Miscellaneous Tips and Advice

  • Bring postage stamps along on your trip in case you want to send postcards
  • To keep warmer – wear a hat to sleep in – 80% of heat loss occurs through your head
  • Check with the campground about security and quiet hours
  • Be respectful of others

  • For families, use a large trash can with lid for your laundry
  • Ziplock bags in various sizes can be very useful on a camping trip
  • Keep a picture of your children with you in case they get lost
  • Always have water, snacks, matches and a flashlight even when day hiking
  • Always hike with a friend, never hike alone
  • Head lamps or snake lights hung around your neck can provide a hands-free light source
  • Baking soda is useful for deodorizing tents and sleeping bags, removing stains and also as a cleanser
  • Many fairgrounds rent space for RV storage in their off season
  • A bandana can be very useful at camp
  • Use glow sticks for a bit of soft light at night
  • To increase the visibility and to avoid tripping on, mark the guide lines of your tent or tarp with foil or colored fabric
  • Use a hand truck or luggage carrier to cart your supplies to your campsite.This is especially useful if your site is a good distance from your vehicle. Also good for toting those water containers
  • Space blankets work great for unexpected cool weather. They are inexpensive and when folded up they fit in your back pocket
  • Bring dental floss – good toothpick, use as tread for repairs or emergency shoe laces
  • Always bring a roll of duct tape. It can be used for MANY things!
  • To hang a lantern, get those lightweight metal rods that are used for hanging plants and stick them in the ground anywhere near your campsite
  • A lighting alternative – Use the top portion of solar powered path-marker lamps. Hang up with chain, hooks, cord, etc
  • Use a throw rug or a piece of outdoor carpet in front of your tent to reduce the amount of dirt tracked in
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    2 Replies to “Miscellaneous Tips and Advice”

    1. The statement that 80% of body heat loss occurs through the heat is absolutely wrong. It’s a myth. According to a 2008 article in the BMJ, only 7% to 10% of body heat is lost through the head.

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