Camping is all about being in the lap of nature and slogging it out in rustic style. The ‘do it yourself’ motto is what draws lovers of camping to the idea.
1. Bottle lamps
If you don’t want to carry those bulky lamps or if their battery is running low, then one of the best and easiest methods to lighten up your campsite is to put a small USB charged led in a plastic bottle. A glass bottle also comes in handy for this and is an environment-friendly option.
2. Mosquitoes repellent
Whatever you do, there will always be mosquitoes which will never give up on irritating you. Instead of spending on an insect repellent, you can simply make a more effective solution by carrying some sage or rosemary. Burning a little sage or rosemary over the bonfire will repel mosquitoes quite effectively.
3. Waterproof matchbox
While camping during the rainy season or in a colder climate, instead of carrying the usual cardboard matchboxes which have a high chance of getting wet. You can use a small pocket size box and paste sandpaper on its lid. You can keep your matches inside the box.
4. Pitch tents on flatter surfaces
A flat surface is always preferable while pitching a tent. Always clean out any sharp rocks and stones so that it does not tear the underside of the tent. Plus you get better sleep. Also, always face the entry of the tent in the opposite direction of the wind, so that it does not blow away.
5. Hand sanitizer as a fire starter
While camping in winters, when there is snow or when it has been raining, all the wood on the ground is wet. Use any flammable dry item such as a cardboard or the outer casing of a coconut that will help you get the fire started. You can use the alcoholic properties of a sanitizer to rapidly burn the firewood.
6. Dry wet shoes
While trekking in the rainy season, if your shoes get wet, the fastest and most effective method to dry your shoes is to stuff it with some newspaper or a piece of clothing and keep it next to the campfire.
7. Aluminium foil to cook
Aluminium foil can be your new best friend while cooking. From baked eggs to baked potatoes, you can cook almost any dish to perfection on a campfire by wrapping it up in it. The foil will also prevent food items from burning as well as cook any hard items like potatoes, evenly.
8. Different use of medicine
Do your homework about medicines and see which drugs can double up for different remedies. For example, Aspirin can be used to treat bee stings as well as to sort out your headache. Applying toothpaste can work as a temporary solution to minimal fire burns.
9. Pack smartly
When getting ready for your trips, set out everything you’re bringing. After you’ve taken out anything you don’t need, pack everything in the order you will require it. Try to reduce all not required weight. Few tricks you can use are rather than carrying lots of different bottles of herbs and spices with you, mix things like salt and pepper together and take them with you in small tin foil packets to save space.
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