15 Camping Hacks That You Need To Know

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So you’re an avid camper are you? Every summer you call your friends, pack up your tent, stock up on food and supplies, and hit the great outdoors. What could be better? You’re out in nature with people you enjoy – hundreds of miles away from your domineering boss, crappy co-workers, and everyone else’s sh*t. Ok, well that’s what I think is so great about camping, anyway. Before I get too off topic here – do you find yourself getting mildly anxious before you head out to the woods? If so, it might be because you haven’t mastered camping in Mother Nature yet. You, like many, are probably not quite sure how to combat those pesky mosquitoes, how to best pack your food, or even start a campfire with ease. Not too worry, it’s way easier than you think. Just make note of these 15 brilliant camping hacks for your next woodland getaway.
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Sage Repels Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are a pain in the ass, neck, arms, legs, hands … and really wherever else they bite you. While you’re diligent enough to bring mosquitoes repellent, it still doesn’t prevent them from swarming the area. So if you want them out of sight (and mind), add some sage to your campfire, as they hate absolutely the smell of it.
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Soap + Cotton = No Ticks

Ticks are quite the nasty little bug. Not only do they bite, but can give you Lyme disease, which will totally ruin your camping trip – along with the next few months of your life. So if you find a tick on your body, soak a cotton ball with soap, and place it on the tick for 30 seconds. Eventually the tick will stop chewing on you, and start chewing on it instead. However, if you suspect that the tick has been eating away at you for some time, you may want to consider throwing him in a container so you can bring him to your doctor to test for Lyme disease when you return.
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Acorns Make Great Whistles

Getting lost while camping is a lot more common than many think. So should you find yourself lost in the woods, it’s good to know that acorns make great whistles. Simply remove the cap and blow. It’s much more effective, and easier than yelling.
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Duct-Tape Your Water Bottle

When you pack for camping, it’s all too easy to pack too much – which ends up just being a waste, and a hassle. But packing too little is a worse problem to have, so being economical with your packing is best. And one very efficient trick is to wrap your water bottle with duct-tape. After all, you never know when you’ll need some.
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Lamps Out Of Jars

Another thing to pack is mason jars. They not only make it easier to pack other items – like candles and matches. But they also make great lamps – using those candles and matches.
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1 Water Bottle = 8 Eggs

Way too many people pack eggs on their trip for those morning fireside pancakes. But eggs are one of the biggest nuisances to bring because they’re too fragile and break easy, obviously. So instead of bringing the carton, simply crack your eggs into a water bottle. Instantly you’ve got 8 easy to carry eggs that are ready to cook!
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DIY Shower

Showering is always tough in the outdoors. A) because it doesn’t rain enough, and B) because the lake is often too cold. So why not bring your own shower instead? Just pack a large watering can (which you’re likely to bring anyway), some rope, and voila! Instant shower from a tree.
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Sandpaper To Light Matches

Want to start that fire easier? Instead of packing a bunch of little match packs, stuff a whole container full of them – then, glue some sandpaper to the lid. It’s a surefire way to start, uhhh, well – a fire.
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Turn A Bottle Into A Spoon

Leave your Tupperware at home. It’s not necessary when you’re likely to bring water bottles. Bottles that, by simply following the diagram here can easily be turned into a spoon.
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Grits Repel Ants

So now you know how to repel mosquitoes, but what about those are nuisance insects – ants? Easy, just sprinkle some dry oatmeal flakes wherever you see ants and say goodbye, cause they’ll be gone.
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Deodorant Cures Bites

Hopefully you’ll be bringing deodorant. I mean, it’s one thing to live in Mother Nature for a while, but there’s no excuse to smell like her. But aside from spreading it on your armpits, deodorant is also great for soothing bites of all kinds.
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Foam Noodles Prevent Injuries

The last thing you want is to injure yourself while camping, as you’re often hundreds of miles away from medical attention. So when camping, prevention is really the best cure. That’s why it might be a good idea to bring one of those foam pool noodles that you can slice down the middle and place over any awnings or metal poles. Oh, and make sure you slice the noodle at home, and not at the campsite, incase you end up slicing your finger with it.
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Carry Essentials In Small Tins

Got any of the Altoids or mint chewing gum metal cans laying around? If so, think of them as little mini luggage. They’re absolutely perfect for carrying things like lighters, matches, band-aids, and any other small – but hugely necessary camping essentials.
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Take Toothpaste Dots

Looking for a better way to pack your toothpaste? Simple dab a bunch of drops on a resealable bag with some baking soda, and let dry for three day prior to packing.
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Vacuum Seal Your Food

A vacuum sealer is one of the best kitchen appliances you can own. Not only does it keep the food you’re using in your house fresher, longer. But it also does the exact same for the food you’ll be bringing with you on your camping trip. If you don’t have one yet, it’s a highly recommend purchase.
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