13 Clever Camping Hacks to Make the Outdoors More Fun

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Camping is a fun way to step out of social media and get back in touch with the Great Outdoors. Unfortunately, some equate camping with incredibly heavy packs, hoards of bloodthirsty mosquitos, and dirt. While dirt is an essential part of camping, unrelenting mosquitos and heavy packs don’t have to be. Here are 13 clever tricks and hacks to make your camping experience more delightful for you and your family. camping, campsites, campground

1. Sage bundles are great for keeping nagging mosquitos at bay. Make a bundle and set it over hot coals. The smoke is a deterrent to mosquitos and other annoying pests.

2. Emergency toilet paper is always a good thing to pack. A good idea is to stick a back-up wad in an Altoids container, along with some cotton balls and some extra matches — just in case. camping, campsites, campground

3. Duct tape is extremely useful stuff when camping, but you never really need an entire roll. Instead, wrap duct tape around a water bottle or knife sheath. It shouldn’t stick to itself and you’ll know exactly where to find it when the time comes.

4. Cabbage leaves are great for wrapping meat. Stick your meat straight onto the coals and cook without worrying that your meal might crisp into charcoal. You can bring your own leaves or find food-safe wild alternatives. In the northeast, skunk cabbage or burdock leaves are great options. camping, campsites, campground

5. Whistles are important to have, in case of an emergency. Did you know you can make one out of an acorn cap? Learn more here.

6. Drinking straws can function as single serve spice and ointment containers. Cut plastic straws into 1/2 inch pieces, seal one end closed with a lighter, and fill with anti-biotic ointment, toothpaste, salt, pepper, paprika, you name it! Just seal the remaining end with a lighter and you’re ready to trek!

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