The Ultimate List of Camping Tips: Hacks and Tricks for the Great Outdoors

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If you’re camping, hiking, or doing anything outdoors this summer, you need to know these camping hacks! After all, camping trips are supposed to be fun. There’s nothing worse than being in the great outdoors and feeling miserable. Here is a list of camping tips that will have you staying happy and comfortable when camping this year!

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– Make sure you have some camping pillows with you. You don’t want to be sleeping on those rocks or sticks all night! A camping pillow will help keep your neck and back supported so that a good night’s sleep is guaranteed no matter where you are camping this summer!

– Put dryer lint in an old nylon stocking, tie it off at the end, and use it as kindling for starting fires. Your kids can even get involved by collecting the lint over time while doing laundry at home. This is also great because using up old clothing items like nylons keeps them out of landfills too! What’s not to love? More camping tips here.

– You can prevent water from dripping down the inside of your tent by securing a glow stick to the roof.

– If you forget bug spray, you could rub yourself all over with deodorant, and that will keep them away! No camping tips list will be complete without this camping hack because camping isn’t an option for mosquitoes in some areas or times of the year. Here’s another camping tip: rubbing fresh lemon juice on exposed skin is also very effective at keeping bugs away. This might not work for everyone, though, so get ready to try out different camping hacks until you find one that works for YOU!

– Make sure you have enough food stored up before heading into the bear country! Bears smell like cooking meat, candy, and other yummy camping foods from miles away. You don’t want to be forced to sleep with one eye open because you’re worried about a hungry bear coming after your camping supplies!

– If you want campfires but are worried about the wood catching on fire too quickly, soak them in water before putting it into the bonfire. That way, they will burn for longer and won’t catch fire as quickly. This is an easy camping hack that anyone can do!

– Don’t forget your bug spray when camping or hiking this summer! There’s nothing worse than bugs flying around everywhere while trying to enjoy nature, especially during those long hikes where there isn’t any shelter nearby. If things go wrong…no, the camping tips list would be complete without this camping hack!

– If you are camping in bear country, store all of your food 50 feet away from the tent and cooking area. Bears have perfect noses, and they can smell your camping supplies even if they’re stored correctly – but keeping them far enough away will prevent bears or other animals from coming around looking for a snack at night while people are sleeping.

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Cooking & Food Tips

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1. Extra gasoline for cooking is a good idea.

Ensure you bring extra fuel, whether you plan to cook on an open campfire or a gas camp stove. The most popular type of camping stove for family tents utilize butane canisters, so be sure to have plenty on hand – you might go through more than you think, and not every campsite has a camping store.

2. Don’t forget to bring a set of cooking utensils.

It’s easy to overlook things like wooden spoons, spatulas, scissors, bottle/can opener, serving spoon, and tongs while packing for a camping trip; however, having them on hand can be very useful (see the point. seven below).

3. Take food bags, plastic storage containers, and foil.

If you’re preparing authentic meals from scratch, you’ll need fresh ingredients that may not be used all at once. Make sure you bring food bags and plastic storage containers with you to store open packets and half-finished components.

4. Invest in a decent cooler box.

The average cool box will keep food cold for just a few hours (8 hours if you’re lucky) before it needs to be refrigerated, so if you’re going camping for more than a day or two, we recommend investing in a decent passive cooler. A fantastic electric box is an excellent investment if you have access to electricity while camping; however, we recommend Coleman Xtreme Coolers if you are camping without an EHU.

5. Before placing food or drink in the cool box, chill them first.

Freeze as much as you can before packing your cool box and, if possible, chill anything that won’t be frozen. Remember that the more stuff you fill your cooler with, the better it will keep everything cold.

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6. Take anything that can be used to start a fire with you.

If you’re staying at a campsite with barbecues or campfires, bring something to start the fire with, such as matches and a lighter. Find out how to build a fire.

7. Make meal plans ahead of time.

Don’t rely on chance when it comes to your food, especially if you’re camping with the family. Planning meals for each day ensures that you know exactly what supplies you’ll need to bring and what cooking equipment you’ll require, such as a wok, filter, fish slice, etc.

8. Prepare your meals at home before going to the camping site.

Preparing your meals at home makes preparing food on the campsite considerably simpler. Chunks of veggies and onions are more manageable to chop and design in your kitchen than on the move, so start early at home, then store your prepped ingredients in food bags or storage containers to make cooking on the trail a breeze.

9. Bring some food with you.

Make sure you have plenty of snacks, crisps, almonds, and fruit on hand if you or the children get an attack of the munchies while camping far away from a store.

10. Spray oil may be used to cook with.

When it comes to campsite cooking, a little container of spray oil is considerably handier than bringing a big bottle from home or decanting it into something smaller.

11. Take a water bag with you.

A camping must-have is a foldable water carrier that also readily dispenses water. There are several different styles to pick from, with some being more user-friendly than others! Choose a folding flat water carrier to save room, but make sure it’s still sturdy when used (even when it’s not complete). The Outwell Collapse Water Carrier is one of our favorites.

12. Make a packed box of kitchen supplies.

If you’re going on a lengthy trip and intend to cook, make sure you have the tools and equipment you’ll need. A stove, kettle, cooking dishes, cutlery, plates, bowls, and mugs are necessary accessories. Consider where you’ll be cooking as well. Do you want to prepare a meal for four outside the tent with a Trangia?

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13. Don’t just rely on a barbecue or an open fire for cooking.

It’s great to plan a barbecue and dine al fresco on a camping trip, but the truth is that weather conditions will not always be in your favor. If it rains, your plans will be dashed if you only have a barbecue or rely on a campfire. Make sure you have another way of preparing food, such as a small portable stove.

14. Put up a tarp if you’re cooking over an open flame.

Cooking on an open fire is a fantastic experience, but if the weather is terrible, you’ll need to safeguard it. A safe distance above your campfire with a tarp protects it from rain and guarantees that you’ll be able to cook even if it’s pouring down.

15. Condiment sachets, such as mustard, may be kept in tiny form.

I’m not suggesting you go to a fast-food restaurant and pick up a massive armload of them before walking out, but the odd salt packet here and there won’t hurt, and they’re great for camping if you don’t want to take actual bottles of tomato sauce and so on. Remember, though, that ketchup, olive oil, and other condiments are available in tiny sizes, making them perfect for traveling.

Sleeping Tips

16. Invest in a decent sleeping bag if you don’t have one.

If you sleep in a tent or any other type of shelter, it’s essential to keep your battery charged. Even if the temperature is below freezing when camping at night, it can still be considerably colder than you expect. Make sure you invest in a suitable sleeping bag that can withstand the elements. In the summertime, nights might still be chilly, so we recommend a 3-season sleeping bag.

17. Extra blankets are a good idea.

It’s not pleasant to be chilly when camping, especially at night in your bed, so bring some extra blankets to keep you warm at night. Check out our cold weather camping recommendations for further information.

18. Take a hot water bottle with you.

A hot water bottle is an excellent method to keep warm while sleeping in late spring, late fall, or winter. Even the most perfect quality sleeping bag will benefit from the additional heat produced by a hot water bottle, allowing you to sleep like a baby instead of shivering all night!

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19. Don’t sleep on the ground directly.

Because so much cold comes from the ground, sleeping directly on the floor will leave you much colder than sleeping on an insulating surface. A thick SIM (5cm or more) with foam padding provides excellent insulation, as does a camping bed that keeps you off the chilly floor or, failing that, an inexpensive insulating foam pad.

20. Take a lantern rather than using a hand-held torch.

Torches have their uses, but if you want to read in bed, for example, a lantern will give you a more useful light source that you won’t have to hold. Alternatively, a head torch allows for nighttime reading and is an excellent all-around solution.

21. For nighttime toilet visits, bring a flashlight.

A head torch or a hand-held lighter is required for nighttime excursions to the toilet, as well as shoes that can be slipped on and off (but Crocs aren’t!)

22. Invest in a camping toilet if you haven’t already.

If you have small children who need to use the toilet frequently throughout the night, or if you often visit the toilet block, a camp loo might help you avoid missing your bedtime by stumbling back and forth from the latrine area. The Thetford Porta Potti 165 Qube is our top pick. If you have a sizeable multi-room family tent with compartments, you may discreetly stow the camping loo in one of them; alternatively, invest in a simple pop-up toilet tent to put beside your tent so that you don’t have to go too far at night. Always make sure to dispose of trash using the proper chemical disposal facility on established campsites.

23. Put a layer of Limor under your air bed.

Air beds, especially the beautiful double-height versions, maybe chilly to sleep on during the summer months since you’re resting on a large block of cold air. Place a blanket or even a picnic rug beneath your air bed to provide you some much-needed insulation.

24. For low-level illumination inside the tent, use battery or solar-powered fairy lights.

Inside the tent, fairy lights provide a lovely soft light and are not only beautiful, but they are also pleasant to read by and far more relaxing than camping lanterns that give harsh directional light that doesn’t help catch those crucial Z’s.

25. Before you go, double-check for your mallet, pegs, and poles.

Before you go camping, double-check that the poles and tent pegs are in your tent bag rather than just assuming they are! Also, make sure you have a mallet and a tent peg puller in your luggage.

26. Check the weather forecast before you leave. Make sure you know how to pitch a tent before you go camping.

On a leisurely sunny afternoon, pitching a new tent isn’t so bad, but imagine being stuck in traffic, showing up late, and then the heavens opening… Pitching your tent quickly in foul weather with decreasing daylight is difficult, but it’s even more so if you’re attempting to set up a brand new tent for the first time. Have a practice run outside before coming on-site; watch a YouTube video or at least read the instructions on how to erect your new tent beforehand.

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27. Consider where you’ll put up your tent.

Campsites may be set, limiting your options somewhat, but the ideal type of campsites provides you the freedom to pick where you want to camp. Flat space is preferable, but keep in mind your proximity to facilities like toilets, roads, and play areas (you’ll discover these zones are busier, noisier, and less private), as well as trees, walls, and fences.

28. Inside your tent, be as comfy as possible.

Extra camping accessories, such as foldable camp chairs or tent carpeting, can make the camping experience more pleasant. Consider including some comfy extras to your packing list, such as a picnic rug on the floor.

29. Make a list of the chores to be made by the kids.

Children might be a distraction while you’re busy pitching and setting up. Give them chores to complete so they aren’t under your feet, allowing them to feel like they’re assisting. Assign easy tasks such as inflating air mattresses, fetching water, and putting up simple camp furniture for the kids to feel involved and occupied.

30. Before you begin to set up your tent, clear the area around it.

Before you begin to set up your tent on the chosen site, make sure it’s free of pebbles and large twigs. Once the tent is erected and used, things like this might harm your groundsheet and be unpleasant underfoot.

31. Create some shelter by using windbreaks.

Because the shade is so essential, it’s a bit of an art. If your tent doesn’t include a built-in canopy, consider adding a separate awning or tent extension; be sure they don’t overlap with other campers and are permitted in the reservation regulations.

32. Ditch the standard tent pegs and use these instead.

Pathetically thin tent pegs are a common feature of tents. A set of heavy-duty tent pegs not only gives you a spare set of pegs, but they’ll also provide robust pegs that will keep your tent firmly planted and easy to hammer into the complex or rocky ground.

33. Don’t make your tent pegs protrude too far from the ground.

People are likely to trip over your tent pegs if you leave them sticking up. You, at the least, several times, so pound them into the ground but not so deeply that you’ll have a hard time extracting them!

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34. Before you set up your tent, make sure it’s closed.

If you leave the doors of your tent open, there’s a good chance they’ll be tugged so tight that zipping them up will be difficult, resulting in tension that may harm the zips. To get the proper pitch, always zip up your tent’s doors before erecting them.

35. To store your tent, unzip the windows and doors.

Zipping up windows and doors before taking down your tent makes it more likely that air will get trapped inside. When you roll the tent up, there’s nowhere for the air to go; at worst, you risk harming your tent, and at best, you’ll have a difficult time packing it away because it will be puffed up with air.

36. When using tent pegs, don’t use your feet.

The simplest method to bend tent pegs is to push them in with your foot. If the ground is soft, you may sometimes get away with it, but in most cases, you’ll damage the pegs and render them unusable, so always use a mallet.

37. Bring a pair of in-tent shoes with you.

Bring a spare pair of soft shoes or even slippers to keep your feet toasty inside your shelter if it’s raining. UGG boots are pretty out-of-date, but they’re ideal for when you’re inside your tent!

General Camping Tips & Hacks

38. Carefully select your camping location.

The campsites are different individuals; some are huge and open with such features as discos, children’s play areas, cafés, shops, and even swimming pools. Others have a much wilder and back-to-basics feel to them, so be careful about the type of camping experience you want and choose your campsite appropriately.

39. Keep a camping supply box fully loaded at all times.

Create your camping necessities box by combining items like duck tape, a multi-tool, first-aid supplies, flashlight, matches, and so on. You’ll be sure to have those random things that you always seem to need at some point on your next camping trip this way.

40. Make a kid-friendly camping boredom buster box

If your kids lack in the Creative Department and you say to them, “Just GO AND PLAY!” with no reaction, packing up a boredom buster / wrong weather box is a brilliant idea. Fill it with books, games, explorations, and craft supplies so they can get lost in it. A box like this is ideal for rainy days to keep the children occupied inside the tent.

41. To attach bunting and fairy lights to your tent, use plant clips.

While cable ties can be used to hold bunting and fairy lights around your tent, they are single-use plastic and may scratch the surface of your tent if you cut them free. However, round garden plant clamps might be reused indefinitely and are ideal for hanging fairy lights on your tent or awning.

42. For packing, use Jumbo recycled storage bags.

Use jumbo recycled storage bags to make packing a breeze. The bags are big enough to hold several sleeping bags and pillows, and transporting your camping gear in bags like this ensures that it won’t get wet if you’re setting up or dismantling in the rain.

43. Leave nothing behind that you didn’t bring with you.

Finally, after packing up the tent and loading the car to the brim with things in preparation for your return trip home, take a stroll around your site. Look for litter you may have overlooked and see whether anything else is there besides random tent pegs.

44. Solar-powered stake lights may be used to label your guy lines.

Take a few solar-powered stake lights with you (available for about £1 each in the summer) and use them to identify prominent guy ropes to avoid becoming a trip hazard, especially on a busy campsite.

45. Place floor cushions on the ground to protect it from dirt and knees.

Chairs, footstools, or even various essential cushions are all great for creating a pleasant chill-out zone within your tent.

46. Don’t pick a little shelter.

On a camping excursion of any length, or for family campers, in particular, you’ll discover a tent that offers you room makes for a much more practical and enjoyable camping experience. Don’t fall into the trap of choosing a tiny tent; if it says it’s a 5-person tent, remember that it most often means five skeletons on narrow SIMs (Self-inflating mats) and does not allow for luggage or camp furniture, so go with something bigger rather than smaller.

47. Prepare for bad weather.

Even if you’re camping in the summer in the United Kingdom, it may still be chilly at night, and, yes, there will most likely be rain. Being confined to a tiny tent on a wet day might be soul-destroying, so double-check that your shelter is large enough to fit a living area inside that you can hang out in if the weather is terrible, as well as make sure you have wet weather gear and lots of things to keep yourself occupied if you’re trapped inside.

48. Glamp out your tent

Some people enjoy a more traditional camping experience, while others prefer to camp in comfort and elegance. If that describes you, there are some easy methods for making your camping trip feel glam-like (glam camping). Investing in additional items like fairy lights, throws, bunting, and cushions can enhance the camping experience significantly.

49. Bring along some charging accessories for your vital gadgets.

Most people go camping to get away from it all, but having a charged phone is quite helpful. If you’re camping, make sure your phone is charged and working. You’ll use up the battery if you use your phone as a music player and camera, so bring a power bank or solar charging device with you to keep your essentials going strong. The hub 10K from Kailer Tools would be our first choice.

50. Learn about the campground regulations.

Choosing the best campsite is critical, but also make sure you’re aware of the campsite’s unique regulations before you arrive. These might range from a complete ban on loud noises after 9 p.m. to no music, dogs, or campfires, so double-check that you’ve got everything clear and follow them to ensure your stay is pleasant!

51. Be courteous and considerate of your fellow campers while camping.

Listening to a football game on the radio or playing music might be your idea of leisure. Still, if you’re camping at a campsite rather than wild camping, you’ll need to pay attention and be considerate of other campers. Don’t ruin their trip with selfishness!

52. Bins are necessary for preventing the spread of fire.

Regardless of where you are camping, it’s self-evident that your pitch should be free of waste. Make sure you bring bin bags for garbage and try to separate your trash to be recycled.

53. Collapsible camping equipment can save you room when camping.

If you don’t have a lot of room, collapsible camping gear can be pretty helpful. You may save space on your journey by packing items like kettles and washing up bowls, as well as storage baskets and cups that collapse flat.

54. Wipes for spills and dirty surfaces are a good idea.

While camping, don’t forget that you’ll need to clean and wipe everything away! Spills will happen, so make sure you have some anti-bacterial or cleaning wipes and a roll of kitchen paper with you.

55. Take a laundry basket that opens up.

A pop-up laundry basket is ideal for family camping excursions, and it’s simple to turn one into a helpful container by putting a bin bag inside.

56. Extra clothing should be brought.

When it comes to spending time outside, dressing in layers is always a brilliant idea. Make sure you have enough warm layers, waterproofs, and other necessities. Pack a few more extra changes of clothing than you think they’ll need for the kids to get wet/dirty/fall out of a tree and rip everything they’re wearing. Both The People’s Poncho and November Rain make excellent colorful ponchos that are water-resistant.

57. Take a beat-up rug or front door mat as your sleeping mat.

Inside your tent, place a front door mat or an old rug. The groundsheet can rapidly become wet and muddy in heavy rain, so putting a doormat inside the entrance of your tent acts as a barrier that helps to keep the interior of your shelter dry and clean.

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