When you’re camping out of your familiar neighborhood and surroundings, having a stable internet connection can be a challenge. And while uploading to your “‘Insta” can certainly wait, there are times when you really do need to use your phone while camping, such as looking up directions.
Not everything is social media, no matter how cool you think you look outside of your tent. Thankfully, Google Maps allows you to still access their maps and other navigational features even if you have spotty or nonexistent WiFi by saving a map of a specific area. This is especially important since many of us are not that great at navigating!
Bug Bite Balm
If you go outside in the summer, even if it's just a 5-second excursion to throw out the trash, chances are you might have a bug bite or two. Or, possibly, even more than that if you were out for a full-blown camping trip. The more time you spend outside, the more bites you are about to get.
In the event of having an itchy, throbbing bug bite, a blob of VapoRub over the offending area could minimize the symptoms and prevent the bite area from being scratched. This should only be used with insignificant bites such as mosquitoes or gnats. If it is a spider bite or worse, seek medical attention immediately!
Do Your Own Laundry
From food stains to sweat stains, our clothes can get pretty dirty when camping. Whether you like it or not, there comes a time when you just have to get down on your knees and wash your clothes by hand, like our ancestors did before the washing machine was invented.
Since taking heavy bottles of detergent is not recommended, toss a few laundry detergent pods into a plastic bag and into your suitcase. These concentrated capsules dissolve in water, so use any old bucket you have. Washing your clothes allows you to pack less, and let's be honest, smell better!
Keep Clothes Smelling Fresh
Let's be honest; after a few days of camping, things can get a bit stinky. From long hikes to even spending entire doing nothing, it's only natural that our clothes will pick up some rather unpleasant smells. You want to avoid whatever is left of your clean clothes, getting infected by the rotten ones.
To keep things more fresh than funky, a good camping hack is to throw in a couple of fabric softener sheets into your bag. Not only do these dryer sheets impart a nice fresh scent, but gently rubbing one against your clothes can actually prevent annoying and embarrassing static cling.
Candy Containers With Multiple Uses
Besides providing much-needed breath freshening after a long flight, that little container of tic-tac mints can actually be really handy during camping. We don't care how much these tiny mints cost, they leave us with such a useful container, so they are worth every cent. Many campers swear by these plastic containers to hold bobby pins, safety pins, or other small items.
If you’re not a fan of mints, no fear; any small container or even an empty medicine bottle can work equally well when it comes to storing camping necessities. Not only are you recycling, but you’ll be thankful for this camping organization hack when you get to your destination.