If getting a fire started has never been simple for you, we have a solution you can prep at home with a little bit of work. Collect dryer lint during the winter, and store it in cardboard egg cartons. Get a little bit of wax from your local craft store or online. Melt the wax and spoon it over the lint in the egg cartons until you have little balls of lint and wax.
Let it cool for a couple of hours until it hardens, and then cut open the carton until you’re able to extricate the little pods. Just keep them in a bag until you need a quick source of fuel for your fire. It’s not like lint and wax are going to go bad.
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.
Use a Sun Shade to Block Moisture
If you’re camping in a place that gets lots of rain – common enough in forests – then you have to have some ways to stay dry. One thoughtful camper realized that the sun shade for the car can do double-duty as a moisture blocker If arranged along the head of the mattress during the night.
This comes with a few caveats, such as the moisture is still going to collect and drip down to the edge of the mattress, perhaps making it wet enough to be uncomfortable, but it’s better than getting your head wet while you’re trying to sleep, isn’t it? Getting your head wet while you’re trying to sleep is maybe one of the most unpleasant things to happen to you.
Pre-Scramble Your Eggs
Eating scrambled eggs gets you ready for any day, it seems. Whether it’s a busy morning, a lazy Saturday, or while you’re out in the wild, this classic breakfast food is a favorite for everybody. Still, it can use up a lot of space carrying all the supplies you need – do you really want to be hauling cartons of eggs that could easily get broken as you clamber over mountains?
No, of course, you don’t. So, why not pre-scramble your eggs at home before you leave? Make them to your desired recipe (with milk, cheese, etc.), and then use a funnel to pour the concoction into water bottles that fit into your carrying supplies so much easier.