Secrets of camping

Posted By: Blazin Marshmallow

Secrets of camping - 11/19/09 03:58 AM

-Get a campfire started easily by preparing at home. An old egg carton and dryer lint is all you need. Stuff the egg carton full of dryer lint and carry it with you to your campsite. Place it under some dry boughs,light it and presto.

- Rub liquid soap on the outside of pots and pans. The black soot will come right off after cooking over an open fire.

-Keep the bottom of your pots that you use over the open fire clean by wrapping them in tinfoil.

- Spray flies, wasps or bees with hairspray and watch them head for cover
-Spray your garbage and trash with ammonia to keep animals away.

-Sleep naked in your sleeping bag. It will reflect your body heat back to you.

-Use baking soda to rid your clothes and hands of cooking odors so the bears won’t smell food on you.

- Take some warmth from the campfire or stove to bed. Keep a pot of hot water simmering on the campfire and when you turn in fill up water bottles and place them in your sleeping bag.

-Buy orange juice in plastic bags and freeze it so it can be used instead of ice in the cooler. Then,when it thaws out you have refreshing cold juice for later.

-Take a headlamp, instead of a flashlight,so your hands are free.

- When finished eating an orange, wipe exposed skin with the inside of the peel. Insects will stay far away from you.

-To cut down on cooking time of baked potatoes, start the potatoes in your microwave and bake till half done before you leave. Wrap them in aluminum foil and toss in the cooler until you need them.

-Old shower curtains make great ground tarps to pitch your tent on.

-Waterproof matches by dipping them in nail polish.

-Waterproof matches by dipping in melted paraffin.

-Keep your waterproof matches in old prescription bottles.

-To Dry wet socks, sleep with them around your middle. Your body heat during the night and your warm sleeping bag will dry them by morning.

- Whenever you go hiking always have a watch, a whistle, a cell phone, a flashlight and a knife with you in case of emergency.

-Bottles with sticky contents (corn syrup, honey, maple syrup) can get harder to open so before using the bottle for the first time, wipe the threads with a light coating of cooking oil. The lid will never stick and won't be difficult to open or you can wrap a small bit of plastic over the bottle opening after you open it.

-To keep warmer at night wear a hat to sleep in. You lose 80% of your heat heat through your head.

-Use glow sticks for a bit of soft light at night.

- To hang a lantern, get those lightweight metal rods that are used for hanging plants and stick them in the ground.

-Boil water in a plastic drink bottle-yes plastic Make sure its completely filled and the stopper is off and place it on the grill over the fire. It won't melt.

-Make toast with a stick. Find a branch with a Y-fork in it ,cut it to a length that is safe to use from the fire, and place your slice of bread on it. Hold it over the fire but not directly in the fire and make golden brown toast.

By now you have really impressed everyone and they'll surely invite you next time.

Posted By: Crash

Re: Secrets of camping - 11/19/09 01:10 PM

allot of good tips in there blazin. stuff i never would have thought of
Posted By: Washpa Randy

Re: Secrets of camping - 11/19/09 06:26 PM

By now you have really impressed everyone and they'll surely invite you next time.

Sleep naked in your sleeping bag. It will reflect your body heat back to you.

Not sure I'd invite Crasher back if I knew he was doing this. jester

Other than that, a lot of cool things to think about. I would have figured the plastic bottle would melt. I'll be trying that one out just to see if it really works.
Posted By: alpine4d

Re: Secrets of camping - 06/28/10 04:19 PM

good ideas
Posted By: Backwoods

Re: Secrets of camping - 06/28/10 09:19 PM

Going to have ot try some of those ideas.
Posted By: Big Daddy

Re: Secrets of camping - 06/29/10 12:02 AM

Good bit of info there. Things I would never thought of.
Posted By: Fire Side

Re: Secrets of camping - 06/30/10 01:46 PM

Good info Blazin...
Thanks for the camping tips...
Posted By: rustyshackelford

Re: Secrets of camping - 06/30/10 02:44 PM

ya im trying the bottle trick this weekend !

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