5 Essential Packing Hacks & Tips for Great Camping Adventure
Getting all that camping gear to fit in while trying to keep everything tidy and organized can be exhausting, not to mention how you’ll have to unpack and then repeat everything when you get home. Luckily, there are several packing hacks and tips that can take some stress out of the equation and help you pack more quickly and easily. Let’s dive in!
Heading to the campsite can be a wonderful way to get away from your daily routine and recharge your batteries...spending some time out in the great outdoors, breathing in that fresh air, reconnecting with nature, and just having fun with friends or family. While camping can definitely be a lot of fun, packing for it isn’t exactly the most exciting part. Getting all that camping gear to fit in while trying to keep everything tidy and organized can be exhausting, not to mention how you’ll have to unpack and then repeat everything when you get home. Luckily, there are several packing hacks and tips that can take some stress out of the equation and help you pack more quickly and easily. Let’s dive in!
Use zippered bags and packing containers to store food and gear
When you get to your campsite and start unpacking, the last thing you want is having to rummage through your bag in order to find something. For stress-free unpacking, it’s best that you rely on clear zippered bags and packing containers to store all your items, food, and camping gear. There should be containers for holding your clothes, sleeping bags, as well as cooking supplies, while the little plastic containers can be used for spices and condiments. As for the zippered bags, they can be used for storing anything from toiletries (toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, etc.) to table settings (cups, plates, bowls, and utensils) to spillable items (rubbing alcohol, dishwashing liquid, etc). To save on space, make sure to roll your clothing instead of folding them. Before placing them into your backpacks and duffle bags, consider lining the inside of the bags with a garbage bag as this will ensure your clothes stay dry in case it rains.
Stuff your sleeping bag case with your clothes
Whether you are camping with family or friends, packing all those pillows can take up a lot of precious space, leaving no room for other camping essentials. One way to save some room would be to stuff the case for your sleeping bag with some soft clothing. Fold the clothes in a way that it forms a comfortable pillow to sleep on, with no pressure points. If your DIY camping pillow feels a little rough and you think you might need some extra support, stuff some more clothes in there until it is just right. You can always bring some inflatable pillows to save more on space, although sleeping on air may not be as comfy as sleeping on an actual pillow.
Store your knives in a safe way
Carrying your knives around safely can be challenging, but these are some of the camping tools you simply can’t do without. When spending time outdoors, you want to bring sturdy knives that can be used for a variety of purposes such as sharpening sticks, cooking meals, and cutting ropes. Rigid and durable automatic knives can be your best friend while you’re out in the wild as they are quite substantial and easy to carry around. Plus, they can easily be clipped to your pocket or your camping gear, so you’ll always have them on hand. As for the larger kitchen knives, a practical way to store them would be to use PVC knife holders. You can easily DIY these containers using PVC pipes and putting caps on each end, gluing one cap on so the knives don’t fall out. Easy and practical!
Crack the eggs and store them in a water bottle
There’s nothing like the smell of eggs and bacon sizzling in the pan when you’re out in the wild. However, packing cartons of eggs may not be the best option as it doesn’t guarantee that your eggs won’t crack. You are better off foregoing those egg cartons altogether and bringing your eggs in a bottle instead. Simply crack the eggs, add spices such as salt and pepper to the plastic bottle, and store the mixture in the cooler. You can also whip the eggs and add milk and cheese before pouring the mixture into the bottle. That way, your camping breakfast will be ready in minutes and you’ll also be saving space without having to worry about cracking those eggshells.
Pre-wash and dry your fruits and veggies at home
This is another way to make things easier and more convenient when camping. After you have planned out your meals and bought the ingredients, it’s a good idea to pre-wash and dry your fruits and veggies before storing them in containers. Not only will you be able to start cooking right after getting to your camp but you’ll also be saving some water which is oftentimes limited when on a campsite. You can also pre-cut your fruits and veggies and save an extra step!
A couple of camping hacks and tips go a long way in making a camping trip easier and more pleasant. Use the tips above to pack your gear in a simple and stress-free way so you can enjoy your camping adventure to the fullest!