These 3 Simple Nature Hacks Are Great
Getting out of town, into nature, is a wonderful way to relax, recharge your batteries and connect with your family. Packing up the RV and setting out for adventure also gets the kids excited and away from the television and video games. On some level, you’d like to do it all the time, but the truth is, you might only be able to get away for a couple of weeks every year. When you do, you want everything to be smooth, easy and trouble free. When you use these three simple nature hacks, your next camping trip will be memorable, for all the right reasons.
1. Clothing Choices
You’re used to being inside your comfortable home with the air conditioning on in the summer, and the heat on during the cold months. When you’re camping, you’ll be spending more time outside, which means you’re at the mercy of the weather. No matter what season it is, or where you’re camping, it’s wise to pack both warm and cold weather clothing and footwear. Don’t forget some rain gear too, the last thing that you want is to get wet and cold. If you have kids, pack a few extra outfits for them, they’ll be playing and getting dirty a lot!
2. Insect Repellents
One of the worst parts of being outdoors are the pesky mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks and other insects. Not only are they annoying, but they also bite, and often leave itchy, irritated bumps. However, it’s easy to keep bugs away, without any harsh, smelly sprays or chemicals. Take along a few bundles of sage, and drop them in the campfire to deter mosquitoes. Sprinkle cornmeal around your campsite to keep ants at bay. A few drops of peppermint oil in water, sprayed around your RV doors and windows, will repel spiders. Be sure to keep your food, and your pet’s food, in air-tight, sealed containers to keep insects from invading it.
3. Fire Starters
Nothing says relaxation like sitting around a crackling campfire, roasting marshmallows and enjoying the company of friends and family. Starting a fire, however, can sometimes be a challenge, but there are some things that you can do to make it easier. First of all, make sure you’ve got plenty of dry wood, and some kindling. A perfect material is the lint that you remove from your dryer vent. Just collect it in a container, and take it along, you’d be surprised at how quickly it will light. Make your own waterproof matches by dipping the tips in bee’s wax and allowing them to dry. Put them in an airtight container with a piece of sandpaper attached so you can strike them any time.
Bonus. Embrace The Experience
Perhaps the most important nature hack of all is to completely embrace the experience. Whether the sun’s shining, or the clouds roll in, remember that it’s all part of nature, and that’s what camping is all about. When you truly appreciate the beauty of the natural world around you, you’ll find that all your worries melt away and you become calm, relaxed and happy.