Camping Hacks We all Wish We Knew Sooner

Camping has been a summer family favourite for decades. Who doesn’t love the smell of a camp fire, roasting marshmallows with the kids, or sleeping next to a river? While there are so many amazing things about it, things can be tough when you’re not prepared. Here are 20 awesome camping hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner!

  1. Put some sage in your campfire to repel mosquitos. The smell will ward them off!
  2. Use corn chips (also known as tortilla chips) as kindling to start a fire.
  3. Bring microfiber towels instead of regular ones! They are small when packed and dry very quickly when wet.
  4. Make lamps at home using jars and small solar discs or fairy lights.
  5. Pack all of your breakfast eggs inside a water bottle to save space and time.
  6. Hang a large jug with a watering can head attached from a tree for an easy DIY outdoor shower.
  7. Keep a piece of sand paper handy at all times to light matches for a fire.
  8. Bring a bag of maize meal to sprinkle wherever you see pesky ants.
  9. Combat mosquito bite itchiness with deodorant.
  10. Use Tic Tac boxes to bring things like salt and pepper or other braai seasonings.

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