14 brilliant camping hacks every camper must know

Apr 19, 2016

Ah, camping. A lot of people love it, but a lot of people still find certain things difficult. We’ve put together a list of 14 top tips for sleeping under the stars, which *should* make your experience a lot more enjoyable!

Foam flooring

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Kids foam flooring is perfect for the inside of a tent and creates simple and cheap comfortable flooring which connects together with ease.

Bring black bags!

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Black bags can be used for a number of different purposes; to fix a tent, wear over your shoes (if you forgot wellies) and of course for keeping the campsite clean.

Keep your clothes warm

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Put tomorrow’s clothes in the bottom of your sleeping bag so they stay warm. You’ll thank us on a crisp spring morning!

Put a keyring loop on zips

This will make it easier to open your tent or other compartments if you’re wearing gloves or you have cold hands.

Smoke meat with rosemary

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Rosemary is a nice alternative to marinade/spices, place it directly on charcoal and place the meat on top for a natural coating.

Pre-prepare food at home

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It’s much easier if you plan on bringing food with you to prepare it at home. Eggs can be pre-scrambled and put in a bottle and pancake mix can be made beforehand too.

Attach your keys to a cork

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If you’re camping near water or are going on a boat trip, attach a cork to your keys and you’ll never lose them!

Makeshift pillows

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Forgot a pillow? No problem. Rather than using a soggy hoodie as a pillow, stuff your sleeping bag’s sack with clothes and use that instead.

Quick-dry shoes

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Remove the insoles of your shoes and stuff a dry t-shirt or newspaper inside them overnight to dry them out quicker.

The old rice trick

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Everyone’s heard of this – but it actually works. If you’ve dropped your phone, camera or any other electrical item in water, pop it in a bag of rice or a couple of days and you should be able to save it. Just don’t turn it on directly after it’s been in the water as you’re likely to blow a fuse.

Bring an IKEA bag

Ikea bag

Everyone’s got one of those blue IKEA bags at home - and if not, they are 40p in-store. These are perfect for a number of uses; carrying things, sitting on the ground, a temporary shelter, to gather wood…

The multi-purpose plate

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Bring a Frisbee with you – not only can you play Frisbee with the kids but it can double up as a makeshift plate if you run out, or you can use it to fan embers from a fire.


Headlamp light

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Place a headlamp facing in to a large bottle of water for a DIY, freestanding light. Tip: use a red light so you don’t blind any of your friends!

Pack bags within your main bag

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It’s a lot easier when you pack things into individual bags rather than shoving it all in to the same one. At the end of a long day you’ll be relieved to find everything where you left it rather than mixed up in one huge rucksack.
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