Camping Trip Hacks
None of us would ever think about going camping without food. It’s an essential part of the experience. We pack the food we’re planning to eat on the trip, as well as the pots, pans, plates and cups we’ll need to consume that food. We bring all the utensils we’ll need, including serving utensils plus forks, spoons and knives for eating Not to mention the various dishwashing liquids, cloths, towels and other things we’ll require to keep those items clean and dry.
The more times we go camping, the more we understand exactly what we need to pack and in what quantities. But even if you’ve been camping many times, there may still be a few “hacks” you could learn that will make your next trip even better. Here are some camping tips you may not have thought of before. If you can incorporate any of them into your next camping venture, I’ve done my job. Let’s first take a look at a few general camping hacks, then focus on the important stuff – food. Makeshift lantern. If somehow you forgot to pack a lantern, or it breaks, you can make one yourself. Just attach a headlamp to a gallon water bottle and you’ve got a glowing lantern. Duct tape. The uses for duct tape are pretty much endless. But just to name a few… repair a rip in your tent or clothing, ankle wrap for a sprain, close up your tent, make a rope and fix a leaky water bottle. Mosquito repellant. Once you get your campfire going, add sage to it. Mosquitos hate it. They’ll find someone else’s blood to suck, and you’ll have a nice aroma coming from your fire. Tick repellant. Ticks love the woods. They hang out on the tips of grass blades and leaves, waiting for unsuspecting humans and animals to walk by. Bring a spray bottle containing two parts water and one part tea tree oil, and spray it on your pants, shoes and socks. That should keep them away from you. Makeshift pillow. Campers want to travel light. One way to do that is to use your clothes bag for a pillow. Depending on whether you prefer a thick or thin pillow, remove whatever clothes you want to make it suit you. Bivy shelter. Some folks love tents. Others don’t think they’re worth the trouble of hauling around and setting up. For a more compact, lightweight sleeping structure, use a bivy shelter. It’s waterproof and it will fit over your sleeping bag.