1. Sleep on a swimming pool lilo
A basic inflatable pool lilo can double as a blow-up mattress and it's cheap as chips, too. Bring some handy duct tape and you’re ready to seal any tiny holes that may appear.
2. Shower with an umbrella
Poke a few holes in an old umbrella, hang it upside down from a low-hanging branch and get a fellow camper to pour warm water in for an alfresco shower.
For privacy, hang a plastic shower curtain from the tips of the umbrella.
3. Make a bright lantern with a milk bottle
Try this quick and easy
DIY camping light using an empty milk bottle and a head lamp.
4. DIY washing machine
Make a hole in a lidded bucket and stick a clean, never-used toilet plunger through the top.
Add water and detergent then plunge away – the human-powered plunging action mimics the cycle.
Dry your clothes pegged on a piece of rope tied between two trees. 5. Natural mosquito repellent
Throw a bundle of dried herbs such as sage, rosemary and lavender on your campfire. The scented smoke will
naturally deter those pesky bugs.
6. How to avoid ticks
Make a natural tick repellent: mix one part tea tree oil with two parts water and spray it on your shoes, socks and trouser bottoms.
7. How to make a BBQ pit
Dig a hole away from trees and foliage, line it with tin foil then arrange some charcoal inside it. Light it, and then when the flames have died down and the coals are glowing, carefully place an oven grill rack over the top. When you leave, remember to be a good camper – throw away the foil and coals and fill the hole with dirt. 8. DIY firelighters
Dip cotton wool pads in melted wax – easy to make, and less crumbly and smelly than the shop-bought kind. And if you’re short on dry twigs, tortilla chips make excellent kindling.
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