Ahhhhh, summer — time to leave the daily grind in the dust and go enjoy the great outdoors. Camping can be a ton of fun, but it can also be a lot of work! Want to make your life a little easier? Check out these 10 cool ‘camping hacks’ to make your next camping trip more like a walk in the park:

  1. Strap a headlamp around a translucent gallon water jug to create an instant tent lantern with really cool ambience.
  2. Can’t find any decent kindling? Corn chips such as Fritos or Doritos can actually make a great fire-starter in a pinch. You can also use dryer lint as kindling — keep a zip lock bag next to your dryer at home and collect it every time you do laundry. Just remember to take it with you when you leave!
  3. For easy, mess-free pancakes on the go, pre-mix your pancake batter at home and put it in a plastic ketchup squeeze bottle. When you’re ready to use it, just squeeze out as much (or as little) batter as you need and cook those flapjacks up!
  4. Store your cooking spices in old Tic-Tac containers to save space and prevent messes. You can also use Tic-Tac boxes to store matches and keep them dry.
  5. Pack a mini first-aid kit (bandaids, alcohol wipes, gauze, small ointment tube, etc.) into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.
  6. Substitute your tent pegs with reusable solar lights. Not only will it add some cool lighting to your campsite, but it will prevent you from tripping over guide ropes and pegs in the dark.
  7. Got some nasty mosquito bites? Apply a layer of deodorant to the bites or dot them with toothpaste to kill the itch.
  8. For an all-natural tick repellent, mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a bit of water, put it in a small bottle and spray yourself down. Be sure to apply liberally around your ankles and feet.
  9. Before leaving home, grab a wine cork, wire and some needle-nose pliers to create a DIY keychain/floatation device for your keys. No one wants their keys to go for a dip in the drink!
  10. Bundle up some dried sage and add it to your campfire — it’s a great way to keep the mosquitos at bay.