41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

Make a portable washing machine with a plunger and a bucket. Bring a few of these. They’ll keep your food cold, and you’ll have plenty of water to drink for later. Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting. Get the directions here. Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles. When you’re ready to brew, just make it like you would make tea in a teabag! Try roasting Starburst. 23. Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away. craftaholicsanonymous.net

Be sure to buy strike-anywhere matches. Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals. Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans. Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet. lindsayandandrew.blogspot.com

See how she did this here. This one is $84.99 from Cabelas. 21. hammocks.com

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22. Get a recipe for grilled polenta cakes. Posted By MMK on Nov 5, 2014 | comments

These tips and tricks will guarantee you’ll be a totally happy camper this summer. 37. Other things you can freeze to use for later: pasta sauces, chili, and pesto. You can also find powdered eggs at most grocery stores (if you don’t shudder at the thought). Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler. pinterest.com

They’ll keep you from going into caffeine withdrawal. 5. Get the directions here. 26. Aged cheddar, Parmigiano, and/or Gruyère will keep for at least a week unrefrigerated. 11. 20. Roast it until it’s bubbling. 13. Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax. Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses. 4. Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option. 2. 38. Get the directions here. 30. Buy it here. Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal. sheknows.com

6. If you’re going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape. Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like. Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP. 7. asubtlerevelry.com

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19. 24. Invest in a two-person sleeping bag. clarkandsuz.blogspot.com


Sounds crazy, but it’s actually delicious. 25. 9. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder. 27. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor. Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press. Or wrap hot dogs with them. 31. 34. Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler. asubtlerevelry.com

You can also rub soap on mosquito bites to relieve the itchiness. Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don’t need to be refrigerated. Get it here for $25.95. Flickr: listorama

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

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Use a lighter to seal up the ends. Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters. Crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Paint the inside of a jar with non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint for an easy DIY lantern. thetaylor-house.com


36. Get the full details here. Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns. You just have to light the carton and the fire will catch on to the charcoal. Need your coffee? Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices. Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss. Source:   BuzzFeed

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