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lucilledesign wrote:
ok, here is an oldie but goodie... want to keep the damp out of your tent? Get a mesh bag and fill with a bit of charcoal. hang in a corner and VOILA


WHAT?!?! omg brilliant. I never knew this!


Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:40 pm
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I like the charcoal idea - what kind though?


Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:26 am
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It's that porous quality that makes charcoal so useful, enabling it to absorb moisture, odor and dirt. Activated charcoal is the most porous of all, since it's been processed for maximum surface area. Charcoal's a natural dehumidifier, helping remove excess moisture from damp areas. i have just shared in a bag of briquets.

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Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:38 am
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I bring 2 empty gallon jugs (for water). I also bring my camping head lamp. (You know, the kind that comes with an elastic band that you wear on your head - VERY helpful in the portajanes at night when you don't have a free hand to hold a flashlight!)

At night in my tent, I put the elastic of this head lamp around a jug full of water, with the light facing towards the inside of the jug. The "lamp" gives off a nice glow and isn't too bright.

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Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:47 am
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that's very cool, and some of us take alot of water to bed with us anyway.


Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:10 pm
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nikwax cotton proofing. buy a bottle, wash a few pants on in it and your rain jacket, and then you have magically rainproofed your clothing. easy and a lot cheaper then buying rain gear/new rain gear.


Tue Jun 26, 2012 2:56 am
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I was just reading and this thought occurred to me.

Every year I bring a "pee bucket" so I don't have to leave the tent to the Janes. Usually, I take the bucket with me in the morning and go dump it. I've also tried using kitty litter.

I think this year I may try the gallon zip lock bags with some kitty litter in it and make a removable bag to take out each morning.

Gallon zip lock bags! The second best item at Fest, after Duct Tape!


Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:54 am
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I pack EVERYTHING in gallon ziplocks!


Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:32 am
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Trixie, me too! Keeps my clothes nice and dry.


Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:04 pm
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AND easy to find when all your clothes are in one giant bin lol


Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:24 pm
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ty womyn 4 all these quirky camping tips! this mayb my 1st & last fest this yr. i have read lots of posts here this mo. & i know my 1st X @ fest wouldn't of been so complete w/out all of ur experiences @ prior fests! i am so excited about being on land only vacationing w/ womyn! c u all soon! :)


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these are so great!

said it before, and i'll say it again - big plastic cup with your shower stuff, for really thorough rinsing!


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i always pack my clothes (and anything else that shouldn't get soaked the first day) in waterproof bags or those compression sacks. takes up a lot less room and if it rains, you don't have to worry about a wet sleeping bag or wet clothes. plus there is more room for fun stuff.

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My quirky tip: I had a whole heap of used/broken/useless CDs and DVDs lying around. I Gorilla-glued them together with the printed sides in and the glossy, reflective sides out. They catch the light really well, especially at night, so they are my new tent markers, strung on fishing wire. Easy, light and thin to pack, costs = $0.00. My kind of tent bling.


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Another tip: I close up my sleeping bag whenever I go to the janes, and when I get up in the morning. For some reason, it seems like the damp gets in it if I leave it exposed to the air.


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