“It is said that man can live without food, water, and other essentials but cannot survive without hope.” Keeping your mind cool and body calm is as necessary as other essential gears. So take up your cup of coffee and ready out yourself for the best camping tips to keep yourself fresh while you are out for adventure in the woods.
Hopefully, these tips and hacks will help you out to prepare well for your hiking trails and camping adventures for upcoming years.
When you are hiking or camping for the first time, it is very hard to check out the best guides and tips. You may urge to switch on the TV for watching hiking programs, listen to a podcast, review a guide, watch YouTube videos, or consult some friends and family. Here are some survival tips for camping from who have done it in the past.
Best camping tips to survive the wilderness
How to build a campfire?
By Crambles fungus
These are also known as coal fungus and easily identifiable by their charcoal-like appearance. They often found attached to dead fallen trees. This fungus is valuable for fire-making. All you need to break the fungus in half to reveal its dusty dry core and it will catch a spark from steel rods or rocks which will then begin to smolder into a burning hot ember.
Find Horse’s hoof fungus
Another fungus has similar uses as horse’s hoof fungus identifiable by its horse hoof-like appearance. The layer on top of the fungus just below the outer skin is quite fibrous and will catch a spark and smolder for a long time. So, you can either use it to ignite flammable materials or you could use it as a portable firelighter.
Dusty residue leaves
If birch bark is coming from deadfall and rotten trees then it is very difficult to ignite them quickly because they may lose oil or other flammable sources. There is one other way to get over this hurdle to use the dusty residue on fallen leaves. Just rub out some of the dust from leaves and then pore some spark on it and you will get fire immediately.
Sharping the sticks
You can use a pencil sharp and untogether fine wood and shave the inside of the stick. It should be a dry one and can make fire easily while going in wet weather on a rainy day.
Bissell plant Seeds
The seeds from a Bissell plant are a great source of getting tinder as well. Bissell plants are often found in abundance and come close together to one another so you can gather as much as you can for future use.
You may walk past feathers all the time without giving them much importance. But the fluffy young feathers do burst into flames when hit with a spark.
Dead Pine needles
Pro tinder dead pine needles are also amazing for getting your fire going. The forest floor always littered with them all year round. It can be used in fire-making crushing and resin blocks into small granules and powder will increase the chance of getting fire.
By using Fat wood
Fatwood is another name for the heartwood of the pine tree. Fat wood has the same flammable pine resin deeply soaked into the wood. So, for that reason finish shavings and sawdust from fat wood often very flammable and enough to catch a spark.
How to get insulated?
Don’t just insulate your shelter insulate yourself. For this cause a simple camping hack is that stuff your clothes with dried grass and leaves to trap your body heat in.
Camping tips and tricks for water resources
A sandwich bag
It is worth packing a sandwich bag on straw into your kit so you can gather some water. In a bag drop a water purification tablet and then drink it through the straw.
Water from moss
Water can be gathered by wringing out big bundles of moist moss it won’t be the nicest tasting water you’ve ever had but you can gather about a liter of water in 20 minutes just from harvesting and wringing out moss if rainfall has occurred recently.
Getting Water from dew on foliage
Heavy dew on foliage is a great source of water. You just have to tie rags or spare clothing around your ankles and waist and walk through the dew-covered grass before sunrise so you can wring out the water into a container.
How to waterproof a Compass?
Waterproof your gear not just your fire-making materials but your compass. There are many compasses available in the market particularly the cheap varieties are prone to let the water in if submerged. You may block the pins to read the destination accurately if any kind of water excess to the compass.
Water purifying tips for camping
Its a best practice to filter your water before you begin to purify it. As, the water may contain trace particles of animal feces, toxic plants, and mud and grit that you don’t want inside you. You can make a free tiered water filter by stuffing a bunch of ground-up charcoal into stockpiling sand on top of that charcoal and then stuffing grass on top. The grass catches the larger particles, sand catches to fine granules, and charcoal serves to absorb most chemical contaminants.
You can also create a makeshift cantina of a sheet of tin foil. Place a large smooth rock or your fist into the center of the foil then folding up the sides around it. What you essentially have is a bowl that you can pour water into and boil by the side of a fire.
Survival skills to make a better fire signal
Sometimes you need a fire when running out into the tree line and wave it about to catch the attention of an approaching aircraft, vehicle, or ship.
It’s a wise idea to pack various methods of manmade signal devices in your kit. Some good examples are whistles signal flares either handheld or rocket, parachute varieties smoke grenades, glow sticks, and signal mirrors.
Signal mirrors are often the most commonly included signal device in survival kits but don’t rely on it solely is your only method of signaling for rescue services. This is because the Sun never travels across the north side of the sky. So, you will never be able to signal to rescue services coming at you from a northern direction.
When you roll up the edges of a space blanket around some sticks what you essentially have is a giant-ass mirror that you can hold up and reflect the sunlight either onto the horizon or up towards an aircraft. This will be incredibly hard to miss from the air.
By placing living green plants or tree matter such as pine or spruce boughs over a fire can transform your fire into a signal fire. The living green materials create large plumes of thick dense white smoke.
Pinecones are free kindling gavel whatever you can find them fry them in during the beginning stages of your fire for foolproof fire fuel.
The bog from birch trees is great tinder and can quickly catch sparks.
If you need to transfer fire to another location split the tip of a stick down the middle about five inches deep. Then stuff the splitter part with birch bark in between the two sections as you can. Now, you have a signal torch that will light quickly when you need it.
How to get rid of a medical emergency at camps
The crab apple in raw forms helps you out to heal your wounds and tighten up the skin because of its antiseptic properties. All you have to do just rub the raw crab apple over a wound and let secretion heal out the process.
The primer ISM is also an effective antiseptic and found on fresh trees. Add water to granules to make an antiseptic liquid to use externally for topical treatment or to gurgle to combat throat, mouth, or tooth infections.
In the wild runs the risk of you developing intestinal infections such as dysentery and cholera, not something you want to experience. There are certain plants and trees that can help combat the effects of these intestinal infections.
If you ever are unfortunate enough to contract them a corns and oak bark are very high in a chemical called tannic acid which is an effective antidiarrheal agent amongst other things. By brewing them in hot water creates a medicinal tea that combats the effects of dysentery cholera and all manner of intestinal problems.
The blackberry plant can also be used in the same manner as used corns or oak bark.
Dandelion tea also creates a mild constipation relief.
Snow blindness is a condition caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays reflecting off the snow and into your bare eyes. The symptoms of snow blindness are a sensation of grit in the eyes, pain when making eye movements, red and teary eyes, and a headache.
The continuous and prolonged exposure to these rays can result in permanent eye damage. This is why snowboarders and skiers always wear UV protection goggles. You can prevent this condition by smearing some charcoal under your eyes to reduce glare and it also absorbs a lot of light.
Eating snow and ice will reduce your core body temperature and your body will work overtime burning calories to process.
The cold water if possible melts the summer warming heart before you drink it.
Dock leaf SAP contains a natural anti histamine. Dock leaves are often found on the head to line the tree line and quite conveniently usually not too far away from patches of stinging nettles stripping. Chew the leaf for a few seconds then rub the saliva dock mixture over is tending or bite to relieve the itching and discomfort.
The inner bark from a willow tree contains salicin which is closely related to the active ingredient in aspirin. When steeping in water provide you an effective way to alleviate the symptoms of cold and fever but most importantly is a pain reliever.
The way cattails are plant found in wetlands marshes swamps and ponds inside the sausage-like seedpod. When adding a few drops of water to the remains serves make it as shift toothpaste. The charcoal particles are abrasive enough to clean your teeth but not abrasive enough to damage them.
If there are no other medical supplies available then use a decent amount of alcohol for antiseptic hacks.
Sanitary towels make an excellent bandage since their purpose is to well soak up blood tampons also do the trick of plugging punctures or deep wounds.
By placing duct tape or a piece of birch bark over the rim of a fleshy boiled canteen full of water will reduce to chance you suffer minor burns to your lips.
How useful tin foil in camping
Tinfoil can be used as a cookware cleaner to scrape off all the dry food and prone to molding.
Placing some tinfoil over the top of your canteen will allow the water to boil quicker so you can save time and resources.
Camping shelter Hacks
The pine resin down will reduce it into wet gloopy glue that you can use to make primitive tools or punch a hole in the shelter.
Stack green branches on top of one another between the supports that will reflect the heat back at you which would have otherwise been lost to the wind.
Include a couple of trash bags into your kit. They don’t take up much space at all but worth to pick stuff like dead leaves and dry grass. The collected leaves can be used as emergency shelter bed and for fire.
A duct tape in hiking or travel kit is quite useful to give you some cordage for emergency shelters and most importantly can be used to patch up the holes in shelter.
The reflective surface of your space blanket can be useful for cold weather but also useful for hot condition because it does not let in the air and prevent to pour out the heat.
The typical Para cord of brass wire snare traps is useful to stop animal to running down to your shelter.
Camping tips for food
You should not worry about the shortage of vitamins because the fleshy outer parts of the fruits are edible and contain a lot of vitamin C.
If you are running low on food then it’s best to wait until night time to eat your food. Your body is going to be burning a lot of calories to keep you warm at night so, it’s best to give your body the fuel.
When you are planning for an outdoor camping adventure it is better to pack a lightweight backpack. As, you dare to travel through woods, mountains, or long hikes, you should not carry all the stuff in a small backpack. It is because the weight of your essentials bars pressure on the shoulder, back, legs, and foot and may break it down.
It’s not always a better experience and even a seasoned camper can have a few issues that turn your good time into a big downer. Following camping tips for beginners provide skills and tricks to survive in some unfriendly situations like shortage of food, unavailability of fire resources, water filtration system, or sometimes when you lost somewhere in the woods.