25 Extremely Useful Camping Tips That Will Make Your Weekend More Enjoyable

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Camping is fun! You get out of the city, into the mountains, away from all of your pesky co-workers. You turn off your phone and just forget about the world you left behind. And then it rains. And it rains. And it rains. And you get lost. And bears eat your food. And bears eat you. And nobody ever finds out what happened to you and people forget about you and move on with their lives as if you never existed because they don’t care about you anymore and everybody dies. Sounds dramatic? That’s because it is. You should start taking your camping prep seriously. Very seriously. Otherwise, as you just saw, everybody can die. Which, apart from the annoying run on sentence and failed attempt at humor, is very true. So how can we remedy this? By preparing! And to prepare for your camping trip, you need tips. Lots of tips. Once you get done with this list you are going to feel like a pro. You’ll be the Eagle Scout you always dreamed about being. Or maybe Bear Grylls. Whatever floats your boat. As long as it’s floating. These are 25 extremely useful camping tips that will make your weekend more enjoyable!

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This may sound obvious, but always let people know where you are. Most unsolved cases of hikers-gone-missing would have ended differently had the hikers taken this one simple precaution.

This may sound obvious, but always let people know where you are. Most unsolved cases of hikers-gone-missing would have ended differently had the hikers taken this one simple precaution.Source: reddit, Image: pixabay
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Choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays

Choose a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB raysSource: reddit, Image: pixabay
23

Rather than trying to waterproof all of your stuff with those sprays, use something like Thompson's Water Seal (yes, the stuff you use on your deck). It's a lot cheaper.

Rather than trying to waterproof all of your stuff with those sprays, use something like Thompson's Water Seal (yes, the stuff you use on your deck). It's a lot cheaper.Source: reddit, Image: pixabay
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Collect all the wood you think you'll need for the night in a pile. Then make the pile 3 times bigger.

Collect all the wood you think you'll need for the night in a pile. Then make the pile 3 times bigger.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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Get a headlamp in white/yellow and red. The red is great at night. It allows you to see without waking people up. It also lets you keep your night vision.

Get a headlamp in white/yellow and red. The red is great at night. It allows you to see without waking people up. It also lets you keep your night vision.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

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15 minute road flares can be really handy for starting fires when it's too wet/windy/etc

15 minute road flares can be really handy for starting fires when it's too wet/windy/etcSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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Always have extra underwear and toilet paper

Always have extra underwear and toilet paperSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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Bring potatoes, wrap them in tin foil along with some salt and butter, and throw them in the fire. When you pull them out they'll be delicious!

Bring potatoes, wrap them in tin foil along with some salt and butter, and throw them in the fire. When you pull them out they'll be delicious!Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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Setting up tents it the dark is not fun. Find a spot before the sun goes down.

Setting up tents it the dark is not fun. Find a spot before the sun goes down.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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Unless you're going to an official campground, make sure that at least one person in your group has gone camping before. Ideally they were a Boy Scout.

Unless you're going to an official campground, make sure that at least one person in your group has gone camping before. Ideally they were a Boy Scout.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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Instead of carrying 15 liters of water, just carry a small water purifier

Instead of carrying 15 liters of water, just carry a small water purifierSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Aside from these camping tips, you might also want to check out these 25 camping hacks which might just make your camping experience a bit more enjoyable.

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Hand sanitizer is quite useful before eating, after using the bathroom, etc. It can also help you remove things like resin from your hands and clothes

Hand sanitizer is quite useful before eating, after using the bathroom, etc. It can also help you remove things like resin from your hands and clothesSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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If you ever find yourself in one of those "man vs wild" situations...don't eat snow! Your body will burn a lot of calories melting it down. Make sure you melt it before you drink it.

If you ever find yourself in one of those "man vs wild" situations...don't eat snow! Your body will burn a lot of calories melting it down. Make sure you melt it before you drink it.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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This is another one that might seem obvious but it can be quite a life saver. If you ever have wet boots, stuff them with something overnight (toilet paper, newspaper, etc). They'll be a lot dryer in the morning.

This is another one that might seem obvious but it can be quite a life saver. If you ever have wet boots, stuff them with something overnight (toilet paper, newspaper, etc). They'll be a lot dryer in the morning.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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ShamWow's are great as camping towels, especially when it comes to drying off wet gear.

ShamWow's are great as camping towels, especially when it comes to drying off wet gear.Source: reddit, Image: KAZ Vorpal via Flickr
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Wear wool instead of cotton. Cotton takes too long to dry.

Wear wool instead of cotton. Cotton takes too long to dry.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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Always check your boots before putting them on in the morning. You never know what could have crawled inside during the night.

Always check your boots before putting them on in the morning. You never know what could have crawled inside during the night.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
8

You can never have enough ziplock bags. Never.

You can never have enough ziplock bags. Never.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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Take two flashlights with you - one big one to find stuff outside away from the camp fire, and one smaller one that fits in your pocket so that you can find the big one

Take two flashlights with you - one big one to find stuff outside away from the camp fire, and one smaller one that fits in your pocket so that you can find the big oneSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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Don't store food in your tent. Don't eat in your tent. Don't leave food lying around the campground. Preferably, get a bear sack and keep your food up in a tree.

Don't store food in your tent. Don't eat in your tent. Don't leave food lying around the campground. Preferably, get a bear sack and keep your food up in a tree.Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
5

Don't pack more than you can comfortably run with

Don't pack more than you can comfortably run withSource: reddit, Image: pixabay
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Telling people where you're going is necessary. But make sure that you also leave a note inside the windshield of your car detailing your itinerary. This will be useful information to search and rescue teams if they end up having to come after you.

Telling people where you're going is necessary. But make sure that you also leave a note inside the windshield of your car detailing your itinerary. This will be useful information to search and rescue teams if they end up having to come after you.Source: reddit, Image: pixabay
3

Always have an extra knife

Always have an extra knifeSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia
2

Fritos Corn Chips make great fire starters (they're extremely flammable)

Fritos Corn Chips make great fire starters (they're extremely flammable)Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia
1

It's never as waterproof as you think

It's never as waterproof as you thinkSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia

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