23 Crazy Cool Camping Ideas, Hacks Tips and Tricks

Camping can be so much fun, but it can also be a lot of work.  But with a little pre-planning — and these camping hacks, tips, tricks and insider tips — you can be a happy camper.

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

This clever DIY mason jar match box will keep your matches safe, dry and ready to use.
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.

Use a plastic bottle to store, transport and portion scrambled eggs while camping.

2. Scrambled Eggs in a Bottle :: LifeHacker
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.

Fuss-free tasty breakfast treats - these orange cinnamon rolls are a great treat for home or camping.

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 a campfire. Prepare to be amazed.

Make a DIY toilet paper holder using an old plastic tub - ideal for camping.

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.

Use a clear plastic bottle and a headlamp to create a quick, bright lantern.

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 are delicious tasty campfire treats!

6. Campfire Eclairs :: Making Memories with Your Kids

Move over S’mores – there’s a new camp treat in town. Using special DIY’ed roasting sticks, store-bought crescent roll dough, pudding cups and chocolate frosting (marshmallows are optional), this treat may transform your camping dessert traditions.

Store pancake batter in disposable plastic bags for fuss-free, mess-free breakfasts. Snip, squirt, serve!

7. Camping Pancakes Hack :: A Mum ‘N the Oven

Save some hassle and 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.

This camp-friendly method of eating and making tacos is sure to appeal to the kids in your family.

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 ready to eat.

This emergency toilet is easy and simple. Ideal for camping.

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.

This mini medicine cabinet is small enough to take wherever you go, and so useful you're unlikely to go anywhere without it.

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.

Tic-Tac containers are the perfect size for storing spices while you camp.

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.

Store the soap and leave the washcloth at home with this camping-friendly 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.

Use a shoe organizer to store and organize your camping kitchen.

13. Shoe Organizer turned Outdoor Kitchen Organizer :: LifeHacker
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.

Save your back from the hard ground with foam tiles while camping.

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.

Make sure you can make a campfire with this easy DIY fire starter kit.

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.

Keep hands clean while camping using this simple DIY hand washing 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.

No more burns over the camp fire with these easy DIY marshmallow roasting sticks, plus paint them in fun patterns for easy identification.

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.

This briquette fire starter simplifies transport and barbecuing.

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

Delicious gooey fire-melted marshmallow, fruit and waffles. What could be better than these 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.

Chocolate-centered campfire crescent rolls. Yum!

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.

Delicious french toast breakfast! You won't believe you can make this on a campfire.

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

These campfire quesadillas are delicious and easy.

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.

Use a pill bottle to store first aid essentials.

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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