1. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.
2. Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.
3. Paint the inside of a jar with non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint for an easy DIY lantern.
4. Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.
5. Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.
6. Bring a tick deterrent.
7. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.
Be sure to buy strike-anywhere matches.
8. Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.
9. Make crescent rolls over the campfire.
For maximum yumminess, fill ‘em with stuff like marshmallows and Nutella. Or wrap hot dogs with them.
Get the directions here.
10. Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.
11. Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.
12. Get these seat hammocks for car camping.
13. Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.
Use a lighter to seal up the ends.
14. Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.
Place a scoop of coffee grounds into a coffee filter and tie it up with dental floss. When you’re ready to brew, just make it like you would make tea in a teabag!
15. Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.
They’ll keep you from going into caffeine withdrawal.
16. Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.
17. Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.
You can also rub soap on mosquito bites to relieve the itchiness.
18. Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station.
19. Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.
20. Make campfire cones!
21. Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.
22. Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don’t need to be refrigerated.
You can also find powdered eggs at most grocery stores (if you don’t shudder at the thought).