It’s our job to keep you comfortable at home. We wish we could keep you comfortable everywhere you go, but unfortunately that’s simply impossible. Since that’s the case, we at least want to share these camping hacks with you so you can maintain a better level of comfort when your home away from home is the woods.
Get familiar with poisonous plants that may be lurking near your tent. Poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak are a nightmare for your skin.
These awful plants grow everywhere. They contain urushiol. This oil is what causes your skin to gain an itchy, blistery rash. If you know you’ve come in contact with one of these plants, wash your hands with soap and water immediately. Alcohol wipes can help too. If it’s too late for you, soak a rag in apple cider vinegar and hold it on the rash. This is going to burn pretty intensely but it will kill the poison. After, use a banana peel or cucumber slices to sooth the area.
Check yourself and your family for ticks regularly. This little buggers can bring a whole lot of health issues to your world. The best way to prevent this is to prevent them from getting on you at all. Create your own repellent with 1 part tea tree oil and 2 parts water. Mix it up and put it in a spray bottle. Spray it on your shoes, socks, pant cuffs and anywhere your clothes cling to your skin. Lightly mist on exposed skin.
Cut up a straw into 1″ sections. Burn one end closed. Add antibiotic ointment and seal shut on the other end. You now have one time use ointment without having to bring the entire tube with you. If you need further instruction, visit YouTube. They have plenty of videos explaining how to do this.
If you like your coffee in the morning, be sure to make single serving coffee bags. You can use empty tea bags or small coffee filters. Add enough coffee ground for one cup of coffee to each tea bag or coffee filter. If you’re using a coffee filter, tie it up. Once complete, store them in a small tupperware. All you will need now is your coffee cup and some water warmed over the fire. Let it steep for 5 minutes. Enjoy!
When I first started camping, I always struggled with where to store my pots and pans when not in use. My problem has been solved with a belt and hooks. All you have to do is put the belt around the tree and secure. Add hooks and you’re done! Now you can hang all your pots and pans up. This is especially convenient when they’re drying.
To make hand washing less complicated in the woods, fill an empty laundry soap container with water. Put bungee cords around it and attach a paper towel holder on top. Add a paper towel roll, a bottle of soap and you’ve got yourself a hand washing station!
If mosquitoes are a problem for you, try burning a bundle of sage in your campfire. It won’t make this disappear but it will help to keep them away from your area for a little bit. Everyone’s body chemistry is different but you can experiment with the following essential oils: citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, catnip, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium and lavender as natural repellent. You’ll want to add 2 oz of distilled water, 1 oz of witch hazel or vodka and 50-75 drops of any of the above essential oils. Mist yourself the same way you would with regular bug spray.
Do you have any other great camping tips to share? Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.