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Clever Camping Hacks

When it comes to ingenuity, it’s hard to beat all of those avid campers out there who continue to come up with clever ways to make camping more enjoyable. Here are a few tips you may want to try yourself:

Convenient Caffeine

If you just can’t start your day without a steaming cup of Joe, here’s an easy way to bring it along on your next camping trip:  make several “coffee bags” (similar to tea bags) by putting a scoop of coffee in a paper coffee filter and tying it up with dental floss. Just steep each one in hot water as you would a tea bag and enjoy!

Camping Cookware Storage

A Shoe-in for Storing Cookware

Instead of constantly digging through your supplies to find that spatula or meat fork that you need, bring along an over-the-door plastic shoe organizer and hang it up at your campsite. The pockets will make it easy to store — and find — your cookware items.

Simple S’Mores

If the kids just can’t wait until that nighttime campfire to enjoy the taste of s’mores, here’s an easy way to keep them satisfied: Make a s’more snack mix by mixing together two cups of mini marshmallows, two cups of bear-shaped graham cracker treats and one cup of chocolate chips.

Make Flies Fly Away

There’s nothing more annoying than having flies hanging around when you’re trying to enjoy a meal. Next time, try this: Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of half pine-scented all-purpose cleaner and half water, then spray it on your table and other surfaces. Flies apparently hate the scent of pine.

Keep Your Keys

If you’re planning on going boating or participating in other water sports, here’s a simple way to make sure your keys don’t fall out of your pocket and end up at the bottom of the lake:  Attach them to a cork and they’ll float right to the surface.

Water Jug Headlamp Lantern

Light Up the Night

For an easy way to make a lantern, fill a plastic gallon jug with water and then strap a headlamp around it with the light pointing in. Voila! Instant lantern.

Nice Spice Storage

Instead of bringing along all of your individual bottles of spices, save space by using rectangular plastic breath mint boxes to store them. These tiny boxes will take up very little space yet you’ll still be able to see which spice is inside each one.

Garbage in, Garbage out

Here’s another space-saving idea: bring along a collapsible laundry basket, then place a garbage bag in it when you reach your campsite. It will make it easier to stash your trash.

Cheap Tricks

Check out the plastic storage containers at your local dollar store to find some compact, inexpensive (and waterproof) ways to store your camping staples like playing cards, first aid supplies and food ingredients.