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10 Natural Camping Hacks to Make Your Outdoor Life Sweeter

This is a guest post from fellow outdoor enthusiast and blogger, Joe Black, of Nature Rated. He is a camping expert, and here he shares some of his natural camping hacks to make your tent experience that much sweeter! 

Do you love camping? I bet you love camping but you hate all the things you need to remember when you head out for a trip. Because of this camping can be a daunting experience. Challenges often occur to campers who are not creative or don’t know much about handy hacks that make camping a great experience. You may think that you’re ahead of the curve by hacking your hammock tent onto a couple of trees (Oh, you’re not there quite yet? Learn how to set up a hammock here), but what about all the other camping necessities? Here are a few that can prove beneficial in different situations.

1. Beat the Mozzies! Use a natural mosquito repellent.

Mosquito bites are a killjoy when spending time in the outdoors. Instead of packing repellent sprays that keep you worried about chemicals on your body, burn sage at your camp fire. Sage is a natural deterrent of mosquitoes and other bugs. It also has a sweet smell when burnt. Try this sometime and have a peaceful sleep!

2. Apply the slicing soap hack.

As a camper, you need to keep as clean as is possible to keep the bugs away. You are likely to keep losing your soap when in the wild. Peeling your soap into smaller pieces so that you can use a slice per shower goes a long way in helping curb this. If you feel adventurous and want to take a bath in a lake, slicing a bar can save you the inconvenience of losing all the soap you packed.  

3. Hide your valuables in soap.

natural camping hacksCamping can get a little crowded and it’s easy to lose your valuables. Hiding them in soap is a hack many scouts employ. You skillfully bore a hole in the soap big enough for you to put small-sized valuables. This way you can spend time enjoying the activities rather than guardingstuff. Just don’t lose that soap!

4. Attach your key to a cork.

It’s not unheard of for campers to lose keys while in the wilderness. If you are not up for the ‘key-searching’ activity, simply attach it to an old cork as a key holder. This way, your key will float whenever it is inside water rather than sink to the bottom and it’s easy to spot when you’re looking for them around a messy camp site.

5. Use a portable lantern.

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With little to no visibility at night, it’s easy for you to stumble over everything inside and outside your tent. This is a something that should be avoided. Rather than having a single torch that may not be bright enough, use water! It is a great light conduit! Harness this untapped power by filling a gallon jug with water and then tie your headlamp around it. You will be shocked at how much more light there is.

6. Carry a natural tick deterrent.

Ticks are the pits! These pets creep into your shoes and clothes and ruin all the fun. Simply get a spray bottle with water and add one part tea tree oil. This mixture constitutes of a natural tick deterrent that you can spray inside shoes and clothes without fear of harmful chemicals. Don’t spray it directly on your skin as it may irritate.

7. Get a biodegradable trail tape or chalk.

A trail tape is easily forgotten and left behind, but it’s invaluable when you’re out on a hike. If you’ve forgotten your map then the tape will be a lifesaver. The best thing about it is that it keeps you and the environment safe at the same time. This tape is available at stores that sell camping equipment and it comes in bright colors for visibility. If you don’t fancy your chances with the tape then chalk will work just as well at the expense of a little visibility.

8. Use a candle from orange peels

The next time you go camping, a couple of oranges must be on your packing list. You will not only get to eat this fruits during snack time but also use their peels as a candle. Any citrus fruit such as lemons and grapefruit would solve the same purpose. To light up your tent, just kindle a small part of a citrus fruit peel.

9. Use a camping toilet

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Not everyone is comfortable with using the woods as a toilet. If you hate going in the wild the consider a DIY toilet — it’s a must have. All you need is a five-gallon bucket, a toilet seat and a milk crate to put it over. Bathroom time does not have to be scary anymore. However, this toilet needs emptying from time to time. It is also easily portable.

10. Make your shoes waterproof.

Before leaving the camping site, apply beeswax compound on your shoes which makes them waterproof. This will ensure that your feet stay dry when it’s wet out or if you hit an unexpected puddle.

Camping can be an appalling experience without fully equipping yourself. These natural hacks mean that you don’t have to compromise on anything to have a great camping experience. The best thing is that they are simple and don’t cost a dime. Moreover, they are effective and perform just as well as the ones at home. Do not hold back — be as creative as possible to enjoy your camping, and most of all have fun! 

Going camping with your family? Here are even more tips to make camping a great experience. Going camping while hunting? Here are some great prep tips for the solo hunter.

natural camping hacksI’m Joe. I run Nature Rated. I love spending time in the outdoors. Whenever daily life gets me down, I head to the nearest lake or river with my kayak and my camera, and I spend time recharging my batteries. I hope you’ll love my no fluff to the point reviews and that they’ll help you choose the right gear for your next adventure!


  1. Amazing tips for outdoors!

    I actually never would have thought of using citrus peels as a candle. I mean I know it can be done but would have never occurred to me unless I read it somewhere like here. Thank you for that.

    Another good camping tip is to acquire a map with a higher details of the area you are camping. Like a map with a water, trees and the road positions. Many people get generic maps which are difficult to read and get around with.
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    • jessicajhill says:

      Hi, George. I also never had thought of the citrus peel candle, but I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the map suggestion. It’s another a great one to add to Joe’s list!

  2. Esther Diaz says:

    Thank you for sharing such an informative guide especially for us beginners. A lot of my friends keep asking me when can I join them, most of the time I say no probably because it’s not part of my hobby. But, it changed my mind when I joined them for about 2 times this year. And of course I never knew I will like it and I get excited when we talk about it. Anyways thank you again. I will be using these hacks on my next camping. Cheers!

    • jessicajhill says:

      That’s excellent, Esther! I’m glad you faced whatever it was that was holding you back and took your friends up on their offer. Usually you can find someone that has enough extra gear and knowledge to introduce you to the amazing benefits of outdoor life 🙂

  3. Martin Bobs says:

    Excellent post! Love your great information you share in here. This post is really helpful and beneficial for beginner and pro. You post looks like an information guidebooks and help successful and enjoyable outdoor camping and adventure. Thanks for your great collaboration.
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  4. Gr8 ideas. Thanks for sharing. Yep – prep and the right equipment is everything when it comes to camping! Took me years to perfect our checklist and I recently put that on my site to help other fellow campers. Stop by if you like. Camp more, worry less. 🙂

  5. Kevin Smith says:

    Great Tips for Camping Outdoor! Thanks for mentioning! Keep up your great work!

  6. Dean Leslie says:

    Beautiful photos, thanks for the ideas!

  7. Very interesting blog. The most important things which we can carry are our binoculars. They provide a wonderful view of the planet.
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  8. addy says:

    A very resourceful post with great list of essential camping gears. I know this will be of great help especially for starters. I always carry a mosquito repellent but I have never thought of a Tick Deterrent!!

    Good work, keep posting!!
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  9. Blake says:

    Nice blog. Very important things are mentioned here to take it with you. Bringing an outdoor toilet and doing a slicing soap hack is a brilliant idea, its worth try for in our next camp

  10. Roby says:

    Haha! I remember those days on the trip. This makes me feel better about peeing in South America. I’ve been back a month and am still carrying toilet paper around with me wherever I go. I think I will slowly work my way up to death toilets of Africa.

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