Packing for a camping trip is all about striking the right balance between preparation and traveling light. Take too much with you it’ll be a mission to find essential items amongst all the clutter. Take too little, and you risk being stranded without the one thing that would help you through. To make this balancing act easier, we’ve pinpointed five of the most useful items that serve multiple purposes, allowing you to cover all your bases while still packing light:
How To Improve Your Camping Trips
1. Nappy rash cream
This may come as a surprise to you, but nappy rash cream has many more uses than the name suggests. It can soothe insect bites, heat rash, chafing, chapped lips, windburn, and minor allergic reactions. It can stand in for sunscreen in a pinch (since it’s packed full of zinc) and it can even be used as a deodorant. The multi-purpose power of nappy rash cream makes it a valuable addition to your camping kit.
2. Castille soap
You can’t just use any kind of soap when out in nature – if you want to enjoy the great outdoors for years to come, then you need to take care of the environment. Thankfully, there’s a simple, multi-purpose solution. Castille soap is biodegradable and harmless to the environment. At the same time, it can be used for everything from washing your face, hair, and body to clothes, dishes, fruits and vegetables, equipment, and even your dog. If you’re really keen on cutting back on packing, you can even use it as a toothpaste. As a final bonus, it’s great at keeping ants at bay. Just add a capful to a spray bottle filled with water, spray it around where the ants have been bothering you, and they’ll quickly clear off.
3. Next-gen lighting
Most people have made the switch to LED lights for camping. However, you can boost your multi-purpose power by investing in a lantern that can be broken down into its component parts. Each wall of these next-gen lanterns can be broken off to make a smaller portable torch. So, when someone needs to rummage through their tent or run to the bathroom, they can take a piece of the lantern with them while leaving the camp’s main light source in-tact.
There’s a reason they always give the contestants on Survivor a bandana (and it’s more than just fashion). These simple yet mega-useful multi-purpose accessories can be used as pot holders, hand towels, and washcloths. They’re great at mopping up sweat on long hikes and can be soaked in water when you need to cool off. They can be knotted into a pouch for carrying snacks or valuables and can be used as bandages or tourniquets in emergencies. The possibilities are truly endless with these humble little items.
5. Eat Light
You never know what’s around the corner when camping. It pays to have an emergency stock of non-perishable food with you just in case. Items such as freeze-dried fruit, nuts, beef jerky and others can provide a dense, nutrient-rich meal in a pinch, without the weight and bulk.
6. A Leatherman
No article about multipurpose tools would be complete without mentioning the Leatherman. With one tool you can handle everything from basic camp tasks to survival situations. These famous multi-tools can now be customized to suit your specific needs. They even have wearable options like watches that have definite James Bond vibes.
From the simplicity of nappy rash cream to the customizable complexity of the Leatherman, these multi-purpose tools have what it takes to cut down your camping clutter while boosting the practicality of your kit.