Camping is a fun, exciting, and cheap way to spend the holidays with the family but we all know it can be a tricky one to get right. Make sure you’re prepared with these 10 camping hacks that will turn you from novice to pro in a matter of minutes.
Camping Hack #1 | Sleep Like a King
Use foam floor tiles for a softer tent floor. Comfortable and colourful, foam floor tiles are a great way to keep the tent insulated and are much more comfortable to place your mattress on than a cold tent floor. Still got those foam tiles in the shed from when the kids were little? Pull them out and dust them off – they’re perfect for camping!
Camping Hack #2 | DIY Lanterns
Strap a headlamp facing inwards on a big plastic bottle of water to create ambient light for the whole tent. Or for something more fun, paint the inside of a jar with non-toxic, glow in the dark paint and pop a headlamp or small battery operated light inside.
Camping Hack #3 | Keep Those Hands Clean
Re-use a clean, empty pump-nozzle shampoo bottle. Fill with water and place on a table next to a bottle of hand soap. You now have your very own hand-washing station! Such luxury!
Camping Hack #4 | Hang Them Up
This one’s easy. Tie a belt around a tree and hang a few metal hooks. You can now hang pots and pans from a tree while camping. What a great way to solve the “who’s going to dry the dishes?” problem!
Camping Hack #5 | Get the Fire Burning
Make an easy to carry and easy to use fire-starter. Place match light charcoal or a few firelighter cubes in a cardboard egg carton. All you have to do is place the egg carton in the fire pit and set it alight. Super easy!
Camping Hack #6 | Don’t Search For Fire Wood
No need to send the family off to find kindling – a packet of Doritos will do just as well! Remove the packet (don’t burn it, it’s toxic) and throw those delicious snacks in the fire to get it started. Don’t want to waste food? Cotton pads dipped in wax are a surprisingly quick way to start a fire too.
Camping Hack #7 | Culinary Time Saver
Don’t waste time waiting for your meat to marinate. Instead, place rosemary directly on the coals. The herb will give an effortlessly delicious smoky flavour.
Camping Hack #8 | Ice Cold
Freeze big jugs of water and place them in your esky. Not only does the ice take longer to melt, but you can avoid the puddle of mush that comes from melted ice.
Camping Hack #9 | Keep the Kids Busy With a Scavenger Hunt
Use your imagination and write down a list of things for them to find such as “something fuzzy, something rough, a pinecone etc”. The nature scavenger hunt is an easy way to entertain the kids while you sit back and relax.
Camping Hack #10 | Pancakes on Demand
Make a “shake and pour” pancake mix! Easily transportable and super simple to make, this mixture doesn’t need to be refrigerated thanks to the dry milk powder. Get the recipe here
If you find yourself in a sticky situation on your camping adventure, call Marshall Batteries for roadside assistance, a jump start, a new battery or even a fuel top up! 1300 627 742