Keep your sleeping bag dry by placing a piece of heavy duty foil underneath it to insulate it against moisture
For a more comfortablt nightís sleep when camping, take along a roll of bubble wrap to place under your sleeping bag
For an instant sleeping bag, fold a four metre long piece of bubble wrap in two and gaffer tape the edge. You'll probably think you have wind every time you move but apparently it's very comfy.
Wrap matches in foil to keep them dry on camping trips
If fancy fishing lures aren't working, wrap some foil around a hook and dangle this in the water instead
Mark your camp site during busy holiday camping times with a couple of helium filled balloons tied to your tent or post. Youíll always find your way home. Who takes helium on a camping trip??
If youíre a licensed gun holder, keep the end of the weapon clean by covering the end with a small sturdy balloon
Make a camp washing machine by cutting a hole in the lid of a twenty litre plastic bucket and insert a new toilet plunger. Put in water, clothes and detergent, replace lid, and move the plunger up and down as an agitator. Itís extremely effective. That's the type of thing they did on the old farms as well.
Make a camp shower by perforating a bucket with holes on the bottom. Hang it securely from a sturdy branch, fill it using another bucket, and take a quick shower as the water comes out. If you want the water to be warm, paint the outside of the second bucket black, fill it with water and leave it out in the sun all day to absorb heat
Donít waste boxes of matches trying to light a fire. Take along a candle and light it first - then light your fire from it
An empty 185gram tuna can is the perfect size to use as an egg poacher. Remove both ends of the cans and the label, then place the can in a frying pan and crack an egg into it
Make a quick spirit lamp stove out of a large shoe polish tin. Drill holes round the lid. Fill the tin with cotton wool soaked in methylated spirits. Replace lid firmly and apply a lit match. (Eeeek!) The spirit burns through the holes, providing a mini stove on which to make a quick cuppa or heat up some food. I don't think you should try this one.
Never go hiking without a small jar of petroleum jelly. After the hike, rub the jelly on the hardened skin on your feet, then sit and relax in the sun for an hour. The hardened skin will then come away quite easily. Ugh, how disgusting.
Make a curry or stew and carry it in a billycan to take with you for your first night as you head off for a long camping trip into the bush. When you arrive at your destination, the billy can be heated up for a meal while you boil the water for a cup of tea or cocoa.
Keep food ant free from hanging food safes at your campsite by smearing Vaseline on the hanging wire. Ants wonít walk over it
Make damper by making a hole in some flour, pour in boiling water (the amount will depend on the amount of flour used) and stir with a stick until you have a lump of dough. Slightly flatten it, and then bake it in the campfire ashes. I learned this at Guides. It's the only thing I could ever cook properly.
When cooking meat over a fire during camping trips, take along a skewer and push this through the meat or the sausages etc for easy turning
When building an open fireplace for camping, do not select stones from a creek. Dry stones are far safer. Stones that have been under water for any time have been known to explode when heated
Make a camp oven stew by sprinkling salt, pepper and flour over a thick piece of meat and place it into a pot with a small amount of water and a lump of margarine or dripping. Put it on the edge of the fire and let it cook for a couple of hours, adding potatoes and carrots etc. When itís almost done, add a little tomato sauce to the gravy in the pot to thicken it. You can even add dumplings. Oh yum.
When sleeping out in the broad open spaces without a tent, the rule is Feet to the Wind. With blankets tucked well under at bottom and sides, or if using a sleeping bag, the wind goes straight past the sleeper and does not get under the blankets or in the sleeping bag
If you have a favourite camp site to which you always return, and that has a large green gum tree nearby, cut a half metre square hole in the trunk and store perishable foods in there. Hang a heavy wet hessian bag over the hole and keep it wet with a dripping tray of water filled every night. Even in midsummer, foods can be kept cold in this bush fridge. Poor old tree
After your camping trip is over, clean the cast iron frying pan by placing the whole thing in the fire and burning it until it is free of grease and soot. This does not hurt the pan, is an affective cleaner and acts as a disinfectant as well. Rub well with an old cloth if soot adheres
Take an old torn sheet along with you on camping trips. It can be used for tea towels, dishcloths, facecloths, hankies, bandages and rags, and can be burnt in the fire before leaving for home
To set a hikerís map, lay it out so that the spot where you are on the map is positioned at your feet. Note some prominent object on the landscape, identify it on the map and swing the map until you are in line with the object. All other points will then be in their correct relationship to each other
Keep your toes warm at night while camping by wrapping some stones in foil and heating them by the campfire. At bedtime, wrap the stones in towels and put them at the bottom of your sleeping bag
When packing for a camping holiday, reverse the batteries in your torch until arrive at your destination, to avert the possibility of the torch being accidentally switched on and the batteries flattened during the journey
If the plug is missing from the sink during a rest stop anywhere, use a fifty cent coin as a replacement. A penny was once used for this function, but what with inflation and allÖ..