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These tips and tricks will guarantee you’ll be a totally happy camper this summer.

posted on June 5, 2013 at 1:20pm EDT
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1. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.

2. Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.

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3. Also: Mountain Dew + baking soda + peroxide = lantern.

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4. Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.

Get the recipe here.

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5. Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.

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6. Bring a tick deterrent.

7. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.

Be sure to buy strike-anywhere matches.

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8. Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.

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9. Make crescent rolls over the campfire.

For maximum yumminess, fill ‘em with stuff like marshmallows and Nutella. Or wrap hot dogs with them.

Get the directions here.

10. Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.

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11. Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.

This one is $84.99 from Cabelas.

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12. Get these seat hammocks for car camping.

Buy ‘em here.

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13. Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.

Use a lighter to seal up the ends.

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14. Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.

Place a scoop of coffee grounds into a coffee filter and tie it up with dental floss. When you’re ready to brew, just make it like you would make tea in a teabag!

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15. Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.

They’ll keep you from going into caffeine withdrawal.

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16. Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.

Get the directions here.

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17. Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.

You can also rub soap on mosquito bites to relieve the itchiness.

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18. Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station.

Just fill it up with water.

19. Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.

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20. Make campfire cones!

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21. Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.

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22. Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don’t need to be refrigerated.

Get the full recipe here. You can also find powdered eggs at most grocery stores (if you don’t shudder at the thought).

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23. Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.

24. Make a portable washing machine with a plunger and a bucket.

Get the directions here.

25. Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.

You just have to light the carton and the fire will catch on to the charcoal.

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27. Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.

Get the directions here.

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28. Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.

Once the coals are uniformly gray and ashy, cover them with fresh rosemary branches. Your meat and vegetables will be flavored with the taste of savory herbs.

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29. Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.

Aged cheddar, Parmigiano, and/or Gruyère will keep for at least a week unrefrigerated.

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30. Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.

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31. Try roasting Starburst.

Sounds crazy, but it’s actually delicious. Crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Roast it until it’s bubbling.

32. Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.

Polenta is especially versatile because it can be shaped into patties and pan-fried for a sweet or savory meal. Get a recipe for grilled polenta cakes.

Source:bonappetit.com

33. Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.

Get the full details here.

Source:trulysimple.com

34. If you’re going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.

Buy it here.

Source:gofastandlight.com

35. Keep the kids busy with a scavenger hunt.

Write the items down on a paper bag so they have a receptacle for the items.

36. Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.

Get the directions here.

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37. Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.

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38. Bring microfiber towels — they’re super absorbent and lightweight.

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39. Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.

They’ll keep your food cold, and you’ll have plenty of water to drink for later.

Other things you can freeze to use for later: pasta sauces, chili, and pesto.

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40. Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.

Get the instructions here.

Source:instructables.com

41. Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.

No matter how far you have to carry this thing, YOU NEED IT. Get it here for $25.95.

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    They forgot one good tip. fill empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls with dryer lint for fire starters! Ihaveastack of them at my trailer and they work very well. Keep your old dryer sheets too and put them into the cup holders on your folding chairs, the moisture from your drinks will reactivate the scent and you’ll have less mosquitos flyin around!

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  • I’m a big fan of this wooden torch. I figure, when the battery dies, it’s an instant source of fuel for a camp fire. Sorted.

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      That and probably 1000s of other trees to get “fuel” from. Also, that type of wood looks really hard to burn.

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    I like the ideas and really now. Take the canned candles. It is only sensible to pack as light as possible so you use what you take with you as much as possible then take the debris with you. As for the scavenger hunt, who said take what you find home with you. When my boys were children they would have looked at you like you wereanut and from the age of6they went camping on their own, made do with what they figured and were nice enough to bring the garbage home at the end of the weekend and HELLO! they were just young boys without adult supervision or say so. They just followed what they were taught so if your parents didn’t teach you don’t take it out on the one with the great ideas. One should live this in real life to understand it. We were in an area that lost it’s road to the outside world, telephones, hydro for quitealong time and getting things intoacommunity for about 1000 people was quiteajob. One really had to use their wits to havealittle comfort as heat and lights.

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