Preparing for an adventure in the great outdoors can be intimidating, with so many things to consider: from something as simple as toilet paper to something a little more complicated like starting a fire. We can't all be experts with the elements like Bear Grylls—making do with what he has and magically starting a fire from rubbing sticks together. However, we CAN do our best to be prepared for whatever comes our way out there.

When you are camping in the outdoors with little (or no) cell reception, you have to consider everything that could go wrong. Not that we want to be downers about all of the negative possibilities, but when it comes to dealing with mother nature, you definitely have to be. This means planning for a plan A, B, and C, just in case your best laid out plans don’t pan out. Which, let's be honest, they probably won’t.

There is also so much that you don’t consider you will need when you are preparing for your trip at home. There are definitely no espresso machines in the woods, so you can’t just pack a bag of coffee and call it a day. You also won’t have the luxury of having soft, dry toilet paper at your disposal whenever you need it.

In order to have the best experience in the outdoors possible, we have laid out some pretty amazing DIY projects and life hacks that will seriously come in handy when you don’t have Google to help you out. We think that Bear Grylls would be impressed…but you be the judge.

20 Make a lantern out of a milk jug

We don’t always have the means to carry one of those old fashioned lanterns around, and sometimes you need a little more light than a flashlight gives you. After you are done with your milk jug (or pretty much any type of bottle or plastic container), you can throw a flashlight inside or strap a headlamp to it to create a brighter light source.

The bigger the container, the bigger your light source will be. You will be able to see what you are doing around camp when the sun goes down, do some reading in your tent, or have a light for your epic 5-person card game.

19 Put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

We all love a good pancake breakfast when we are roughing it in the woods, but carrying around all of the supplies for it is a pain. The best way to avoid this hassle (and ensure you have the most epic chocolate chip pancakes) is to pre-mix the batter and store it in an old condiment bottle. No eggs, milk, flour, or messiness needed!

You don’t even need a large ladle to scoop the batter into the pan—simply squirt the batter onto the pan and voila! This will save a ton of time and save you from cleaning up the mess at the end.

18 DIY fire starters (lint and toilet rolls)

There is one thing that you definitely need to survive in the great outdoors: fire. It may have looked easy in the movies when they rubbed two sticks together and it magically created a flame, but sadly that isn’t exactly the case. Luckily, there is a way in which you can make it look like you are still a wilderness expert.

You can make a DIY fire starter with two simple household items that you are going to throw out anyway: some dryer lint and empty toilet rolls. Simply stuff the lint inside the toilet roll and get ready to do some serious s'more making.

17 Yes, Doritos can start a fire

Chances are pretty good that you have brought along a form of tasty, oily, fire-friendly chips on your adventure. I mean, an abundance of snacks is absolutely mandatory. While you will have to sacrifice a few of these tasty crisps, you will be able to spark a flame pretty easily with them. It turns out the chemicals, oils, and flavors of them have elements that make them pretty combustible.

You will also witness a pretty colorful, vibrant fire show when you light these bad boys up. You can use Cheetos and various other types of flavorful chips to achieve this.

16 Use a coffee can to protect your toilet paper

Kudos to you for remembering to bring toilet paper along on your wilderness adventure, but what happens when moisture sneaks in and leaves you with wet, soggy paper that becomes pretty much useless for what you need it for?

Well, do I ever have the solution for you. If you place your toilet paper in a big coffee container and cut a slit in the side of it, you have created your very own toilet paper protector that can easily dispense when needed. Your toilet paper will remain dry throughout your trip, no matter what weather conditions come your way.

15 Use Tic-Tac containers to store spices

I know that you want to cook up some delicious recipes while on your outdoor adventure, which means you’ll have to carry along various different types of spices to make your food as flavorful as possible. However, the last thing you want to do is bring along your entire spice shelf with you, which is why storing what you need in small Tic-Tac containers is extremely useful. It’ll save a ton of space and hassle, and you will only bring exactly what you need for the trip.

Any little container will do, but the Tic-Tac dispensers are just so handy!

14 One use coffee bags from filters and dental floss

You definitely don’t want to sacrifice your morning cup of Jo, even if you don’t have a coffee machine with you in the wilderness. The good news is, you don’t have to.

Instead of bringing along an entire bag of coffee that will be heavy and get messy, pre-make your own coffee bags. Simple scoop a portion of coffee into the filter that is sufficient for one cup of coffee, tie it together with dental floss to ensure the grinds don’t fall out, and voila! All you have to do is pop it in a mug and add hot water, and you’ve got yourself a steaming hot cup of delicious coffee.

13 Single-use soap uses with vegetable peeler

There is nothing worse than bringing along a bar of soap and having to store the wet, slippery bar in a plastic bag or container, only for it to make a huge, unwanted mess. A great way to avoid this is to peel off one-use portions using a vegetable peeler in order to avoid the hassle that comes along with dealing with a messy bar after each use.

Need a quick wash in the lake? No problem! Grab one of these soap portions and wash yourself until the soap disappears. Soap is also great to rub on mosquito bites when they are feeling overly itchy.

12 Use your belt to hang up pots and pans on a tree

When you are cooking in the outdoors, you don’t think about something as simple as a means to dry your kitchenware when you are finished with it. Not even that—just simply a place to store these things that isn’t the ground.

A great way to do this is to wrap a belt around a tree and attach hooks to it, and you’ve got yourself a device to hang pots, pans, and kitchen utensils. You will probably already be wearing a belt, so all you need to do is bring some hooks that you can get at your local hardware store.

11 Safety first: create a mini first aid kit with old prescription bottles

Of course you will need a first aid kit when heading into all of the different elements that mother nature brings, in order to be prepared for anything. However, those big first aid kits can be bulky and annoying to carry around when you are trying to pack as light as possible. Instead, store everything you need in old prescription bottles—all you need are some bandages, meds, alcohol swabs, some matches, and a rubber glove to cover the basics. Compact and easy!

Hopefully you won’t have to use anything in the kit, but as we all know, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

10 Wash your clothes with the help of a plunger

When you are out on an outdoor adventure for a few days (or a few weeks), washing your clothes is definitely not very accessible. You can wash them in the lake with a bar of soap, but that doesn’t exactly always do the trick.

If you have the means to bring along a (clean) plunger and a bucket, you can wash clothes the old-fashioned way. While not the most glamorous way of washing clothes, it is actually very effective. It won’t make your clothes sparkling clean, but it’ll definitely do the trick. After a few days of wearing the same clothes, you will definitely be thankful you thought of this adventure hack.

9 Put rosemary on coals for extra flavor

When you are ready to cook a fresh meal, place fresh rosemary branches on the coals once they are hot enough. The rosemary will give flavor to the meat and vegetables you cook, giving your food the taste of savory herbs. This will not only save packing a number of different herbs and sauces, but will also have your campsite smelling absolutely delicious (not that you need an air freshener in the great outdoors).

This is also a natural insect repellent that will keep annoying pests and mosquitos away from you while you are cooking, so you kill two birds with one stone!

8 Place bundles of sage on a campfire to keep the mosquitos away

Another herb that is very effective for keeping bugs away is sage. Tie the sage into bundles and toss them in the fire when you are sitting around the campfire—the aroma of sage will keep those annoying mosquitos away, saving you from having to overuse harsh insect repellent that is not great for you to always be breathing in.

There are various other types of herbs that keep mosquitos away: including basil, peppermint, lavender, garlic, and marigold. If you have access to any of these natural repellents, there are different ways in which you can use them to your advantage to ensure you aren’t itching insect bites the entire time.

7 Start a fire with cotton pads

While I have already mentioned a few fire starting hacks, starting a fire is arguably the most important skill when it comes to wilderness survival. While one fire starting strategy might fail you, you will still have other options accessible to you.

Before you leave for an adventure, soak some cotton pads in hot wax and let them dry. Once they do, store them in a Ziploc bag and you’re good to go. The next time you want to start a fire quickly, tear open one of these pads slightly and light it on fire. It will provide a slow-burning fire-starter that won’t go out before your wood has caught on.

6 Use an acorn as a whistle when you get lost

This one might be my favorite—it truly shows that Mother Nature provides you with everything you need to survive in the wilderness. If you ever find yourself lost or in trouble and don’t have a whistle to call for help, you can use the cap of an acorn to make an ear-splitting whistling sound. Anyone within a few miles of you will be sure to hear the whistle, as it’s known to create a quite intense, high-pitched sound.

It may take some practice in advance to make sure you have the technique down, as you have to create a specific shape with your thumbs to get it just right.

5 Wrap your water bottle in duct-tape

You never know when you may need some. Duct tape can be useful for a lot of different things, such as patching a hole in your canoe, repairing a tear in your clothing, sealing food packages, coving blisters, fixing your broken glasses, marking a trail, fixing a broken fishing pole, and so much more. There are endless uses for it.

While you may not realize it now, you will thank yourself when you come across a situation when you need it. Attaching it to your water bottle is a great way to ensure you will always have some, as you aren’t always going to bring a roll of tape with you everywhere, but will surely always have water.

4 Put eggs into a water bottle

Another great use for a water bottle is to crack a bunch of eggs into it rather than bringing an entire egg carton. Not only are cartons big and bulky, there is a high chance that one of those eggs will crack and break in the process of traveling, creating a huge mess.

In order to avoid this, pre-mix your eggs and put them into a plastic water bottle. A bottle will hold up to 10 eggs (or more if you have a larger one). Once breakfast arrives, you can simply pour the contents into a pan and make some yummy scrambled eggs, hassle-free.

3 Create a shower from a watering can

We all crave a warm shower when we have been wearing the same clothes for a few days. While I can’t promise the water will warm, there is a way in which you can build a makeshift shower from a watering can and large jug.

You will have to construct this in advance, but may be well worth it if you have the space to carry it along with you. Once you have built it, you can hang it from a tree and enjoy a nice, relaxing shower (TIP: leave the jug out in the sun all day to warm up the water).

2 Vacuum seal your food before leaving

In order to keep your food fresh and compact throughout your travels, it’s a good idea to vacuum seal food in bags and air-tight plastic containers. If you are packing food that you will be eating days (or weeks) from now, you need to have the proper storage to ensure nothing goes bad.

Make sure you are meal-prepping in advance and doing all the planning necessary so that you are not wasting food, or worse, running out of it. You can vacuum seal pasta sauces, meats, vegetables, and pretty much anything that you think will go bad over time. It will save you a ton of time, space, and will ensure ants and other bugs stay out of your food.

1 Oreo S’mores. Enough said.

S’moreos: a twist on traditional s’mores. Graham crackers are so mainstream, and don’t have the delicious chocolate flavor and icing center of an Oreo. Simply twist open an Oreo and place the roasted marshmallow and milk chocolate in the middle, and get ready for your mind to be blown.

They are smaller than your average graham cracker, which makes them easier to handle and less messy. They also make for a tasty snack even when you aren’t making s’mores, while graham crackers aren’t everyone’s favorite to eat on their own. If you aren’t a fan of Oreos, you can substitute pretty much any cookie.