Summer is upon us and for many of you, camping will be part of your summer adventures. Here are some of my favorite tricks, tips and gadgets to make your life easier and make your time in the great outdoors a little more enjoyable.
The first item isn’t a gadget at all….it’s something you can find at any home improvement store. A weatherproof single solar garden light. I stick it in the ground near the camp toilet when we set up camp. It’ll stay lit most
of the night and gives us just enough light to take care of business in the dark hours.
If you’re backpacking or car camping, there is always the need to hang things around your campsite. Cinch to Hang has made hanging things easy, fast and reliable. The strap fits through the clip and then you simply since it around the tree. Then, a hook pops down and you can hang up to 50 pounds from it. This is great to keep things out or reach of animals, or to dry towels after day at the beach. You can even string a clothes line from these. I love that they are kind to the trees, require no tools to put up and can be used anywhere. They come in brown and camo colors and in sets of two or four.
When tying down your tent or making lines around your campsite, you can be creating a maze for yourself. After dark this can become a dangerous obstacle course. You can make the ropes in your camp site a helpful tool just by switching to reflective rope. SecureLine’s Reflective Poly Rope allows you to see exactly where you’ve tied ropes. If you have kids in your site, these ropes can even just serve as boundaries and help little ones learn where they should stay. It’s available in various colors and thicknesses too! Also great for tying things down to the car, marking areas of your lawn at home or tying up toys or sporting gear.
Safety should always come first while camping. If you’re going to have a campfire you need to know how to manage it and how to put it out when need be. While a natural method of extinguishing is preferred, it’s important to have something on hand such as Tundra’s Fire Extinguisher Spray. The can is small enough to fit in even the tightest spaces and it sprays for up to four times as long as a traditional extinguisher. It’s biodegradable and non-toxic. It’s as easy to use as a can of Lysol. This is a great tool and gift for those who live in small spaces or are heading off to college!