You learn a lot about yourself when you camp. Your patience will be tested when pitching a tent or building a fire, you’ll see food from a whole new perspective, and you’ll understand that sleeping on the ground with little else than a nylon sheet protecting you actually feels pretty awesome.
You’ll also learn that some tasks are harder than others, but they don’t always have to be. Here are 18 tips and tricks guaranteed to make your outdoor adventure a bit more agreeable.
1. Make a stove from a beer can
With a knife, some denatured alcohol, and a little bit of courage, you can transform a 12 oz can into a great DIY camp stove that’ll boil water in 5-6 minutes. We did it, and it’s remarkably simple.
2. Light a fire with Doritos
Doritos are nailing it right now. Delicious snack? Check. Ingenious fire starter? Double check. And here’s the kicker: any flavor will do, even Gout Olives!
3. Use an old shower curtain as a disposable ground tarp
Throw it under your tent to keep the floor dry overnight, throw it out the next morning.
4. Fill TP rolls with dryer lint for a fire starter
I’m not sure who the first person was who stuffed a bunch of dryer lint into a TP roll and lit it on fire, but goddammit they were onto something.
5. Freeze a gallon of water to keep food fresh
You’d think this would take up valuable cooler real estate. BUT the jug-shaped block of ice will last much longer than cubes, and after it melts, you’ve got a gallon of ice water at your disposal.