CAMPING HACKS... that you might enjoy

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    Since you opened this can of beans Donna perhaps we can all pile in here with this love fest.

    1. Take cotton balls and roll in petroleum jelly for a fire starter.

    2. Ditch the egg carton and dump your eggs in a nalgene water bottle which is water tight and fits better in the cooler.

    3. Used to bring charcoal for DO but now use the coals from the fire.

    4. For easy cleanup of pots and pans and DO, dump in some warm water and grab a handful of dirt and vegetation (like leaves) and scrub with nature's abrasive. (boondocking only).
     
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    HI Dan...i love to share and have others share their good ideas and helps..makes the world a better place... thanks for sharing yours : ) I mostly liked the pool noodles on the awning and the spice container ..lol.. i like your idea about the eggs. Im not far enough along in camping to go " boondocking" It is a bear thing. Lol
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Since the thread was started... 1) recycle that drier lint, old candles, and toilet paper rolls and make fire starters. Perfect off season activity kiddo likes to help as well.
    2) If you have stainless steel pots and struggling to keep them from turning black when cooking over the fire. Wipe dish detergent on the bottom and sides before you cook over the fire.
     
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    Umm sounds good jmkay..very interesting on the dish detergent...ive never heard of that...thanks
     
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    Squeezed for space, try the squeezable soft pack Duke's mayo...love Duke's mayo...
     
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    This trick is something we used in Girlscouts years ago :)
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Yep, learned it real quick too if you got stuck washing the black off of pans. [XX(]
     
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    When I stake my awning I put thestakes straight down next to the legs and wrap the cord around the stake and legs. .no tripping hazard. Check local regulations before putting a belt or anything on a tree. Some places don't allow it
    If you are in an area with pine trees. Look on the tree where any branches broke off and healed up with lots of sap I cut these off and save them for fire starter
     
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    I prefer to keep eggs shelled just for the extra preserving benefit of the shells--bacteria can multiply rapidly in raw shelled eggs and I don't have as much faith in my fridge as I'd like. I have on occasion bought the pasteurized eggs in a carton though. They make for a terrible sunny-side-up...
     
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    Maybe not a camping hack but a way to find good camping spots. I go on the state DNR site and look at their state owned land map and then use google satalite to try to find nice openings in the woods that could be a potential camping spot.

    When i go camping, i go find all the spots i found on the satalite map and see if it is really a good spot or not.

    I plan to do this on my trip to the UP in michigan. I have a camp site at a camper park but i got some spots to check out so next time i can camp for free on state land.

    I found one of my favorite camp sites doing this, had two areas to check out. The first was a dud but the second one was great
    Second spot is the picture
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    I use pool noodles on my awning cords too. (I really hate catching my toe on that cord/spike!) I used a razor blade to cut a lengthwise slit in the noodle and it just slips over the cord. No feeding the end of the rope through the noodle.
     
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    Best fire starter ever! Wet kindling? No tinder? NO PROBLEM. Use the propane on the stove after you get the fire ripping.
     
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    Are you towing a tiny home? Curious about what that is in background?
     
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    Why can't you put a belt around a tree?
     
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    They don’t want anything attached to the trees. It Varys from place to place.
     
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    Ah, ok they discourage it so others will not leave ropes and such tied around them, got it.
     
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    Instead of a belt around a tree, I use a couple bungee cords and hang our trash/recycling bags from them (not in bear-country). Keeps them in a convenient spot off the ground, and makes it harder for critters to get at them. Then we can also slip the hot-dog/marshmallow poker handles under the cords to keep them out of the way to prevent accidental pokes and burns when not in use. Works great for any other light items you want to keep off the ground or in a convenient spot: flashlight, roll of TP, fishing poles, etc. Just quickly tuck it under the cord.
     
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    When I am in an area that I can use the trees I have a ratchet cargo strap that I can adjust to the tree with a bunch of s hooks to hang stuff from
     

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