Camping Hacks that Will Make Summer Trips Perfect

Shannon Quinn - May 16, 2021
Canopies attached to RV’s and vans give you built-in shade. Credit: Canva

5. Attach a Canopy to Your Trailer or Van

For anyone who is thinking about camping in their car or van life, You may want to consider buying a canopy to attach to your trailer or van. This is a great way for you to get some shade even if you are in a bright and sunny area. It would also obviously come in handy if it started to rain during your camping trip. This would give you some shelter, especially if you want to store some things outside of your van or RV. 

Sometimes, an RV will have a built-in canopy. But most of the time, you’ll need to buy your own. You can find these canopies almost anywhere, like Amazon or Walmart. The price changes drastically depending on the size.

This portable cooking stove is very useful for remote camping. Credit: Canaway

4. A Portable Camping Stove Helps You Cook From Anywhere

If you plan to cook on your camping trip, it might be more difficult than you can imagine. Many camping sites will already have a grill or a fire ring for you to cook on. This makes it very easy. However, if you plan to go somewhere remote and cook in the middle of the woods, that’s where you may run into problems.  Some people like to have a portable gas cooktop, but this can be very heavy if you are trying to hike to a campsite.That’s why this little camping stove is perfect. It is small enough to fit in your backpack, and it is not likely to catch anything else on fire. 

Depending on where you are camping, it might not be safe at all for you to create a fire in the woods. Because of this, you might need to get an electric hot plate to plug into a portable battery. If you plan to make a fire in the woods, please check out the US government’s forest fire prevention tips, first.

A wind shield will help you cook in bad weather. Credit: Shutterstock

3. This Wind Shield Helps Keep the Fire Going

If you have ever tried to start a fire on a windy day, you already know how frustrating that can be. In fact, if it’s too windy, I just completely give up on having a campfire. But if you planned out your vacation weeks or months ahead of time, you’re not going to know the weather. And unless you’re willing to eat cold food all weekend, you need that fire to start and stay lit. That’s where this wind shield comes in. 

As you can see in the photo, it’s small, and is really made for one of the smaller cooking lamps that I mentioned earlier. I can totally imagine someone out there creating their own DIY version of a wind shield. Maybe that could be your very own camping hack.

Keep your knives away from everything else in this knife safe. Credit: CamCo

2. Keep Sharp Tools in a Knife Safe

If you plan to bring a cooking knife with you on a camping trick, transporting it can be tricky. I can personally attest to a time in my early 20’s when I put all of my kitchen utensils into a duffle bag to go camping, and the knife ended up ripping a hole through it. Not only is this dangerous, but it can lead to you losing your items everywhere. 

There are a couple camping hacks you can use for this problem. First is to wrap the blade of a knife with cardboard and tape. Second would be to only use a pocket knife. Third would be to buy a knife safe. I personally like this product, because it would also come in handy if you were to ever start doing Van Life. It would also help a lot if you were moving somewhere, and needed to keep the knives out of the way.

This tiny survival card has everything you would need to survive in the wilderness. Credit: Liiiikes

1. Save Tons of Space With This Survival Card

Earlier on this list, I already mentioned a multi-tool that you could bring camping with you. But this next one isn’t just a camping hack. It’s just an overall very cool James Bond gadget. It’s called The Survival Card, and it’s in the shape of a credit card. So it can fit in your wallet, but it breaks apart into pretty much anything you would need in an emergency situation.

Since it’s so small, it’s perfect to take with you if you’re hiking in the woods or camping overnight. It’s nice to have something just in case. This might also be a great gift for Father’s Day.