Soak new lantern wicks for several hours in white vinegar and let them dry before using. Propane lanterns will burn longer and brighter on the same amount of fuel.
As an emergency fire starter, touch a steel wool pad to a battery terminal. It will start the steel wool on fire.
To remove odor from an ice chest, wash the inside with hot water and vinegar, then rub the inside with a cloth dipped in vanilla extract.
When candles get too small for ambiance, wrap them in waxed paper and put them in the cupboard for later. They make the best fire starters.
Cook lots of meals (stew, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, taco meat, etc.) before your trip and put them into freezer bags . Then just heat and eat, and no clean-up.
Bring foods like pancake mix all mixed up and ready to go in a plastic freezer bag . No bulky boxes, no messy preparation, and no clean-up.
When cooking lots of corn on the cob, everyone can butter theirs quickly and neatly. Boil water and add butter. Then, just dip in an ear of corn. If it had gotten cool, the hot water heats it back up. And, when it is dipped, it comes out full of the butter that floats on the top of the water.
After roasting marshmallows, stab the forks into the dirt or sand several times to remove the burnt-on parts. Then wash as usual.
Always travel with extra toilet paper, kept in a freezer bag so it will be sure to stay dry.
Natural Camper Tips
Put a cup of unused coffee grounds in the RV refrigerator to remove musty, sour smells from storage or when food goes bad in it.
Put wads of newspaper in the RV refrigerator when your’re not using it, to keep it mildew free. Propping the door ajar will allow enough air flow to prevent mildew or odors.
Your RV freezer will operate more efficiently if it is full, and you can fill up empty spaces with bottles of water. Fill plastic drinking jugs 3/4 full with water to allow for expansion.
Take a bottle of frozen water out of the freezer if you lose power, to use as ice to keep food cold.
Take a bottle of frozen water out of the freezer in the morning when you go on a hike, and you will have cold water for drinking later in the day.
Use empty 2-liter bottles as paper towel holders on the road. Cut off the top and bottom section, then slice down the center. It will easily wrap around the paper towels and keeps them from unraveling during your trips.
If you don’t have a camper, but a pop-up or a canopy, use a bungee cord to hold the paper towel roll out of the way. Thread the bungee cord through the roll and hook both ends to a bar under the canopy. You can easily tear off sheets and it stays dry beneath the shelter of the canopy.