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by Nikki Fotheringham / The Green Divas

Calling all camping lovers!

I shared some camping hacks in this Travelin’ Green Divas podcast episode. Listen up then read on for more…

With these easy green living camping hacks, you’ll be glamping in style baby!

1. Use wire to attach a cork to your keys so they will float if you drop them in the drink.

2. Papa’s got a brand new bag: Use a large Ziploc bag or (if you’re me) put some air into the bag of wine you brought with you and use as a comfy pillow. Wine bags double as a handy flotation device.

3. Frisbees: These offer amazing support for paper plates and make great water bowls for dogs.

4. Wrap your headlamp around a clear water bottle to help diffuse the light in your tent.

5. Tick Tac boxes: Great for storing spices and keeping matches dry. You can also dip the ends of your matches in wax or clear nail polish to make them waterproof.

6. Pack pancake mix into Ziploc bags. When you ready to make them, add water, seal the bag and knead to mix. Then just cut the bottom corner off the bag and pipe the mixture into your pan.

7. Got a splinter? Place a small piece of banana peel onto the affected area and cover with a Band Aid. The splinter will dissolve after a day or two.

8. Dirty plates or pots? Use sand to scour the worst of the dirt off and absorb the grease then rinse and wash.

9. Need fire lighters? Doritos chips or crayons will burn for a couple of minutes and will act as great fire lighters.

10. Freeze water in water bottles to keep food cool over the first couple of days and for drinking towards the end of your trip.

11. Substitute your tent pegs for solar lights to shed some light on your campsite and this prevents you from tripping over guide ropes.

12. Take out the inner cardboard tube from your toilet paper, squish it flat and keep in a Ziploc bag to ensure that it stays dry.

13. Making a cooking fire? You can make a ring of stones around the main fire and then a channel with parallel rows of stones coming off one side of your stone fire circle. This is your cooking area. Use a stick to scrape your coals over to the cooking channel. This means you can continue to generate hot coals in your fire and move them over to the cooking area when you need them. This helps you to regulate the temperature and you won’t get caught with a dying fire and an uncooked dinner.

14. Relieve itchy mosquito bites with toothpaste.

15. Sprouts: Punch a couple of holes in the lid of a Mason Jar. Add 1/3 cup lentils and 2 cups water. Leave for 24 hours and drain water. Rinse lentils twice a day and drain. In 48 hours, you will have super fresh sprouts!

16. Make your own bug spray with natural ingredients. DIY recipe here.


Here’s the latest episode of The Green Divas Radio Show for more on green and healthy living… 

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Nikki Fotheringham is the editor of Greenmoxie.com and an eco-journalist specializing in green living ideas and all things environmentally friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives with her husband and a very cute dog in Toronto. Check out her new book.

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