12 Camping Tricks that Will Blow Your Mind


Before you go camping or backpacking, keep these innovative tips in mind…

1. Gallon of Water + Headlamp = Lantern.  Strap your headlamp around a jug of water, and the jug will glow bright enough to illuminate your entire tent.

gallon of water + headlamp

2. The Easiest Omelet You Will Ever Make.  Dump eggs, cheese, veggies, and whatever else you want in your omelet into a Ziploc bag, squish it with your hand to mix all the ingredients together, and then place in a pot of boiling water for 11 minutes. Open the bag, slide the omelet out, and eat!

3. Use Frozen Water Bottles Instead of Ice for the Cooler.  No mess, just cold, fresh food.

4. Popcorn in a Beer Can.  Pour some popcorn kernels into an empty beer can (about ¼ of the way full), add some popcorn oil, and place the can on the edge of the fire. Allow the kernels to do their thing until the pops slow down to more than a couple seconds apart. Cut the can in half, and enjoy!

beer can popcorn

5. Use Old Shower Curtains as Tarps.

6. Doritos or Cheetos as Kindling!  Yes this is a thing. Because of their fat and caloric content, Dorito chips and Cheetos can be used as kindling if you can’t find any. Mind blown.

7. Easy Coffee Bags.  Scoop coffee grounds into a coffee filter and then tie it off with dental floss. Now you have a portable coffee bag that can be used just like a teabag!

8. Waterproof Your Matches by Dipping them in Nail Polish.

9. Recognize the Potential that Frisbees Have.  Frisbees aren’t just for throwing around! If properly cleaned, they can be used as plates, cutting boards, bowls (they hold up to 40 ounces), or a mortar/pestle. They can also be used as a rainwater collector, emergency shovel or replacement paddle if you’re kayaking or canoeing and lose an oar.

10. Get Rid of that Funky Smell in Your Nalgene.  Put 3 teaspoons of baking soda and a little water in your Nalgene, swish around, let sit for an hour, and rinse. Voila! Fresh to death.

11. Use the Plastic Closers from Bread Loaf Bags as Clothespins.

12. Ditch Your Tent for a Hammock.  Lighter to carry, comfortable to sleep in, and it allows you to truly sleep outside. And if it rains, just hang up a tarp!

hammock camp