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Hang Paper Towels on a Coat Hanger

Hang paper towels the easy way at your outdoor events this summer. When you’re manning the BBQ, or watching a bunch of kids at a pool party, you don’t have time to trek back to the kitchen to grab a paper towel every time you need one. Try this: cut the […]

Estimate Remaining Daylight with Your Fingers

Estimate remaining daylight without a cell phone, chart, or even a watch! When you’re camping or hiking and need to know if it’s time to set up your campsite for the night, you can do it with your fingers. Hold your hands in front of you, fingers closed and parallel […]

Ambient Light for the Camping Tent

Ambient light is easy to create from the basic supplies you’ll already have with you on a camping trip. Attach your headlamp to a jug full of water. (You don’t have to carry a gallon of water with you–drink up and collapse the empty bottle, then stick it in your backpack, and […]

Trash Bags Make Your Backpack Waterproof

Trash bags come in handy on a camping trip or hike for all sorts of things–not the least of which is carrying your trash out with you! Here’s something else you can do with a couple of these lightweight wonders: line your backpack and make it virtually waterproof. Choose a […]

Dental Floss Can Be Used as Thread

Dental floss makes a perfect heavy-duty thread when you’re away from home. Let’s say you’re on a long hike and your backpack strap rips just a little. This can throw off your posture, slowing you down. Even a tiny tear will likely only get worse. Stop it right away with […]

Freeze Water Balloons for Your Cooler

Freeze water balloons before your next outdoor adventure. Fill them up with water (of course) and place them in the freezer overnight. They’ll make round “ice cubes” that fit neatly in between drinks, sandwiches, and anything else you want to place in your cooler. You can even line the bottom […]

Campfire Bacon Beats the **** Out of S’mores

Campfire bacon brings bacon to new heights, and it’s a whole lot more satisfying than marshmallows and graham crackers. When you’re out camping with the guys, do you really want to make something your little sister made to get a badge in melted chocolate? Didn’t think so. All you need […]

Ice Chest Cleaning Made Easy

Ice chest cleaning isn’t something you had in mind when planning your off-the-grid weekend getaway–until you opened the ice chest. What might have seemed clean last spring now smells like the bottom on a gym locker. Don’t worry–there’s no need to run to REI or Target to buy a new […]

Mosquito Bite Remedy: A Hot Spoon

A mosquito bite can get ugly really quickly: you want to scratch it–you have to scratch it–even though you know you probably shouldn’t. Here’s a hack to help quell the itch. Warm up a spoon–not too hot–under hot running water. Press the spoon against the bite. The spoon diffuses the […]

Soda Bottle Sprinkler–Easy DIY

A soda bottle sprinkler is super easy to make–you can make it with your kids or on your own, simply to stoke your childhood memories. Start with an empty 2-liter soda bottle, which will be the basis of the soda bottle sprinkler. The neck of the bottle is just about the right […]

Camping Hack: Use Doritos for Kindling

Ah, the great outdoors! Make it better by using Doritos for kindling. While you and your loved ones are enjoying an overnight camping trip, there comes that moment when it’s time to build a fire–and that’s when you find out that starting a fire is not as easy at looks […]

Camping Hack: Trick Candles Do the Trick

Camping–in the woods or on the beach–can be fun and romantic. Picture yourself and your special someone, with a nice dinner and a bottle of wine, in the moonlight. You decide to demonstrate your “outdoorsy” side and light a fire. And then the wind gets in your way. Here’s a […]

Use Hand Sanitizer for a Frozen Lock

A frozen lock on your car door can be an absolute nightmare–if the lock’s frozen, it’s too cold to stand around outside while you figure out how to get back in your car. Luckily, you can use hand sanitizer to clear the ice. Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which will melt […]

Earl Grey Teabags Relieve Sunburn Pain

Earl Grey teabags are a simple, natural way to relieve minor pain from a sunburn… What makes you look hip and helps with minor sunburn pain? Earl Grey tea, my friend. The next time you find yourself in that awkward position of answering, “What kind of tea would you like?” […]

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Remove Cherry Pits with a Lollipop Stick

Remove cherry pits before you serve a bowl of cherries and you won’t have to worry about your kids chocking on the pits–or spitting them out at their siblings. First, wash the cherries. Use a narrow-necked bottle, like a wine bottle or an old-fashioned soda bottle. If the cherry has […]

Create Font Based on Your Handwriting

Create font based on your very own handwriting. Just a few years ago, creating a font took months of work by a graphic designer. Today, you can create a font based on your own handwriting, the easy way. High tech meets low tech at a website that will walk you through the […]

DIY Nail Art with a Band-Aid

DIY nail art can be simple, fun and oh-so chic–all you need are a couple of Band-Aids. First, paint your nails with a base color. You can add a clear top-coat over the base, or over your “art” or, for a super long-lasting manicure, over both. Place the end of […]

Perfect Mascara Using a Business Card

Perfect mascara can be yours, at last. You want to coat all your lashes, from the base all the way up–but it can get messy. Try this: hold a business card at the base of your lashes. The card will absorb the extra mascara that would otherwise end up all […]

Remove Water Stains with a Hair Dryer

Remove water stains from your coffee tables, dining room table or even your piano bench (!) with the concentrated heat of your hair dryer. Cool glasses of water or hot cops of tea–along with those sippy cups full of juice that your kids love–leave a white mark on wood furniture. […]

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Hang Paper Towels on a Coat Hanger

Hang paper towels the easy way at your outdoor events this summer. When you’re manning the BBQ, or watching a bunch of kids at a pool party, you don’t have time to trek back to the kitchen to grab a paper towel every time you need one. Try this: cut the […]

Use Hand Sanitizer for a Frozen Lock

A frozen lock on your car door can be an absolute nightmare–if the lock’s frozen, it’s too cold to stand around outside while you figure out how to get back in your car. Luckily, you can use hand sanitizer to clear the ice. Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which will melt […]

Dental Floss Can Be Used as Thread

Dental floss makes a perfect heavy-duty thread when you’re away from home. Let’s say you’re on a long hike and your backpack strap rips just a little. This can throw off your posture, slowing you down. Even a tiny tear will likely only get worse. Stop it right away with […]

Estimate Remaining Daylight with Your Fingers

Estimate remaining daylight without a cell phone, chart, or even a watch! When you’re camping or hiking and need to know if it’s time to set up your campsite for the night, you can do it with your fingers. Hold your hands in front of you, fingers closed and parallel […]

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Use Hand Sanitizer for a Frozen Lock

A frozen lock on your car door can be an absolute nightmare–if the lock’s frozen, it’s too cold to stand around outside while you figure out how to get back in your car. Luckily, you can use hand sanitizer to clear the ice. Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which will melt […]

Hang Paper Towels on a Coat Hanger

Hang paper towels the easy way at your outdoor events this summer. When you’re manning the BBQ, or watching a bunch of kids at a pool party, you don’t have time to trek back to the kitchen to grab a paper towel every time you need one. Try this: cut the […]

Freeze Water Balloons for Your Cooler

Freeze water balloons before your next outdoor adventure. Fill them up with water (of course) and place them in the freezer overnight. They’ll make round “ice cubes” that fit neatly in between drinks, sandwiches, and anything else you want to place in your cooler. You can even line the bottom […]

Campfire Bacon Beats the **** Out of S’mores

Campfire bacon brings bacon to new heights, and it’s a whole lot more satisfying than marshmallows and graham crackers. When you’re out camping with the guys, do you really want to make something your little sister made to get a badge in melted chocolate? Didn’t think so. All you need […]