25 Tips For Making Camping Easier & More Fun!

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This is one of those posts that really has no rhyme or reason to it….other than it interested me! Maybe it’s the fact that my nephew Nate just bought a camper, or maybe it’s just that time of year, but for some reason I’ve had camping on the brain and I’ve seen a few very cool ideas recently that I thought if I WERE to go camping…I would probably take advantage of!

We actually don’t do much camping…but we love being outdoors and having bonfires in the backyard. Maybe we just need to take it to the next level. I think some of these ideas might just help us do that!

Tips For Making Camping Easier & More Fun!

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Tacos in a Bag  –  Camping With Gus

A quick camp meal with almost no clean-up, but lots of novelty, that your kids will be talking about long after the camping trip is over.


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Reading Lamp  –  Flickr.com

A simple system that is easy on the eyes. A gallon milk jug filled with water with a headlamp pointing into the water.


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Campfire Cones  –  Kids Activities Blog

These “S’more Cones” are yummy and super easy to make!


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Solar-Powered Lights  –  Field and Stream

Put solar-powered garden lights near tent stakes, so you don’t trip over the lines at night.

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Camping Scavenger Hunt  –  The Creative Homemaker

A scavenger hunt list with pictures even little kids can understand.


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Campfire Orange Blueberry Muffins  –  Tasty Kitchen

An easy, fun family favorite Campfire Dessert that you throw right into the fire!


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Cordless Water Pump  –  Harriett Carter

Cordless water pump dispenses bottled water without lifting or spilling. Specially designed pump snaps onto a 5 or 6 gallon bottle.


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Clever Camp Kitchen Organizer –  Starling Travel

Use a shoe organizer to help with camp kitchen set-up.


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Orajel For Mosquito Bites  –  Thrifty Fun

Use Orajel or any toothache gel medicine to stops the itching from mosquito bites.


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Eggs In A Mason Jar  –  The Pomegranate Chronicles

Empty a dozen eggs into a mason jar for easy travel. They fit perfect in the cooler without the worry of breaking. Just pour them out as you need.


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Camping Donuts  –  Aloha Knitter

These “donuts” are made from canned biscuits. Poke a big hole in the center and fry in a skillet. Dust them liberally with sugar and cinnamon, and you have Camping Donuts!


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Keeping Your Camp Toilet Paper Fresh and DRY!  –  Alaska Outdoor Journal

Coffee cans are wonderful for keeping your “important papers” dry and ready for use under any outdoors weather condition. The plastic Folgers can has a built-in handle for easy carrying to the campground outhouse or out in the woods.


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Take The Stings Out Of Bites  –  Alaska Outdoor Journal

For any kind of bite, sting, itch or minor skin irritation, carry a Zilactin Toothache Swab. It provides instant numbing and cooling of any skin problem. Safe, clean, portable.


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Banana Boats  –  Lick My Spoon

This no-fuss dessert is absurdly easy, and sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.


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Recycled PB Jar Camping Lantern  –  Made By Cynthia Rae

Turn it on and watch it flicker and glow!


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Easy Camping Pancakes  –  A Mum ‘n The Oven

When preparing to leave home, fill baggies with pancake batter, tie off the end and when you are ready, just snip the small ends to use as a piping bag and you are ready to cook!


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Tin Foil Dinners  –  Simple Bites

An ideal dinner if you don’t want to spend much time cooking, yet want to serve a meal that’s wholesome and satisfying. The best part? No dishes to wash up!


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DIY Firestarters  –  Mommy Savers

An easy DIY firestarter you can make with stuff you normally throw away.  Wad up your old dryer lint and stick it inside a toilet paper tube.

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Toasted Starbursts  –  Life As We Know It

Sounds crazy enough that it just might be good! :-)


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Portable Camping Organizer  –  Kamp Kadi

Clamps conveniently on a table/grill or stakes in the ground. Has a Hands-Free Flex-Light, Radio/lantern holder, paper towel holder, adjustable condiment rack, movable utensil hooks, waste bag hoop, durable carry and storage bag.


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Luggable Loo  –  Little Vintage Trailer

A 5 gallon bucket with a toilet seat attached to the top. Add some kitty litter in a plastic garbage bag and it makes a great portable toilet so you don’t have to go to campground bathrooms for those late night potty runs.

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Campfire Pizza  –  What’s Cooking America

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!

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Carry Duct Tape Minus the Bulky Roll  –  Field and Stream

Duct tape can be a lifesaver. But carrying an entire roll takes up valuable space inside a backpack—and you probably won’t need that much tape. Wrap a couple feet around a Bic lighter, so you always have a short supply inside your pocket.


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Another Camp Kitchen Organizer  –  Prepared Not Scared

A great way to organize EVERYTHING you will need to cook and prepare meals OUTDOORS using a tool organizer!


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Laundry Detergent Water Dispenser  –  Great Wild Outdoors

Recycle that old detergent bottle and take it camping with you as a portable hand-washing station. Perfect for kids and adults to wash up before meals.


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So….what do you think?  Have you been bitten by the camping bug too?


Almost makes you want to pack up the car, van or RV right now and hit the open road doesn’t it!?!?  Almost??  :-)


How do YOU make camping more fun and less stressful?


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  1. jen says

    Love the idea of the solar lights. Esp for DH’s midnight trips to the woods. ;)

  2. Beth says

    We won’t be camping this year since my youngest is only for months old, but we do have a fire pit in the backyard. I can’t wait to try out some of these recipes, especially the smores in a cone!

    • Jolyn says

      What? Take your baby camping! We have taken our kids camping when they were that young and they loved it. In fact, our one son was only 10 days old when he went camping for the first time. And, yes, we were in a tent. And we loved it!

      • Melody says

        Absolutely take your baby camping! It is so awesome to be able to enjoy the things in life you enjoyed even before baby was born! They’ll sleep better too after all that fresh air.. it’s such a great beginning for children of all ages!!

    • Rhonda says

      Oh, please don’t let your baby stop you from camping. We first took our son when he was a bit older only because we don’t camp much in the winter! LOL. The fresh air is good for them! Bring the playpen, that always helps. We tent camped at first, and he slept so well (played hard during the day, I guess, LOL). My son has had his own tent since he was 13, and still loves to camp, even though he can’t get internet with his iPod. :D

      • CTY says

        We took our son camping & he was only a few months old. We too the portable crib & placed it by a window. Any time he needed out or we needed him in we just unzipped the window (kept foot traffic out of the tent). Plus he loved looking out the window at birds flying by and the leaves on trees glimmering. At night we moved the crib more toward the center–where it is warmer (just in case he wiggles out of blankets).

  3. Jan says

    Thank you for collecting all these great ideas! Banana boats were my Girl Scout troop’s favorite for every camping trip, but I must try the muffins in an orange peel for breakfast. Those look amazing!

  4. April says

    Loved this list some great ideas here and we were just talking about camping! thanks

  5. Lisa B says

    When our girls were little we used to go camping almost every weekend. Since I didn’t work outside the home I would take the camper, children and the dogs up to the camp site and have everything all set up for when my husband arrived.
    I have used many of these tips, they were lifesavers at times! If I may add a couple that I have found very useful.
    For campfire starter you can also melt down old candles, pour them into lined mini muffin tins. When they harden add them to the toilet paper/dryer lint for fire starters.
    Also for bug bites you can use stick deodorant. I know this sounds crazy but it really does work!
    Great tips jillee!

  6. C the C says

    I’ve camped all my life.. and some of these ideas are new to me!
    I’ll be remembering them for the next trip.

  7. Denise Heanue says

    Brilliant ideas. I particularly like the milk bottle filled with water and the head light.

    • Ty Hodges says

      I agree. We just returned from camping, we kept eggs in an plastic egg keeper with a handle. Worked perfectly. 3 dozen eggs and not a one of them cracked.