/ Camping tips from people who have obviously never been camping
Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.
Now that is good
A lot of those are awful, but might steal the cones and toasted starburst ideas for Cubs!
"Also: Mountain Dew + baking soda + peroxide = lantern." Was particularly funny. Toxic and corrosive chemicals in a drinks bottle. What could possibly go wrong?
"If you’re going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape." also seemed a bit daft, as it's traditional to use prayer flags.
WTF is trail marking tape?
And I love the image of being sent out into the woods to find kindling and coming back to explain that all the kindling was a bit damp but fortunately I managed to find a pack of Doritos...
My "favourite" is the washing machine, on two counts.
a) Why the hell would I want a washing machine on a campsite? Anything truly noxious can be rinsed out in the sink/river. Normal levels of dirt don't need washing. That's what going home is for.
b) I consider myself fairly grungy, especially when camping, but it'll be a cold day in hell before I wash my clothes with a toilet plunger. Or am I supposed to be buying a new one!
Some are quite niche and possibly unexpectedly handy, like the doritos for kindling, or the sage on a campfire to keep mosquitos away.
The plastic shampoo bottle oil lamp one is a bit worrying though.
They don't mention the yak-train needed to carry all this crap!!
And speaking of crap... if it's an "emergency" I ain't got time to start
hacking up milk crates and building a loo!!
"Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices"
Cos I've always found the lack of basil, cinnamon and marjoram while camping to be such a trip-killer.
And the floor tiles for the tent?! Maybe bring a caravan. Or stay at home..?
16. Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting
I just had to click on the get directions here. Turns out you put a hole in the candle and shove a stick in it, ingenious!
Why do people think they can use the word 'genius' as an adjective? Makes me sick
I like the scavenger hunt list on the paper bag, #35:
1 - Stick
2 - Rocks
3 - Leaves
the top commenter is complaining that the above makes adults have horrible, horrible habits of trying to own nature that they will never be able to break. Far out
The coffee filter idea, I might try that out.
You know you can just buy coffee bags
I like no. 15:
need a coffee? take some of these!
yeah, they're just sachets of coffee, I probably could have figured that one out all by myself...
It looks completely sane compared with the other DIY articles on the site:
Biodegradeable ribbon stuff that normally comes in fluoro colours. Quite useful for travel in areas of dense woodland where if you go more than ten feet from the path you might not find it again. Having something bright to create a fixed point that you can take a back-bearing from or mark where you started searching from is quite helpful. Also gets used for marking trails or waymarks.
Not quite 'leave no trace', more 'eventually leave no trace'.
To be fair, some of the ideas aren't that bad. A couple are worth a try.
> A lot of those are awful, but might steal the.....toasted starburst ideas for Cubs!
And have to explain cubs severe mouth burns to parents.
Other than that, what an incredible load of rubbish!! (greatest wtf moment for me was the hammock picture).
If you're camping next to the car, there is only one tip you need: Take anything and everything to make your trip as comfortable as possible.
If it fits in the car, why not? Tent you can stand up in, tables, chairs, mattresses, decent cooker etc. Only a mug would suffer un-necessarily
greatest wtf moment for me was the hammock picture
Why, they look pretty comfortable and probably are quite compact when folded.
They do remind me of a sex swing though...
The cotton wool dipped in wax isn't a bad idea for Kelly kettle users.
Wonder how easy to light it would actually be though?
Straw+toothpaste definitely the best tip though.
Some cool ideas there, bit of a mix between car and light weight tips.
I lived in a tent for nearly a year and never considered trying to make myself uncomfortable.
Yeah when you're away for longer than a few days anything that can improve the taste of standard one pan grub is good with me. Perhaps some of the complainers 'have obviously never been camping'.
hey...some of them are quite good!
Love the portable crapper, I is gonna get me one of those for my next camping trip. Needs a toilet roll holder though to attract those jealous looks from fellow campers.
When I need a piss in the night, I normally do it into a rubber johnny so I don't have to go out in the cold. I carefully roll it out from under the flysheet and then completely disown it in the morning.
you have right to remain silent num num
Gosh, will need all of those things for going to Tajikistan!
Interesting, though largely bonkers...toothpaste and stuff already comes in fairly lightweight tubes from the manufacturer. Tictac spice boxes is neat..intrigued by the mountain dew thing (but would rather drink it & take a torch weighing 1/2)
Agreed; I use old 35mm film tubs myself (can handle olive oil as well as dried herbs) but they are becoming harder to source.
> Agreed; I use old 35mm film tubs myself (can handle olive oil as well as dried herbs) but they are becoming harder to source.
I know people who do the same, a few simple spices weigh bugger all and can really help make a nice meal.
One item from this list that I think is useless is the double sleeping bag; being zipped together with your partner isn't my idea of comfortable.
None of the cosiness of your own pit or the benefits of a double bed.
> When I need a piss in the night, I normally do it into a rubber johnny so I don't have to go out in the cold. I carefully roll it out from under the flysheet and then completely disown it in the morning.
That's what I do. I go to sleep with it on so I don't even need to wake up. It also serves a perfectly timed hot water bottle at the coldest part of the night.
OP: Bloody hell, I haven't even got that much stuff at home let alone on a camping trip.
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