Show Off Your Outdoorsy Ingenuity With These Clever Camping Hacks

Camping is a lot of fun, but unless you’re experienced you may find yourself toting a lot of unnecessary items that take up a lot of space. Or you may encounter some insects and plants that can easily turn your fun weekend getaway into an uncomfortable, itchy disaster.

If you want to ensure that your next camping trip is trouble-free, take the advice of some seasoned campers. They’ve been there and done that and know which hacks work best to make the great outdoors more enjoyable.

Memorize What Poison Plants Such As Poison Ivy Look Like

Poison Plants
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Susan Biddle/The The Washington Post via Getty Images

Before heading out into the woods, familiarize yourself with a variety of plants and bring a book with you for reference. It’s particularly important that you can identify poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Nothing can ruin a camping trip worse than having to deal with a horrible, itchy rash.

If you are exposed to poison sumac, for example, symptoms can last for weeks (way beyond your camping trip). The best way to avoid the issue altogether is to learn about the plants in advance so you don’t get near them when you encounter them.