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You need to know these family camping hacks

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Last night, I dreamt about a summer camping trip. Woken by the sound of waves gently lapping the shore, I unzipped my tent and stepped out onto the sand. Reality struck when my feet hit the cold floorboards and the screeching of my alarm destroyed the illusion of my beachy paradise. Luckily, the warmer months aren’t too far away.

With summer on the horizon, now is the time to be collecting supplies and scouting camp sites for adventures to come. To help this year’s trips go off without a hitch, we’ve found a few camping hacks that will change the camping game.

Family camping

Camping trips are an Aussie family holiday tradition. Picture: Shutterstock

  1. Organise and pack everything in clear, plastic tubs

    This is a huge time saver during and post-camping trip. There’s no need to rummage through looking for things when all your gear is stored categorically, exactly where it should be. Dedicate a box for clean clothes, food, bathing supplies, etc. Store your dishes and cooking supplies in the one tub and take a spare to help transport dirty dishes to the washing up area.

  2. Wear glow sticks at night

    Very handy for middle-of-the-night toilet trips, these are a great way to keep an eye on wandering kids. You can make them into bracelets, necklaces and pendants. They’re a bit of fun for the kids and a handy tracking device for parents.

    Kids playing with glow sticks at night

    A much safer alternative to sparklers… Picture: Shutterstock

  3. Use wire coat hangers as marshmallow sticks

    Half the fun of marshmallow roasting is searching for the perfect stick, but if you’re in a spot where sticks are hard to come by, it’s best to be prepared. Unravel a coat hanger and fold over a handle to make marshmallow toasting a breeze.

  4. Use foam flooring inside your tent

    Kids’ foam play mats are an awesome, affordable alternative to more expensive flooring materials sold at most camping stores. Get the kids to piece them together so they feel like they’re helping with the set up.

    Kid's foam flooring mat

    Cheap and fun to put together, kid’s foam mats make your tent way more comfortable. Picture: Shutterstock

  5. Use frozen water bottles instead of ice

    Avoid freezing your fingers off, fishing around in the bottom of your esky after the ice has melted. Fill bottles or jugs with water and freeze them to use as coolers. After they melt, you have a nice refreshing drink rather than an esky full of soggy food sloshing around.

  6. Take a collapsible laundry basket for dirty clothes

    One thing is guaranteed on camping trips; the kids are going to get dirty. Throw all your muddy and dusty clothes in a collapsible laundry basket so you don’t lose anything. Tip it all in the washing machine when you get home.

  7. Take a whole lot of tin foil

    Probably the most versatile product for a camping trip, aluminium foil can be used to cook things over the fire, store food and can even be turned into a serving bowl. Just make sure to dispose of it correctly afterwards.

  8. Experiment with a few crazy campfire recipes

    Camp cooking can be tricky if you’re not prepared but a quick google search will reveal tonnes of quirky campfire recipes. I came across orange peel brownies, banana boats and even onion bombs! To get you started, here’s a long list of fun food ideas.



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