Practical Camping Hacks

I love camping! But it can be a lot of work and effort. We recently just finished a 4000K mile camping trip and all we had was our car to take everything we needed. Here are some of my favorite tricks to simplify the packing! The first few are ones that I either discovered or tried out on our last trip. The later ones are ones I will definitely be trying in the future!

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I had seen this idea to use a pill container for spices. I love it! It was so easy and convenient and I was able to have all the spices I needed on hand!

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I also hate coming home with wet dishrags but I can not camp without them while camping. I decided to try to using the heavy duty paper towels in the automotive department and they were amazing! I will never camp without them again. Best part I could throw them away when I was done and didn’t have to bring home a bag with wet gross washcloths.

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I also love having these enamelware coffee mugs because they simplify packing.

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We use them for hot cocoa, cereal, stew, juice, water. We only pack 5 plates and 5 mugs and it makes clean up and packing so simple. You don’t even have to buy fancy plates. We saved pie tins from the bottom of store bought pies and they worked perfect for our plates.

I have been using these “fire starters” for a couple years now and I love them more and more!

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We have a blue water container that we use for hand washing. I normally just set paper towels next to it, but using bungee cords to attach it to the top is such a cool idea. I can handle living in the woods as long as I can wash my hands regularly.

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I also loved having the silverware, peeler, serving spoons, and can opener in a long tupperware. It was easy to stay organized and it  also kept everything clean. You can buy really inexpensive camping silverware at a sporting good store and I think its worth it.  

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You can also go to the thrift store and buy what you need. Whatever you do, don’t forget a can opener. Ive done it twice and its no fun! Check out these other cool ideas!

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travel-pottyTravel Potty | Budget 101


IMG_4325DIY Soap Pouch | Whimsy Love

Now your ready to head out! Happy Camping!

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Previous author of Over the Big Moon. I shared my passion for home and family life! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my husband and our 3 amazing and busy boys!

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    Virginia Fynes


    Awesome ideas!!


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    Adrian G


    I love the automotive paper towel trick. That’s smart. We use Tic Tac boxes for spices for our Scouts. I think I like those better because if they get wet, it only ruins one spice while with these, you’d ruin the whole batch. I like the rolled camp kitchen idea – that’s very clever.


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    Aliza Hale Biorn


    We are going camping for the first time in 2 weeks. I love the idea for putting your utensils and kitchen items in a tupperware. We are definitely going to do that so it all stays together!


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    I love these hacks, can’t wait to use them all this summer!! The automotive towels are genius. And the pill box for spices! Pinning right now!!


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    Jill @ Being Spiffy


    Ugh, not excited that I need this post. (Can you tell camping is not my cup of tea?)


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