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Camping Hacks

 By Kim Robson

We at Green-Mom are big fans of camping, and this time of year is when everyone wants to get out of the city for some quality nature time. The more you camp, the better you get at it. Practice makes perfect! So here are a few tricks, tips and fun projects you can use during your next camping trip to make life in the woods a bit easier.

· Use interlocking foam floor tiles (the kind you see in gyms) to line the floor of your tent for a soft, cushiony surface.
· For a soft, directionless, ambient light at night, strap a head lamp onto a gallon jug of water, with the light pointing inwards.
· Bring along a tick remover. They make removal easy, simple, painless, and efficient. Treat your clothes with a natural tick repellant, or make your own by mixing camping_fullsize_story1tea tree oil into a spray bottle with water.
· Glue sandpaper to the top of a waterproof match holder. Fill with strike-anywhere wooden matches.
· Instead of buying an expensive two-person sleeping bag, line the floor with blankets, comforters and pillows. Rearrange as necessary.
· Make elegant candlelit alternatives to store-bought tiki torches by drilling a small hole into the bottoms of taper candles, then inserting wooden craft dowels.
· Can’t find enough suitable dry kindling? Doritos work great in a pinch.
· Wear the kids out and keep them out of your hair with a nature scavenger hunt. Here are some great suggestions for their list.
· Block ice is much longer lasting than cubed ice. Make your own out of gallon water jugs. Don’t fill them more than ¾ full before placing in the freezer.

Cooking and eating well in a campground can be a challenge. Read on for some campfire cooking ideas:

· Cakes in an Orange: Bake little orange-flavored cakes right inside their own orange shells. I’ve tried this at home, and it is SUPER fun.
· Out of marshmallows? Try roasting Starburst candies.
· Prepare “shake and pour” pancake mix by measuring Bisquick into glass jars. Just add milk and egg, and shake to mix.
· Prepare coffee pods by using ordinary filters tied at the top with dental floss.
· Campfire cones: wrap waffle cones in tin foil, then fill with assorted goodies like chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and chopped fresh fruit. Enclose tin foil at the top, and place over the campfire until the insides are hot and melty.
· After you’ve finished cooking for the night, place sprigs of mountain sage on the coals to ward away mosquitoes.
· Three words: campfire Panini press! Make grilled cheese sandwiches in the woods!
· Make ahead and bring along a loaf of tin-can sandwich bread. The ridges act as cutting guides.

About Kim Robson

Kim Robson lives and works with her husband in the Cuyamaca Mountains an hour east of San Diego. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, cooking, and animals. She has written a blog since 2006 at kimkiminy.wordpress.com. Her interests include the environment, dark skies, astronomy and physics, geology and rock collecting, living simply and cleanly, wilderness and wildlife conservation, and eating locally.

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  1. Thanks for the love and sharing my cake in an orange with more of the world!

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