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Camping hacks that make your outdoorsing a little easier

Keep feet warm

Open a beer with no tools

Use Google Maps offline

Clean your grill

Cooler mess

Organized cooler

Get your Netflix on

Download a survival manual

Single serve coffee bags

Tasty coffee

Is this poison ivy?

Or is this poison ivy?

Identify plants

DIY fire starter

Start that fire

Fend off bug bites

Homemade air conditioner

Tools to make your DIY air conditioner

Find the zipper

Camping can be even more fun when you get rid of the small annoyances that come with it. Here are some tips to make your trip the best it can be.

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Turn your camping trip into a glamping trip with a few of these hacks

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Keep your tootsies warm by filling an aluminum water bottle with warm water, then sticking it in the bottom of your sleeping bag. Mmm, toasty. 

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No need to pack a bottle opener for your beer. Place the edge of the cap on the corner of a picnic table and hold the bottle at an angle. Hit the center of the bottle with the your other hand. Bam! You've got an open bottle and no wasted space in your pack. Here are nine more ways to open a beer bottle.

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Before you leave, open Google Maps, go to the menu, tap on Offline Maps and choose Select Your Own Map. Download a map of the area where you'll be camping. Then, even if you don't have service, you'll still have a map in case of emergencies. 

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The secret to yummy burgers and perfectly cooked hot dogs? A clean grill. Here are some tips for getting your grill ready for camping.

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The problem with using bags of ice to keep your food cool is that it melts and leaves a soggy mess.

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A less messy solution is to freeze a couple jugs of water to keep your cooler cool. There won't be a watery swamp at the bottom of your cooler and you can drink the water when it defrosts. 

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If you just can't go without Netflix while you're out in the wilderness, download your faves to watch when you're data-less. Here's how to watch Netflix offline.

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Also before you leave, download a survival manual app that works even when your not connected to Wi-Fi or data. I personally use the Offline Survival Manual by Ligi for Android. The Survival Guide by Max Soderstrom on iOS is a good one, too. It's based on the US Military Survival Manual FM 21-76.

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Making coffee at your campsite is a snap with these coffee bags. Before you leave, put one tablespoon of coffee grounds in a coffee filter and tie it with a twist tie or dental floss. Store the bags in a plastic storage baggie.

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When you want a mug of joe, plop a bag into your cup, fill the cup with hot water and wait a few minutes (wait longer for a stronger brew). You'll have a great cup of coffee and no mess. 

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Let's play a quick game. Is this poison ivy?

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What about this one? In the wilderness the wrong answer can leave you miserable. 

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A plant identification app will solve the mystery. I use Pl@ntNet by the PlantNetProject, but Plantsnap is another good identification app. With both, you take a photo of the plant and the app searches its database to find and identify it. 

By the way, the second photo was the real poison ivy. 

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To make starting grills or campfires easier, stuff a toilet paper tube with dryer lint and wrap it in newspaper. Twist the ends, then throw it in your backpack. 

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To get things going, place your fire starter in the middle of the charcoal or a pile of twigs and light the ends of the roll.

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If mosquitoes look at you like a tasty morsel (I feel you!), take a B1 supplement before you leave the tent. I tried this trick in Texas -- where the mosquitoes are huge and numerous -- and I didn't get one bite.

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Stay cool even in the hottest of locations with a homemade battery-powered AC unit.

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Making it is pretty simple. All you need is an old cooler, PVC pipe, a battery-powered fan, some basic power tools and duct tape. You can find the full instructions here.

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If you've ever tried to find the zipper on your tent after a late-night bathroom trip, then you'll appreciate this tip. Make the zipper easier to find by looping a zip tie through the hole. 

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