It’s bound to happen —
you get halfway to your camping destination and realize you forgot something important. Or you just have to have
certain items but there’s no way everything will fit into your luggage. What do
you do now?
Get creative! Depending
on what you might have left behind — or must pack — here are a few Macgyver
tricks to know for your next camping
A good way to get around in the dark without a flashlight is to stop and the
nearest dollar store and pick up a bag of glow sticks and a few clear plastic
water bottles. Once you activate the glow stick, put it in the water bottle and
watch the area light up around you. You can even make a ring around your tent
with the glowing bottles for a makeshift nightlight.
2. Lighters for a
Unless you are good at the ole rubbing-two-sticks-together method, you will
need some sort of lighting mechanism to start a fire. A matchbox can get wet or
torn so pack some sandpaper in your tote to light those matches. Sandpaper and
a handful of matches also takes up less space in your luggage.
3. Spices for food
If you are a culinary specialist, there’s no way you are going camping for a
week without real, tasty food. But unless you pack everything including the
kitchen sink, how do you accomplish bringing all the items to spice things up?
Try putting your favorite spices in Tic Tac tins. The tins are super tiny and
fit in the smallest of crevices. Label each of them for easy finding and you’ll
be adding a dash of this and a pinch of that to your food in no time.
If you are like me, you must have a cup of java in the mornings to get going.
But if you are primitive camping with no electricity outlets, brewing up the
joe might be a challenge. Bring a French press instead of using instant coffee
packets. Boil some water over a fire, pour in your coffee grounds, then pour
the water over them and press. Voila, coffee!
5. First aid kits
You don’t need to be a medical professional to make a good first aid kit. Just
take an old prescription bottle and put in a few Band-Aids, a small ointment
packet and a prepackaged wet wipe.
6. Bug repellents
Forgot the bug spray? No worries. Just add some sage to the campfire and the
pesky insects will stay away.
7. Get the kids
Make camping even more fun while you set up or break down. Give your children a
scavenger hunt list and they will be helping you without even realizing it.
Need to build a fire or gather stuff for dinner? Make a list with things like
sticks, paper towels, water, rocks, chair placements and so forth so while you
are busy doing other preparations, they are, too!