Whether you’re a camping pro, or you’re planning your first camping trip, these tips and tricks will help make your camping experience even better.
REI experts list several camping hacks that will add some fun to your next camping trip:
- Stay warm and cozy at night by 1) filling your Nalgene with hot water and putting it in the bottom of your sleeping bag, or 2) packing the bottom of your sleeping bag with dry clothes.
- Make a lantern by strapping your headlamp to a translucent water bottle or jug with the light shining inward.
- Make sure your things stay dry by lining your backpack with a plastic garbage bag.
- No fire starter? No problem! You can use hand sanitizer or lint to start fires. Trick birthday candles also work as fire starters and matches, plus they are weatherproof!
- Flame-seal sections of plastic drinking straws and fill them with your favorite spices. (Don’t forget to label them!)
Destinationtips.com also lists some helpful camping tricks, including:
- Instead of bath towels, pack microfiber towels, which are much more compact and absorbent.
- Keep mosquitos away by burning sage near your campfire.
- Natural oils such as neem oil rose geranium oil and tea tree oil can be used as tick repellent. Odorless garlic pills are also effective.
- Scrambled eggs make a great outdoor breakfast but packing a carton of eggs is not ideal. Instead, whisk your eggs ahead of time, pour them into a water bottle and store on ice. (Use within a day or freeze.)
Field and Stream lists some great tips for hunting and fishing, as well as camping, including:
- Keep your toilet paper dry by making a toilet paper holder. Cut a long slit into one side of a plastic coffee can and pull the toilet paper through the slit. To hang it, put a hole in the lid and in the bottom of the can and run a string through the holes.
- Keep matches and tinder dry by storing them in plastic tablet containers with watertight lids (such as Airborne).
Tent Camping at A to Z
In addition to our cabins and RV sites, we have two camping sites set up for tents, both with 110 electric and water hookups. So, whether you prefer to sleep in a cabin, an RV, a tent, or right under the stars, A to Z Guest Ranch has accommodations for everyone.