Hiking, Camping, Backpacking

5 Clever Backpacking Hacks for Beginners

When it comes to camping, there are no set rules and regulations for how you do everything except for safety and first aid. The more you go out in nature and try different hiking trails, and the longer you stay out, the more you learn about the various ways to do things to make your backpacking trip easier and more fun.

Being out in nature with no buildings or typical amenities such as bathrooms anywhere near the trail means that you have to get creative to stay comfortable and make do with the limited resources you have on hand.

Here are some clever hacks from expert backpackers that can make camping fun and easy for beginners:

A bottle lamp made with a wine bottles and LED fairy lights

Fairy Lights Bottle Lamps

Camping lamps are often too big, bulky and difficult to carry due to their weight and size. While they can be handy for weighing things down when camping in a windy location, bottle lights are a smaller and more convenient alternative. Just get your hands on some battery operated or rechargeable fairy lights and squeeze them into an empty wine bottle. Twist some wire on top for a makeshift handle to make it easier to carry the bottle. Cut a small portion of the cork to insert the light switch, and voilà, you have a magical looking fairy lamp for your campsite!

Delicious and Easy to Prepare Hobo Stew

Hobo stew is one of the easiest and most delicious dishes you can make while camping. It is also easy to prep for. Simply cut your favorite vegetables into bite-sized pieces, add some ground meat, and few dabs of barbecue sauce to the mix and pack it in a silicone bag. Once you reach the campsite, arrange the mixture on a square of tin foil and wrap it up before tossing it on the grill. Let it cook for 10 to 20 minutes while checking it every few minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn. Enjoy a hearty and delicious meal full of protein and nutrients that will help you feel more energetic for the rest of your hike!

A packet of quality disinfecting wipes in a compact packaging

Wet Wipes Instead Of TP!

Toilet paper is essential for any backpacking trip and takes up a lot of space in your backpack. However, a better alternative is wet wipes, which offers more hygiene and doesn’t require you to have access to water to clean yourself properly. Wet wipes are also packed tightly and take up less room than regular toilet paper. Good quality wet wipes also have moisturizing ingredients, which is great for people with sensitive skin. Alcohol-based wet wipes can also be used to clean your hands after meals or clean up any cuts or rashes instead of wasting your limited water supply.

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