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Nov 30, 2015

9 Unusual Camping Tips

In this episode of the Outside Health and Fitness podcast I share 9 camping tips you’ll want to try on your next trip.

On Today’s show you’ll discover…

  • …clever ways to get a fire going;
  • …how to bring more with you, while lightening your load;
  • …great ideas for eating better, sleeping better and having more fun on your next camping trip.

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Camping Tips

Make a Swedish Torch

  • take a good sized log, 2 or 3 feet long, with nice flat ends and
  • with a chainsaw cut an X in the top and part of the way down.
  • stand the log up with the X on the top, set your tinder and kindling in the X and light it

Use a Pencil Sharpener to make Tinder

  • Find a few pencil sized twigs’
  • Sharpen them and use the shavings you make for tinder.

 Use Doritos or Toilet Paper Roll with Dryer Lint

  • Doritos make excellent fire starters
  • or try bringing an empty toilet paper roll and pack it with dryer lint

Belt Pan Holder

  • Fasten a belt around a tree
  • Add “S” hooks
  • Hang your pots and pans

Straw Containers

All you need for this tip are

  • straws,
  • a lighter and
  • an Altoids tin (or other small container).
  • Cut straws so they will fit nicely in your container.
  • Then use your lighter to melt and seal one end of the straw.

Nalgene Baby

  • Pour nearly boiling water into your bottle;
  • Put the bottle in a sock or wrap a bandanna around it
  • Place in your sleeping bag to stay warm (make sure the cover is on tight!)

Homemade Coffee Bags

  • Place coffee ground into a filter;
  • tie off with dental floss (non-flavored works best)
  • brew as you would tea with a tea bag

thanks to for this tip!

 Google Maps

  • Before you head out download the free google maps app for your phone (ios or android)
  • before you go search for the area you’ll be traveling in.
  • Next type “OK maps” or “OKAY maps” in the search field and hit search.
  • Now the area you just looked up is stored in your cache.

Bring a LifeStraw

The lifeStraw can filter enough water for one person for an entire year!  If you ever got lost or run out of water on the trail it could be the best $20.00 you ever spent!  Thanks to for this tip

Shop for LifeStraw on Amazon *note this not an affiliate link…I just think this is a handy device to have with you in the backcountry!



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“Swedish Fire Torch” by
“Nalgene Bottle” By BrokenSphere (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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