with stuff like marshmallows and Nutella. Or wrap hot dogs with them.

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Get the directions here.

10. Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.

Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.skruben.blogspot.ca

11. Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.

  Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.cabelas.com

This one is $84.99 from Cabelas.

12. Get these seat hammocks for car camping.

Get these seat hammocks for car camping.hammocks.com

Buy ‘em here.

13. Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.

Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.briangreen.net

Use a lighter to seal up the ends.

 

14. Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.

Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.scjohnson.com

Place a scoop of coffee grounds into a coffee filter and tie it up with dental floss. When you’re ready to brew, just make it like you would make tea in a teabag!

15. Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.

Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.pinterest.com

They’ll keep you from going into caffeine withdrawal.

 16. Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.

Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.asubtlerevelry.com

Get the directions here.

17. Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.

Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.asubtlerevelry.com

You can also rub soap on mosquito bites to relieve the itchiness.

18. Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station.

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Just fill it up with water.

19. Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.

  Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.pinterest.com

20. Make campfire cones!

Make campfire cones!kidsactivitiesblog.com

21. Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.

  Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.chasinggreen.org

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22. Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don’t need to be refrigerated.

  Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don't need to be refrigerated.onegoodthingbyjillee.com

Get the full recipe here. You can also find powdered eggs at most grocery stores (if you don’t shudder at the thought).

23. Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.

  Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.

24. Make a portable washing machine with a plunger and a bucket.

     

Get the directions here.

25. Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.

Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.sewmanyways.blogspot.com

You just have to light the carton and the fire will catch on to the charcoal.

 

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27. Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.

  Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.instructables.com

Get the directions here.

28. Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.

  Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.marthastewart.com

Once the coals are uniformly gray and ashy, cover them with fresh rosemary branches. Your meat and vegetables will be flavored with the taste of savory herbs.

29. Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.

  Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.cutefoodforkids.com / Via bonappetit.com

Aged cheddar, Parmigiano, and/or Gruyère will keep for at least a week unrefrigerated.

30. Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.

  Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.google.com

31. Try roasting Starburst.

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clarkandsuz.blogspot.com

Sounds crazy, but it’s actually delicious. Crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Roast it until it’s bubbling.

32. Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.

  Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.bonappetit.com

Polenta is especially versatile because it can be shaped into patties and pan-fried for a sweet or savory meal. Get a recipe for grilled polenta cakes.

 

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33. Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.

  Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.trulysimple.com

Get the full details here.

34. If you’re going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.

  If you're going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.gofastandlight.com

Buy it here.

35. Keep the kids busy with a scavenger hunt.

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Write the items down on a paper bag so they have a receptacle for the items.

36. Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.

Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.

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Get the directions here.

37. Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.

Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.

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38. Bring microfiber towels — they’re super absorbent and lightweight.

Bring microfiber towels — they're super absorbent and lightweight.amazon.com

39. Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.

Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.

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They’ll keep your food cold, and you’ll have plenty of water to drink for later.

Other things you can freeze to use for later: pasta sauces, chili, and pesto.

40. Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.

Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.

instructables.com

Get the instructions here.

41. Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.

Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.campsaver.com

Get it here for $25.95.

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