02 February 2018 Posted By : Administrator

5 Hacks for an Incredible Camping Trip

Camping isn’t for everyone, but don’t automatically assume that you aren’t cut out for a weekend trip in the great outdoors. If you don’t like camping because you don’t have the skills to survive, think again.

5 Camping Hacks You Need to Try

There’s a lot of knowledge that goes into camping, but it ultimately comes down to having the right gear and supplies. If you own quality camping gear, you’re much more likely to have enjoyable experiences that make you want to camp over and over again. If you have cheap gear that fails to accomplish critical tasks, your chances of having an enjoyable experience are significantly reduced.

Another benefit of having the right gear and supplies is that you’re able to make camping more functional. Using some basic items in your pack, you can try some of these clever hacks:

  1. Place Hot Water Bottles in Sleeping Bag

There’s nothing worse than going to bed cold. While having the right clothes and sleeping bag goes a long way toward staying warm, sometimes it’s not enough.

If you want to be nice and toasty, try filling a Nalgene water bottle up with hot water from the fire. Place the bottle in the bottom of your sleeping bag five minutes before bedtime and you’ll notice the difference.

  1. Use Hand Sanitizer to Start a Fire

While there are plenty of hacks like these, it never hurts to have another fire-starting trick up your sleeve. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to quickly start a fire for cooking but feel like the wood may contain some sort of undesirable substance, reach for that hand sanitizer in your bag. Not only does the alcohol serve as a natural starter, but it will also clean the wood and give you a germ-free fire. 

  1. Make Homemade Tick Deterrent

There’s no avoiding ticks when you’re doing serious wilderness camping. They’re everywhere and you constantly need to be aware of them. Having said that, there are ways to avoid these pesky little insects.

While they sell lots of tick deterrent products at stores, most contain harsh chemicals. For a gentler, equally-effective option, make your own using one-part tea tree oil, two-parts water in a spray bottle.

  1. Make Coffee Bags Out of Filters

Just because you’re in the woods, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the comforts of home – like coffee. But if you don’t want to mess with the long process of making coffee over the fire, you can take a shortcut by creating travel coffee bags (like tea bags) out of coffee filters and a bit of string. Just plop the bag into a boiling cup of water and wait for it to steep.

  1. Cool Water Inside the Earth

When it’s hot, camping is usually more uncomfortable. On a particularly hot day, something as simple as a cold drink of water can make a big difference.

One trick is to dig a deep hole into the ground near your campsite. The hole should be big enough to place a bottle filled with water inside. After placing the bottle in the hole, cover it up with some of the loose dirt you excavated and let it sit for a few hours. The coolness of the ground will lower the temperature and, if left overnight, will give you surprisingly cold water.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

In world where buildings, businesses, and people are gradually encroaching on the primacy of wilderness landscapes, the opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors shouldn’t be taken for granted. Have fun, be safe, and leave no trace!

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