Old Detergent Bottle as Portable Hand-Washing Station
Camping is all about getting a little bit dirty. But it’s still nice to be able to wash your hands (after fishing, before dinner, after answering “the call of nature” in nature). Use an old detergent bottle as a portable hand-washing station.
DIY Reading Lamp
Want to catch up on some reading? Make a DIY reading lamp out of a gallon jug filled with water. All you need to do is point a headlamp towards the water.
Freeze Water in Jugs – Use as Ice
Ice takes up so much space. And you know you’re going to need water. So why not freeze the water and use it as ice to keep everything cool? It’s a great way to save space.
You don’t have to worry about transporting eggs to the campsite. Chances are they’ll be all scrambled by the time you get to your destination anyway. Just pre-crack ’em and put them in a container. All you have to do is pour out the eggs for scrambled eggs in the morning.
Grill Your Food in Tin Foil
You can make so many amazing meals by just throwing everything into a tin foil wrapper and throwing it on the campfire. Instructions and ideas here
Foam Floor Tiles for Comfy Floor
One of the hardest parts of camping is sleeping on the hard floor. You could take a blow-up mattress or
you could just bring along some foam floor tiles.
Orajel for Mosquito Bites
The active ingredient in Orajel is benzocaine, a local anesthetic that numbs whatever it’s applied to. In a pinch, it can be used to stop the itch and annoyance of a mosquito bite.
Coffee Can T.P. Dispenser
You can use an empty coffee container as a toilet paper holder and dispenser. Super easy instructions here
If you’re doing ANYTHING in the water, throw a cork onto your keychain to avoid the need to search the bottom of the lake for your keys.
Solar-Powered Light Stakes
You can purchase solar-powered lights stakes at any sports or garden store. These are a great way to ensure you won’t trip over tent stakes in the middle of the night.
Luggable Loo Toilet
You can either pick one of these up at your local camping store or make your own with a 5 gallon bucket, toilet seat, a plastic garbage bag, and some kitty litter. You’ll always be prepared when nature calls!
Duct Tape and Lighter in One
Chances are you’re probably
definitely going to need a lighter on your trip. Chances are you might not need duct tape, but like a good girl scout or boy scout, it’s best to be prepared. Wrap a few feet of duct tape around your lighter, just in case.
Know How to Start a Fire
Every experienced camper knows there are numerous ways to start a fire. Brush up on your fire-starting skills here
Easy Camping Pancakes
Camping pancakes are super easy to make. They just require a little prep. You can either fill plastic bags with pancake batter so they’re ready to pour, or just mix everything in a plastic container. Then just heat up a pan over the fire! Check out instructions here
Single Use Soap Leaves
Make single use soap leaves with just a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler. Now you don’t have to worry about dropping a bar of soap in the dirt.
Campfire Pepperoni Pizza
You can still have pizza on your camping trip! Check out the directions for how to do this in 5 easy stepshere
Portable Camping Organizer
Not sure if this still qualifies as camping (it’s more like “glamping”), but you can build your own portable camping organizer with sink. Check out directions here
Camping Scavenger Hunt
Go on a scavenger hunt! Put together a list with pictures even little kids can understand. It will be an exciting activity everyone will enjoy!
This is so easy to make (and clean up) because the banana is basically your plate! Campers can pick any topping they want.
Any good camper can toast a marshmallow (well, actually, that does take a certain skill) but have you tried Starburst candy? Apples? Asparagus? Reese’s Cups? There are so many things you can roast. Check out more ideas here
Camping Doughnut Tent
Designers Jeong Han Kim, Sungha Lim, and Hyumook Lim created this amazing Doughnut Tent that comes in a bunch of different shapes.