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12 Genius Tricks for the Perfect Car-Camping Road Trip

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05. February 2018

Read our 12 useful tricks for camping and living in a campervan based on our own experiences! We've gathered these camping hacks to make your trip less chaotic and more enjoyable.

 

1. Sage is a natural mosquito repellent.

Adding sage to your campfire or fire pit keeps mosquitoes and bugs away. Throw some sage on the fire every now and then, and it should help keep those little annoying animals away.

 

2. Pack a backpack like a boss.

If you’re gonna be moving, pack lightly and efficiently.


Picture Source: The Bug Out Bag Guide

 

3. Keep your clothes warm.

Especially if you’re camping in the winter, you can keep your clothes warm by putting the next day’s clothes in your sleeping bag while you sleep. Just stuff them down to the bottom of your bag as extra insulation— they will keep you warm during the night and you will thank yourself in the cold morning.


Picture Source: Adventure Protocol

 

4. Smoke it with rosemary.

A nice alternative to a marinade — just put the rosemary directly on the charcoal and underneath the meat. Once the coals are uniformly gray and ashy, cover them with fresh rosemary branches. Your meat and vegetables will be flavored with the taste of savory herbs.
 

 

5. Never lose your keys in the water again.

Attach your keys to a cork. Practically essential if you’re doing some water sports or camping near the water.


Picture Source: Morning Creativity
 

6. DIY Travel Cup

Something always gets spilled. An easy way to minimize the disaster area is a plastic wrap and a straw.

 

7. Easy Scrambled Eggs

Eggs are a staple breakfast that everyone loves. To create this easy meal while camping the easiest thing to do it break them into a bottle with a lid (i.e. a water bottle, creamer bottle, etc). Add a little milk (optional) and seasoning and shake it well before pouring it into the pan to cook. It’ll save a bowl, time, and it recycles a bottle!

 

8. Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.

Want to make your camping spot a bit more special? All you need ae some candles and some sticks. Oh, and some matches or a lighter.
 


Picture Source: A Subtle Revelry

 

9. Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.

No need to waste your time on starting up a fire. You just have to light the carton and the fire will catch on to the charcoal.


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10. Cold nights?

Some people were born with cold feet. To cope while camping, fill your water bottle up with hot water and throw it in the bottom of your sleeping bag before bedtime.

 

11. Wet shoes

There’s no use crying over wet shoes. Remove your insoles and stuff a dry shirt or some newspaper in your boots overnight to dry them out.

 

12. Washing your sleeping bag

When drying a down-filled sleeping bag, include a few tennis balls to preserve loft.


Picture Source: Clever hiker

Written by: 

Nina, Nest Campers

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