The wilderness is a funny thing. You wake up one morning, it’s nice and cool, but then it gets hot! Will the madness never end? Don’t worry; we’re here to help you defend yourself from the oppressive heat of the sun. Get a big tarp, such as the one shown here, and layer one side with reflective tape or another kind of reflective material.
Point the reflective side of the tarp toward where the sun will rise, and you’ll have something that will block a whole lot of that heat. Scurry away from the heat of the day for a little while, at least. If you want to maintain a cool tent, you can move the tarp around to continue shading it from the sun.
Filters and Floss Help You Wake Up
So you’re away from the comforts of home, but you still have to wake up in the morning. The solution, like so many other problems, is coffee. But how do you enjoy that delicious bean juice from your tent? Grab a coffee filter and some dental floss to make things simpler every day of your trip.
Fill up coffee filters with about two ounces of ground coffee and tie them shut into little caffeine baggies using dental floss – preferably unflavored. Be sure to keep them dry, or your backpack will suddenly be full of coffee. Once you’re ready to get a cup of joe, use the pre-apportioned bag in a cup of hot water like a bag of tea.
Keep Pots and Pans Within Reach
Campers love to move around a lot, but there are some that will find a place and set up for a little while. That means they can make their spot of rest a little more set up than some other places. Or, maybe you’re the kind of camper that can’t pitch your tent without making a meal big enough for your whole family.
Attach a belt to a nearby tree and add a couple of simple metal hooks to create a quick and easy place to hang your pots, pans, and other cooking tools. Be sure to wash them thoroughly if you’ve used them because those smells could easily attract wildlife. But your bellies are sure to enjoy the foods you’ll whip up.
Go On. Do It.
Mosquitoes are annoying, aggravating, and can even be dangerous in certain areas of the world. If you spend any amount of time outside, you probably have some insect repellent, but what if you run out or forget? Brace yourselves; this tip is wild.
Find a termite hill, grab a bunch of termites, and smash them into a paste, with which you will then cover yourself. Told you. Apparently, mosquitoes stay away from termite corpses. We have no idea why, and we aren't looking forward to trying this tactic out, but it might be handy if you have no other options.
The Rule of Threes
It's always nice to know some of the more important rules when wandering around outdoors, and one of the handiest is the Rule of Threes. This refers to how long an average person can survive in extreme temperatures without food or water. It goes as follows:
You can survive in extreme heat or cold for three hours before getting hypothermia or heat exhaustion. You can survive with no water for three days before dehydration. You can survive without food for three weeks before dying of starvation. Of course, different people will have slightly different numbers, but that's the general guideline.