If you’ve done your fair share of camping, you probably know how to get a fire going using some sticks and logs, but have you ever made it look this good? Here’s how to up your campfire game if you’re going to be in a specific spot for more than one night. Create your fire and surround it with logs or stones.
Place a grille or grate on top of it, so you can boil water or cook soup or something like that. Jam a couple of strong sticks into the ground on either side of the fire and suspend a stick between them. There, you can hang animals you’ve trapped, socks that need to be dried, or anything else that needs a little bit of heat.
Keep Mosquitoes Away Using Sage
If there’s one thing that every outdoor explorer knows about going camping or just hitting the hiking trails for a day, it’s that there are a ton of bugs. Everywhere. The outside is just chock-a-block with bugs! There are an estimated ten QUINTILLION bugs on the planet Earth! That’s one with nineteen zeros after it. Ew.
The most dangerous of them all are mosquitoes, which can not only bite you, but they can spread dangerous diseases. It turns out that a bit of sage is a handy way to keep them away. Throw a bundle of sage on the campfire to create a smelly blaze that a lot of bugs – mosquitoes included – won’t like to investigate. Plus, it smells good to humans.
Bring Along a Little Flavor
If you like to frequent places like McDonald's or Chick-Fil-A, you probably have a little collection of condiment packets in your home somewhere. Ketchup, mustard, mayo, and relish might seem like something that won’t make a camping trip all that better, but you’d be surprised. Take along a bag of these things, and you might just become the most popular person on your next camping trip.
Cooking burgers or weenies over the fire is one thing, and they taste great, but sometimes you just need a little taste of home to make the end of the day perfect. Who would have thought that the ketchup you picked a couple of months ago getting dinner for the family would come in so handy?
Build a Better Marshmallow Roaster
There’s nothing like roasting marshmallows over an open fire. Kids and adults love doing it since it lets them play with fire and enjoy a nice treat afterward, but those old marshmallow spikes you’ve been using might not cut it anymore. It seems pretty easy to make your own if you have the materials and a little bit of engineering know-how.
This person, for example, took an old skewer and a pair of long chopsticks and didn’t even need to use tape, glue, or any other kind of bonder. She could just stick the chopsticks through the circular metal of the skewer, which meant this was easy, and it gives kids a double amount of marshmallow-toasting space.
Bacon and Eggs Away From Home
If you’ve been avoiding going camping because it doesn’t afford you the niceties of living at home, have we got a surprise for you? As we can see in this picture, it’s simple to make delicious bacon and eggs over the fire while you’re living in a tent. You’ll need a muffin tin and a way to suspend it over the flame, but that’s about all you need except the very basics of camping.
And the food itself, we guess, but we assumed that was a given. Layer the bacon at the bottom and crack the eggs into the remaining space. Be sure to watch it carefully – eggs will cook and burn quickly, perhaps long before the bacon is done.