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I really like that idea THEMEOF 79 !!! I'LL HAVE TO TRY IT NEXT SEASON.
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Make up a Smore' Box!
Get a nice container big enough to lay out your Chocolate, Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, and did I mention Chocolate for easy assembly. Then when the fire is Just Right you can bring it out and start Roasting without fumbling with wrappers and bags.
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FLUTTERFLI, it was a Great Week!! Safe traveling, Great weather, Everyone returned healthy and happy! Our new tents were nice, the food was delicious, and we all had a Great time!
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THEMEOF79, HOW DID THE CAMPING TRIP WITH THE YOUTH GROUP GO ???

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emoticon Love this thread. I've picked up some great tips and added supplies to my running list .

I plan to put a couple of roll up organizers in our tag-along. I could actually use 3 or 4 and use up the same amount of vertical space. They hold so much.

Most of us love to take pictures. Then we look back at them and wonder where we took them, when, and who are those familiar strangers in them? Note them in a little pocket spiral notebook so that when you print them out or download them you have a record.

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My favorite tip is to prep all the food as much as possible in your home kitchen. Then you create less waste at the campsite. Also you have less work to do while camping.

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I winter camp in the Poconos. Since I'm not in it all the time, and don't want to pay to heat it all the time, I camp with it winterized. I have heated tanks so I can still use those. I typically would use a 30 cup coffee pot as a hot water heater for doing dishes. That put a lot of water in my tank. I started doing something this winter. I used spray bottles to wash my dishes. 1 was filled with water and some detergent. The other with plain water. I'd spray the dishes with the soapy water, scrub them clean and then rinse with the other bottle. It worked great for my basic dishes. For pots and pans I heated soapy water in them (after wiping them out) and used that water to clean them and any greasy dishes I had. :) Didn't need to dump the tanks at all this winter!

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Yes the bags are a great idea. And thanks for the tip on the Flex Seal Spray. I don't have a use for it now, but someday I might. Although my Son just got a camper so I will let him know :)

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I like to use the reusable grocery bags for transferring stuff to and from the RV. I keep a bunch handy at home and some in the RV. Works great!

Also, keep a can or two of Flex Seal spray just in case of vent leeks or other emergency leaks! You can buy them at Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. Probably any hardware store.
Soooo handy! My hubby and I had a vent crack in the bathroom late at night during a strong rainstorm and we had to spray the vent while out camping the next morning so we could finish our camping trip without our bathroom flooding with water! lol

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I really like the idea for the glow sticks. I use them a lot too ! Even when we take Olivia to a concert with us. Of course kids love them !!!
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Anybody have a new tips on camping, especially for camping in a Travel Trailer ???
My biggest complaint in our camper is not enough closet space ! I did end up getting a shower curtain rod and putting it up in our shower. We hang jackets, and shirts, tops, and what ever else we need too. I put our dirty clothes basket in there, our shower baskets and stuff just to get out of the way.
Even though we are now in a permanent site and have full hookup, our shower is still our closet ! By necessity !!! Showers in the campground are spotless etc. So we don't mind using them at all !
Plus we have to put our kitty ~ Spirit's litter box in the bathroom, so it limits the room in there. I hate having it there, but there is absolutely no where else to put it !!! Any ideas on that one would be appreciiated ! Spirit is really good when were camping. We have no one to take care of her while were gone, so we had to start taking her. She loves it, She runs from window to window when she sees the birds, squirrels.
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I want an LED frisbee!

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I've used the glow sticks, we purchased large ones when we were camping in trees and it really helped. The LED frisbee sounds like much fun.



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Hi! I'm new to the group just reading through most of the posts. My family and I camp and ATV ride quite a bit out in the middle of nowhere (desert). One trick I use is the glow stick bracelets - I put two together and around my little dogs neck at night. That way when we are sitting around the fire or if you let them go to the bathroom you can always watch over and see exactly where they are. Also, we have an LED frisbee that is pretty fun to play with when you have a flat open space. Camping in the fall / winter it gets dark early so you have to find things to do in the dark!
**You can get the bracelets in a pack for $1.00 at Target or Micheals almost year round.

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We have that issue too Shara....so much so our friends call us up to see when we'll be camping just so they can plan their weekend for indoors or out!!

The black bags can also serve as tarps in a pinch to cover things if necessary.

One thing I try to have on hand every campout are glow sticks. They work as nightlights for the little ones or can become a game in the dark for the older ones. You just never know!!!

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Thanks for the extra ideas for camping! I'm always on the look out for what others have done.

Here is a tip...bring a roll of LARGE black bags.

We are known as the campers who bring rain. The black bags come in handy if you are packing up in rain, or the gear is still wet from an earlier rain. Stuff your gear in these bags instead of your normal bags. What this does is it keeps your gear bags dry without worrying about mildew...and it is a lot faster to throw things in a big bag while it is raining.

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My tip is to have a mat outside the opening of the tent. That way when I go inside my tent I can sit down with my feet outside, take off my shoes and not drag in dirt. I also have something to kneel on when I'm looking in the tent for something or when I come out, before I can stand up. My tent isn't large, so I cannot stand up inside it. I also always have a huge tarp that I can put over the tent if I think it may rain or if it is going to get down to 0C or below. Tarps are great to keep inside the tent warm when it's cold and of course, for rain. I always pack some kind of quick food that doesn't need a grill or fire, in the event that it rains and I cannot cook.



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What a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!!!

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We were on a long camping trip last summer and I used the Purex sheets too! I absolutely LOVED the convenience!

We like stir fried veggies along with meals, so we chopped and sealed enough for each meal with a vacuum sealer. They stayed fresh for days! No chopping on the camp site=less prep time and less clean up!

I also bought bagged salads and used the vacuum sealer with them as well...they stayed fresh, fresh, fresh!!

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What a great thread! I really found some things I will use on here! My addition isn't so much a tip as a fun thing to do. My son received a marshmellow gun that he loved so much my Husband decided to make 1 for everyone who was camping with us. Adults & children all had a gun made of PVC it was great out in the field hidding behind trees. The best part is the wildlife eat up the mini marshmellows that don't get picked up! It is so much fun!




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What an awesome thread! I loved reading everyones suggestions. One thing I always bring are baby wipes. Usually in one of the soft plastic packs with the snap lids: we get ours by the case as BJ's, but you can get a single pack at walmart too. They come in handy for faces, feet, hands, bathroom use, whatever, if you can't get to a shower to clean up. We started bringing mess kits with us for girl scouts, and took them with us for the last camp trip I took with my sister: it kept us green, without having to buy a ton of paper plates or bowls, and clean up is easy. We keep them in a lingerie bag that I bought from walmart, and decorated with different styles of ribbon. That helps identify whose is whose without having to try to write on the bag with a permanent marker.

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my mom always sliced potatoes, added butter and mrs. dash.then wrapped them in heavy duty foil and put them by the hot coals. they always tasted to yummy. one year she made me dip matches in hot candle wax to water-proof them. i never thought about using the dryer sheets for mosquito repellant (i will have to remember that camping with my little one) but i've always kept them in with our clothes to keep them smelling fresh til we got home. if you are camping with children they make great kindling gatherers. and the last thing i can remember from my youth is that my mom would always buy the just add water pancake shaker conatianers (last time we went i just used my own container and some mix i had at home).

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I carry the purex laundry sheets that go from washer to dryer. They are wonderful! Very inexpensive and very space saving! We always end up camping in the rain so I end up doing a lot of laundry. lol



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That is a great idea Carrie. I wish I had thought of that back when we had a pop up. Heck, we didn't even have a slide on our pop up.

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We have a pop up and even though it has a slide out there's not a ton of floor space. We bring 3 stackable wire shoe racks and set them outside right next to the step. This is where we put our shoes. This way we don't track dirt inside and we don't take up valuable floor space with all our shoes.

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To make several omelets at the same time put 2 eggs in a ziploc and let everyone put in their own add ins (onions, dill, ham, cheese, etc). Then you put all the bags in a pot of boiling water for 13 minutes. Everyone gets a perfect omelet, you can all eat at the same time and it's easy clean-up.

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Now that's a good idea!!

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Since cooking on open fire or grill sometimes dries out meat, we marinade all of our meat when it's purchased then freeze it in the marinade. The ice crystals poke the meat and actually make the meat more tender when it thaws and the long time with the marinade makes it very juicy.

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we are tent campers so need to really pare down what we take.
Ziplocks are a must - they stand in for mixing bowls, storage etc.

We also like to freeze everything we can ahead of time - especially juice boxes! THis way they act like ice packs (with out the leakage) and make sur ethe juice is cold when we want to drink it.


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I got a bunch of those super jumbo size ziploc baggies. We each get one for our clothes. I use one for towels. They're also great for shoes, books, games, almost anything. They fold up small if they get emptied, and they keep everything dry and clean. They're sturdy so you can use them year after year.

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Those are good tips TARAWAY23, I never thought of using the velcro that way, though we have a camper now, but we do have a screen tent.
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Excellent tips TARAWAY23.

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When tent camping we used a 5 gallon water cooler I filled with hot water before we left. This was what we washed with and the soap I put in a knee high and tied it to the water cooler handle. An easy soap on a rope. You can suds up through the material. Now we use the soap on a rope on our outdoor shower of our 5th wheel. Fits right inside with the shower hose.

Another tip - Velcro works great on a broken tent zipper. Takes some sewing but it seals like a dream.

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I've left bread in the camper before but the leftovers in the microwave had to be bad.

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Although our camper is stationary, I have a checklist at the door as we are leaving to make sure the air vent in the bathroom is closed, the trash out, dirty clothes in car, etc. Sure helps knowing that as we leave everything is completed so that the next time we go there are no surprises. Another item on our list is make sure the microwave is empty. One time I was heating up leftovers and some of our friends invited us over for lunch. Two weeks later when we returned the aroma was very strong, it took about 30 minutes to locate the very spoiled leftovers.

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When we are low on space or roughing it, I mix my dry ingredients for each recipe and put them in a ziploc bag labeled for the recipe. We also freeze anything we can to use to keep the cooler cool. Even our water bottles. It saves buying ice, at least when starting out. You can cook almost anything with a dutch oven.

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Pre-cook ground meats, vacuum seal and freeze. Saves lots of time.

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My lists are all in Word, too. Very handy.

Tie wraps are a great thing to carry. We also take along sample bottles of shampoo, toothpaste, & such.

If you're between luxury & toughing it, you might want to consider buying a jump pack. With one of these, you can then buy all sorts of things to use for portable power. You can also buy things that use the DC power from the cigarette lighter in your car: hair dryer, curling iron, blender, TV, toaster, coffee maker.

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Mrsfixit ~ We have two of the pop up trash cans for that very reason.

Grammacruiser ~ Great thread!!

Flutter ~ I do the same thing with list. It’s on Word so I just print one out before each trip.


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It is a non-typical elk, they aren't real common, but this one is a record holder. Thanks, I have never been to Ohio emoticon

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GRANDMACRUISER, I love the pictures on your sparkpage! One question ? What kind of deer, elk or animal is that with the antlers??? Your so lucky to be living in Colorado. I live in Ohio and I we do have some pretty country here, but not in comparison to where your at.

Now as for some tips ~
For our long forks for marshmallow and hotdogs etc., We bought pvc pipe, (we used 4ft. and 2 end caps to fit the ends of the pipe. Buy it long enough to fit the forks, plus a little longer. Glue one cap on one end of the pipe. Drill a hole in the other cap , in the center, and put a 1/4x20 by 2 inch long bolt(hex head bolts), 2 flat washers, one lock washer, two 1/4x20 hex nuts for you handle to pull it open. I put contact paper around the outside just on the pvc pipe, not the ends, to match our camper. It keeps them dry and all in one place. And you don't have to worry about anybody getting stabbed with them.
For a hamper, we bought one of those fold up, pop up hampers, it only cost $2.00~$3.00 at a flee market.
It's great cause it takes up no space cause it folds flat!
As for the lists, I totally agree. I put each of our camping lists in microsoft word, so all I have to do is print it out for each trip.
Thanks for all the tips below. If I think of anymore, I'll post.
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Take along some dryer sheets to keep the mosquitos away.

Have a master packing list & another for camp set-up & tear-down. You'd be surprised how many people drive off with a TV antenna up on their camper or still hooked up to water or electric.

Have something fun to do if the weather turns bad.

Take a laundry bag along to keep your dirty clothes separate & always make sure they're dry before putting them in the bag.

Dawn Power Dissolver works wonders for removing cooked on food.

Bungee things in your RV fridge to keep them from moving around. You can also bungee cabinet drawers & such that may have a tendency to open when traveling down the road.

Take a small, fold-up rake to clean up your camp site before you leave.

You can buy pop-up trash cans (cheap at The Christmas Tree Shop), & using more than 1 can let you separate trash from recyclables.

Donna (Upstate NY)

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Wow, those are great ideas.

Gail

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Be yourself, everyone else is taken.
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Don't make excuses, make changes.

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always pack a hatchet, knife, fishing line that way you can set a snare for catching a rabbit or bird to eat. I put a medicine bottle with hooks and sinkers makes it easy to carry yet handy as it floats encase you drop in water.
coat your matches with wax to keep them from getting wet .

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I thought it would be great to share some camping tips with each other. One is, putting liquid soap on the bottom of your pan before putting it over a camp fire to prevent burning the pan and easy wash up. Another one of my favorites, we will pack everything on our ATV's and go the backwoods for a few days. I just take my eggs and crack them all in a jar, put them in the cooler and the yokes won't break. When you are ready, just pour as many as you want into your pan.

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