Usually, when you’re camping, you have to keep your meals simple. No big roasts, no pies, and no chili. Well, it turns out some of those might be a little more possible than you think. This person decided to cook up what is essentially chili stock and vacuum seal it in some plastic bags for easy transportation.
All you have to do to make these pouches into a meal is put a pot over a fire, boil some water, and add the stock to the bag. This example is white bean chicken chili, which sounds amazing, but you can pick any kind of dish you want, even if it isn’t something like soup or chili.
Stop Wasting Soap While You’re Out
If you happen to be taking a longer trip in the great outdoors, you have to be a little more careful about the supplies that you have. If you’re going to be spending days, weeks, or even months away from civilization, you can’t just go around wasting all your soap.
If you grab the whole bar, you’ll find that the thing has been rubbed down to a nub in just a little bit of time, especially if you need to use it to wash more than just your hands. Beforehand, you can use a vegetable peeler to shave off small shreds of soap that allow you to use as little or as much as you need. A little goes a long way.
The Amazing Microfiber Towel
You probably have a couple of these lying around your house, so why not take one with you when you head into the wilderness? That’s right, the simple microfiber cloth that you use to wipe up water on the kitchen counter has plenty of uses while camping. Dry your hands off while you’re on the boat.
Keep it handy for getting moisture off your camera or other sensitive pieces of electronics, or grab it while cooking to prevent or clean up messes. They’re light – usually weighing only a few ounces, and there are plenty of ways you can take advantage of the super-absorbent material. Keep yourself dry and protect your other gear.
Improve Your Night of Sleep
You might be used to catching some shut-eye in a sleeping bag by now, but the method does have a number of downsides. For instance, there’s nothing to keep your pillow from slipping out from under your head while tossing and turning. Here’s a simple solution: Pick up one of those non-slip rug pads at your local store and put it under your pillow.
Just like with a rug, the increased friction will stop the nighttime movement from pushing the pillow away from your head. You can even take this to the next level by getting a non-slip pad for your entire sleeping bag, in case you want to make sure you don’t move too much.
Spread Light After Your Meal
No doubt you know to bring a couple of different light sources with you while you’re off on your own, but what if you’re getting sick of pointing flashlights at things? Build your own light diffuser by snagging a piece of thin plastic and folding it into a box similar to a Chinese takeout box. You might have to search around for the right kind of plastic, but it’s around there somewhere.
After that, hook a headlamp inside it, which creates both the light and a handy strap, as we can see here. The plastic is light, it will fold down to reduce required carrying space, and it will make your nighttime resting places a little more comfortable and a little safer.