Sunday Favorites~Camping Tips

It's time for Sunday Favorites over at Chari's blog, Happy to Design.

We are getting ready to head to our trailer next week. This will be our first time at the trailer after it sitting all winter. This will be sort of a working trip. The first time going to the trailer generally is. We have to "un-winterize" it, clean, restock, make get the idea. Since I am in "camping mode" I thought I would share a post I wrote last May about handy camping tips.

Even though we have graduated to a travel trailer, we are still tent campers at heart. We still love to go and rough it, okay we now get to sleep in a real bed! LOL and do all the fun camping activities outside. We do most of our cooking outside still.

So, here are a few helpful hints for camping.

Thrifty camping tips

*Bring heavy duty aluminum foil not the cheapo stuff.

*Save all your samples of toothpaste, shampoo, gels etc and put them in those freebie bags I talked about earlier this month. As you collect more free samples, start making each member of the family their own "shower bag".

*If you are not used to hard water, remember most campgrounds have well water and it will dry out your skin big time. Bring moisturizing lotion.

*Save you plastic grocery bags. They come in handy for a gazillion different uses while camping.

*Wet wipes! Wet wipe! Wet wipes! (or keep a clean wet washcloth in a ziplock baggie)handy at all times.

*Those plastic Lays "Stax" chip canister come in very handy. Keep one filled with soapy water and as utensils are used, have people drop them in there when done. This s especially handy if you tent camping. They are also good for holding the long matches to keep them dry.

*Bring jugs of water from home. Different waters can upset your stomach and it’s nice to have water that you are used to.

* Get several cheap rugs to place outside of your tent or camper. It will help you keep a lot of dirt out.

* Never leave home without a pair of pliers, hammer, duct tape, a tarp,a flashlight, a rope (nylon rope is best) a regular screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver.

* Take some of your kids favorite toys. Do not let them know you brought them. If you have a rainy day, pull them out.

* At camp, look for flat rocks to place around your firepit so you can set a pan down on something level.( a good activity for the kids to do while you are setting up camp)

* Empty pill bottles are good as waterproof containers for wooden matches.

* Milk jugs filled with water, dirt or rocks will help weigh down tarps or set on the ends of a picnic table to keep your tablecloth from flying away.

* Throw away pie tins make good paperplate holders.

* Empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel cardboard rolls stuffed with dryer lint make a good fire starter. (pack tight)

* Empty plastic containers (butter bowl, sour cream container, cottage cheese container etc.) are fun for the kids to play with at the beach. They make different size sand castles too.


  1. I have never been much of a camper, actually I only camped one time when I was 14. Hubby and I are talking about maybe someday getting a camper and travelling when he retires. I have heard many say to rent one first to see if we like it. You have a lot of great tips that maybe some day we will need.

  2. My family camped a lot when I was young and I have done some when my girls were little. Not so much now. I would think about it in a camper! Too old for tents! LOL...oh and I like my potty also!

  3. Lucky you! A camper! We're planning a trip with the kids to one of our state parks (our oldest camps just about every weekend!), but it'll be sleeping bags on the ground! :)
    xoxo Pattie

  4. We used to take our kids camping...tent camping and Oh, boy, did I just hate it. Every single second of it!!
    Then, we bought the cutest little camper and had an absolute blast with it. However, the only thing we cooked OUTside was S'Mores !! :))

  5. Good tips! I have been camping but once -- took my Girl Scout troop. I am afraid I agree with my sister, who says, about camping: "I don't understand why people go out and pretend to be homeless."

    I think I am just too lazy to be a good camper!


  6. Hi Diann... is that time of the year again! You wouldn't believe how my honey and I spent the morning...we were looking through all the youtube videos of old, vintage campers! We seen some really awesome camp trailers! We are thinking about finding an old one and restoring it to pull behind that old 1953 Ford that we have. Would be sooo much fun! Anyway, I love camping! You guys have fun when you go up to your trailer!

    What great tips and ideas for camping! Loved each and every one of them!!! So glad that you shared them with us today for Sunday Favorites, my friend!

    Hope that you're having a super Sunday!
    Chari @Happy To Design


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