There is something adventurous about camping. Finding new plants, seeing small creatures scurrying about, and hearing wild animals as they prowl is genuinely a significant part of appreciating your comfy bed at home. 


Oops, did I just say that? Honestly, though, camping can be very rewarding and consoling when you have taken the proper steps to prepare yourself for the different side of life that nature presents.


Our comfort level has been skewed by never having to wish for anything. This season, look for the true meaning of experiencing camping by preparing yourself for improving yourself for the pitfalls that camping can bring.

1. Bug Spray

Who wants to smell like a bottle of sticky Deet while trying to enjoy the joys of the wilderness? You are trying to get away from chemicals and unnatural products found at home. Make your natural bug spray, and never go back to the ugly commercial sprays again.


Gather these essential oils:

  • 30 drops Tea Tree Oil essential oil
  • 20 drops Pine Needle essential oil
  • 20 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
  • 30 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 40 drops Citronella essential oil
  • 20 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 40 drops Sweet Orange essential oil

** Buy all of your essential oils from recognized sources and brands and always consult with your physician before using them yourself or in children under two years old.


Using a 2 cup bottle, add:


  • 1/4 cup cheap vodka
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sunflower lecithin


and the above essential oils

Cap and shake the bottle.

Lecithin helps to combine the oils.


Spray over skin, clothing, shoes, socks, or hair. This recipe is safe for humans, dogs, cows, and sheep. Avoid using this with cats or pet rabbits.


If you want to use this mosquito spray for children under 5, use half the amount of essential oils in the blend and only use 100 total drops. So instead of 30 drops of tea tree essential oil, you’d just use 15 drops.


The bad part is that essential oils will lose their potency after about an hour so use it frequently. And don’t forget the sage when sitting around the campfire. Just remember, if you have sensitive skin or have doubts about how your skin might react to any essential oil or substance, consult your physician or dermatologist. Don’t forget to do a sensitivity test in a bit of area of your wrist before moving into more significant areas of your body. Please avoid mouth and eyes.

2. Fire-Starting Hack

During the busy camping season, you may find kindling wood hard to come by. The ingredients found in corn chips are just the thing for starting a fire. Sprinkle a handful of chips on your campfire and watch the flames come to life. Any chips that have corn added like Doritos will do. The avid camper will think ahead and start saving those bags of crumbs in advance of their next camping trip.

3. Old belts

You may think that all of those new belts need to go in the trash but always think ahead to camping. Most belts are made of leather and almost indestructible material. You can tie them together for pulling logs, dragging equipment, or hanging from a tree to keep your cookware clean and dry. Plastic ziplock ties will keep them secure.

4. Paper Plates

The amateur camper will take a package of paper plates, serve up meals, and pray that they do not get wet. However, the seasoned camper will bring along a pile of frisbees to play with and serve plates. A quick wash will make them as good as new. Just remember to keep away from the campfire.

5. Smelly shoes

There is nothing worse than crawling into your sleeping bag and being woken by the smell of stinky shoes. It is an evil that comes along with camping. If your hiking boots do not have removable insoles, buy a pair. Take them out at night and use your dirty clothes to stuff in the shoes to promote drying time and keep the dirty feet smell from floating around your tent. Hang your soles on your belt hanger that you made for a fresh outdoor smell.


Make your next camping trip to Utah State Park Campgrounds a fun memory. Throw out the irritations that can quickly ruin a trip by following these five hacks. Utah has some of the most enlightening and attractive natural landscapes that you will ever experience. Prepare for a great camping trip by looking for shortcuts that can save time and make your adventure more enjoyable.

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