Thought you knew everything there was to know about camping? Given the chance and the willingness to learn, there’s more to know about camping than you could learn in years of study.

Campers are often so focused on getting the major things just right that they often overlook the little things that could make camping trip more enjoyable and efficient. We’re talking about little tips, like not tripping over the guide wires of your tent, relieving the itch of mosquito bites, and even keeping the ice in your cooler for longer periods of time. All of these tips and are are in this video.

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Jason Houser is an avid traditional bowhunter from Central Illinois who killed his first deer when he was nine years old. A full-time freelance writer since 2008, he has written for numerous national hunting magazines. Jason has hunted big game in 12 states with his bow, but his love will always be white-tailed deer and turkeys. He considers himself lucky to have a job he loves and a family who shares his passion for the outdoors. Jason writes full time and is on the pro staff of two archery companies; in his free time, he fishes and traps as much as possible.


  1. Hey good video on simple tips to make the camping experience smoother. Here’s one I love about food and cooking while camping. One of my favorites is bourbon salmon from my local Publix. I wrap it in aluminum foil, then some cut up potato wedges and veggies wrapped separately with herbs and butter, and for desert a cored and sliced apple (seeds removed) in yet another separate aluminum foil wrap. Place all of these on the fire coals rotating periodically. The fish cooks faster so time accordingly. So simple to prepare ahead of time and so simple to clean up afterwards.

  2. We’ve found a great way to have an inexpensive, compact, easy to carry light source for the tents when we go with our kids. Dollar store light sticks. They come in all kinds of sizes. The little bracelet and necklace are great for hanging at the entrance, or for marking those guy lines on your tent. The larger ones are good for interior lights. Plus, they have the added advantage of being fun for the young’uns.

  3. I always bring along a box of fabric softener sheets. When we pack up I place a few in the tent and the bottom of the sleeping bags to give it a fresh clean scent when we use them the next time.

  4. 2 litre pop bottle, with HOT (not boiling) water, put cap back on and place at bottom of inside your sleeping bag 10 minutes before going to bed and you have a nice warm place to sleep. In the morning the bottle is still warm. Thanks to my cousin for showing me that it works. IT SURE DOES !!!

  5. I always bring a spool of paracord when I go camping. You just never know when it will come in handy! I get an empty jar with lid, just large enough to hold the cord, and put a hole in the lid. That gives me a sure way to keep the cord neat and ready to dispense.
    Another quick one. We like to bring a box of dryer sheets camping with us, especially when we bring the kids. Have them use the sheets to rub down any exposed skin, including their faces, then put the used sheet in a back pocket. We have found that the mosquitoes don’t like the smell and tend to stay away

  6. Always keep a 9 X 12 zip-lock bag of dryer lint. Excellent way to start a fire with limited resources. Lint, fire starter rod and a knife blade. Quick start.

  7. What I found useful is I like to hunt in the winter time or fall and I like to keep a one pound 15 ounce coffee can out by the the commode we screw this plastic coffee can up against a tree you can put your toilet paper roll inside and snap the lid on and it stays nice and dry for the next guy to do his business. Very handy.

  8. Spear liquid dish soap on the bottom and sides of you pots and pan, coffee pots and frying pans before cooking over your fire. After food has been cooked and ate wash off the soap and smoke and your pan is clean with out scrubbing. Yeah!

  9. Fire-Starter = empty roll of toilet papper cardboard filled with Dryer lint residue from filter cleaning (y)

  10. I spray painted my tent cords with reflective spay paint. that way it takes very little light to see the ropes late at night when your up wandering around