8 Tips And Tricks For Comfortable Camping
If you've ever been on a camping trip, then you know that there are plenty of little inconveniences that can make the great outdoors seem not so great. There's no toilet available for life's little emergencies, you never feel truly clean because there's no proper faucet, and food selection is limited, to say the least. To make sure your next camping trip is a success and not an energy-draining disaster, try out these 8 tips & tricks for comfortable, convenient camping. Instead of getting bogged down by minor annoyances, you'll get to focus on daytime hikes, the relaxing sounds of nature, and the spooky fireside stories that make camping so fun!
1. Spice Storage
- empty Tic Tac boxes
For an easy, light-weight way to bring spices along on your next camping trip, use empty Tic Tac boxes. They're a great size for small amounts of seasonings, plus the opening of Tic Tac boxes is perfect for sprinkling spices over your food!
2. Make Popcorn On The Campfire
- aluminum foil
- popcorn kernels
- wooden stick
2.1 Rip off a large piece of aluminum foil and place popcorn kernels and some butter in the center.
2.2 Fold the 2 sides of aluminum foil towards the center so that they overlap slightly, and twist the 2 open ends closed.
2.3 Attach the twisted ends of the aluminum foil to a wooden stick and hold the popcorn bag over your campfire. Now all you need is a good ghost story to listen to while you're eating your popcorn!
3. Waterproof Matches
- nail polish
To make a match waterproof, brush nail polish over the tip and let it dry. The nail polish will rub off when you strike the match, but the tip will stay dry if it rains!
4. DIY Camping Toilet
- folding camp chair
- box cutter
- toilet seat
- 2 zip ties
- trash bag
- 2 binder clips
4.1 Cut a large square out of the seat of the folding camp chair.
4.2 Use zip ties to attach a toilet seat to the front of the chair. Once the toilet seat is attached, fold it forward so that it's hanging off of the front of chair.
4.3 Use binder clips to attach an empty trash bag to the gap in the seat of the chair and flip the toilet seat back into place.
5. DIY Faucet
- empty plastic water jug
- box cutter
- plastic straw
- transparent tape
5.1 Use a box cutter to cut a small hole near the bottom of an empty plastic water jug. Insert a plastic straw into the opening and tape the straw in place. Make a handle out of transparent tape and attach it to the top of the water jug.
5.2 Make sure the straw is pointing upwards, fill the water jug with water, and hang it up in a tree. Turn the straw downward and water will start to flow out. When you're done cleaning up, close the faucet by flipping the straw up again.
6. Open Cans With A Spoon
No can opener? No problem! Believe it or not, you can open cans using just a spoon! Hit the can on a hard surface, like a rock, and you'll be able to pry off the lid using the edge of the spoon!
7. DIY Soap Pouch
- old towel
- needle & thread
- bar of soap
To save some space when packing, you can create a convenient soap pouch that will help you stay clean on your camping trip. Start by cutting an old, torn towel into a small rectangle. Use a needle & thread to sew together a little washcloth pouch, insert a bar of soap, and you can use it to freshen up during your trip!
8. Turn A Plate Into A Bowl
- paper plate
- 4 plastic forks
It's hard to remember every little thing when you're camping, and a bowl is one of the things you're most likely to forget. Luckily, you can easily turn a paper plate into a bowl by using plastic forks as clamps to pinch the sides of the plate up. This little bowl is perfect for noodles, beans, or whatever else your bring along for your trip!
With these easy tricks, your camping trip will go more smoothly than you ever could have imagined – as long as you don't forget to bring the tent!