Do your campfires refuse to crackle? Do mosquitos treat your limbs like an all-night diner? Do your sleeping quarters feel more like a medieval dungeon than a quiet respite from the twigs and pointy pebbles? If so, you’re probably one of the many individuals who suffer from chronic unhappy-camper syndrome.  

Luckily, there’s a cure: camping hacks. We’ve compiled some of the easiest and cheapest ways you can save time and frustration during your next stay beneath the stars. So go hack the great outdoors and be a happy camper.

Bug Hack

 

Lantern Hack

Grab a headlamp and wrap it around a jug of water to create an illumination station.

 

Campfire Hack

The Swedish torch is built by sawing pie-like slices into a large stump and then lighting kindling at the top. The embers fall through the grooves and burn the wood from the inside out. 

 

Tent Hack

Foam floor tiles are an easy way to keep your tent clean and more importantly, comfy.

 

Food Hack

Save your eggs from certain death by pre-mixing them in a plastic bottle. Use a marker to guage how many you have left.