15 Camping Hacks for a Smarter Summer

Prepare for your outdoor experience this summer with a sack full of life-hacks that will make getting back to nature fun for everyone.


When it comes to camping trips, hiking, and other outdoor excursions, being armed with a variety of tried and true techniques from those seasoned in outdoor living can improve the quality of the experience. Here are 15 ways to maximize your time in the great outdoors.

1. Hang S-hooks from a belt strapped around a tree and use it to hang pots and pans to dry.

2. Bring scrambled eggs in a leak-proof bottle to fry the next morning. Be sure to keep the bottle in the cooler until you’re ready to cook.

3. Camp smarter! Charge your cell phone and other devices with thermoelectric power on BioLite’s Wood Burning Camp Stove while you cook your breakfast using pine cones, twigs, and other available biomass materials.

4. Keep a separate pair of socks just to sleep in. After a day of hiking, mountain biking, and outdoor adventuring, your feet will thank you.

5. Store silica packs in your cookware while not in use to prevent rust.

6. Keep your toilet paper in a plastic coffee container to keep it dry and clean. Cut a vertical opening in the side of the container to thread the paper through.

7. Invest in a magazine holder, available at many discount and dollar stores, to hold your napkins and paper plates.

8. Bring along a lint roller to go over your clothes after you’re out in the woods. It removes ticks and other unwanted insects.

9. If you need a fire starter in a pinch, use lint or hand sanitizer. If you can plan ahead, save up your dryer lint for this purpose. Trick birthday candles are great for keeping the fire lit.

10. To keep food dry and pest-free while camping, place baking racks in a cooler on top of the beverages and ice packs and store your food on the racks.

11. Ward off mosquitoes by throwing bundles of sage into the fire pit.

12. LifeStraw purifies water by removing viruses, parasites, bacteria, and microplastics, which means you can drink directly from rivers, streams, and lakes. The filter is good for up to 1,000 gallons.

13. Fill empty jugs with water and freeze them before camping. Store in your cooler to chill food and drinks and remove them so the water can melt to give you drinking water.

14. Hang clothes to dry on a line using bread tags when clothespins aren't available.

15. Keep spices in empty Tic-Tac containers or in heat-sealed straw segments.

Get ready for cookout season.

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