Rustic Luxury Camping Essentials

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Learn to start a fire without matches.

For cooking without building a firepit, or barbecue, build a Swedish fire torch. Cut a dry log and slowly burn it from the inside out to create a make-shift stove that is both effective for cooking and giving off heat. Learn How

Soak used wine corks in rubbing alcohol (stored in a sealed glass jar). Toss a couple corks under the wood before lighting the fire as a quick fire starter.

Waterproof Your Matches. Dip the first half of the match in melted wax. You can use old candle stubs or canning wax/paraffin wax for this. Dry, then dip the other half to completely seal the match.

Build your own folding leather camp stool. Learn how.

Bake Brownies In Orange Peels. Pour your favourite brownie mix (homemade) into a halved orange. Wrap in tin foil, and toss into hot embers for about 20 minutes, until cooked. Recipe here.

If cooking bacon, sprinkle a few drops of water on the sliced bacon to keep it from shrivelling in the pan.

For the fishermen: To remove fishy odour from your hands or pots, rub a splash of vinegar on them and rinse with cold water. 

When cooking over an open camp fire, place a stick across the top of pot to keep it from boiling over.

Easy potatoes: Quarter a large, organic potato. Place it in tinfoil and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary. Close the tinfoil completely and toss into the fire until soft. Serves one.

Quick dessert over the fire. Bake an over-sized chocolate chip cookie, all in one skillet. Recipe here. 

Mix 5ml lemongrass oil and 10ml eucalyptus oil with 80ml water. It is safe to spray on the body or on items inside a tent as effective, natural mosquito repellent. More DIY insect repellents.

No need for ice or coolers. Build a small dam in the riverbank and store your beverages in the constant ice cold flow of mountain water. 

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