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These great camping hacks will save you time and money. There is no doubt about it, going camping can be a lot of work. Setting up camp and taking it down, cooking over a fire and even going to the bathroom can be a pain in the butt (literally!) Watch out for those pinecone ladies!

Camping Hacks

Use plastic totes (this is what I use) for packing most of your supplies. I like these totes for clothes. Once you have everything unpacked you can also use them as tables between your camping chairs.

Bring a work light if camping somewhere with electricity, and use a nail to hang on a nearby tree. This lights up the entire campsite! Be sure to bring an extension cord!

Don’t bring all of your seasonings in cut straws as one hack suggests. Instead, put all of your pre-measured dry ingredients for a meal (including herbs and spices) in a mason jar, or plastic pickle jar will work also. That way all you have to do is combine dry and fresh ingredients. I have an example of this below.

Crack eggs, and place them in a sealed container. Keep it in the cooler until you are ready to scramble some eggs in the morning!

If you are camping somewhere that you have to hike in carrying a camping chair will add a lot of weight to your load. Instead, try an inflatable chair/lounger. These are compact, lightweight and fun to sit and lay in. The only problem is that I am guessing they should not be near a fire.

Replacements for popular items with less expensive ones

This first infographic has some of my favorite hacks. I don’t use frozen water bottles in place of ice, I use these reusable frozen bricks. Someone gave me a bunch of these, so I didn’t have to buy them.

If you don’t have any, you could just use bottles if you want. I have oil lanterns that I don’t like traveling with and I have battery lanterns, that take way too many batteries, which cost too much money.

The water jug is a great alternative. This headlamp works perfectly for this purpose! These water jug headlamps work really well, and the kids think it’s neat!

Double Duty Camping Items


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Must-Have Items?

I don’t know about “must-have” with some of these items below. Other than making a lantern with a headlamp, it has many other uses.

It can be very useful when camping in such situations, say going pee in the middle of the night.

How many times ladies have you been squatting holding a flashlight, and toilet paper trying to balance so your butt doesn’t hit that pinecone or thorny vine. Yep, you can tell, I’ve been there done that!

It’s hard to put the flashlight down, because well it might get wet. Eww! So a headlamp it is!

I have a set of coleman dishes, and cheap pans that are good for boiling water and such for tea. I also have plenty of cast iron pans that I like to cook over a fire with. I can’t believe a percolator is not on this “must-have” list. I don’t know about you, but as far a luxury goes while camping, a cup of coffee in the morning is luxury to me.

The only other must-haves on the list, in my opinion, is water shoes, if you will be near water and repellent-treated clothing. These two items can save a lot of headaches!

Must-Have Luxury Items


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Cooking While Camping

I like to make camp soup, sandwiches for lunch and eggs and toast for breakfast. I have a recipe for camp soup, but I have not taken pictures yet. It is super tasty and easy to make.

1 can of black beans, 1 cup of rice, 1 cup of quinoa, 1 onion, 1 carrot (you can cut prior to leaving and keep in the cooler until ready to use,) and I also like to bring a handful of dehydrated veggies to throw in.

Prior to leaving you can place your pre-measured rice, quinoa, dehydrated veggies in a mason jar. That will make it super easy. Don’t forget to bring a can opener!

Cooking Up A Storm

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