14 camping hacks for tent campers

14 camping hacks for tent campers
14 camping hacks for tent campers

Camping is one of the most affordable and accessible ways to travel. With more people spending time in nature, there's no shortage of camping tips and tricks out there on the web. But I've compiled a few specific tips for tent campers that'll help you ease into your next trip. Now get that gear organized, pack those sandwiches and head out on the road!

Use a battery-powered fan to ensure ventilation in your tent.

If you're camping in the summer and don't want to be a human furnace, it's important to use a battery-powered fan. This not only helps regulate your temperature but also keeps bugs out of your tent! Battery-powered fans are also great for campers who live in warmer climates where they might be vulnerable to heatstroke while camping.

Battery powered fans are typically small, lightweight and portable which means they can easily fit into any backpacker's gear list without taking up too much space. They offer a simple way to keep cool during warm nights by circulating air through an open window or door flap.

Make a makeshift dryer rack with a shower curtain rod, hangers and clothespins.

  • Make a makeshift dryer rack with a shower curtain rod, hangers and clothespins.

  • If you have an outdoor tent that doesn't come with pegs for hanging up wet clothes to dry, then this hack is for you! This is not only useful for camping but also at home when you're too lazy to go outside or it's raining outside. All you need are: 1) A shower curtain rod and 2) Clothespins (or wooden pegs if they're available). To make the rack simply open up the rods and put one end in each corner of your tent where there are grommet holes or loops on both sides. Then hang up your wet clothes on their hangers while attaching them to the shower curtain with the clothes pins. You can also use this same method by placing wooden pegs into grommet holes or loops instead of using a shower curtain rod if available at campgrounds near water sources such as lakes or rivers where there may be more insects around due to being closer proximity than normal campsites would allow - this way they'll still be able to dry quickly but won't attract as many bugs like mosquitoes etcetera because they aren't being exposed directly above ground level where there might be moisture seeping down from above causing condensation build-up which attracts pests such as ants/termites etcetera...

Create an airy, bug-free space with a suspended tent.

Create an airy, bug-free space with a suspended tent.

Some campers are squeamish about crawling into their tent and finding bugs inside. This can be particularly true if you’re camping in the high heat of summer, when insects are all over everything and will happily crawl into your bedding or clothing. You can use a tarp to create a suspended tent that keeps bugs out but lets air circulate through the space. This works especially well if there’s no breeze, because it allows for cross ventilation between two sides of the structure (like how open windows work).

If you don’t want to deal with the risk of having spiders hanging around your sleeping area at night, this is also an excellent way to keep them out!

You can also use tarps as privacy barriers—not just for keeping bugs out but also for creating separate areas within one tent so that each person has their own private space without sacrificing comfort or security (you could even consider adding curtains).

Hang your food from a tree using the plastic bags they came in.

Hanging your food from a tree is one of the best ways to keep it safe while camping. You can use a plastic bag and hang it high enough that animals can't reach it, but low enough that you can easily get it down when you want some food.

Keep your food away from:

  • Your tent

  • Your campfire

  • Your cooking area

Pick up trash around your campsite (and anywhere else you go) as you see it.

  • Pick up trash as you see it.

This tip is pretty obvious, but it's worth repeating! If you're out camping and see a piece of trash on the ground, pick it up and throw it away instead of leaving it there or kicking it under some other debris.

  • Don't leave any trash behind after your trip.

If there are recycling bins available at your campsite, make sure to empty them upon departure so that the park can recycle what they can before having to haul away the rest in a dumpster (which costs money). The same goes for food scraps: put them in a plastic bag and dispose of them in another trash receptacle before going home so that animals don't get into them later on down the road—and also so that not even a single scrap gets left behind by accident!

Use metallic duct tape to reflect heat and light, making your tent more comfortable.

  • Use a layer of metallic duct tape on the inside of your tent. This will help reflect heat and light, making your tent more comfortable.

  • Use it on the inside, not the outside. If you use it on the outside, it will make your tent look pretty tacky!

  • If you can find metallic duct tape that's bright enough to see at night, you might even be able to leave some lights off in your tent!

Tuck dryer sheets into your clothes to deter bugs and freshen up your gear.

Dryer sheets are a great way to keep bugs away, but they can also be used in other ways. For example, you can use them to freshen up your clothes while camping. Tuck one into each clothing item before you pack it up so that when you get back from exploring the great outdoors and unpack your gear at the end of the day, everything will smell fresh as a daisy—and not like an old wet dog.

Another useful hack for dryer sheets is keeping ticks and mosquitoes out of your tent. Simply place one in each corner of the inside of your tent for extra protection!

Dryer sheets are also a great alternative if you don't want to use chemical-based bug repellents or air fresheners anywhere near where food is prepared or eaten (they're safe for kids too). They come with no side effects other than smelling delicious!

Put some rubber bands around a headlamp for an easy lantern hack.

The headlamp is one of the most useful things in a camping kit, and you want to make sure it's ready for action at all times. You can secure your headlamp to the inside of your tent using rubber bands. This will help prevent it from falling off during the night when you accidentally bump into something, or when someone else bumps into it.

Another great use for rubber bands is securing your headlamp to a clothesline outside of your tent, so that it acts like a lantern while keeping bugs away from everyone else. You can also use them as an alternative way to hang different items around camp by attaching them directly onto tree branches instead of using actual hooks or nails (which tend not to work well in wooded environments). Finally, if there are no trees around but there are poles between two opposing tents—like those found on some backpacking hammocks—you may want to consider fastening them together at these points with some additional pieces of rope so they're connected solidly enough that no matter which direction one pulls on their end they'll still get pulled toward each other equally well

Use coffee filters for stacked water filtration.

  • Coffee filters are cheap and easy to find. The next time you're at the grocery store, pick up a package of the white foam filters that come with your favorite coffee brand. They make perfect water filtering materials for camping since they can be used for drinking water, washing hands and utensils, cleaning dishes (and faces!), cooking with/around (such as boiling eggs), or bathing in filtered water if there's no running shower nearby.

  • Keep 'em clean! Make sure to keep those coffee filters dry when you're not using them so they don't get moldy—a very real problem when it comes to outdoor living in general—and remember that it's always better to pre-filter any chemicals out before adding them into your system.

Repurpose an old shower curtain as an inexpensive floor tarp.

  • It's the perfect place to drop your dirty shoes, keep your clothes dry and clean, and keep you from dragging mud into the tent if you're camping in high-traffic areas.

  • If you have a large group, use an old shower curtain as a ground cover for all of those campers who want to sit on the ground rather than on chairs or stools.

  • Use it as a picnic blanket so that food doesn't get dirty or wet when it rains.

  • Cut up an old shower curtain into smaller pieces to use as table cloths at cookouts.

Have toilet paper at the ready with this TP roll holder hack.

If you're camping and don't want to be caught without toilet paper, this hack is for you.

First, cut a plastic bottle in half. Fill it with as much or as little toilet paper as makes sense for your trip. Attach the bottle to a tree with a carabiner or rope—you can even use the bottom of the plastic bottle itself as an extra hanger!

Keep warm at night by sleeping on top of your rain fly.

Sleeping in the rain fly will keep you warmer. If you have a tent that has a rain fly, you can use it to your advantage by sleeping on top of it. You can also use a ground pad and sleeping bag as an effective combination for insulation from cold ground or snow.

You might be thinking “but won’t I get wet?” The answer is yes—but if you sleep on top of your rain fly, the moisture from dew will not last long because it will evaporate quickly once sunlight hits it in the morning (unless there is heavy condensation). This method works best when camping during nice weather but if you want extra protection against frostbite then consider using two layers instead: one layer inside your tent and another layer outside on top of the rainfly. This way if there’s snow at night then there won't be much water buildup between them!

Keep things organized with stuff sacks for different items and activities.

Organization is a big part of camping. You don't want to be digging around in your tent trying to find something, and when you can keep things organized it's that much easier. Stuff sacks are great for keeping things separate and well-organized. Here are some examples of how to use them:

  • Keep clothes separated by putting dirty clothes in one stuff sack, clean ones in another.

  • Use one stuff sack for food items such as utensils, water bottles and snacks; use another for larger items like hats or jackets. (It also helps if you label the bags with permanent marker so that everyone knows which is which.)

Hang dishes from trees using twine and clothespins for drying, storage and movement between meals throughout the day.

Hang dishes from trees using twine and clothespins for drying, storage and movement between meals throughout the day.

  • Hang your dishes from trees with twine or clothesline in order to dry them between meals.

  • Use clothespins to hang your dishware on the branches of a tree, or use twine to string up a line between two trees so that you can hang your washed dishes there until dinner time.

Camping hacks will help you ease into or enhance your next camping trip

Camping hacks can help you ease into or enhance your next camping trip. They can also help you get the most out of your time in the wilderness, make the most of your camping trip, and even survive your camping trip.

Conclusion

Hopefully these camping hacks will make your next trip easier and more enjoyable. And remember, the only thing you really need for a great camping experience is a willingness to get dirty, try new things and have fun!

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