To properly build a fire, you need to have tinder (easy-lighting material), kindling (finger-size sticks) and fuel (logs). We all have a readily available supply of tinder: dryer lint! To make fire starters, I stuff empty toilet paper tubes with dryer lint. My dryer lint “logs” light quickly and easily burn long enough to light up the kindling. And I don’t have to resort to lighter fluid for this lint fire starter! Have you ever heard of a Swedish fire torch?
Fire Starters DIYTo properly build a fire, you need tinder. Fortunately, we all have a readily available supply: dryer lint! How to make these waterproof fire starters: Stuff each well of an egg carton with dryer lint. Then pour melted wax into each well and let them cool. The wax waterproofs the dryer lint and carton and helps the starter burn longer. Ready to make a fire pit a part of your backyard entertainment scene? Here’s what you need to know before you start.
Portable Spice RackTurn a simple pill case into a compact and handy portable spice rack for your camper or RV. This is perfect for weekend trips or slightly luxurious camping. Write the spice names on the case with permanent marker for reference. Store in a plastic baggy and pack it into your camping gear for the upcoming trip. Add these other camping hacks to your list!
Spring SleddingA plastic snow sled is useful in the off-season, too. We’ve used ours to haul yard debris, bags of concrete and plants. The sled slides over grass, sand and gravel with ease. We’ve even used it to haul camping gear from our car to our campsite … works great!Plus: Why Didn’t I Think of That? 16 Clever Life Hacks
Wine Cork Fire StartersFill a mason jar with wine corks and rubbing alcohol, and let the corks soak. The corks will burn ok in a couple days, but for best results, soak them for a week. Be sure the corks are natural, not synthetic. Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes. Check out our 37 favorite fire pits, and be inspired to create a cozy gathering spot in your backyard.
How to Make Your Own Ice PackThis make your own ice pack hack is reusable, so it is good for the environment as well. First, purchase an inexpensive pack of sponges or just find some old ones around the house. These sponges will not be cleaning anything, so just find a big sponge that is cheap. Next, soak the sponges in water. Grab a big bowl of water and let the sponges completely soak up as much water as they possibly can. After soaking the sponges, put each sponge in a small sandwich bag with a zip close. These bags serve two purposes. First, as the ice melts, the bag contains the water so it doesn’t make a mess in your lunch bag. Second, keeping the water contained allows the melted sponge to reabsorb the water so it is ready to refreeze for the next day. Now, freeze the wet and bagged sponges overnight. Once you get home from your camping trip or your kids get home from school, just toss the "make your own ice pack" back into the freezer and it'll be ready to use again the next day.
Swiss Army ‘Tinker’I have a multi-tool that I love and a gorgeous super-sharp folding knife. They go camping and fishing with me. But the knife that stays in my pocket every other day of the year is the classic Swiss Army Tinker. It’s affordable for most campers, so losing it isn’t traumatic; it’s light and compact, and I find myself using the Phillips-head screwdriver about a thousand times every weekend. It’s not perfect (I wish the knife would take a sharper edge), but it’s ‘the one that gets used’ in my DIY life. — Ken Collier Plus: 12 Cool Outdoor Products You Need
Make Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe For Super Cheap!For a simple and cheap way to enjoy the warm camping weather, make a giant tic-tac-toe grid on a shower curtain or tarp using duct tape. Secure the corners with rocks. If you're using a tarp, stake it down through the grommet holes. It works best if you have two colors of Frisbees. Set up a throw line and let the play begin. How to play:
- Divide the players into teams, or play one-on-one. Each team has its own color of Frisbee.
- Teams take turns throwing a single Frisbee toward the board. The Frisbee only counts for a point if it is not touching any of the grid lines.
- The game is over when one team has landed three of their frisbees in a row onto the board (up-and-down, across, or diagonally)