Category Archives for Camping Tips

11 Best Tips To Cook That Will Make You A Happy Camper

A happy camper always has a satisfying tummy! Just because you are in the wilderness, in the middle of nowhere, does not mean that you cannot have great tasty food.

Cooking at the campsite seem to be like a difficult – even daunting – task, with the limited kitchen equipment and only a campfire or at most a small grill as heat source. But, the rewards of a delicious, warm meal make it all worth it.

You might love these tips so much that you will be making them even when you are not at the campsite!

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Is the Price Right? Find Out How Much Your Camper is Worth

Maybe you are planning to sell your camper. Or, looking for a new one to go on a new adventure with. Or, about to seal a deal for your secondhand RV. Either way, you must ask yourself, “How much is my camper worth?

There are various ways to research camper prices, which we will explore below. A combination of a couple sources, and some knowledge on the current market wherever you are selling or buying, will help in arming yourself with knowledge and will ensure that you get the best deals, make well-informed choices, and offer fair prices, too.

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The Cutting Edge: Finding the Best Camping Knife

If I was to go camping and could only bring ONE tool, the choice is easy. Without any second thoughts, I would definitely bring a knife. One simple tool can cut twigs and kindling for campfires; trim rope for tent pitching and other things you have to do for setting up camp; it can cut and peel vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese, bread; open packages; simple hunting or sniping fishing line; and, in dire cases, for self-defense. camping.

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The Best Car Camping Tent: Do No Buy Without Reading This Guide

Love the great outdoors? Thinking of going camping? There is one thing that you need – the best car camping tent. It can provide you with temporary shelter while in the campsite. It can provide you with peace of mind and a comfortable sleep. However, this will only be the case if you choose the right one.

If you have no idea which one to choose, keep on reading. I will share with you what I know and hopefully, this will help you to make a well-informed decision.

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How To Build A Log Cabin From Scratch

I have always wanted to build a log cabin. As a child in fifth grade I literally dreamed of going to a remote wooded wilderness and carving a cabin from the woods and living off the land. Needless to say that has just been a childhood fantasy until recently. Last spring I bought a Logmaster portable sawmill as an investment to use dring retirement. It had to be fabricated and that took about 4 months. During this time I purchased a tree shear for may skid loader, an old international log truck, a Logasol planer molder and some additional related equipement.

The log cabin idea was in the back of my mind as I bought the equipement, but mostly I was looking at it just as an investment business. After 4 months, I finally got the sawmill. It is sweet. I did a couple of custom sawing jobs, then started cutting wood for a shed in my spare time. Everything worked as advertised.

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6 Of The Best Overnight Summer Camp For Kids In The US

Overnight camping is fun, especially to children. This outdoor activity spurs excitement and delight to the young ones. Moreover, it also trains them to be dependent and reliable. They learn a lot of things while they are outdoor, which they could not get into their classrooms or in front of their computers. In the US, conducting an overnight summer camp for kids is easy, thanks to the variety of camping sites available.

From woodland to lakes, the choices you have for a children’s summer camping in the US are virtually unlimited. Most of these campsites are safe and conducive for any outdoor activities for kids. Furthermore, these places can contain the playful spirits of your children, which the urban life can't offer.

Here are some of the best locations in the US you can bring your kids for an exhilarating overnight summer camp. Take note that they are not in particular order.

The Best Food to Bring for Awesome Campsite Cuisine

Food is definitely a necessity when hiking – it is necessary to keep up much needed energy and strength – if you have ever hiked on an empty stomach, I feel for you! However, we often fall back on just the basics when we think of what food to bring on our trip. So, the next time you are preparing for a your big camping adventure, keep in mind these delicious choices which are the best food to take camping.

These are easy to pack, energy-rich, and delicious, too. Just because you are in the wild doesn’t mean your taste for good food has to be left at home. You can actually eat healthy, hearty, and yummy food anywhere you are, whether you’re climbing the mountains or exploring lush forests – and you don’t even have to break out the campstove!

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How To DIY The Warmest, Most Cozy Tent Ever

It is almost pumpkin spice latte season! With the autumn leaves turning red and winter just around the corner, the weather is already getting much colder.

Temperatures will definitely drop at the campsite and in the mountains at night, so be sure you know how to stay warm in a tent.

This can spell the difference between enjoying another great camping trip and having a terrible – even dangerous – experience.

While body heat is a tried and tested method, not everyone has a cuddle buddy! So, here is how you can DIY the coziest tent ever, that will ensure you will stay warm all night.

What you will need


  • Large garbage bags
  • Sleeping pad
  • Space blanket

Hand warmers:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Glass jar
  • Food coloring
  • Resealable bag

Feet warmers:

  • Rocks
  • Towels

Set up your nest

First things first, pick a good spot to pitch your tent. Make sure it’s higher up – at least 50 feet above the valley floor – because cold air settles at the bottom. Choose a spot that is protected from the cold wind and rain, too.

  • After pitching your tent in the ideal spot, line your floor with large garbage bags. Dampness is the enemy when trying to stay warm, so start by making sure your tent’s floor will stay as dry as possible.
  • Pro tip: Garbage bags are so useful when camping – from storing actual garbage, to serving as a makeshift rain poncho, so don’t hesitate to take a whole roll along.


  • Cold will seep up from the ground while you sleep, so try to make as much space between you and the ground. Add your sleeping pad layer. There are many sleeping pad choices that you can buy, but a thick foam yoga mat or automotive insulation can work great, too.
  • For the car insulation, just a buy a big roll and cut down to size. This can make enough for everyone in you camping group. You can never have too many sleeping pads, so go ahead and double up.
  • Here’s a great out-of-this-world way to use your space blanket. The thin, foil-like covering is not just useful in emergencies. Use some duct tape to mount it to your tent’s ceiling. It helps reflect the heat back into the tent!

Get cozy from your fingers…

Use some kitchen chemistry to conquer the cold! These DIY hand warmers mix vinegar and baking soda to generate heat… because, science.

  • To a saucepan, add a cup of white vinegar and slowly add a tablespoon of baking soda. Boil over medium heat. Be sure you’re cooking this up in a well-ventilated room as hot vinegar has a very pungent smell.
  • Keep on stirring the mixture to make sure it doesn’t boil over. Do this until it reduces to about half its original volume. A white crust will begin to form around its edges.
  • ​This concoction is your sodium acetate. Carefully pour it into your glass jar. Set your saucepan aside to dry – it will start forming a crust of white crystals.
  • ​Totally optional, but this liquid will be yellowish, so if it reminds you too much of pee, mix in a few drops of food coloring to change the color. Transfer to a resealable bag.
  • When your saucepan is cool and dry, scrape up the white crystal residue and store separately.
  • To activate, add a pinch of the crystals to the sodium acetate.

To reuse, suspend the bag of sodium acetate in boiling water until the sodium acetate re-liquifies, then let it cool. When you need to warm up, add another crystal to activate.

How does it work? Sodium acetate has a super high freezing point, which makes it cool in liquid form. But, a single acetate crystal will trigger a chemical reaction that will freeze the liquid to solid – and will make it release enough energy to heat up the bag up to 136ºF!

You can tuck these heat packs into your pocket for some instant warmth or hold on to them for some extra heat while you sleep. Be sure your bag is sealed well. You can even try double-bagging to make sure the liquid doesn’t accidentally seep out.

…to your toes

For this nifty camping hack, find some large stones around your campsite – 5 to 15 pound rocks will work best. While cooking your dinner or having s’mores, throw your big rocks into your campfire and let them sit for about an hour.

After the campfire burns out, take them out – be careful! – and let them cool down a bit.

When they are cool enough to handle (still exercise caution though, as they will be very warm), wrap them in towels. Place these warm packages at the foot of your sleeping bag, or in the middle of your tent. You’ll be nice and toasty all night!

Hot tips

Take note of some of these very important tips on staying warm:

  • Layer your clothes. Staying warm is all about creating barriers between the outside cold and keeping your body warmth inside. Be sure you have you extremities covered: a wool hat and ear muffs, comfy mittens or gloves, and really good socks.

    As the weather changes or as your body reacts, you can easily add or remove your layers as needed.

    If you are unsure how much to bring, a good rule of thumb is it’s better to bring extra than to end up wishing you brought that extra jacket.
  • Invest in a good sleeping bag. It is your little cocoon that will protect you from the cold. Check out sleeping bags that are specifically for cold temperatures.
  • Avoid getting wet. Moisture is the enemy. Once you get wet, the cold wind will feel like ice. Bring along a sponge to wipe up any dampness the might seep in your tent. Separate wet clothes in a garbage bag.
  • Make sure your tent is properly ventilated. It may seem counter intuitive, but neglecting your tent’s ventilation is a common mistake. With all the warmth being generated inside your tent, without ventilation will cause moisture to form inside the tent. And, as we know, moisture is the enemy!
  • Have a hearty meal. This is a welcome tip! Eat a hot meal before you sleep. The body will generate more heat as it metabolizes your meal. Make it a high calorie, fatty one as fat is burned slower than carbohydrates, which will make the process longer.

Who needs a cuddle buddy?

With these great DIYs, your camping trip will be warm and cozy whether you have a cuddle buddy or not. Enjoy the outdoors as the seasons change. Don’t let the cold weather keep you stuck at home!

How To DIY Your Own Awesome Home On the Road

Spending a lot of time on the road can have its benefits – different scenery everyday, beautiful sunrises and sunsets through the frame of your windshield, and all the amazing adventures that come with road trips. But, especially on a long haul trip, it’s easy to get homesick. The solution? Build a truck camper and take your home on the road with you!

Everything You Need To Know About The Shelf-life Of Smoked Meat

Nothing can beat a drink of water and a salty bite of beef jerky to give you a boost of energy when you take a pitstop in the middle of a long hike. If you’re a constant snacker like me, having smoked meats in your pack is a reassurance that you won’t go hungry in the wilderness.

But, what’s worse than running out of food while camping? Getting sick while camping. So, be sure to read this before you munch!