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My Top 5 Camping Tips

Camping can be one of the most refreshing adventures that you take at any time of year, depending on the desired location. “Camping Smart” means taking shortcuts so that you do not bring your entire house with you, but eventually everyone forgets one thing or another. Finding camping hacks— ‘do-it-yourself’ shortcuts that allow a quick fix—are exactly what you need when you get in a tight spot on a camping trip.

Corn Chips for Kindling

Not everyone gets to a campsite with everything needed to keep the fire going. Sometimes you may start with enough kindling, but run out halfway through the trip. Most campsites have firewood, but not necessarily the material needed to get the fire going. Kindling, the light, easy-to-burn stuff that you need to start a fire, can be found in unlikely places—including corn chips. If you’re planning a nacho meal or have a bag of Doritos on hand, crumble up some chips into the fire pit and light a match.

Inflatable Kayaks For Fishing

If you are planing on fishing then I would highly recommend you pack in an inflatable kayak, they are now very tough and lightweight enough to replace a hardshell kayak. Here are some of the best inflatable kayaks for the money. Also I would recommend a fish finder. Unless you are familiar with the lakes, you will find a fish finder invaluable. The new ones will sync up with your smart phone. Here are my reviews of the best kayak fish finders.

A Water Bottle to Mix Eggs

Have you ever been camping and worried how you were going to scramble the eggs for breakfast? Most of us end up with a bottle of water or two (or a case) when we are at a campground, so why not make use of an empty one? Clean a bottle well by rinsing it out, then cutting off the top to create an opening wide enough to crack eggs into. After the eggs are inside, cover the opening with your hand and a cloth and shake the bottle. A standard water bottle will hold eight eggs. Alternatively, you can prepare the eggs at home by emptying a fresh water bottle, beating the eggs in a bowl, and pouring them into the bottle to carry with you to the campsite.

Soap and Cotton Ball to Get Rid of Ticks

If you see a fellow camper with a tick burrowing its head into their skin, it needs to be removed immediately. Tick bites can cause all kinds of damage, including Lyme’s disease and nerve disorders, although it takes 24 hours or longer for these diseases to transfer. Soak a cotton ball in whatever soap you have on hand and then place the cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick should stick to the ball and come right out. Remember that tick bites should be disinfected, and that the itching can last for weeks– a small price to pay to avoid a life threatening disease!

Use Grits to Keep Ants Away

Most campsites end up with an ant problem at one time or another. Prevent the problem on a sunny, dry weekend by pouring out boxed grits, something you may have brought along to cook for breakfast anyway, over the area you want ants to steer clear of. Make sure that the grits are dry, and that the ground is too. Pour the grits as soon as you arrive to the campsite because it can take 24 to 48 hours for the grits to start killing ants. They work by expanding inside the ants after they eat them.

Make a Bottle into a Spoon

Have you ever been camping and realized you forgot to bring cutlery? Although you can often make do with your hands, there is nothing like having a utensil to keep from making a mess. Try fashioning a spoon out of your used water bottle by taking a pocket knife to the sides. Cut it so that the bottom is the spoon and a thin portion of the bottle side remains as a handle.