19 Ingeniously Mind-Blowing Camping Ideas


I’ve always loved camping and being in the outdoors. Living in the middle of nowhere for half of my life, I developed various skills and learnt many things to help me not only survive, but be comfortable in the wild. But as much as I thought I knew, I stumbled upon a collection of exciting ideas which I thought was  ingenious and mind-blowing at the same time. The creativity and simpleness of these ideas are what made it that much more genius. So without further ado, I present you:

19 Ingeniously Mind-Blowing Camping Ideas

1. Make grilled sandwiches with this campfire panini press. Just grab two slices of bread, put in some meats, cheese or whatever tickles your fancy. It’s quick, easy and delicious.




2. Make emergency light sources simply with an altoids tin, cardboard, and some wax. Fold and pack the cardboard into the tin, melt some wax over the top and close the lid until needed.



3. Make portable fire starters by dipping round cotton pads into wax. They’re cheap and you can make 30 for under 10 dollars.

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4. To keep mosquitoes away when sitting around a camp-fire, simple put bundles of sage in the fire every hour or two.



5. When you’re grilling out in the open, rather than eating your food plain, place some rosemary right on the hot coals and cooked your meat over it. The rosemary steams through the meat and gives it a better aroma.



6. If you don’t have any kindling, but do have corn chips or Doritos then you have a good way of starting fires. Like it like a piece of paper and burn baby burn.



7. If you’re a chocolate and banana lover, then this is for you. easy to make, delicious and serves the munchies straight.



8. Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.



9. Shave up a bar of soap with a vege peeler to save time and space in your packs. A slice per shower makes it easy to use, and you won’t lose it as easily as it’s not all out in the open.



10. For easier storage of antibiotics and even toothpaste, cut pieces out of a straw to create single-use packets. Seal the ends with a lighter and it’s good to go.



12. These cool hammocks attach to the back of your car so you can relax and enjoy the view. Get them here.



13. If you can’t live without your spices, and want to take them on your rough and wild adventure, then store them in tic tac containers to keep it fresh and water free.



14. Ingenious light idea

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15. Use old coffee cans to protect and hold toilet paper wherever you go. Slice a line out of the side, insert your toilet paper, close the lid and you’re done.



16. Make ground planted candle sticks to light paths and add a bit of ambience. They’re cheap and relatively easy to make. Find out how here.



17. Keep matches waterproof by keeping them in a plastic container. Glue to the lid a piece of sandpaper but make sure you buy strike-anywhere matches.



18. Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you don’t need a fulfilling breakfast. Make crescent rolles over the campfire, wedge between a branch. For extra deliciousness try filling them with marshmallows and Nuttela. Go here for directions.



19. To have a softer and more comfortable tent floor, buy a pack of 10 foam floor mats and lay them out under your sleeping bags.





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  • jessief.fuentes

    Really enjoyed the ideas to make the camping out more easy and convenient!

  • Libby

    I see a lot of these camping tips all over the web and I just can’t believe that my dad and I are the only people on the planet who dip our strike-anywhere matches in wax to keep them dry, then store them in a watertight prescription bottle. Why does nobody EVER mention doing that?

    • Ars Spiritus Team

      It’s because we don’t know about it. Thanks for the tip 😉

    • Bet yer Dad was a boyscout? That’s where I learned it and I still do it. Way to go!

    • coh

      We always did that in Girl Scouts…………. 🙂

    • Aly

      My father actually left behind a tin from WWII where they were issued just such matches for lighting fires in the wild. We took the hint and do the same thing for camping. It’s a great idea, huh? I don’t know why I’ve never seen it either.

      • Ars Spiritus Team

        Its an awesome idea – thanks for commenting!

    • Roger

      Libby we have had that type of match in the military for many years.

    • Heath

      We also do that with the matches and dont worry, a lot of people actually do it as well. Its a good camping/prepping tips to know and a guaranteed way to keep tips dry!

  • These are great. I’m heading to a music festival and some of these will be really handy

  • P Rodgan

    Some of these seem a bit unnecessary and convoluted, but I suppose they’d be fine at a commercial camp site.
    The candle on a stick idea seems like an easy fire hazard, I wouldn’t recommend. And while the belt w/ hooks is a great idea. A properly placed fire will be far enough from the tree that it wouldn’t be too convenient.

    Aside from my pedantry, the Altoids tin looks great! I’ll have to try it some time

    By the way, dryer lint is great as kindling, and its free!

    • Sharon

      To make really cheap firestarters – Take a cardboard egg carton, fill the cups with dryer lint and then pour the melted remains of old candles over the lint. To use, just tear off cup by cup and light.

    • Heath

      Dryer lint works best as tinder.. it would burn up too fast as kindling.

  • Dexter Blumberg

    As an avid camper and natural resources student I strongly disagree with number 16: Make ground planted candle sticks. The reason being, anywhere that has an open flame should be cleared for atleast 5 feet around to prevent groundfire; and to do that would violate Leave NO Trace principals which is equally as bad. Lastly I go back to a childhood favorite animal Smokey The Bear: “only you can prevent forest fires!”.

    please, take a second to consider and
    prevent forest fires
    leave no trace

    • Ars Spiritus Team

      thanks for your comment dexter. Very informative!

  • Tom

    You Ingenius wrong, it’s ingenious.

    • Tom

      you spelled*

    • Ars Spiritus Team

      Thanks for pointing that out 🙂

  • Sean

    I have tried twice to sign up to receive your newsletter but it keeps comming up with an error? If you can do it please send it to these are some very cool ideas!

  • jonny

    Another great trick: If you are fed up of being woken up by the sun turning your tent into an oven in the morning; buy a few emergency blankets (they are cheap) and use bulldog clips to attach them to the outside of your tent (reflective side facing out) and that will keep your tent cool all day! Very effective and great for festivals. The only downside is the noise it makes in the wind and rain. However, this is preferable to losing precious recovery sleep at a festival for sure.

    • Ars Spiritus Team

      Thanks an excellent tip thanks for commenting jonny.

  • kent

    If by ‘camping’ you mean driving a car to the nearest lake then yes, these are good ideas. But good luck fitting any of these useless contraptions into a tripping pack and hiking/portaging with them.

    • Ars Spiritus Team

      But isn’t that also camping? 😉

      • Riza

        Sort of… most of this is just gimicky stuff I’d never use while hiking. One of the main reasons is weight. The only thing i’d consider is the altoid tin.

  • Melanie

    Pro-tip: If you have to tarp against the rain, hang a rock on a string on one of the holes and rain will go out that direction instead of pooling in the middle.

  • This is a great list, unfortunately item number 10 on your list is from a blog post that I originally authored ( and your attribution link points to some other blogger’s page that actually plagiarized my content, not before removing my photo watermark I might add.

    I have no problem with you re-tasking my content so long as you do me the liberty of linking back to my original post and not some other blogger that used my image without consent.

    To be clear

    Your item #10: For easier storage of antibiotics…

    Has an attribution of: Source:

    In fact, I am the original author and the attribution should be: Source: Brian’s Backpacking Blog (

    I know it’s just a small thing to you, but I have had hundreds of complaints about this via my social channels, if you could fix the link I would be forever grateful – it would also go a long way to restoring my faith in your website.

    Thank you,
    Brian Green, founder of Brian’s Backpacking Blog

    • Ars Spiritus Team

      Hey Brian, changed it for you 🙂 Thanks for following up

  • Gale

    I agree–candles on a stick for lighting the way on a path–just asking for trouble! and hopepfully, NOT another forest fire!! Dumb idea. As for firestarters, huh. Keep the used dryer sheets that come out of the dryer, gather the lint from the lint catcher, wrap it in the dryer sheet, stuff all into 1/2 a toilet paper tube. Squash them, pack in zip lock bag. Flatter, less weight, great for starting fires!

  • Dave

    Hey these are some great tips! Thanks a lot. I’m totally going to use these on the next trip!

  • Darrell Drake

    G/F and I always use cardboard egg cartons for fire starters. Dryer lint in each cup, followed by melted wax. You can fit a dozen in a sandwich zip lock. One or two will get you going. Works every time.

    • Ars Spiritus Team

      Thats a fantastic idea thanks for the comment!

  • Bob

    Awesome camping ideas; does anyone know how to forward or e-mail this from Windows 7 without doing a cut & paste??

  • Dont think you can get sage in Scotland that easily ,besides we have no mossies here just small beasties called midgies ,ive seen grown men nearly weep [including me] when they bite you in the eye lids,and finally it rains all the time wish my country could get a few weeks a of nice blue skys for a few weeks ,but hey it wouldnt be Scotland with all that sun.ha ha .

  • very nice camping idea.
    i enjoying your page.

  • very useful tips

    • Ars Spiritus Team

      Thank you vijay

  • Jeff

    LOL! Did anyone else notice that in the “Use Doritos as kindling” one… the flaming doritos are inside a cardboard pizza box full of dried grass? (both of which would be better kindling since you could instead then eat the doritos around your camp fire…)

    • Ars Spiritus Team

      Good point Jeff. I think Doritoes will burn at a steadier and more constant rate, until the thicker sticks get lit.

  • viki

    most of these are problematic. we use liquid camp soap ,Popularity

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    these seem problematic for me. we use an safe camp soap,for cleaning in a’s a small compact bottle, easy to pack. as for fiddling with sealing small tubes,we aren’t hikers. I have an small recycled deli container that contains all our emergency supplies. why waste food to start a fire? we use kindling we glean,and a few pages of an local paper. as for hanging cooking utensils outside,why? how can you keep em clean?we camp where bears etc show up. I will confess tho, cast iron frying pans make an effective wake up call for campers who kept us up all night drinking,playing loud music etc lol”just banging the dust off the pans”

    • Kat

      Hi viki, the one comment I’d make is something a veteran backpacker whom I really respect told me after I’d done the same thing as you (namely, using biodegradeable soap to clean my clothes in a river): You should never put any kind of soap, biodegradeable or not, into a river. Leave no trace demands that you clean your things in a pot away from any water source or campsite.

  • Cat

    My Dad collects cardboard egg cartons then pours a little wax into each section. Its alot easier then the cotton pad method and its a great way to recycle all those egg cartons. only use the cardboard ones though, most people will get that but i have a few dumb friends that didn’t listen. 🙂

    • Ars Spiritus Team

      That’s a good tip, thanks Cat!

  • Kobie

    Ever tried sprinkling some sugar on a fire that just will not take?
    If there is just enough heat to get the sugar to melt and then start burning, that sticky burning lot WILL get even slightly wet wood burning

  • Heath

    Thanks for the tip on the straw tips/ antibiotics! I am always looking for ways to cut any weight possible in my packs and loadouts and that is a good one!

  • Heath

    @Viki.. if using a few Doritos in your fire will affect your quantity of intake, you should really rethink your level of food storage! Just saying..

  • Mark

    #3- Waxed cotton pads- You can also dip cotton balls in petroleum jelly. It is handy to know how to make lots of kinds of starters (including the egg carton versions, or variations with cardboard, newspapers, etc.) so you can use what you have and make them sized to your needs.

    #8- try a 2″ wide nylon strap and some simple plastic fasteners- it will fit more trees, cost less than a good belt, be lighter, etc. A similar strap can hold a trash bag, a battery lantern, a wash-up station (mirror, bucket, and toiletries roll). OR, make up a canvas or nylon tool roll up for the stuff and add long ties so it can be tied to tree or around a picnic table.

    #10- sealed in a straw. Also works for seasonings, etc. A couple notes: a) this is an OLD tip, I doubt the blog that listed it invented it. b.) Over the counter antibiotics are not very strong. A good washing with soap and water, then a thin film of petroleum jelly works better.

    #12- hitch hammock. Yeah… no. Ditto for the candles on sticks

    #19- floor mats- my favorite idea on the list.

  • Kelvin Thomas

    Wow. These are well thought out wonderful ideas. I’ll use them all. Thank you!

  • Some great suggestions and tips. However, I’d also like to point people to a much better hammock solution than the hammock chairs featured. The trailer hitch attachments shown are quite expensive and at the end of the day all you really get is a chair…

    Instead, get a lightweight hammock like those made by Trek Light Gear. They weigh ~1lb or less, pack up tiny, and you can nap, rest or sleep under the stars in comfort – something a chair will never give you. TLG Hammocks are revolutionizing the camping experience for families everywhere – bring a hammock next time and give it a try!

    I also highly recommend this post to answer your questions and get started:
    Hammock Camping 101: 5 Reasons To Switch From A Hammock To A Tent

  • Quite awesome ideas. I can see you really love camping. This is great for trekkers and mountain climbers since camping will be on the list in that kind of outdoor activity. Just like ninja moves tips. 🙂

  • great useful camping hacks, for travel and emergencies too