1. Use an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax to make emergency light sources.
Get the full details here.
2. Make portable fire starters using cotton pads dipped in wax.
3. Bring forgo pasta alternatives like quinoa, couscous or polenta for a quick cooking.
Polenta can be shaped into pan-fried and patties for a savory meal. Get a recipe for grilled polenta cakes.
4. Keep the mosquitoes away by adding bundles of sage to a campfire.
5. Bring cheeses (as well as hard cheeses) in waxed packaging.
Aged Parmigiano, Gruyère, and/or cheddar will keep for at least a week unrefrigerated.
6. Put the rosemary right on the coals without the meat marinade.
Cover them with fresh rosemary branches once the coals are uniformly gray and ashy.The savory herbs will bring flavor to your meat and vegetables.
7. Use travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles to make pocket-sized oil lamps.
Get the directions here.
9. Use cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal to make an easy-to-carry fire starter.
You just have to light the carton and the fire will catch on to the charcoal.
10. To make portable lanterns, just put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container.
11. Use shortening and dry milk to make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix, which don’t need to be refrigerated.
Get the full recipe here. You can also find powdered eggs at most grocery stores.
12. Use an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin to pack a mini first-aid kit.
13. Make delicious campfire cones!
14. To hang up pans and pots, you can use a belt and hooks.
15. Make single-use soap leaves from a vegetable peeler and a bar of soap.
You can also use the soap to relieve itchiness from mosquito bites.
16. Make candle stakes for a romantic nighttime lighting.
Get the directions here.
17. Can’t live without coffees? Bring some of these.
18. Use coffee filters and dental floss to make travel coffee bags.
Place a scoop of coffee grounds into a coffee filter and tie it up with dental floss. Just make it like you would make tea in a teabag, when you’re ready to brew.
19. For single-use packets, you can cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste.
Seal up the ends by using a lighter.
20.Relax at the camp by getting these seat hammocks.
Buy ’em here.
21. Store up your spices using Tic-Tac boxes.
22. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.
Make sure you buy those strike-anywhere matches.
23. Bring a deterrent from tick attack.
24. Stay away from poisonous plants by familiarizing yourself with what they look like.
25. Making a tin-can sandwich bread to have a portable food.
Get the recipe here.
26. For an easy DIY lantern, make a non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint by painting the inside of a jar.
See how she did this here.
27. Make an instant lantern by pointing a head lamp into a jug of water.
28. Have a soft and comfortable tent floor by using foam floor tiles.
29. Place frozen gallon jugs of water in your cooler.
You’ll have plenty of water to drink for later while keeping your food cold. You also freeze pasta sauces, chili, and pesto for later use.
30. Don’t forget to bring these microfiber towels that are super absorbent and lightweight.
31. Use this biodegradable trail-marking tape if you plan to go hiking.
Buy it here.