Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are hesitant to go on holidays. And while spending your time in a hotel and visiting tourist attractions could be dangerous, there’s one way to make your next vacation safer and more special: camping.
Few things can compare to pitching a tent, singing songs by the campfire, and spending time with family and friends in the wilderness.
But there are also many ways to enhance your camping experience. Here, we look at some useful tips and tricks on making your outdoor holiday even better.
Invest in proper equipment
A lot of people skimp on buying good quality camping gear only to discover (often at the worst possible time) that they’ve made a mistake. To avoid that, don’t be afraid to invest a little more on the best equipment you can afford.
You should also ensure you buy not just the necessities, such as a tent, sleeping bag and backpack, but things like a portable cooler or pop-up canopy.
To find the right equipment, simply do your research. Read useful information on various products, like this best pop up canopy review or reviews on sleeping bags. You can also watch adventure vloggers or check out camping-related blogs.
Use your imagination around food
If you’ve ever been camping, you probably know how difficult storing your food can be. Fortunately, you can overcome these challenges by implementing some useful storing solutions.
The first tip is to use a bottle to hold ... eggs. That’s right, keeping yolks in a bottle will save you space, and ensure eggs won’t crack and spoil your equipment.
You can also use silica gel packs in cookware, try plastics disks as plates, or even fashion spoons from a plastic bottle!
Light your fire in style
Sitting, talking, singing, and roasting marshmallows around a fire is the essence of every camping trip. But sometimes, lighting a fire can be challenging.
There are some hacks to make it easier though. For example, did you know that corn chips can make for fantastic kindling? Or that you can use hand sanitizer as lighter fluid?
A good idea is to store charcoal in some empty egg cartons. Do that, and you’ll never have any problem lighting your fire.
Keep yourself warm and dry
Two things can destroy every camping trip: freezing weather and dampness. When it starts to pour with rain, or temperatures drop fast, a tent doesn’t always seem like the best hiding spot. But luckily there are some tricks you can use to prevent weather from ruining your holiday.
For one, wherever you are, you can keep your backpack dry by wrapping it in a garbage bag. Try to choose a compostable or bio-degradable option for this.
If you get your shoes wet, try stuffing them with newspapers or used clothes so that they dry out more quickly.
And when it comes to staying warm, a good idea is to place a bottle of hot water (ideally wrapped in some clothes) in your sleeping bag.
Fight mosquitoes in style
Mosquitoes can be enough to turn any dream holiday into a nightmare, especially if you run out of insect repellent. But fear not, because there’s a natural way to combat these pests.
All you need to do is take some bundles of sage on your next camping trip and burn it in your campfire. Not only will it save you some money on mosquito repellents, it will ensure the bugs stay away.
You can also try wrapping sage in a rag and light it on a stick.
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