Family Camping Hacks With A Packing List Included

Ah, the sounds and smells of summer. For a lot of families, summer means outdoors and outdoors means camping! I love me some nature — the animals, the walking, hunkering down in tents, snuggling in cabins, a good fire, the smell of the dirt, and the pure feeling of being immersed in scenery. Taking your kids into the woods is one of the greatest, life-long gifts you can give them. Teach them these little tricks to help them maximize their time in nature.

  1. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor. This also makes it more colorful as well. Bonus: they are easy to wash after camping. foam floor for tents
  2. Cook bacon and eggs in a paper bag for an easy clean up meal. Follow these directions for best results. bacon and eggs in a bag
  3. Paint the insides of mason jars with Glow-in-the-Dark paint, for lanterns for a huge hit. Just use the Crayola Glow-in-the-Dark paint. Don’t spend too much time on finding tons of lighting options for camping. Just use a good old flashlight and lots of batteries. This one is just fun for the kids. lantern
  4. Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP. Also take sanitary wipes with you and put in several Ziploc baggies so you can grab and take a few as needed. camping tp holder
  5. For a cheap, yet effective bobber for light-tackle fishing, use a foam earplug. Just thread the hook through and slide it to the desired position on the line. You can make it a slip bobber by inserting a length of plastic coffee stirrer. bob
  6. Surprise your family with pizza on your camping trip! Using pre-made pizza crust that comes in a tube makes it a snap to prepare. Remember, any type of pizza that you can make at home, you can make in a Dutch oven! Find instructions herecamping pizza
  1. Pre-make your pancake batter ahead of time in plastic bags. Use the bags as ice packs until you’re ready to cook your flapjacks.Pancakes
  2. Use an acorn cap to loudly whistle for help if you’re lost in the woods. Get instructions hereacorn
  3. Make crescent rolls over the campfire. For maximum yumminess, fill ‘em with toppings like marshmallows and Nutella.crescent rolls Or wrap them around hot dogs. WARNING: Crescent rolls are extremely addicting. Bring extra because you WILL want more.
  4. Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station. Just fill up with water and put a soap dispenser nearby. laundry soap camping
  5. Pack a mini first-aid kit or emergency kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin. This is great when you are hiking with the kids. enhanced-buzz-3628-1370380197-1
  6. Doritos, Fritos, or any corn chip, make great kindling for a fire starter.doritos
  7. Use strawberry and marshmallow fluff for a sweet s’more. Just roast over fire.843d649d7ddc3683a529415450eee556
  8. Cook hot dogs all at once using a rake.Weenies
  9. Safely remove a tick with a cotton ball soaked in liquid hand soap. Keep it on the tick for at least 20 seconds. The tick will cease biting, back out, and will remain stuck to the cotton ball when it’s pulled away. If the tick has been embedded for awhile, keep it in a jar so you can test it for Lyme disease. grid-cell-24188-1397496082-36grid-cell-24188-1397496083-39
  10. Pre-scrambling your eggs will save you the trouble of having to figure out a way of transporting them. It also eliminates the need for a separate bowl and whisk.enhanced-11183-1397055503-14
  11. Want a sweet morning breakfast idea? Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire. Double whammy, use the scooped out oranges for a fruity side or to make orange juice. Find instructions hereenhanced-buzz-14403-1370443218-4
  12. Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.sage
  1. Keep the kids busy with an outdoor scavenger hunt. We do this every summer with the kids and it is always a big hit. Write down random items found in nature on a paper bag so they have a receptacle for the items. For smaller kids use pictures.camping-tips-21
  2. Wet sponges and put in a Ziploc baggie, then freeze them. While camping keep them in your cooler. They make great ice packs for cold food or to put on mosquito bites or other scrapes. Your deodorant also doubles as a bug bite itch
  3. On the same idea, use milk jugs and freeze water in them and put in coolers. They will keep food cold and you’ll have plenty of water to drink.enhanced-buzz-23287-1370445379-4
  4. Make camping sangria concentrate using a mason jar. No, you don’t have to go camping to try this delicious sangria. In fact, you can make this right now. Get the full recipe here.sangria for camping

Makes you want to pack up the car, van, or RV right now and hit the open road doesn’t it!?!?  What are you waiting for? Here is a camping list so you don’t forget any essentials. 240c6afdebc48be5f0695492c9d8df87


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