I hope you are enjoying reading about these camping hacks as much as I enjoyed trying them!
The problem with this idea is that prescription bottles and Altoids tins are too small!
The only first aid items that would fit into my tin were a few bandaids and a pair of tweezers.
If you're going to take the time to be prepared, you might as well be prepared for more than just a splinter or a scraped knee!
I love any idea that has you do most of the work at home. This is a great one!
At home, just mix together a few simple ingredients.
Cut in 1 3/4 cups shortening until the mixture has the consistency of cornmeal.
Put 2 cups of the mixture in a container with a tight-fitting lid. (Save the rest for another time by storing it in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 6 weeks - or freeze it.)
Put on a label that says, "Add 1 egg and 1 cup water".
Pack the container in your food box, and be sure to pack some eggs too.
At camp, when you are ready to make pancakes, just add 1 egg and 1 cup/250 mL of water.
Shake the jar vigorously, and your batter is ready to pour!
I used gluten-free flour, and my batter was a bit lumpy - but the pancakes were completely delicious! I'm guessing that wheat flour would produce a smoother batter.
I tested this at home in my kitchen, and I can't wait for next summer so I can try it at the campsite!
The photo says it all: this idea doesn’t create much light.
This makes a nice little night-light, but that’s all. It’s not nearly enough light for reading, or even for finding your socks in your duffle bag. Perhaps there are votive candles that give lots of light, but I couldn’t find them.
By the way, a plain old battery-powered votive gave just as much - or little - light as a battery-powered votive in a jar.
Once again, the effort didn’t seem worth the results, so I didn’t try this one. If I need to wash something when I’m camping, I just use a basin and my hands.
What do you do?
If you don't want to scrub clothes by hand, try this: "the lightest and smallest washing machine in the world"! It weighs just 5 ounces!
I don't quite get the point of this hack.
In the first place, a couple of pieces of dry newspaper work perfectly well for starting a campfire. The only problem is remembering to bring the newspaper - but if you use a good camping list, that's not a problem at all.
And if you can remember to bring the charcoal and egg carton, you can remember the newspaper!
But I tried it anyway. I brought six pieces of charcoal and a paper egg carton. I cut the egg carton in half and placed the pieces of charcoal in the carton.
(Sorry about the fuzzy photo! I think I was in a rush to start cooking my breakfast!)
I placed the carton in the firepit and lit the egg carton with a match. It took several matches, but finally the carton began to burn sluggishly.
I placed some small pieces of wood over the flames. They started to burn - but the charcoal did not! In a few minutes, the egg carton flame sputtered out and that was the end of the fire.
I ended up starting the fire with newspaper after all!
Perhaps this would work if I had soaked the charcoal with lighter fluid, but that really seems to be missing the point.
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