There’s nothing quite like an escape into the great outdoors. But there’s always an essential item left unpacked. So before you shoulder the blame for leaving the headlamp, the fire starters or the insect repellent on the kitchen counter, set things right by putting these camping hacks to good use. It always pays to be prepared, and the below items can get you through nature in a pinch.
1. Pack a Trusty Headlamp
Taking a torch into nature is a no-brainer. But the intelligent camper replaces the standard hand-held model with a reliable, highly functional headlamp.
A headlamp frees up your hands so you can focus on the task at hand and not be distracted by balancing light between your legs. To ensure bright, long-lasting illumination, go with a headlamp like the Energizer® Vision Ultra Rechargeable Headlamp. This powerful model provides 400 lumens with a beam distance of 80 metres. Vision offers up to 15 hours of use on a single charge (*in low mode), and it’s topped up by USB. So, pack a power bank, and you have light for days.
2. Hack Your Coffee Grounds
Pack coffee grounds, and your mates might think you’re glamping. But they won’t be laughing when they see the ingenious ways you put it to good use.
Forgot the insect repellent? No problem! Spread coffee grounds around a seating area, and it acts as a natural repellent, keeping mozzies, flies and other pests at bay. Then, after dinner, use the grounds as a natural scrub in place of detergent. It’s excellent for cleaning cookware.
Should a fellow camper carelessly go number two within proximity of the tents, get them to cover it in coffee grounds. The nitrogen in the coffee can help absorb and eliminate foul odours.
3. Use Duct Tape Everywhere
Duct tape. Is there anything it can’t do? The answer is no.
A roll of strong, sticky duct tape will help you patch holes in a pinch. Whether it’s a tear or rip in a backpack, a tent or even a drink bottle, this tough tape is great for sealing.
Use it around the ankles to seal the gap between pants and socks, keeping critters out. Plus, it doubles as a bandage in emergencies and can remove splinters with less pain than a set of tweezers.
The only limit is your imagination, and we’ve got plenty of hacks in case you don’t think outside the box.
4. Turn an Old Bottle Into a Lamp
When used as a makeshift lamp, your Energizer® Vision Ultra Rechargeable Headlamp can benefit the entire camping party. Take a one or two-litre bottle and fill it with water. Strap the headlamp over the bottle and flip the lamp, so it faces inward. This naturally magnifies the light source, and the bottle can illuminate a decent-sized area. It’s simple and effective. This premium headlamp is water-resistant to drips and splashes but should not be submerged within the bottle.
5. Corn Chips as Kindling
The greasy properties of corn chips make them suitable for kindling in the campfire. Your favourite flavour burns slowly, staying lit for a surprisingly long time. So, whether you forgot to pack the fire starters or just wanted a far more affordable option, a packet of corn chips can help kick-start the campfire in no time. The remainder of the packet is then fair game for snacks.
6. Lip Balm Hacks
That trusty tube of lip balm doubles as a popular survival tool and is ready to be hacked in several clever ways. The key ingredient of these pocket-friendly moisturisers is petrolatum – an oily substance used back in the day to treat cuts and burns. And so, lip balm is excellent for reducing the bleeding of superficial cuts and reducing painful friction between clothing and skin.
Petrolatum is flammable and slow-burning. Use lip balm as a makeshift candle or fire starter as required. It’s also a lubricant. Rub some on the joints of rusted tools and tent poles to rejuvenate these essential items.
7. Red Light Restores Night Vision
Your reliable Energizer® Vision Ultra Rechargeable Headlamp is equipped with 7 lighting modes to support a wide range of scenarios. The uninitiated may be confused by the inclusion of a red light. The lower intensity of this colour helps preserve night vision and keeps eyes ready to adapt to the dark once the light is switched off.
8. Belt Basics
An old belt is as good as a piece of rope, and you don’t need experience with knots to put one to good use. Wrap a belt around a tree or a strong branch to support a hammock, a tarp or a tent. Get creative and use a belt as a makeshift clothesline or for raising items off the ground.
If camping at the beach, use a bulbar in place of a tree. An old belt can make it happen whenever there’s a need for strong material to take the weight.
9. Dry Shoes Hack
Wet shoes are the worst. This simple, effortless hack will help dry them throughout the night. Take some dirty clothes and cram them inside the shoes or boots. The tighter, the better. Then wrap the shoes tight in an additional layer. The dirty clothes will help wick moisture away from the footwear, leaving them substantially dryer than before. Newspaper can have the same effect.
10. Waterproofing with Bin Liners
Using bin liners (or garbage bags) is an affordable way to waterproof your backpack and camping bag. This can work one of two ways: You can place your entire pack within a bin liner to keep rain, moisture and water away from clothes and valuables. The alternate solution involves wrapping the sleeping bag, clothes and valuables inside bin liners and storing them inside the pack. Either way, the vital camping gear remains dry without purchasing a pricey waterproof bag.
When it comes to packing up, some camping grounds provide bins for your waste. But it’s always a good idea to pack some extra bin liners. So, remove rubbish from the site to leave nature as you found it. This way, it will be there for you and others to enjoy for generations to come.