Nifty Ideas: Camping Part 3

Another round of fantastic nifty ideas I have discovered. You too may become inspired by these nifty things and in turn create your own. If you have any of your own nifty ideas please share them with me I'd love to learn about what is nifty to you!

We spent the Labor Day weekend camping in the Shenandoah National Park. As we spent our time enjoying the outdoors I thought about several things we use that make our camping experience enjoyable. Since we have so many favorite things I have been spreading this out over a few entries.

I use a small tackle box to store my kitchen utensils. It's an easy organized way to tote what I need around without having to dig through a large plastic bin. I use the smaller box because it has more space in the bottom to fit long handled spoons/spatulas.

I think a neat thing like one of those folding double wash basins would be handy for large families or groups to use. If you backpack a Sea to Summit basin is great. For our needs we use a small plastic tub, one that can be found at any discount store, to wash up dishes. I wash and rinse in the same tub. To help with the rinsing I use an empty (and rinsed clean) dish soap bottle which I fill up with water. Rinsing this way saves on water, all I have to do is squirt water on the dish with the excess falling into the tub, I begin with the small items and work to larger messier ones.

Using a biodegradable soap is always a good idea. Campsuds is a great multi-purpose product. You can use it to wash dishes or yourself. It is packaged in a small Nalgene bottle which means no leaks and easy to pack.

An emergency radio may not be thought as necessary on a camping trip but it is very important. We often camp in mountains which means knowing the weather is imperative. I found our Eton FR300 at Target which was perfect since there was no need to go any place special to get one. This model is one I suggest because it includes an American Red Cross emergency booklet and the Eton company will donate 65 cents of the purchase to the American Red Cross. If you don't have one you should, it's not only for camping, having a radio like this is a good idea in these times.


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