Camping Hacks – Your 2016 Top 10 List

When comes to camping outdoors, much like everything else, there are always some great tips and camping hacks that can make the trip a bit easier, if not also down right more fun. We have taken the opportunity to scour the best hacks out there and have narrowed it down to a top 10 list that even David Letterman would be proud of. So, without any further ado, below you will find our best of the best for 2016.

Camping Hacks Top 10 List

As a disclaimer, we are aware that there are far more that simply 10 top ideas or hacks out there. The fact is we could list over 100 if we were so inclined, but felt that we needed to keep the list short and sweet. That said, we are open to any comments or suggestions should you feel that something should have made it into our list.

Drum Roll Please…

10. Instead of bring plates for eating, use your flying saucer instead. It works great and due to it being plastic will clean up nicely. Of course, after words you also go out and play. Better yet, you can use it as a place to set your phone or other devices in it so it won’t get wet from the bottom of the tent. Who knew there were so many uses for such a basic toy.

9. When starting a campfire, a great camping hack is to use hand sanitizer as a form of starter or lighter fluid. Typically, this is an item you would carry regardless when camping, so being able to multi- purpose is an efficient way to save space.

8. You know those plastic tags that hold your bread bags closed? Well, those are actually perfect for hanging clothes on a line when want to dry them out. So, start saving them now or even ask some friends and relatives to do the same for you. Having a few dozen will not take any space and come in very handy.

7. Ever wished you had room to carry a tripod camping with you, so you could take the perfect picture? Well by using your hiking poles and a random stick you find around camp you can. Simply take some small rope and tie the three together. Then you can simply clip your camera or Go Pro with its clamp and voila.

6. For that perfect pillow, be sure to carry a draw string nylon bag that you can fill with clothes. This not only protects your clothing, make for a great pillow. If you have too many clothes, place some in the foot of your sleeping bags. This will also help keep your feet extra cozy and warm. Hey- It’s a twofer!

5. Need some additional light in your tent during the evening? Take your headlamp and place it facing in a clear water bottle. This will cause the light to become more ambient and create more light in your space. No need to worry about carrying lanterns or over sized flashlights.

4. You know all those silica gel packs you find in just about everything that gets packed? Well, be sure to start saving them instead of throwing them right away. The reason they are packed on the first place, is to keep moisture out of things like electronics. By keeping these and using them to place in your metal cookware, you can avoid them from becoming rusty during your trip.

3. When it comes to shoes, it is important that they stay as dry as possible. This camping hack is great as it can help even when you have those wet shoes or boots. Simply take the soles out and stuff the shoes with dry cotton t-shirts. I prefer using dirty ones, just to avid feet smell on my clothes, but that’s your call. If you don’t have any shirts to spare, then a newspaper will also do the trick.

2. We have all had a grommet break on us at the most inopportune time. Well, here is a way to fix that without any problem. Simply take a small smooth rock from your campsite and place it under the tarp or tent as close to where the grommet should be. Tie a small rope around the outside of the material and use the other end of the rope to stake it down. Easy Peasy!

1. And the number one camping hack is… Plastic straw spice holders. That’s right, take some plastic straws and cut them down into about 2″ sections. Using a lit candle, seal one end by placing the end of the straw near the flame. Once the end is sealed, fill the other end with your favorite cooking spices. Once filled, seal the other end using the candle flame. Be sure to label the spice or use various colored straws to specify what the spice is. When ready to use simply cut one end and pour. This is really genius as well as practical.

Now It’s Your Turn

So, there you have it. Our Top 10 Camping Hacks for 2016. As I stated earlier, I am sure there is much debate to be had on this subject, so please feel free to comment and provide your thoughts and feedback. In the meantime, however, we hope that you not only enjoyed this list but will find it very useful on your next big camping and hiking adventure.

Camping Tips for Novices

For those people who live in the cities, suburbs are always much-to-be-longed-for. Amazing scenery, fresh air, an interesting pastime, or a nice company, all this can give you a trip. But if you’re going camping for the first time, you will have to prepare for it seriously.

Looking for an Experienced Company

Above all, you need an experienced company. Such a person can warn you of potential dangers, help you to determine the list of necessary things, and the most important, show you all the beauty of nature. An experienced company, you can find among your friends, acquaintances or search the announcement of believable campaign organization on the Internet.

Learning from Experienced Campers

Of course, you cannot always rely on anyone but yourself. You are able to visit some experienced campers or camping enthusiasts among your acquaintances and learn from them but not just follow them. Not a way is suitable for all persons. Or you can get some campaign sharing from the Internet. And you need to know clearly about your camping site and the weather. All these information you can get from the Internet.

Collecting the Backpack

Depending on the duration of the campaign, you should change the contents of your backpack.

For instance, if you are preparing for a 4 or 5 hours campaign, then you can take a small supply of water (1.5-2 liters), a couple of sandwiches, an umbrella, a flashlight, matches, a camera and a mobile phone. With these, you can comfortably walk in nature and photograph the local natural attractions.

But if the campaign would last from a few days or a week, you will have to take a significant number of provisions, water, map, extra batteries for your mobile phone and flashlight, tent (as an option, a sleeping bag), a change of clothes and shoes, a gas burner, matches, first aid kit, survival bracelet watch, food, mini camping stove, multi-functional toolkit and more. Usually, such a campaigns backpack weighs more than 50 kg. Long trips are designed for more or less experienced people, which is why if you are going camping for the first time, the best option would be to travel for a period of no more than 2 days.


As a camping beginner, you need to find a reliable partner, learn from experienced campers and put the right contents in your backpack. And then, you can start a camping trip (no more than 2 days for the first time).

Guide for Choosing the Right Cot for Camping

Though using cots for camping is not for everyone, they are worth considering and do offer many advantages for others. For those that prefer comfort over “roughing it”, camping cots provide the opportunity to avoid sleeping on the ground. While an air mattress also provides this opportunity, cots definitely have their advantages. When buying any type of camping gear and equipment, there are advantages and disadvantages. In most cases, it is important to ask yourself the following questions:

Is it necessary or not?
Do we absolutely need it to make the trip more comfortable and enjoyable?


Sleeping on uneven ground is avoided. An air mattress can also provide this same comfort but lumps and bumps are often still felt.
Avoiding creepy, crawly insects and bugs is a perk for most campers.
Unlike an air mattress or camping bed, cots provide ample storage space underneath for gear and equipment.
Provides limited pressure on joints when getting in and out of bed. This is especially important for campers with arthritis.
Though a mat or mattress may still be useful on top of a cot for added insulation, being off the ground is an advantage for cold weather camping.
Because a cot sits off the ground, condensation issues are avoided and if the floor of your tent becomes wet or damp, you are not affected.
Cots are much easier than air mattresses to take in and out of a tent.


For those backpacking and hiking style campers, cots can be a bit on the heavier side. Although several lightweight versions can be found, these type of campers generally prefer a sleeping pad or mat.
While the space underneath the cot is great for storage and ventilation in the summer, they also allow cold air through in the winter months.
Some cots may not be as comfortable without an air mattress or pad on top.
Most cots are not manufactured to hold 2 people, while an air mattress does have 2 person models.

Ultimately, the decision is up to you! How do you prefer to camp? Will you be hiking while camping? Do you rest well while sleeping on the floor? When making the decision to purchase a cot, consider the following:

The weight of the cot.
How they pack away and store.
How they set up.
The weight they will support.
And finally, be sure to read any reviews written on the type of cot you are researching.

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