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Joined: Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:11 pm
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Location: Miami Beach, Florida
OK so you saw something for your campsite, but it was too expensive, so you made one yourself. OR you just thought of a helpful camping idea and made this gizmo. What was it?
Last year I loved the idea of the "weed cloth" for a mud-mat out side my tent and have brought a piece everytime I go camping. What's your latest idea or project?
I just finished turning a perscription pill container into a waterproof match container with the striking strips glued to the lid.

Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:28 am
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Joined: Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:41 pm
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Location: WA
If you've got a pill bottle or film can you can not only fill it with whatever - sewing kit, safety pins, etc- but you can wrap around it a stash of useful tape- electrical tape, strapping tape, masking or duct tape depending on the width.

Contact lens cases with screw or snap tops can hold just enough of gooey toiletries: toothpaste, deodorant gel, sunscreen, Neosporin, arnica gel, like that. Use various colors if you have 'em, and label them: don't want to brush teeth with deodorant....
Learn how much product you actually use in a week. A veritable pharmacy can fit in a little ziplock bag. (The "snack" size are good for lots of things.)

Contractor Bags - like black trash bags but only the 3-mil thick ones- are good for so many things. Until you open one for use, it takes up almost no space. Tuck one in the side pocket of your day pack, and one in the outer pocket of your suitcase. In one of those Michigan downpours; you're "covered". Outside your tent, the bag conveniently forms a "garage" for dirty laundry, extra gear of various sorts, empty luggage (NOT food- raccoons can get it).

Shower-curtain hooks, the metal clip kind, make great hanging hooks for dish bags, toiletry bags, etc.
Nancy's yogurt tub, the big one, with lid, is perfect tent potty.
"Sports Towel'? Save your money: just wipe with a washcloth, wring out, repeat. You can get dry enough you only then need a dish towel, if that.
Lock n Lock plastic food boxes double as dinner plates, and don't spill if you need to grab food for later.
Multi-uses galore for a sarong, a bandana.
Quick cheap rain cover for a small tent: clear plastic dropcloth for about a buck in the paint department, plus a handful of clothespins to clip it to your tent. Not elegant, but no rain will come in the top of your tent!
Not only does inventing crafty solutions save you money, but it's less Stuff that has to get manufactured and shipped around...

Sun Mar 10, 2013 12:47 am

Joined: Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:11 pm
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colleen - you're brilliant - thanks, not only for the tips but for the 'minimalist' solutions.

Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:50 am
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