Camping has been a wonderful tradition and beloved family adventure for a very long time. Nature lovers enjoy getting away from big cities, large crowds, and constant noise to enjoy the more peaceful side of life. Who wouldn’t want to watch a breathtaking sunset while surrounded by the beauty nature provides?
It’s an experience that can calm just about anyone. Unfortunately, camping also comes with its own set of hassles. Luckily, though, you can learn from the experience and genius of others and make your trip a little easier with these simple but effective camping hacks.
Keep Ticks Away
There are a lot of benefits to going on a nature hike during your camping adventure. Not only do you get to see some breathtaking views you might otherwise miss, but you boost your health with exercise and fresh air. However, there are some downfalls to it as well. One of the common drawbacks about walking around in nature is ticks. They latch on to you, and it can be tricky getting them off in a safe way.
This hack makes it easy to keep them from latching on in the first place. This DIY animal and child-safe spray is free of chemicals but works wonders. All you need to do is mix one part tea tree oil and two parts water into a spray bottle. Spray on your shoes, socks, and pant legs to keep those pesky ticks away.
Season Your Food Without Bringing a Ton of Spices
When you pack for a camping trip you simply can’t bring everything. You have limited space and need to make room for the essentials. Spices might not seem that important, but when you start thinking about eating bland steak or fish, you suddenly see the need to bring some flavoring. With this camping hack, you get the best of both worlds.
You can flavor your meat while drastically reducing the number of spices you take with you. In fact, you only need to bring one; rosemary. If you put rosemary on charcoal while it burns it will give your meat a fantastic smoked rosemary flavor that’s sure to please just about everyone.
Treat Bug Bites
No matter how careful you are, you’ll probably wind up with at least one bug bite during your trip. We all know that mosquitoes are extremely persistent. So, if you find yourself scratching a bug bite during your camping trip, use this hack to relieve the annoying itching.
All you have to do is rub some deodorant on the bite to eliminate the itch. Viola! Instant relief. Make it easy to carry it with you wherever you go by buying small travel sized deodorant before your trip.
Waterproof Your Shoes
There are several scenarios in which your feet, and therefore shoes, might get wet. If you volunteered to run through a creek or walk through the river then you might not mind the squishy sloshing of your shoes afterward, but if it was unexpected and unwanted water that filled your shoes, you might not be too thrilled. Thankfully this hack will prevent that annoying wet-feet feeling, and as a bonus, it’s simple and cheap.
Before you pack for your trip rub beeswax over your shoes. After the beeswax is applied use a blow dryer to seal it in. Make sure the wax is melted all over the shoe and then let it sit for a few minutes, around five, before putting the shoes on or packing them away. Now you can hike and splash in puddles as much as you want.
Condiments Made Easy
Not everyone prepares burgers and hot dogs the same way. Some prefer to add mustard and relish, while others like ketchup and onions. No matter your preference, this simple camping hack will make serving condiments so much simpler. When you pack for the trip, don’t pack a bunch of bowls or small containers to put mustard, mayo, or bbq sauce in.
Simply toss a muffin tin into your bag. When it’s time to eat fill each section with a different condiment and lay out some spoons. This hack is made even better by the fact that you can cover the muffin tin with plastic wrap and use it again so you don’t have to dirty up a ton of dishes or throw away a lot of plastic serving dishes.
Making Breakfast the Easy Way
Scrambled eggs are a great breakfast, but no one wants to pack eggs, crack them, and cook them during a camping trip. It’s too much hassle and makes too much of a mess. Thankfully, there’s an easier way. All you have to do is crack them at home, and then fill a lidded plastic bottle with the egg yolks. You can use a water bottle or a coffee creamer container, whichever you prefer.
Make marks on the container in permanent marker as you fill it up to help you measure out the eggs when you’re cooking them on your trip. Now you can have a delicious egg breakfast without the mess or stress that normally accompanies it.