Creative Camping Ideas

Updated: March 1, 2022
Originally Published: June 18, 2016

Brilliant Camping Ideas that will make your next outdoor adventure SO much easier! Pack up the kids, some of your closest friends, and escape to the wild outdoors with a great camping trip this summer. Check out these quirky and creative camping ideas that will surely enhance your entire trip. 

Camping Ideas

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What To Bring on a Camping Trip

1. Truck Tent

Get a truck tent for impromptu camping trips or if you’re just really want to feel more comfortable!

Get a truck tent for impromptu camping trips or if you're just really want to feel more comfortable!

2. DIY camping light

Use a solar light and stick it in an upside-down terra cotta pot. Brilliant! (source unknown).

DIY camping light - Use a solar light and stick it in an upside down terra cotta pot. Brilliant!

3. Camping Bathtub for Kids

Bring an extra-large camping tub, fill it with water, and use it as a bathtub for little kids. Great idea! (source unknown)

Bring an extra large camping tub, fill it with water, and use it as a bathtub for little kids. Great idea!

4. Canopy Cover for Camping

Smart! A tent under a canopy. Additional space is used for living space.

Smart! A tent under a canopy. Additional space is used for living space.

5. Camping Toilet

DIY camping toilet – ha! Kind of smart though. A large bucket and a pool noodle… Saving this idea!

DIY camping toilet - ha! Kind of smart though.... Saving this idea!

6. Shower Cap Shoe Covers

Buy cheap shower caps to put dirty camping shoes inside of when packing up. This way it keeps the rest of the things in your travel bag relatively clean.

Buy cheap shower caps to put dirty camping shoes inside of when packing up. This way it keeps the rest of the things in your travel bag relatively clean.

7. Camping Toothpaste

Camping toothpaste – make toothpaste dots, let them dry, sprinkle them with baking soda then pop them into a bag. When camping, put one in your mouth and chew–add water and brush. (via ruggedthug)

Camping toothpaste - make toothpaste dots, let them dry, sprinkle them with baking soda then pop them into a bag. When camping, put one in your mouth and chew–add water and brush.

8. DIY camping shower

Using a large water jug and a watering can head. Click the picture to see how it’s made.

DIY camping shower using a large water jug and a watering can head.

9. Hang a fan in a canopy

I know that there are many safety issues surrounding this idea, but I couldn’t resist sharing. As long as it is very secure…. (source unknown)

I know that there are many safety issues surrounding this idea, but I couldn’t resist sharing. As long as it is very secure....

10. Organized Camping!

Use labeled plastic dressers instead of the usual duffle bags. Fits nicely in the tent and you can use the tops as shelves or “counter space”. Keeps you organized during your trip. Source unknown.

Organized Camping! Use labeled plastic dressers instead of the usual duffle bags. Fits nicely in the tent and you can use the tops as shelves or "counter space". Keeps you organized during your trip.

11. Camping Bathroom

Know anybody who likes to camp? Show them this! A private little bathroom to set up at your campsite. I love this camping idea.
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Camping Bathroom

12. Tip for Packing for Camping

Buy the Dollar Store bedding bags to keep towels, etc together, and keep camp dust off while camping. So smart!

Buy the Dollar Store bedding bags to keep towels, etc together, and keep camp dust off while camping. So smart!

13. Organization for Tents and Camping

A hanging closet organizer will keep your tent organized. A must have for kids!

A hanging closet organizer will keep your tent organized. A must have for kids!

14. Camping Sleeping Bed Double Tent Cot

A tent cot! This is what I need! It has amazing reviews, especially if you put an inflatable mattress inside of it. Now THAT is comfortable camping!

Camping Sleeping Bed Double Tent Cot

15. Use a garden flag holder to hold your paper towels when you are Camping

What a great idea!

Use a garden flag holder to hold your paper towels when you are Camping....what a great idea! Click

16. Collapsible Clothes Hamper Trash Can

A great way to collect trash during the daytime at the campsite!

Collapsible Clothes Hamper Trash Can

17. Pine-Sol Fly Spray

Flys can be so annoying while camping! Did you know that flies can’t stand Pine-Sol? That being said, this spray works particularly well outside and on outdoor furniture.

Pine Sol Fly Spray

18. Camping Food Ideas

Take a look at these delicious and creative camping food ideas. Just in case you’re not going camping but want to cook outside this summer, a lot of these recipes can be used with a BBQ too.

Camping Food Ideas

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