Camping is a great way for families to spend time together. Not only is camping an affordable vacation option, but it's a great way to get kids away from electronics.
If you're planning a camping trip this summer, here are some hacks you can use to make your trip even better. Whether it's making foil pack dinners or making your tent more comfortable, you'll love these camping hacks for families.
Use a Water Jug as a Lantern
Want a big lantern, but don't want to add even more supplies to your already over-packed bag? All you need is a water jug and a LED head lamp. Chances are you'll have gallon water jugs to keep your family hydrated and to cook with. All you need to do is attach the head lamp around the water jug with the light facing towards the water. This creates a great lantern and the LED lights in head lamps use very little electricity, which means the batteries will last a good while.
Freeze Water Bottles or Juice Boxes to Keep Food Cold
If you want to keep the foods in your cooler cold longer, but don't want to take up space with ice, freeze water bottles and juice packs. These are items you already need so you're not wasting space. Best of all, your drinks will be nice and cold when you're ready for them. You will want to pack some water bottles and juice boxes that aren't frozen so that you have drinks available during the first couple hours of camping.
Create Foil Packs for Quick Cleanup Dinners
The night before heading out, create foil packs filled with your favorite ingredients and then place in zip top bags to prevent any leaks. Pop in your cooler before heading out. All you have to do is throw the packs on the campfire and cook until the ingredients are cooked through. You can find a number of great foil pack dinner recipes online.
Prepare S'mores Ahead of Time
Another great way to use foil packs is for make ahead s'mores. Build your s'mores with graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows and wrap individually in foil. Place in an airtight container and store with your dry goods. When you're ready for s'mores, place the packs on the campfire for 2 to 3 minutes or until the marshmallow and chocolate are melted.
Make Your Tent More Comfortable with Yoga Mats
Last, but not least, if you're sleeping in a tent, there are things you can do to make it more comfortable. An easy tip is to use yoga mats. Yoga mats are affordable and roll up tightly for storage. You can also use play foam tiles that you may already have in your child's playroom. Either way, the foam can make sleeping on the ground much more comfortable.
Camping is so much fun, but it's even better when you use these simple hacks. Not only will you get a better night's sleep, but cleaning up after dinner will be much easier. What you're favorite camping hack?