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Best Camping Hacks

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Camping is a great way to relax and enjoy nature. If you’re new to the camper lifestyle or have been camping for years, camping tips and tricks can help your experience become more enjoyable. It can take years of trial and error to determine what will work best to make your adventure fun and comfortable. We will go over camping essentials, meal preparation and setting up camp. Whether you have a pop-up camper or a class A motorhome, these hacks will help you be more prepared for your trip. The first step is to determine what type of camping you want to do which includes finding a campground or location. Once you have your destination in mind, you can be better prepared for your journey.

camping hacks

Insect Repellent

There are many tips when it comes to insect repellent but you must come prepared so they don’t disrupt your trip. Citronella candles and bug spray are a necessity but home remedies such as peppermint oil, catnip, and Johnson’s baby oil can also help prevent insects from biting you. Eliminate dark colors or heavy perfumes. Blonde hair and taller people often attract insects more so be prepared with repellent. You can also put dryer sheets under your table cloth to keep bees away or prevent ants from getting into your camper by sprinkling baby powder around ant holes. Adding sage to your campfire will also help keep bugs away. Also, setting out lemon halves and cloves repels flies.

camping hacks

Meal Prep

Having your meals prepped in advance can help save storage space in your refrigerator and pantry. Make your salads, sandwiches, cut veggies, and premix your pancake batter to be ready to serve your meals in minutes! If you're cooking corn on the cob, pour boiling water into a cooler and let the corn cook in the hot water. Packing a cast iron skillet is helpful to cook many items over the fire.

camping hacks

Condiments and Spices

Save your condiments from fast food restaurants and keep them in a small container. This not only saves money but it also saves space. Collect your TicTac containers and use them for your cooking spices. This saves room in your pantry and allows you to bring your favorite seasonings on the road.

camping hacks

Travel Cups

Avoid the inevitable spills while traveling with your DIY travel cups. Pack the Press N Seal Wrap to cover the top of your cup. It works well with most cups and saves you from an unneeded mess.

camping hacks


Maximizing your storage can be tricky. A few tips can make your life easier such as:

  • Cut a shoe holder rack and place around your bed frame for hidden storage
  • Use a pill container for travel friendly medicine storage
  • Use binder clips in the bathroom to hang things to free up your counter space
  • Use pvc pipes and double sided tape for extra bathroom storage under the sink
  • Use a dollar store laundry bin to store your kids beach toys
  • Use a shower caddy and hook as extra kitchen storage
  • Use old Coffee Mate containers for food storage and to keep things fresh
  • Use magazine holders and velcro to hold your ziplock bags, aluminum foil, etc under your cabinets
  • Save space with collapsible laundry basket
  • camping hacks

    Grilling 101

    Bring an onion and rub it on your grill to make it non-stick. Use an egg carton and add your charcoal coals to make starting your grill (or even your fire) more easy. A good top that saves space and helps eliminate extra dishes is using a muffin tin to serve your condiments for your BBQ.

    camping hacks

    Other Useful Tips and Tricks

    Some other useful tips to make your RV trip easier include:

  • Keep your camper warm or cool by using a vent insulator
  • Get a WiFi booster to get a better WiFi connection in your RV
  • Use pool noodle on your slide outs to cover the sharp corners
  • Use command strips and hooks to hang picture frames
  • Use a bungee cord to hold your tablecloth from blowing away
  • Wherever your camper journey brings you, your family will enjoy camping in a New or Used RV with these helpful camping hacks. Lakeshore RV in Muskegon Michigan can help you get on the road to adventure. We have over 500 RVs in stock, offer zero-down financing options and will deliver right to your home, anywhere in the country. Call us today! 231-788-2040.