It’s the 21st century, so why go camping like cavemen? Luckily, there are lots of ways to make the experience of camping more comfortable while you’re roughing it outdoors. While it’s still not quite a home away from home, at least you can have fun trying out these camping hacks to make it seem like one.
1. Wake Up to Warm Clothes
Camping in summer is preferable, but if your significant other insists on braving the great outdoors in winter, then this is a trick for you. Simply grab the clothes you’re going to wear the next day and pop them in the bottom of your sleeping bag. In the morning they’ll be toasty and warm and you might feel more like getting out of bed.
2. Makeshift Kindling
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If you’re staying at a campground that does allow campfires then did you know that you can use Doritos as kindling? This saves you bringing bits of wood with you or going hunting for it (since we’re trying not to be like cavemen). Besides Doritos also feature in our camping hack #6, so keep reading!
3. Easy Coffee Maker
There’s no need to go without coffee when you’re camping. When you’re getting prepared at home simply put some ground coffee in a number of coffee filters and tie them up tightly with dental floss. Then you can just dip one in hot water like a teabag for an instant cuppa when you need one.
4. Quick Firestarters
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Following on from the Doritos kindling hack in #2, this is an excellent way to get a fire started if you don’t want to use all your matches. Before you go camping get some cotton balls, coat them in Vaseline and wrap in squares of aluminium foil. When you need to use one, simply cut an X in the foil, put through a bit of cotton ball and twist into a wick and light. These will give you around 10 minutes of flame.
5. Match protector
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With all this fire lighting going on you want to make sure that your matches stay dry when you need them. Wooden matchboxes can get soggy, so use a plastic container to keep them dry and glue sandpaper to the top of the container as the striking agent.
6. Tacos in a bag
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We told you Doritos would come in handy when camping. Not only can they be used to light a fire you can make tacos in their own individual bags. All you need to cook up the mince with some onion, tomatoes and spices, and grab some salad fixings and you can mix it up in the bag and eat with a fork.
7. Campfire Orange Cake
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There’s no reason to forego dessert when you’re camping. If you have a fire going there are a whole lot of yummy things you can cook in tin foil. For instance, orange cakes are easy to make. Simply cut oranges in half and scoop out the pulp. Mix up some instant cake mix in a bowl and fill up half way. Put the tops on and wrap in tin foil. Place in the embers for 20 minutes and the cake bakes right in the oranges. You might want to bring some ready to spread chocolate frosting to top it off. Enjoy!
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