If you prefer to DIY your camping gear as much as possible, you’re in luck – this is an ENORMOUS list of all the best camping DIY projects I could find!
I know that I love to do it myself before buying it (well… unless it’s a remodel, which we did terrible with and I would pay for that!) when it comes to various camping gadgets. Spring is ALMOST here, but I’m just getting stir crazy and want to start making stuff!
After looking at wayyyyy too many tutorials, I wanted to put them all in one place so that I could keep track of everything, and I hope it is helpful to you too!
29 Best Camping DIY Projects To Try!
Try some of these time and money saving DIYs before your next camp trip! Whether you like to add a personal touch to your camp gear or just want to save some money, these DIY Projects are fun and easy to do!
If you don't want to have to keep buying ice during your camp trip (or just want to keep your cool items even cooler!) make your own DIY Ice Chest Cover! It's easy to make but will make a giant difference in how cold your food stays!
Camping for a long time off grid, or perhaps just camping with kids who seem to ALWAYS need to rinse off? Make your own portable bucket shower! Fill it up, leave it in the sun during the day then rinse off with warm water at the end of the night!
I don't know about you, but I HATE our camper cushions - the style is super dated and the kids have already made a couple stains on them! This is a quick way to DIY your own covers for a fresh look in your camper!
This has to be one of the most popular DIYs I see in the various camping FB groups I'm in! This is for good reason though - they are super fun to make and personalize, and look fun when you have a couple around your campsite!
I LOVE this DIY Camp Laundry Machine because my kids go through clothes really, really fast! There are some specific shirts we like for day use since they are nice and light (gotta keep cool in the sun!) but it seems every night they add another layer of s'more drippings! This is an easy way to keep them clean!
Even though we camp in a camper, there are many times we boondock and don't want to fill up our tanks, and since I'm not a fan of squatting for all bathroom activities... this is a great solution! It's an especially good idea if you have little kiddos who are newly potty trained or just are scared of getting poked when the squat!
Who needs a camp chair drink holder when you can now bring your drink anywhere? I know my one drink holder spot in my camp chair is usually filled up with other stuff (kid snacks, sunglasses, phone for music etc) so having a separate drink holder could be really helpful!
Speaking of drunk related things... while this wouldn't fit in the drink holder, it is sure as heck easy enough to sip on when you're relaxing later on! Not only that, but they sound absolutely delicious!
Ready to go homemade pancake mix is AMAZING while camping, especially on those slow to start mornings! I like this one because it seems especially yummy (but you could just buy the box stuff if you aren't a cook!)
While not technically a "DIY" it is still much cheaper to buy only what you need and not one of the boxed sets they sell! Especially if you are traveling to tourist destinations such as National PArks... those things cost double there!
Give each kid (or heck, yourself!) their own insulated water bottle carrier for when you hike around camp! Personalized gear is always the best, and this could make a fun gift for the camping kid in your life!
Grocery Bags are a hot commodity around the campsite! Whether you use them for trash, recycle or as dog poop bags, it's handy to have a central place to store them that will prevent them from all flying away! It doesn't hurt that the storage container will make ya chuckle!
This is the perfect way to cut down on the number of spice bottles you travel with! This is also great for campfire meals and RV kitchen cooking (it includes the printable labels so you can keep track of your spices!)
I have ALWAYS loved these (have you ever sat in one? It forms to your body perfectly!) however they are usually pretty expensive. Here's a way to make one for your kids (or yourself!) for way, way cheaper to "hang" around camp. LOL!
Stacy Bressler is an avid outdoorswoman, wife, and mother of three who lives in Jackson, Wyoming. She loves all things camping and enjoys sharing helpful tips, fun activities and laughable learning experiences she finds along the way! Navigating the outdoor life through the lens of humor and positivity, she chronicles it all on her website "The Crazy Outdoor Mama"
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