The Best Tips and Tricks for Camping

DIY Reading Lamp
This is a simple trick that’s easy on the eyes. Take a gallon milk jug filled with water, and strap your headlamp, with the light facing towards the jug, to it. The water in the jug will soften and bounce the light.
DIY Firestarters
This is an easy DIY fire starter you can make with stuff you normally throw away. Wad up your old dryer lint and stick it inside a toilet paper tube or empty egg carton.
Carry Duct Tape Minus the Bulky Roll
Duct tape can be a lifesaver. But carrying an entire roll takes up valuable space inside a backpack – and you probably won’t need that much . Wrap a couple feet around a Bic lighter, so you always have a short supply handy.
Orajel for Mosquito Bites
If a mosquito breaks through the bug spray, you don’t have to be miserable the rest of the trip. Use Orajel or any toothache gel medicine to stop the itching from mosquito bites.
Cordless Water Pump
Purchase a cordless water pump that dispenses bottled water without lifting or spilling. Many are available that are specially designed to snap onto a 5 or 6 gallon jug.
Solar-Powered Lights
Put solar-powered garden lights near your tent stakes, so you don’t trip over the lines at night. These can be purchased at any sporting goods store and some grocery stores even carry them in the garden section.
Tin Foil Dinners
This is an ideal dinner if you don’t want to spend much time cooking, yet want to serve a meal that’s wholesome and satisfying. Add any veggies and seasoning and wrap it all in tin foil, then heat over the camp stove. The best part? No dishes to wash up!
Easy Pancakes
When preparing to leave home, fill Ziploc bags with pancake batter and tie off the end. When you are ready, just snip the small ends to use as a piping bag and you are ready to cook!
Keeping Your Camp Toilet Paper Fresh and DRY!
Coffee cans are wonderful for keeping your “important papers” dry and ready for use under any weather conditions. The plastic Folgers can has a built-in handle for easy carrying to the campground outhouse or the woods.
Transport Eggs in a Mason Jar
Empty a dozen eggs into a mason jar for easy travel. They fit perfect in the cooler without the worry of breaking. Just pour them out as you need.
Clever Camp Kitchen Organizer
Use a shoe organizer to help with camp kitchen set-up. It will hold most of your spices, utensils, and other small items easily, so you’ll never have to hunt for your kitchen supplies.
Camping Donuts
These “donuts” are made from canned biscuits. Poke a big hole in the center and fry them in a skillet. Dust them liberally with sugar and cinnamon, and you have Camping Donuts!
Laundry Detergent Water Dispenser
Recycle that old detergent bottle and take it camping with you as a portable hand-washing station. It’s perfect for kids and adults to use to wash up before meals.
Campfire Pizza
Surprise your family with pizza on your camping trip. Using pre-made pizza crust that comes in a tube makes this a snap to prepare.
Luggable Loo
Use a 5 gallon bucket with a toilet seat attached to the top. Line with a durable trash bag and add some cat litter. This makes a great portable toilet so you don’t have to go to campground bathrooms for those late night bathroom runs.
Camping Scavenger Hunt
Create a scavenger hunt list with pictures even little kids can understand. It will be an exciting activity that the entire family will enjoy!
Banana Boats
This no-fuss dessert is absurdly easy, and sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Garnish your treat with anything you’re craving!
Toasted Starbursts
Before you write this one off, know that it has become increasingly popular for campers, so there must be something to it! It’s an unusual, but delicious, treat.
Portable Camping Organizer
Purchase a portable camping organizer! These clamp conveniently to a table, grill, trash can, or can be staked in the ground. It has a light, radio or lantern holder, paper towel holder, adjustable condiment rack, movable utensil hooks, waste bag hoop, and storage bag.