25 Camping Hacks That Are Truly Genius

Posted by , Updated on February 10, 2015

For many people, especially those from big cities, camping is one of the greatest ways of enjoying the great outdoors. Just you, your friends and nature, far from all the crowds, daily stress and working duties. But as relaxing as it sounds, camping can easily turns into a natural nightmare. DON’T LET IT TURN INTO A NIGHTMARE! Instead, check out these 25 camping hacks that are truly genius.

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Mosquitoes are one of the few things that can truly spoil a camping experience. Deal with these nuisances by burning sage near your campsite. Sage is a natural mosquito repellent.

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Speaking of plants, learn to recognize and distinguish poisonous ones. Poison ivy, for example, can cause bad itching, irritation, and sometimes even painful rashes.

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Need fire-kindling material? Try a bag of Doritos. This popular snack is flammable and will keep your fire going strong.

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If you want to spare your snack but still need a little help with starting the fire, use cotton pads dipped in wax.

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Doritos and cottons dipped in wax will do the trick when it comes to starting a fire. However, if you want the ultimate fire starter, fill a paper egg carton with match light charcoal and then light the whole thing up.

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Those who cannot imagine a camping trip without their daily portion of hygiene are recommended to create single-use soap leaves. Just grab a vegetable peeler and peel a bar of soap with it. This will prevent you from losing the entire bar and will give you enough soap to clean yourself.

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But soap can be used for more purposes than just washing. One of the old boy scout tricks is to put your valuables into the soap bar. No thief would look for your money in a soap bar, unless they’re watching this video.

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Food preparation is an inseparable part of every camping trip and aluminum foil is something that no camper should be without. Wrap your meats and place them over the fire. They will come out nice, soft and juicy.

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You’ve probably tried roasted marshmallows, but what about roasted Starbursts? What may sound a little bit crazy is actually one of the most delicious things you will ever try when camping.

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Need a grill to cook those tasty hotdogs? All you need is a metal rake and somebody to hold it for you.

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Forgo bottled marinades and instead put some aromatic herbs such as rosemary directly on the fire. These will smoke your steaks with natural flavor.

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If you get lost in the woods, use your watch as a compass. In the northern hemisphere, align the hour hand with the sun. The point halfway between the hour hand and the 12 will be north. In the southern hemisphere, align the 12 with the sun.

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Want a little more comfort while camping? Place foam tiles under your sleeping bag for softer bedding.

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Save space by using tic-tac boxes for your spices.

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Create single use packets for things such as toothpaste, ointments, shampoo etc by cutting a plastic straw into roughly 2 inch pieces. Fill the pieces with the things you want and seal the ends with a lighter.

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Looking for a place to put your kitchen tools? Just wrap an old belt around a tree trunk and put some hooks on it.

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Can’t live without music? Take a ceramic mug with you and place your cell inside. It works as a natural sound amplifier so you don’t have to carry the large loud speakers for your cell phone.

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Having clean water is a must. If all you have is a container with dirty water, put the end of a piece of cloth in it and stick the other end in an empty container. After some time, the water will filter itself through the cloth, leaving all the dirt in the first container.

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Freeze plastic jugs of water and put them in your portable cooler. They will keep your food cold and once they melt, you will have water to drink.

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If you camp in cold weather, one of the things you will appreciate is warm clothes, especially in the morning. Therefore, put next day´s clothes in your sleeping bag with you when you go sleep.

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When camping for a long time, a portable washing machine comes in handy. Take a large plastic bucket, cut a little hole on the lid, put some water and laundry detergent inside, throw in the dirty clothes and start stirring it with a bathroom plunger.

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Out of matches but need to start a fire? You probably know that you can ignite dry material using a magnifying glass and the sun, but that’s not all. Even eyeglasses or any other curved glass object can do the trick.

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Camping with kids? Keep them entertained with a scavenger hunt.

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Don’t underestimate the importance of the ability to make knots. Every seasoned camper knows there are dozens of different types of knots with specific functions. Learning at least the basic ones can make your camping surprisingly easier.

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Be sure to bring a Frisbee with you! Not only can they be used for fun and games, but they can also serve as plates, a cutting board, an emergency shovel or even a water container.

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