Aluminum foil. Every household has them – they're inexpensive, readily available and is easy to pack and store along with your gear. They're used primarily to cook food over a campfire and many campers bring some for that function when they're outdoors. But a roll of aluminum foil has so many more uses other than its main function, especially for camping!

Here are 5 unbelievable uses of aluminum foil for camping and the outdoors:

Multi-Use Kitchen Tool

Heavy-duty foil is great for outdoor kitchen use. Use it to cook foil packet dinners over your campfire or to wrap your leftover food. One great property of foil is that it can be shaped easily into anything. If you run out of a bowl or plate to eat out of or you need an extra “pan” to cook over a campfire, you can those using foil! You can even create a makeshift cup, spoon or a bigger bowl to collect rainwater.


Is the wind interfering with your campfire fun? Use a wall of foil to create a windbreaker and place it around the campfire to help break wind. Not only will it keep your campfire up and roaring, but will also help you keep warm when the night is cool as it will help radiate the warmth back to you!

Bait for Fishing

Is there a lake nearby where you camp and want to go fishing? If you weren't able to bring a bait, no worries – take out some aluminum foil, wrap some at the hook of your fishing rod to make an instant and effective fishing lure. Remember, fish are attracted to shiny objects!

Sharpen Knives

A crumpled piece of aluminum foil can do so many wonders. You can use it to sharpen dull knives or scissors. You can also use it to scrub dirty pots and pans to remove any soot or dirt that regular dishwashing soap can't remove. You can also use a ball of foil to remove rust.

For Emergencies

Because of the foil's reflective property, it's ideal to use as a signal for emergency situations. Just tie a piece of foil to a tree branch or anywhere that can be easily spotted to locate you from both air and land.

Bring some extra heavy duty aluminum foil the next time you go camping – you never know when it might become handy! It may save you from a bad situation!

Source by Daniel J. Smith