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35+ Camping Tips, Tricks & Treats
Posted By Tipnut On May 30, 2012 @ 11:12 am In Outdoors,Recipes | 51 Comments
Summer holidays are just around the corner and if you have a camping trip or two on your agenda, you might just find a new trick or two in this bunch!
I’ve put together a list of projects and ideas to help around the campsite, a list of must-have home remedies (for poison ivy, mosquito bites, etc.), plus a bunch of fun ideas for cooking you might want to try this year…and don’t miss the old-timer’s fishing weather poem and dependable rope knot examples at the bottom of the page.
Lots here and I’ll be adding more goodies to this page as I find them so you may want to bookmark it for future reference. Enjoy!
To start things off, here’s a recipe for removing mildew from tents:
Step 1: Mix 1/2 cup of Lysol in 1 gallon of hot water. Wash your tent with the solution (use a sponge) and let it air dry.
Step 2: Mix 1 cup salt and 1 cup concentrated lemon juice in 1 gallon of hot water. Wash again with this solution and let it air dry.
Although visible stains won’t be removed, it does kill the mildew.
General Maintenance Suggestion:
Remember, after use your tent should be thoroughly aired-out before being stored. Even if you camped in perfect weather, dampness from the ground, from condensation and from respiration will provide enough moisture for mildew to take hold. It will also last longer if you avoid storing it in its stuff sack. Instead, hang it up or keep it in a large and breathable storage bag.
Source: I published this previously here on Tipnut (January 25, 2007) from an online source that is no longer available.
Next is a batch of DIY projects and a few tips…
Clever Night Lamp : Make this with a plastic milk jug filled with water and wrapped with a headlamp.
Build A Mobile Kitchen : Make things easy by packing essentials in a box just for trips, includes a checklist to download.
Newspaper Logs : Make your own firewood with this trick using newspaper & water.
Try spraying “Original” Listerine around the campsite to repel mosquitoes. You’ll find more suggestions here .
Are wasps making their presence known around the campsite? Make a trap with a jar, some jam and a bit of juice. See instructions here .
Make your own ice packs with liquid dish detergent or fill empty juice boxes and milk cartons with water and freeze. More ideas found here .
Laplander Stove How-To : Slits are cut into a log then stuffed loosely with bark, twigs, pitch wood, etc.
DIY Laundry Kit : Made with a 5-gallon bucket (& lid) and a new toilet plunger. Hang clothes on a rope to dry.
Duct Tape Stash : Wrap a couple feet of duct tape around a lighter to always have a stash on hand without the bulk.
Gear Checklist : Free pdf printable on a single page listing assorted supplies to check off (Shelter, Cooking & Meals, Toiletries, etc.).
Quick Tip: Save the ashes from the campfire to use in the garden .
*First published March 26, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
Here are different methods to waterproof your own matches and make fire starters, you should use wood stick matches rather than the cardboard sticks.
Although they’re waterproof, make sure to store them in a sealed, waterproof container. Ziplock bags, old prescription bottles, film canisters and small tins should work just fine.
After dipping the matches and rolls, lay them on a sheet of clean wax paper to dry thoroughly. After they are dry, place them in the waterproof container (or ziploc bag) and store away until needed.
From around the ‘net…
Made With Recycled Bits : These are made with egg cartons, dryer lint, shredded paper, bits of twigs and old candles.
Regular household vinegar can help with poison ivy (and oak), see more recommendations here  (including a lard salve recipe).
A dot of mustard can help relieve the pain from a bee sting. See more suggestions here .
Pack a few bags of tea, they will come in handy if you get sunburned. See recommendations and more remedies here .
Orange Rolls : Uses refrigerated roll dough and bakes in halved orange rinds.
Fire Roasted Nachos : Ingredients are assembled in a foil pan, wrapped in foil then held over the fire for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
Gourmet S’mores : Suggests making these with (one or two of) peanut butter, Nutella, coconut, strawberries, pineapple, dried apples, candied ginger, banana slices.
Omelets In A Bag : Ingredients are mixed together in a Ziploc bag then cooked in a pot of boiling water.
Hobo Eclairs : Cooked on a broomstick! These are made with Pillsbury crescent dough and served with whipped cream.
Pancake Batter Idea : Prepare pancake batter at home and store in a plastic squeeze bottle for convenience.
Mushroom, Sun Dried Tomato and Mozzarella Dip : Cooked in a cast iron pan and served on a warm piece of toasted bread.
*First published August 9, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
Remember this childhood treat? Here’s how to make them:
*First published August 14, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
Here’s a campfire favorite that can also be done on the BBQ. Doesn’t everything seem to taste better when cooked outdoors ?
What you’ll need:
Newspaper – soaked in water
Depends on the type of fish being cooked, but some tasty suggestions:
When the wind is in the East,
‘Tis neither good for man or beast;
When the wind is in the north,
The skillful fisher goes not forth;
When the wind is in the south,
It blows the bait in the fishes’ mouth;
When the wind is in the west,
Then it’s at the very best.
*Source: Practical Helps For Farm & Home (1945)
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URLs in this post:
 DIY Roasting Sticks: http://mel-designs.typepad.com/my-blog/2010/06/camp-roasting-sticks.html
 Clever Night Lamp: http://www.flickr.com/photos/listorama/2415268242/in/faves-31716342@N00/
 Single Use Salve Packs: http://briangreen.net/2011/07/diy-single-use-antibiotic-packs.html
 Build A Mobile Kitchen: http://outsidemom.com/2011/04/mobilekitchen/
 Toilet Paper Roll Protector: http://pinterest.com/pin/65794844526376082/
 Newspaper Logs: http://www.tacticalintelligence.net/blog/newspaper-logs-firewood.htm
 How To Build A Campfire: http://www.pioneerliving.net/buildingopenfirepit/
 suggestions here: http://tipnut.com/how-to-prevent-mosquito-bites/
 this page: http://tipnut.com/homemade-mosquito-repellent/
 instructions here: http://tipnut.com/wasp-trap/
 on this page: http://tipnut.com/rid-flies/
 ideas found here: http://tipnut.com/quick-easy-homemade-ice-packs/
 Organizer: http://pinterest.com/pin/189854940510955920/
 Laplander Stove How-To: http://tomahawksadventuretravel.blogspot.ca/2009/11/laplander-stove-la-tomahawk.html
 Hanging Gear: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/skills/know-your-stuff-the-110-best-diy-tips-ever#slide-54
 DIY Laundry Kit: http://www.didyasee.com/green/emergency-camping-clothes-washing-kit/
 Toothpaste Dots: http://jjmatheshikes.blogspot.ca/2011/04/toothpaste-dots.html
 Duct Tape Stash: http://www.fieldandstream.com/photos/gallery/hunting/big-game-hunting/big-game-hunting-season-tips/2012/04/hunting-fishing-camping?photo=76#node-1001467282
 Spice Containers: http://skruben.blogspot.ca/2012/07/repurposed-tictac-boxes-for-travel.html
 Gear Checklist: http://nwtripfinder.com/car-camping-gear-checklist-print-and-pack/
 use in the garden: http://tipnut.com/fertilizer-ashes/
 Cosmetic Pad Firestarters: http://jjmatheshikes.blogspot.ca/2011/11/i-like-fire-and-im-always-interested-in.html
 Made With Recycled Bits: http://www.everynothingwonderful.com/2011/06/firestarters-useful-reuse-for.html
 Egg Carton & Charcoal: http://sewmanyways.blogspot.ca/2012/06/eggs-tra-special-campfire-starter.html
 instructions here: http://tipnut.com/tick-removal/
 here: http://tipnut.com/poison-ivy-home-remedy/
 found here: http://tipnut.com/wasp-stings/
 here: http://tipnut.com/quick-tip-bee-sting-relief/
 found here: http://tipnut.com/over-40-mosquito-bite-itch-relief-tips/
 here: http://tipnut.com/sunburn-relief-home-remedies-over-50-soothing-treatments/
 Campfire Cones: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/11527/camp-fire-food
 Orange Rolls: http://www.trulysimple.com/2010/06/orange-rolls-cooked-orange/
 Orange Cakes: http://www.ljcfyi.com/2010/07/campfire-orange-cakes.html
 Fire Roasted Nachos: http://spoonful.com/recipes/fire-roasted-nachos
 Campurritos: http://www.ninthandbird.com/2011/07/campurritos-because-camping-should-be.html
 Gourmet S’mores: http://www.mnn.com/food/recipes/photos/gourmet-backpacking-dessert-recipes/gourmet-smores
 Macaroni & Cheese: http://www.munchinwithmunchkin.com/2011/05/25/camping-macaroni-and-cheese/
 Omelets In A Bag: http://therunawayspoon.com/blog/2012/01/omelets-in-the-bag/
 Cooler Corn: http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2011/09/cooler-corn.html
 Hobo Eclairs: http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/living/2009/09/15/hobo-eclairs/
 Dutch Oven Formula: http://scoutingmagazine.org/2009/09/dutch-treats-dutch-oven-101/
 Pancake Batter Idea: http://www.realsimple.com/new-uses-for-old-things/new-uses-cooking/ketchup-bottle-pancake-batter-dispenser-10000001154763/index.html
 Rolo Marshmallows: http://simplybephoto.com/wordpress/2012/06/rolo-marshmallow-logan-utah-photographer/
 Mushroom, Sun Dried Tomato and Mozzarella Dip: http://www.acommunaltable.com/mushroom-sun-dried-tomato-and-mozzarella-dip/
 Bacon & Eggs Bag Breakfast: http://lakelandgear.com/lakeland-gear-blog/2012/05/24/30-camping-cooking-breakfast-in-a-bag.html
 25+ Snack Mixes & Munchies: http://tipnut.com/snack-mixes/
 how to use one: http://tipnut.com/french-press/
 13 Recipes From Sunset.com: http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/kitchen-assistant/campground-cooking-recipes-00400000043132/page13.html
 50 Things To Grill In Foil: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-and-cooking/50-things-to-grill-in-foil/index.html
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