Natural Camping Tips
Soak new lantern wicks for several hours in white vinegar and let them dry before using. Propane lanterns will burn longer and brighter on the same amount of fuel.
As an emergency fire starter, touch a steel wool pad to a battery terminal. It will start the steel wool on fire.
To remove odor from an ice chest, wash the inside with hot water and vinegar, then rub the inside with a cloth dipped in vanilla extract.
When candles get too small for ambiance, wrap them in waxed paper and put them in the cupboard for later. They make the best fire starters.
Cook lots of meals (stew, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, taco meat, etc.) before your trip and put them into freezer bags. Then just heat and eat, and no clean-up.
Bring foods like pancake mix all mixed up and ready to go in a plastic freezer bag. No bulky boxes, no messy preparation, and no clean-up.
When cooking lots of corn on the cob, everyone can butter theirs quickly and neatly. Boil water and add butter. Then, just dip in an ear of corn. If it had gotten cool, the hot water heats it back up. And, when it is dipped, it comes out full of the butter that floats on the top of the water.
After roasting marshmallows, stab the forks into the dirt or sand several times to remove the burnt-on parts. Then wash as usual.
Always travel with extra toilet paper, kept in a freezer bag so it will be sure to stay dry.