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05/19/2014 02:03 EDT | Updated 02/23/2016 03:59 EST

16 Brilliant Camping Hacks to Make Your Life Easy

Freeze water in water bottles to keep food cool over the first couple of days and for drinking towards the end of your trip. Substitute your tent pegs for solar lights to shed some light on your campsite and this prevents you from tripping over guide ropes. Need fire lighters? Doritos chips or crayons will burn for a couple of minutes and will act as great fire lighters.

It's summer time and before you grab your backpack and head for the hills, here are some easy camping tips to make your trip more comfortable.

Use wire to attach a cork to your keys so they will float if you drop them in the drink.

Use a large Ziploc bag or (if you're me) put some air into the bag of wine you brought with you and use as a comfy pillow. Wine bags double as a handy flotation device.

Frisbees offer amazing support for paper plates and make great water bowls for dogs.

Wrap your headlamp around a clear water bottle to help diffuse the light in your tent.

Tick Tac boxes are great for storing spices and keeping matches dry. You can also dip the ends of your matches in wax or clear nail polish to make them waterproof.

Pack pancake mix into Ziploc bags. When you are ready to make breakfast, add water, seal the bag and knead to mix. Then just cut the bottom corner off the bag and pipe the mixture into your pan.

Got a splinter? Place a small piece of banana peel onto the affected area and cover with a Band Aid. The splinter will dissolve after a day or two.

Dirty plates or pots? Use sand to scour the worst of the dirt off and absorb the grease then rinse and wash. Make sure you don't leave grease sand near your tent to attract bears.

Need fire lighters? Doritos chips or crayons will burn for a couple of minutes and will act as great fire lighters.

Freeze water in water bottles to keep food cool over the first couple of days and for drinking towards the end of your trip.

Substitute your tent pegs for solar lights to shed some light on your campsite and this prevents you from tripping over guide ropes.

Take out the inner cardboard tube from your toilet paper, squish it flat and keep in a Ziploc bag to ensure that it stays dry.

Making a cooking fire? You can make a ring of stones around the main fire and then a channel with parallel rows of stones coming off one side of your stone fire circle. This is your cooking area. Use a stick to scrape your coals over to the cooking channel. This means you can continue to generate hot coals in your fire and move them over to the cooking area when you need them. This helps you to regulate the temperature and you won't get caught with a dying fire and an uncooked dinner.

Relieve itchy mosquito bites with toothpaste.

Punch a couple of holes in the lid of a Mason Jar. Add 1/3 cup lentils and 2 cups water. Leave for 24 hours and drain water. Rinse lentils twice a day and drain. In 48 hours, you will have super fresh sprouts right in your campsite.

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