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CAMPING HACKS FOR BEGINNERS

Camping is one of the best summertime activities, and it’s a great way to bond with your family or friends. But make no mistake, camping does take a bit of planning and energy depending on where you’ll go camping and how big your camping party is. Yet, there are a lot of ways to make camping more comfortable, less stressful, and more enjoyable. Here are a few camping hacks you don’t have to spend a fortune on.

LAMP AND WATER CONTAINER

Headlamps are great for keeping your campsite well-lit. But, haven’t you noticed that many of them are too bright if you’re using them inside your tent? You can reduce the glare by using the headlamp and a gallon of water. All you have to do is strap the light around the water container. Just make sure the light is pointed towards the water (transparent or semi-transparent water containers only).

TIC-TAC AND SPICES

If you need to use spices for cooking, you can store them in Tic-Tac boxes, so you can save precious space in your bag. The best thing about this is you can easily control how much you pour too.

CAMPFIRE CONES

One of the easiest to make and most delicious camping desserts is campfire cones. All you need to do is fill a waffle cone with your favourite combination of fruits, sweet treats and any other treats you can think of. Wrap it in foil and place it in the coals of your fire. Let it roast for about 5 to 10 minutes, and presto! You’ve got a great dessert even the kids will love.

MASON JARS AND EGGS

Scrambled eggs are one of the staple breakfast to make while camping because it’s easy to make. If you don’t want to bring a bowl to mix the egg in, you can use a mason jar instead. Just crack the eggs into the jar and keep them in your cooler until you’re ready to use them. As an added bonus, you won’t have to carry the eggs around and worry about them breaking. When you want to cook it, shake the jar vigorously before you pour it into the pan.

MASON JAR AND PANCAKES

Adding to the concept of the mason jar and eggs earlier, you can also do this if you’re planning to make pancakes for breakfast. Just put the pancake dry mix in the jar. If you’re ready to cook it, just add water and a couple of eggs. Shake vigorously, and voila, you’re ready to go!

COFFEE AND TOILET PAPER

Keep your camp toilet paper dry by storing it in empty coffee cans, only plastic ones please. Slice out an opening at the side of your coffee can, so you can get the toilet paper without taking it out of the can.

WATER BOTTLE AND DUCT TAPE

Ever been in a situation where you wish you had brought duct tape? All you have to do is wrap it around your water bottle. That way, you won’t have to bring the whole roll, which takes up valuable space in your bag.

BELT AND HOOKS

You can use a belt and several hooks to hang up your pots and pans, so it won’t get dirty before and after use. All you have to do is find a tree, strap the belt around it, place the hooks and hang up your pots and pans. Pretty easy, right?

FOAM FLOOR TILES

If you’re bringing your kids on a camping trip, why not bring their foam floor tiles too? It’ll make for a more comfortable tent floor.

So there you go! Not everything is solved by expensive gadgets and gizmos. Now that you know these camping hacks, you’ll be more resourceful. Best of all, your camping trip has become more comfortable and smoother without spending much. Happy camping!


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Suzy T
suzyt@dinga.com.au

From camping to fishing, to trekking and touring around Australia for lengthy periods of time, Suzy lives it. She also has a passion for pets. Now she is sharing her experiences.