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16 DIY Hacks To Prep Before Your Next Camping Trip

Rough it a little less with the help of these hacks.

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1. You'll be thanking yourself for prepping all of these essential camping hacks ahead of time.

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The strike-anywhere matches and the emergency lamp are especially handy for sources of light!

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2. Turn an old coffee container into a toilet paper dispenser.

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Soggy toilet paper is the worst when you're camping, and this container will keep it high and dry. You'll just cut a slide on the side of your container for the toilet paper to come out. Then, drill a hole on the top and bottom and run twine through them, and you can hang it from the tree.

3. Get clean anywhere with this portable outdoor shower.

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Your fellow campers will love you for making this before the trip. Make sure to bring extra water to fill the shower in case your campsite does not have a tap.

Full instructions on Nifty.

4. Fight off mosquitoes all day without even thinking about it by wearing these DIY mosquito bracelets.

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Essential oils and a handmade bracelet just might keep the bugs away, and they'll at least smell better than bug spray.

Full instructions here.

5. Make sure you're never caught without a fire with these easy fire starters made with common items found around the house.

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Finally, a use for your laundry lint!

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6. Keep the s'mores going all night long with these roasting sticks made for the biggest of campfires.

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You can customize these by assigning each member of the family with their own color so everyone knows which one is theirs.

Full instructions here.

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7. Instead of bringing an entire salt shaker, turn straws into small packets of spices to add an extra kick to your campfire meals.

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You can also make pint-sized toiletries, a fire kit, and a bag clip with these recycled straws.

Full instructions on Nifty.

8. Be prepared for anything with this camping survival kit.

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You can customize this with the products you know you'll need the most, but having a small basket prepared with the essentials will help you avoid lots of camping emergencies.

Full instructions here.

9. Make your tent feel like a five-star resort with these easy upgrades.

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Don't forget to bring foam squares to make the floor more comfortable and a water jug with a headlamp to light up your tent!

Full instructions on Nifty.

10. Take your cooking supplies anywhere with this rolled camping kitchen.

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This requires some sewing skills, but you'll have enough space for any cooking supplies you need. Plus, you can roll it up and carry it on your shoulder!

Full instructions here.

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11. Silica gel packs can be reused for a number of camping hacks, such as drying up a damp swimsuit or keeping your snacks fresh.

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In the months leading up to your camping trip, save silicia gel packs in a container and make sure to pack it with the rest of your camping supplies.

Full instructions on Nifty.

12. Keep the kids busy with this tic tac toe game.

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You could finish this DIY once you're on the camping trip with stones you've found around your tent. Make sure to pack a white paint pen and small bag to store the stones.

Full instructions here.

13. Paper soap is extremely lightweight and saves tons of room in your backpack.

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Use this DIY hack for hand soap, body wash, shampoo, and dish soap.

Full instructions on Nifty.

14. If you'd rather not poop in a hole in the ground, this simple DIY toilet is the perfect solution.

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It's easy to clean and will make your campsite feel a little more like home.

Full instructions here.

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15. If you're going on a water excursion but need to keep your keys near you, floating key chains will save your life.

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All you'll need is some recycled wine corks, some screw eye rings, and a key ring.

16. Free up your hands during long hikes with these insulated water bottle holders.

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Never lose your water bottle on the trail again. Plus, you can pick out your (or your kid's) favorite pattern for the fabric.

Full instructions (you'll need a few basic sewing skills) here.

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