This is not the kind of "camping tricks" I was referring to. My grandson caught me on the way to the showers and gave me a very cold wake up call.

I love camping in the summer, especially those beautiful lakeside or riverside sites that may not have all of the comforts of home. Open air cooking, sleeping and showering outside are parts of the overall "back to nature" experience that can bring a family closer. Below I have collected some of my favorite camping tricks that can make roughing it not quite so rough.

Wet toilet paper is the worst. No wait, getting to the bathroom (or the woods) and there is no toilet paper is the worst. This homemade dispenser is made from a plastic coffee container. Cut a slot in the side to pull the toilet paper through. Punch holes in the top and bottom and run a cord through the holes. Use this to hang the dispenser while you are otherwise occupied. Just don't forget to take it with you when you leave.
This is a truly amazing device! If you want to amplify your favorite tunes, place your smart phone or mp3 player in a tall plastic or ceramic cup. Instant speaker!
Let's face it, sometimes camp food can be bland. Spice things up with these little spice dispensers. Take empty containers of breath mints and soak them in hot water to clean. After they have completely dried fill the packs with your favorite spices and label with a water proof marker. Now you can make your open air meals more flavorful.
This is the perfect solution for those of us who need that morning cup of joe. Take a single coffee filter and place a heaping tablespoon of coffee in the center. Close the filter and tie with dental floss to create your "coffee bag." Place in your mug and pour on hot water.
This is a great tip for getting that grill up and running or firing up resistant kindling. Place the charcoal in a cardboard egg carton. Put this in the bottom of the grill or fire pit and cover the carton with the remainder of the charcoal or sticks and twigs. Light the carton and voila!
Have you ever lost your car keys while swimming or tubing? This simple fix will alleviate that fear. Just take an eyelet hook and screw it into a wine bottle cork and you are done. Now instead of sinking to the bottom your keys will gently bob on the surface.
This is a great idea to smooth out rough terrain or make a hard floor a little softer. These tiles can be found at most home improvement stores. They stack flat and can be easily packed in the car. Just put them together to stay comfortable as well as high and dry!