This is a guest post from fellow outdoor enthusiast and blogger, Joe Black, of Nature Rated. He is a camping expert, and here he shares some of his natural camping hacks to make your tent experience that much sweeter!
Do you love camping? I bet you love camping but you hate all the things you need to remember when you head out for a trip. Because of this camping can be a daunting experience. Challenges often occur to campers who are not creative or don’t know much about handy hacks that make camping a great experience. You may think that you’re ahead of the curve by hacking your hammock tent onto a couple of trees (Oh, you’re not there quite yet? Learn how to set up a hammock here), but what about all the other camping necessities? Here are a few that can prove beneficial in different situations.
1. Beat the Mozzies! Use a natural mosquito repellent.
Mosquito bites are a killjoy when spending time in the outdoors. Instead of packing repellent sprays that keep you worried about chemicals on your body, burn sage at your camp fire. Sage is a natural deterrent of mosquitoes and other bugs. It also has a sweet smell when burnt. Try this sometime and have a peaceful sleep!
2. Apply the slicing soap hack.
As a camper, you need to keep as clean as is possible to keep the bugs away. You are likely to keep losing your soap when in the wild. Peeling your soap into smaller pieces so that you can use a slice per shower goes a long way in helping curb this. If you feel adventurous and want to take a bath in a lake, slicing a bar can save you the inconvenience of losing all the soap you packed.
3. Hide your valuables in soap.
Camping can get a little crowded and it’s easy to lose your valuables. Hiding them in soap is a hack many scouts employ. You skillfully bore a hole in the soap big enough for you to put small-sized valuables. This way you can spend time enjoying the activities rather than guardingstuff. Just don’t lose that soap!
4. Attach your key to a cork.
It’s not unheard of for campers to lose keys while in the wilderness. If you are not up for the ‘key-searching’ activity, simply attach it to an old cork as a key holder. This way, your key will float whenever it is inside water rather than sink to the bottom and it’s easy to spot when you’re looking for them around a messy camp site.
5. Use a portable lantern.
With little to no visibility at night, it’s easy for you to stumble over everything inside and outside your tent. This is a something that should be avoided. Rather than having a single torch that may not be bright enough, use water! It is a great light conduit! Harness this untapped power by filling a gallon jug with water and then tie your headlamp around it. You will be shocked at how much more light there is.
6. Carry a natural tick deterrent.
Ticks are the pits! These pets creep into your shoes and clothes and ruin all the fun. Simply get a spray bottle with water and add one part tea tree oil. This mixture constitutes of a natural tick deterrent that you can spray inside shoes and clothes without fear of harmful chemicals. Don’t spray it directly on your skin as it may irritate.
7. Get a biodegradable trail tape or chalk.
A trail tape is easily forgotten and left behind, but it’s invaluable when you’re out on a hike. If you’ve forgotten your map then the tape will be a lifesaver. The best thing about it is that it keeps you and the environment safe at the same time. This tape is available at stores that sell camping equipment and it comes in bright colors for visibility. If you don’t fancy your chances with the tape then chalk will work just as well at the expense of a little visibility.
8. Use a candle from orange peels
The next time you go camping, a couple of oranges must be on your packing list. You will not only get to eat this fruits during snack time but also use their peels as a candle. Any citrus fruit such as lemons and grapefruit would solve the same purpose. To light up your tent, just kindle a small part of a citrus fruit peel.
9. Use a camping toilet
Not everyone is comfortable with using the woods as a toilet. If you hate going in the wild the consider a DIY toilet — it’s a must have. All you need is a five-gallon bucket, a toilet seat and a milk crate to put it over. Bathroom time does not have to be scary anymore. However, this toilet needs emptying from time to time. It is also easily portable.
10. Make your shoes waterproof.
Before leaving the camping site, apply beeswax compound on your shoes which makes them waterproof. This will ensure that your feet stay dry when it’s wet out or if you hit an unexpected puddle.
Camping can be an appalling experience without fully equipping yourself. These natural hacks mean that you don’t have to compromise on anything to have a great camping experience. The best thing is that they are simple and don’t cost a dime. Moreover, they are effective and perform just as well as the ones at home. Do not hold back — be as creative as possible to enjoy your camping, and most of all have fun!
I’m Joe. I run Nature Rated. I love spending time in the outdoors. Whenever daily life gets me down, I head to the nearest lake or river with my kayak and my camera, and I spend time recharging my batteries. I hope you’ll love my no fluff to the point reviews and that they’ll help you choose the right gear for your next adventure!