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23 Crazy Cool Camping Hacks, Tips and Tricks

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Camping can be so much fun, but it can also be a lot of work.  If you want to be a happy camper, check out these 23 crazy cool camping hacks, tips and tricks that will save you time, money and frustration!

From an emergency toilet to a headlamp lantern hack to how to make campfire orange rolls, there is a little bit of everything included to make your camping experience even better.

Crazy Cool Camping Tricks and Tips


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Mason Jar Matchbox

1. Mason Jar Matchbox :: Craftaholics Anonymous
Keep your matches dry by crafting your own Mason jar matchbox.  Using the center circle of the canning jar lid, trace a circle on sandpaper. Hot glue the sandpaper circle to the jar lid circle.  Store matches inside!

Scrambled Eggs in a Bottle

2. Scrambled Eggs in a Bottle :: Life Hacker
No mess scrambled eggs coming at you! Avoid the mess of cracked eggs around the campfire by prepping the eggs at home and storing the scrambled egg mixture in a lidded plastic bottle. Use a permanent marker to label the bottle to show the quantity of eggs in hash marks.

Campfire Orange Rolls

3. Campfire Orange Rolls :: Truly Simple
Breakfast over a campfire can be delicious as these easy campfire orange rolls show. All you need: oranges cut in half & gutted, store bought orange roll dough, tinfoil, a cookie sheet or pan and campfire. Prepare to be amazed!

TP Container

4. TP Container :: Field and Stream
Keep your TP (toilet paper) dry and safe by repurposing an empty plastic coffee container as a toilet paper holder.  Place the tp inside & cut a slit in the side large enough for the paper to pull through. Poke a small hole in the bottom of the can and the lid and run a string through it to use to hang the tp off of the ground.

Headlamp Lantern Camping Hack

5. Headlamp Lantern Camping Hack :: Creative Green Living
Need the light of a lantern, but only have a small headlamp? A gallon milk jug or translucent laundry jug cleaned out and filled with water can help lighten things up. Just attach the headlamp with the light facing toward the inside of the jug to help expand the glow!

Campfire Eclairs

6. Campfire Eclairs :: Making Memories with Your Kids
Move over S’mores, there’s a new camp treat in town! Using special DIYd roasting sticks, store bought crescent roll dough, pudding cups and chocolate frosting (marshmallows are optional), this treat may transform your camping dessert traditions!

Camping Pancakes Hack

7. Camping Pancakes Hack :: A Mum ‘N the Oven
Save some hassle & mess by prepping your pancake mix at home. Store the batter in disposable frosting bags tied off at the end. When ready to cook, simply snip the end to create a “tip” for dispensing the batter! Throw away the bags when finished for easy cleanup!

Tacos in a Bag (dinner hack)

8. Tacos in a Bag (dinner hack) :: Come Together Kids
Quickly serve up tacos (or taco salads) in a bag for a quick, but yummy dinner. Individual bags of tortilla chips (slightly crushed) become the “bowl” where traditional taco fixings are added—meat, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and sour cream. Mix together with a fork and you are free to eat!

Emergency Toilet

9. Emergency Toilet :: Mom with a Prep
When the nearest bathroom isn’t near, this DIY toilet seat will come in handy! Make your own toilet using a 5 gallon bucket, heavy duty garbage bags, kitty litter, an inexpensive toilet seat and a roll of toilet paper.

Mini Medicine Cabinet

10. Mini Medicine Cabinet :: Retro Roadies
Transform a simple dollar store pill storage container into a mini medicine cabinet for on-the-go remedies for common ailments.

Camp Tic-Tac Spice Storage

11. Camp Tic-Tac Spice Storage :: Picky Stitch
Recycle Tic-Tac containers and use them for your camping spice storage.  This will save you from having to pack up bulky containers from your kitchen.

DIY Soap Pouch

12. DIY Soap Pouch :: Whimsy Love
Hygiene and camping? With this DIY soap pouch, the impossible becomes possible! Make dozens of these from one towel cut and sewed into small pouches to house bars of soap.

Shoe Organizer turned Outdoor Kitchen Organizer

13. Shoe Organizer turned Outdoor Kitchen Organizer :: Life Hacker
Turn a shoe organizer into an outdoor camping kitchen organizer that can be hung above the ground. Fill the pockets with eating and cooking utensils, and various food prep supplies.

Tent Camping with Foam Floor Tiles

14. Tent Camping with Foam Floor Tiles :: A Little Campy
Before you throw out those big foam puzzles, check out how you can use them to make a comfortable pad for walking and sleeping in your tent!

DIY Fire Starter

15. DIY Fire Starters :: Over the Big Moon
Who would have thought that dryer lint, empty toilet paper tubes and a sheet or two of newspaper could result in the easiest DIY fire starters ever!

DIY Handwashing Station

16. DIY Handwashing Station :: Do It and How
Having a handwashing station right at base camp will save your sanity! You can create your own using a water jug, 5 gallon bucket, bungee cord, soap dispenser and roll of paper towels!

DIY Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

17. DIY Marshmallow Roasting Sticks :: Love Grows Wild
The only downside to roasting marshmallows is trying to figure out whose roasting sticks are whose, since they all look alike! DIY your own using dowel rods and metal skewers. Paint them fun patterns or colors for easy identification.

Briquette Fire Starter

18. Briquette Fire Starter :: Sew Many Ways
A recycled cardboard egg carton makes for great briquette storage and an equally easy fire starter!

Campfire Cones

19. Campfire Cones :: Kids Activities Blog
Anytime waffle cones are on the ingredient list, you can pretty much be assured the dessert will be a winner! This campfire treat is made by filling the cones with a variety of marshmallows, chocolate chips and fruit (bananas, strawberries, etc…) and roasting the cones in tinfoil over the fire until melted into a gooey goodness!

Camping Style Crescent Rolls

20. Camping Style Crescent Rolls :: Instructables
Now you can enjoy warm rolls hot out of the campfire! These are so easy to make by wrapping store bought dough around roasting sticks!

Campfire French Toast

21. Campfire French Toast :: This Lil Piglet
Breakfast while camping just got amazing! Using a premade French toast egg mixture, dip a loaf of bread and cook in foil over the campfire for something delicious!

Campfire Quesadillas

22. Campfire Quesadillas :: Dirty Gourmet
Throw in a grate and foil the next time you go camping and cook up some campfire quesadillas that will have little campers begging for more. Just load up a quesadilla with your favorite cheese and fixins’, roll up like a burrito inside foil and cook over the fire on the grate.

Pill Bottle First Aid Kits

23. Pill Bottle First Aid Kits :: Chasing Green
Upcycle large pill bottles and transform them into a small first aid kit. Fill them with a few basics like alcohol pads, Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment and cotton balls.

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.