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9 DIY Camping Essentials You Can Make At Home


Summer is just around the corner which can only mean one thing: camping season.

Unfortunately, what was once America’s most affordable past-times, has become an opportunity for sporting goods stores and fashion designers to exploit the resurgence of the camping craze by charging exorbitant prices for anything camping related – whether that’s gear, clothing, or food.

Don’t let a limited budget prevent you or your family from enjoying the great outdoors this summer.

Check out these 9 DIY camping essentials that you can make at home – for CHEAP:


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If you have children, odds are you’ll have a difficult time convincing them to leave their electronics at home. I know, I know, the whole point of camping is to get away from everyday life, but that’s easier said than done. Plus, if you run into an emergency while you’re in the wild, a power bank can come in mighty handy. Follow this step-by-step instructional on how to build a portable power bank at home.

2. Ultimate Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

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Who says you’re too old for roasting marshmallows? After all, it’s is a camping tradition that extends back to the 1800’s and remains one of the most wholesome activities you can share with your family. Here is how to make the ultimate, kickass marshmallow roasting sticks at home.

3. Hitch Mounted Removable Wooden Bumper

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If you’ve been looking for a way to add a retro look to your camper, truck or trailer, then look no further than this removable wooden bumper that easily mounts to your existing hitch.

4. Camping 6 Gallon Water Container Faucet

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Here’s an inexpensive way to bring a portable faucet on your next camping trip. Most of the materials can be purchased cheaply at either Lowes or Home Depot. It’s perfect for washing utensils, cleaning fish or animals, cooking, bathing, and more. What a great way to bring the modern luxury of running water to the outdoors!

5. Duct Tape TP Dispenser

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Going number two in the wilderness is one of the easiest ways to feel closer to nature. Nobody said it was fun though…particularly when wiping your nether regions with the wrong leaf can lead to allergic reactions or even poison ivy (yikes)! Take this duct tape toilet paper dispenser with you to avoid all that hassle and bring some modern toiletry luxury with you the next time you go camping!

6. Small Camping Solar Water Distiller

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Even though our previous hack will have you pooping in luxury, you won’t feel much like royalty if you catch a water-borne pathogen. That’s why it’s imperative to always sterilize water that you use for drinking, cooking, or cleaning! Take a look at this cheap, portable camping solar water distiller to eliminate this issue altogether.

7. Tin Can Camping Stove

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Camping Stoves can be picked up at just about any sporting goods store worth its salt, but the convenience of purchasing a pre-made stove comes at a pretty penny. Go to the store, and you’ll find stoves ranging from $30-$200+! Instead, make this tin can camping stove at home and use the money you save on better food and ingredients.

8. Lightweight Camping Shower

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Listen, if you’re camping for more than a day or two, your body is going to accumulate some nasty bacteria and fungi growth. Not all of these things will make you smell bad, but, more importantly, they can cause infection and disease. So, do yourself (and everyone else around you) a favor by checking out this super-convenient lightweight camping shower that costs little to nothing.

9. Complete Camping Hammock With Screen and Rainfly

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If you haven’t tried sleeping in a hammock as opposed to a tent, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Not only do people find hammock camping more comfortable, easier to set up, and take down, but it also keeps your body & gear safe from creepy crawlies, moisture, and dirt. The next time you go camping, try out this complete camping hammock with screen and rainfly.


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