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41 Genius Camping Hacks You'll Wish You Thought Of Sooner

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3. Wrapping your meat in cabbage leaves will keep it from getting burnt to a crisp.

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The cabbage is dense and moist enough to create the perfect nonstick barrier. No more accidental charred-to-a-crisp meals!

6. Kids can make an adorable and easy keepsake bracelet out of duct tape.

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They can stick things on, like tiny pebbles, flowers, or leaves, and create a souvenir from their nature walk. Just make sure the sticky side is on the outside.

8. Stovetop popcorn (like Jiffy Pop) can be made over a campfire.

They're so easy to transport, and kids will be amazed when the foil begins to expand. Just be careful, as the handle will become very hot.

You can also make your own out of popcorn kernels and aluminum foil. Directions here.

13. Bailey's dipped toasted marshmallows are a must for camping.

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Toast a marshmallow over hot coals, and then dip the warm marshmallow into a cup of Bailey’s. They're so delicious and addictive, you'll want to make them even when you're NOT camping.

16. Fill a gallon milk jug with water and 1/4 cup salt to use as a salt block for your cooler.

The jugs mean that you won't get water all over your food when the ice melts. The salt will make the cold last longer — however, it also means that the water in the jugs won't double as emergency drinking water.

Read more about it here.

20. This is the coolest tarp trick:

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Use a small stick to help secure the main center line. When pressure is put on one end, the line will tighten evenly, keeping the grommets from being torn out.

23. Slit foam swim noodles lengthwise and slip over each awning strut.

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Not only are you less likely to bump into them in the dark, but they'll be padded!

You can also use a pool noodle to cushion a canoe before strapping it to your car to protect from scratching.

25. A 16-ounce water bottle will hold 8–9 large eggs.

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Pre-scrambling your eggs will save you the trouble of having to figure out a way of transporting them. It also eliminates the need for a separate bowl and whisk.

35. Safely remove a tick with a cotton ball soaked in liquid hand soap.

Keep it on the tick for at least 20 seconds. The tick will cease biting, back out, and will remain stuck to the cotton ball when it's pulled away. If the tick has been embedded for awhile, keep it in a jar so you can test it for Lyme disease.

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Note that there is debate on whether this actually works. Here's a testimonial that says it does, but there's no scientific evidence to back it up, so try at your own risk and keep a pair of tweezers in your first aid kit.

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