7 Camping Tips and Tricks for an Awesome May 2-4 Weekend

Posted Date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Experiencing a minimalist lifestyle for a weekend and embracing the great outdoors actually requires a great deal of preparation. You can always brave the experience with just a backpack and the open road like you see in the movies, but it doesn’t hurt to have back-up supplies and tools to help you have a stress-free trip. Here are eight tried-and-true camping hacks that will help you have a smooth wilderness adventure.

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Use Fritos as fire starters

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A bag of Fritos makes for a great fire starter, believe it or not. The chips are saturated in oil, which comes in handy when damp logs make it difficult to kickstart the flames. If you need some help getting the ball rolling, simply light a small pile of chips, and you’ll have tall and mighty flames in no time.

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Bring collapsible cookware

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You might think you can survive on granola bars, but that’s until you have hiked for hours and wake up the next day with the hunger pangs of a grizzly bear. This is where collapsible kitchen utensils come in handy. You can find non-stick pans, spatulas, and even silverware that fold in two. These handy tools can contribute to a hearty campfire breakfast to fuel the day ahead.

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Use aluminium foil

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Aside from being easy to pack and quick to clean up, aluminum foil is safe to grill and can assist in executing hundreds of breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas. Prepare a few meal options ahead of time in your cooler, like a simple potato hash. Around mealtimes, divide the food evenly into foil sheets, cover them, and place over the campfire.

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Wear a head lamp

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A flashlight that straps to your forehead with Velcro and shines in your line of vision? That might be our no. 1 must-have for a successful camping trip. This nifty gadget allows you to use both hands for setting up your tent, building your campfire, hiking at night, and more.

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Use cold beverages as ice packs

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When you’re packing a cooler, skip the ice packs and use your favorite pre-chilled drinks to save space and keep food cold. Line the bottom of your cooler with some cold brews, or some soft drinks if alcohol isn’t allowed on site. Pack in any food that requires chilling, and top with a few more drinks if space allows. This should keep everything nice and cold for at least 6-8 hours. (Frozen water bottles will buy you even more time.)

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Invest in a canopy tent

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It only takes one stormy night to quickly figure out that waterproof covers are a must if you’re spending a night outdoors. Whether you use a detached canopy or a tent with a waterproof overhang, nothing will make you sleep better than the security of not having to worry about the weather.

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Wear water-resistant shoes

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Nothing is worse than wet shoes and socks, but it’s almost impossible to avoid them if you are camping in wooded areas where the sun rarely gets through. If you hike along streams and rivers,water resistant shoes become a life-saver. They will also give you more mobility as you make your way through varying temperatures and weather conditions.

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Resource: CN Traveler