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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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DIY Vacuum Extension with a Paper Towel Tube

A DIY vacuum extension can come in handy when the parts that came with your vacuum just aren’t doing the trick. Let’s say you want to reach all the way under your couch or bed, or behind the t.v., without having to move the furniture around. You can make your vacuum […]

Keep Earrings Together with a Button

Keep earrings together when you travel, so you won’t have to rifle through your bag when you’re getting ready for a big event. It’s easy: just use a simple button. Insert each earring through a buttonhole and attach the back. If the earrings are “French wire” style (with no back), […]

Pack Half in Your Luggage, Half in Your Partner’s

Pack half of what you’re bringing on vacation in your luggage, and the other half in the luggage of your travel partner. And, your partner should do the same: half of his stuff in his bag, half in yours. That way, if one bag gets lost or delayed, it won’t […]

Keep Ice Cream Soft and Ready to Eat

Keep ice cream soft and ready for the whole family to enjoy with one simple trick: a freezer bag. No one likes to wait for ice cream to soften–especially kids! When you bring your favorite frozen confection home from the store, put it in a Ziploc bag before you put it […]

Keep Basil Fresh the Simple Way

Keep basil fresh for up to a week with a simple cup of water. This method is similar to keeping a bouquet of cut flowers fresh. First, trim the stems of the basil with a sharp knife. Then, place the bunch into a glass of water. Cover with a plastic […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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?” […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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?” […]

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 […]

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 […]