The 5 Most Useful Camping Hacks

As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to head outdoors and go on a few camping trips before winter sets in. Camping is a great family activity, but it can be tricky to pack correctly, keep bugs away, and stay as comfortable as possible when you’re “roughing it.” Here are 5 easy tips that can turn your camping trip into a success:

Line your backpack with a garbage bag

There’s nothing worse than finding out all of your stuff is wet after rain. To prevent this from ever happening to you, line your pack with a garbage bag and then put in your supplies.

Stuff your sleeping bag case with clothes for a pillow

Instead of bringing a pillow and taking up valuable space, simply plan on stuffing your sleeping bag’s case with clothes. This is a great hack for longer camping trips where you change campsites; you don’t have to awkwardly carry around a pillow.

Burn sage to keep mosquitoes away

Did you know mosquitoes hate fresh sage? When you’ve built your fire, throw on a bundle of sage and they will steer clear. This is a great, all-natural way to keep the biting insects away.

Use Doritos as kindling

Speaking of fires, you always need kindling that burns hot and fast to get a good one going. A handful of Doritos make a surprisingly-efficient fire-starter, so bring some along for a snack and use a few when it’s time to build your fire.

Shave strips of soap and dry dots of toothpaste to save space

Instead of bringing along a whole bar of soap or tube of toothpaste, use a vegetable peeler to shave off strips of soap and dry out dots of toothpaste. Put the soap strips in a bag, and let the dots dry out for three days on a paper plate. Add a sprinkle of baking soda, break them off, and then store in a separate bag for easy portability.