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With a few camping hacks up your sleeve, you can make your next outdoor adventure less stressful, more fun, and maybe even a little tastier.

We’ve divided these 12 brilliant camping hacks into 3 categories:

  • Camping food hacks
  • Camping life hacks
  • Camping storage hacks.

 

Camping Food Hacks

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1. Muffin Batter + Orange Peels = Delicious

Prepare some muffin batter before you leave and bring it along in a container. Then, cut some oranges in half and use the fruit itself as you wish (add it to a fruit salad or make some fresh juice). Now simply pour your batter into each half-peel and place them on a grill over your campfire. You’ll have delicious muffins to enjoy in no time! (Hack from Food Network)

2. Easy, No-Mess Omelettes

Get some water boiling over the campfire, then crack a couple of eggs into a sandwich bag. Add extra ingredients as you like (e.g. ham, cheese, milk, salt, pepper, parsley, paprika), zip up the bag, and give it a good shake. Place your bagged breakfast into the boiling water and get ready for a scrumptious omelette. (Hack from Hema Maps)

Bonus hack: Crack your eggs into a container before you leave. They probably won’t survive the trip in a carton!

3. Spice Up Your Camping Life with Tic Tac Boxes

Love the idea of adding those spices to your omelette? Not sure how you’d efficiently pack them into your camping gear? Keep your used Tic Tac boxes for a couple of weeks and then repurpose them as portable spice containers. Your rustic camping meals just got a little more refined. (Hack from BuzzFeed)

4. Camp Coffee

With no cafés in sight, you may have to forego your morning coffee… or not! Prepare some servings of instant coffee in coffee filters and turn them into little pouches with a piece of string. You can boil some water, put a pouch in your mug (just like a teabag), and create your own morning cuppa. (Hack from Spoon University)

 

Camping Life Hacks

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5. Some Sage Advice

Add some sage to your campfire to provide a natural repellent for mosquitoes. (Hack from Lifehack)

6. Use Doritos as Kindling

Oily chips catch fire easily and burn for quite a while, and they’re considerably less expensive than fire-starter sticks. Once you’ve got the fire blazing, use the leftovers as a snack – obviously! (Hack from Ordinary Traveller)

7. Line Your Backpack with a Garbage Bag

Keeping your backpack’s contents dry is essential for your comfort and enjoyment. When a downpour strikes or you slip into the creek, the extra lining of a garbage bag will help keep your possessions protected from water. (Hack from KOA)

8. Foam Floor Mats

Treat your feet better by using some interlocking foam mats as a floor in your tent. This will make walking in your tent more comfortable while also insulating the ground on cold nights. (Hack from Country Living)

 

Camping Storage Hacks

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9. Pre- and Post-Camping Inventories

While packing your car, don’t toss items in willy-nilly. Instead, prepare an inventory of everything you need to take in advance. This will ensure nothing gets left behind and you don’t run out of space before all the essentials are packed. Before heading home after your trip, make a checklist of all the things you brought and didn’t use. This way, you can save time and space by skipping those items next time. (Hack from Life Storage)

10. Clear Plastic Bins

Load your clear bins into the car first. This way, you can place other items in and around them to prevent things from sliding around while you’re driving. Plastic bins are also great for dividing and organising your camping gear into categories (e.g. kitchen items, food, toiletries, and personal items). (Hack from Amanda Outside)

11. Nobody Likes Soggy Toilet Paper

Use an old coffee can to store your camping toilet paper. This will keep it clean and dry, which everyone on your camping trip will appreciate. (Hack from Camping Habits)

12. Colour-Code Your Bags

If you tend to take a lot of bags when you go camping, consider colour-coding them based on what they contain. This will make it easier to find the exact item you need rather than having to rummage through your entire car boot. (Hack from The Dyrt)

For more camping hacks and advice, be sure to browse our blog.