Performing a search on the internet for “camping tips and tricks” can almost overwhelm even the most adept web-surfer. That particular keyword created more than 2.7 million results for us. We figured that if you’re searching for camping tips at this time of year, you’re part of the outdoors crowd who doesn’t allow the seasons to provide excuses to head out and sleep under the stars. And that you’re probably preparing for that next trip and too busy to navigate through websites when you’d rather be navigating the hiking trail. So, we’ve compiled some of the camping hacks and original tips that we’ve seen around our campgrounds in Louisiana. Try these camping hacks to make your load lighter and your camping life easier:

  • Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder for a large, easy-to-access place to strike it effectively.
  • Use tic-tac boxes for a tiny, lightweight way to bring your favorite spices and seasonings along.
  • Cut up a plastic straw into about 1/4″ to 1/2″ lengths and fill with first aid ointment, toothpaste or other goopy products and seal off with a lighter for easy and light portability.
  • Strap on old belt around a tree and add hooks to hang pots and pans, jackets or lanterns from.
  • Bundles of sage added to your campfire will keep mosquitoes away.
  • Bypass the mess of melting ice by freezing gallon jugs of water (add 1/4 cup of salt for longer lasting ice) and placing them in your cooler.
  • Leftover chips like Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos and Funyuns make great fire starters thanks to their greasiness.
  • Place Rolos in the middle of medium-sized marshmallows and roast. Trust us on this one – it’ll change your camping life.