Foodhacks tips

Use a Double Sleeping Bag

If you’re camping with someone you don’t mind sharing a sleeping bag with, do it. Double the body heat means you stay warmer.

Prep Your Meals at Home

If you want to get a little more adventurous than hotdogs with your camping meals, cut up and prep everything at home before you leave. It will save you time with both cooking AND cleaning.

Campfire Popcorn | Delish

Popcorn is great for camping – it’s and easy to pack, easy to make, versatile food that the whole family will love.

Pack Eggs in a Bottle | Cookie Crumbs & Sawdust

What is more classic than cooking scrambled eggs in a cast-iron skillet over the morning fire? Well, maybe roasting marshmallows. 😉 Now you can forget about having broken eggs all over by scrambling them ahead of time and storing them in a bottle! If you won’t want to use plastic, you can simply use a mason jar with a lid.

Bring an Eye Mask

If you’re camping in the summer, the sun may be up long before you want to be. Pack along an eye mask to help you get the shuteye and relaxation you’re craving.

Use Tarps

Rig a tarp both above and below your tent so that you stay dry no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. They are cheap and easy to pack – and make a HUGE difference when needed.

Camping Gear List

If you take a look at all the camping gear articles online, you’ll soon find your head spinning with a ginormous list of gear you are “supposed” to have. Follow that up with a shopping bill that could likely pay your mortgage, and camping may suddenly seem like more trouble than it’s worth. In my experience, you don’t really need as much stuff as many people claim that you do. Stick to the basics and you’ll have a more relaxing and enjoyable time (not stressing over everything you’re “supposed to bring”). Plus, you’ll save some money and really connect with nature – as camping was meant to do! Here is a basic list of what you need to go camping:

  • Clothing for the weather (pack in layers)
  • Tent
  • Sleeping pad or mattress (air mattress)
  • Sleeping bags or bedding
  • Cooking gear (cook stove, cooking utensils)
  • Food storage containers
  • Flashlights
  • Outdoor chairs
  • First aid kit
  • Bug repellent
  • Matches or flint Tip: For a more detailed checklist, grab our modern camping checklist. You should also take a look at this epic camping gear for kids (adult-approved)– your kids will think you are the coolest! Want to make this trip the best trip ever? Then, grab this ultimate cabin camping checklist and starting checking.

Use a Camping Planner

The worst thing is forgetting something.  Promise.  Been there.  Done that. One trip we literally forgot the toilet paper!! Never again!  The $7 spent on the Camping planner is well worth it!!  Your sanity is worth it!!

Take Air Activated Warmers

You know those air-activated hand warmers you can put in your gloves to keep your hands warm? Use them in your sleeping bag (down by your feet) to keep you nice and toasty when camping somewhere chilly.

Stuff a Pillowcase

Space is always in short supply on a camping trip; make the most of your limited space by stuffing your clothes into a pillowcase and using THAT as your pillow.

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