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Are you going camping this summer? So does 50% of Canadians, according to the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association, which says half of us intend to take more camping trips.

With all this camping, we’ve probably found the magic formula, haven’t we?

We invited Daily Hive readers to share their camping tips, tricks and hacks with us ahead of what could be a busy camping season in Canada. Also, they shared where they like to go camping if you need inspiration.

Here are the best camping hacks from the Daily Hive community:

1. Heat a stone

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Blair from Alberta loves to camp in Crypt Lake National Park. Her tip: “Put a stone in the campfire in the evening. Take out before bed and let cool slightly. Then wrap it well in a towel and put it at the bottom of your sleeping bag. Make sure you let the stone cool down so you don’t burn a hole in your towel!”

2. Order pizza

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Bennett, from BC, said her boyfriend taught them to grab a pizza on the way out of town so they could eat it on the first night (or morning!) of a camping trip.

3. Organize with clear bags



You’ll likely find Mark from Ontario camping in Algonquin Provincial Park. They learned, through trial and error, to store related items in separate, clear, waterproof bags. “All cleaning supplies in one bag, cooking in another, lighting fires, clothing, food, cards and games. That will make finding things quick and easy, especially when it’s dark or wet,” they said.

4. Bring the right cooking gear

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Loukia from Quebec learned a great camping tip from Girl Guides. “When it comes to cooking, a cast-iron skillet or aluminum foil are perfect cooking vessels over a campfire,” they said. Her favorite campsites are Sandbanks Provincial Park and O’Cascade Rawdon.

5. Watch out for cancellations

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Eric from BC says you should use the Campnab website to find out when there has been a cancellation at a sold out campground. “My friend came up with the idea when his wife was updating the BC Parks website while looking for a job,” he said. “We’ve been working on it since then and are now monitoring parks across Canada and the United States.” Her favorite campground is Sowchea Bay Provincial Park.

6. Bring the chips with you

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We got a fire tip from Tim from Ontario. “Use nacho chips to start a fire when the campfirewood is wet,” they said. Apparently they got the tip over the radio! Tim loves to camp in the Parry Sound area.

7. Pack up your laundry fluff



Another fire tip we got was to “use disposable wooden sticks and dryer lint as fire starters,” said Julia of BC. She learned the tip from her dad and said Cat Lake in Squamish is a great campground.

8. Entertain the kids forever

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BC’s Crystal says you should get your kids to play against the can while camping, especially if they’re bored. “All the kids loved the game so much that they played even when it started raining on us…they were even changed into dry clothes a few times just so they could continue,” she said, pointing to Clearwater, BC, as a great place to camp.

9. Prepare your cooler

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Tamara from BC loves to camp in Osoyoos or Kelowna and when they do they come prepared. “Prep your food and cooler like a pro,” she advised. “Pre-cook whatever you can, pre-cook bacon, wrap in foil, Ziploc and freeze. Pre-cook potato cubes, add other vegetables and place in individual foil packs.” Zero Waste folks could also opt for reusable packaging cubes.

“Season and freeze chicken, steaks, whatever you want. Use juice and milk jugs and fill them 85% full with water and stick them in your freezer for a week to stop a soggy cooler.”

10. Sleep warm

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Jordan from Alberta has a great tip if you’re having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep. “For years I slept on air mattresses and froze through the night,” they said.

“Even in my sleeping bag, I couldn’t figure out why I was always cold. Then I bought an amazing Turkish blanket and put it over the air mattress. I didn’t realize that the air in the mattress would freeze overnight and rob me of all body heat!” Once they found a great upstate campground with unlimited firewood near Sundre, Alberta.

You can still share your camping hacks with Daily Hive and feature them on this page!

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