Nothing clears the mind like a weekend of camping. You get to make s’mores rather than stare at a computer and listen to nature instead of using earbuds — take a hike as opposed to a boring elliptical and sip out of flask instead of deal with fancy glasses.
Although, it’s easy for camping to cost a lot more than expected, especially when you’re starting from scratch. And if the point is to live simply without blowing through all of your money, edit that basic packing list in a creative way so you’re not spending more than that less adventurous hotel room you were tempted to purchase.
Turn a shoe organizer into the ultimate outdoor kitchen organizer or snack pantry.
Turn tins into camping grills.
Hang a paper towel roll using a bungee cord from the tent struts.
Bring charcoal on the road without using a giant bag.
Crack eggs beforehand to prevent from breaking in the car.
Make your own Twister.
Blow everyone’s mind by adding raspberries to s’mores.
Cook bacon in advance if you want to save time and prevent a mess.
Make your own game.
Cover the floor in foam squares for squishy comfort.
Put your empty beer or soda cans to good use.
Try beer tabs you’re missing fishing hooks.
Make your keys its own flotation device with a wine cork before it gets close to water.
Turn your water bottle into a plastic bag holder.
So what are you waiting for? Pick a spot on the map and go!