There's nothing like leaving the comfort of your Netflix-dependent life to reconnect with a world you so desperately try to avoid every day of your existance. Camping can be a great way to unwind, but it can also be a real test of what kind of man or woman you really are. It's not easy by any means, but these little hacks will make you king or queen of camping in no time.
You're going to want to start your mornings off right, and nothing says "camping expert" like making paper bag eggs. Simply throw some bacon and eggs into a paper bag, fold the top of the bag and jam a stick through the folds, then hold over a fire until the eggs or done. Your friends will think you're crazy, but they're just jealous of your genius.
Camping in the rain is not pleasant. It can really dampen your experience (feel free to use that joke during your next camping adventure). It can also cause serious damage if enough water collects onto the canvas of your pop-out camper and tears it. But there's an easy way to prevent this from happening: Simply cut a pool noodle in half and wedge onto the frame of your camper just above the canvas. It will collect the rain and make it run off the edges of the noodle, keeping you dry and your canvas tear-free.
3. Use Biodegradable Tape As Markers So You Don't Get Lost
Do you like hiking? Of course you don't, but you're camping so you're going to do it, and odds are you're going to get lost. You're miles from civilization, so your smart phone isn't going to help you. I'll tell you what will help you though: biodegradable tape. Tie pieces to various trees as you hike so that you'll have markers that lead back to your camp.
So you forgot to pack the biodegradable tape and now you're so lost you're not sure if you're in the same state you started in. No problem. You can make a very loud whistle with an acorn cap or bottle cap to get people's attention. Or, if you're not lost, to annoy your friends.
Camping can get boring pretty fast, and if you have a kid, it can get boring and annoying really fast. You need to give them a task to keep them preoccupied, so take some duct tape and wrap it around their wrist with the sticky side out to make a keepsake bracelet. They can collect all kinds of flowers and leaves while you figure out how to make a fire without any kindling.
Still haven't figure out how to start that fire without kindling? No worries, I've got you covered. Corn chips, such as Fritos or Doritos, easily catch on fire. This fact only increases my suspicions that Doritos are nothing more than slightly-seasoned pieces of cardboard.
One of the most important facets of camping that is often overlooked is packing. You want to pack as light as possible so that you don't wreck your spine carrying a giant backpack out to your camp site. Vacuum sealing your food not only helps you save space, it also keeps your food fresher for longer than the container it came in.
More space-saving tips to make you the camp champ: Pre-scramble your eggs and put them in a plastic bottle before you leave for your trip to save space and prevent any potential messes involving cracked eggs.
If you're planning on making your camping trip a boozy affair, you'll definitely want to pack some silicone cups. They won't break, so you can get as sloppy as you want, and you can fold them up for ”” I think you know where I'm going with this ”” more space!
Just when you thought I was done sharing ways in which you can save space on your camping trip, I hit you with the dopest space-saving tip of them all: Keep salt and other seasonings in straws. I'll give you a few seconds to put the socks that I just knocked off back on your feet.
Simply use a lighter or other source of heat to seal the ends, then cut them open when you're ready to use them.
So you're on your camping trip and you've heated up some soup for lunch when you realize you forgot to pack a spoon. Before you start rocking yourself in the fetal position on the ground, try cutting out the bottom part of a plastic bottle as the image shows to create a makeshift spoon.
What we haven't yet discussed, and what will be the most irritating part of your camping trip, are the mosquitoes. They will attack you like they're seeking vengeance for killing their fathers 25 years ago. If you want to keep your skin mosquito bite free, throw some sage into your campfire. The scent emitted from the sage keeps all kinds of bugs away, while adding a certain je ne sais quoi to your fire.
If you don't want to take my sage advice (I am a brilliant writer) and would rather risk becoming a mosquito buffet, I won't stop you. But I will give you one last solid piece of advice for when you come back itching, crying and begging me for forgiveness for not listening to me.
You can use deodorant to soothe itchy mosquito bites. Unconventional Health isn't sure why it works, but it does. Hey, unfounded science is still science, right?