Water usually only penetrates the outer layers of dead wood, so your best bet is to use a knife or hatchet to strip away the damp outer layer.
Gather some kindling, dead wood that is about as wide as your finger or less.
Pine will usually make a great fire starter, the sap/resin is flammable after it is heated.
Use a sharp knife/hatchet to strip away as ...
You can orient yourself without technology in a number of ways:
moss grows on the north side of the tree (in the northern hemisphere)
the sun travels from east to west — if you know what time it is (roughly), you can roughly determine north based on the line perpendicular to the arc of the sun's path
at night, look for the Big Dipper — the two stars on the ...
I saw a Youtube video on this a while back*....can't find it now, but I'll post whatever I remember.
Basically, the way knife-sharpening works is that you shave off little bits of metal, in order to make the edge of your knife V-shaped. Ideally, you'd use a steel or a specialized stone for this, but if you don't have any, here are some things you could use ...
I actually use a pocket knife all the time, but only ones with serrated blades. Since they're serrated, you're able to keep the nail in the groove and just take off small chunks at a time.
If you have scissors or some other method, it may be preferable, but I don't think I've ever brought scissors while camping (unless it is part of a multi-function tool ...
Improvise a nail file using a rock. You can also polish your nails nicely using leather from your belt. Most campers travel with one of those multi-tool plier things, their is usually some kind of cutter that can be used and often a file also.
Use Doritos (or other chips) as a fire starter. It turns out that the chemicals, powdered flavors, and oil in the chips make the perfect combination for combustion and snack. If you change your mind, you can always eat them.
See the videos demonstrating it:
Camping Tip: A Doritos Fire [GoPro Video]
Confirmed by Mental Floss
A great way to do this is actively used by the US military in the MREs (Meal Ready to Eat). There are some available to regular civilian consumers.
Here is one such example: Mountain Oven on Amazon
Basically, they use a bag and water to produce heat via an exothermic reaction. Basically, if you have food, and you have water and you have one of these such ...
Wood shrinks when dried. Attach the head loosely and soak the head and handle in water a day or two (if completely immersed, the head should not rust noticeably). Unless the hatchet was hot enough to burn the handle, the blade should be OK.
If there is no wedge, you'll need to add one for safety, see here.
A nail file works the best. As a person going into the medical field I don't want to have to explain what can happen to you if you use one of these methods and accidentally hurt yourself. Knives are really good ideas if used properly, if not the following can happen:
Some sort of infection
Loss of limb, because of one of the above
Stop fighting the nature
Stop fighting the nature, and let it work for you: Use the large stones to lock down your tent.
Either by directly placing them on top of the edges of the tent, if possible. Or by using a variant of the sand bags you're talking about, but using rocks from the campsite instead of the sand. Depending on type of tent and weather ...
This is difficult to do if your nails are particularly thick or hard, but you can fold the nail back and forth until it naturally breaks off. Your nails also need to be pretty long for this to be manageable, but they must be or you wouldn't need an emergency trimming, right?
Be sure to leave a buffer of white, otherwise it will be hard to do and might end ...
Your watch and the sun make a perfect compass!
First, you need to make sure your watch is set to normal/winter/non-daylight-saving time. (You don't have to actually change its time, just keep in mind that during the summer months, you might have to subtract one hour, depending on your country's time politics...)
Then, hold the watch flat and let the hour ...
After first just leaning against a larger box, where the iPad kept slipping when touched, I considering using a silicone heat brick so it shouldn't slip.
Then I saw this picture frame just laying there, which when flipped around turned out to be almost of perfect width for my tablet. I then found a small box which when turned around fitted inside and gave ...
Use 95% pure ethanol, sold in liquor stores as "rectified spirits". Just a small amount is all you need. Slosh it around the container and it will pick up every last speck of water and evaporate it, leaving the interior of the container bone dry.
(1) Do not use 70% alchohol, that will not work
(2) Do not use "denatured" alcohol under any ...
The simplest way to safely trim your fingernails without nail clippers is to use your eye teeth, fingers, and a rough surface. While it sounds odd, this is how I have trimmed my finger nails for most of my life. I do not do this for my toe nails.
Please note that I leave a 2mm white section even when my nails are trimmed and trim them when then are around ...
Especially aluminium tent pegs are a bit tricky. Most metals will become harder as they are 'worked' (as in getting bent) and the initial bend when you hit the stone will have the effect that the bend itself is harder than the straight metal around it. So if you now try to bend them back in shape you will notice the peg bending left and right of the original ...
Preparation is key. Don't go into the woods unprepared. Matches are not the only answer, but if you can't build a fire without them, then look for "strike anywhere" matches. They still make them, but they are getting harder to find. Other matches require some heat and the "missing" safety ingredient embedded in the strike paper.
To prepare for camping, ...
The guide for lost people.
You are moving (by foot, by car, by whatever) through the landscape
until, well, this area does not look right....where am I ?
First and most important rule: Do not panic. Stay where you
are and think. When did you lose the track ? What is the last
location which you definitely can locate ?
Second rule: There is no "direction ...
Trail mix. Full of energy and healthy. If you do have a fire, you can save weight by boiling lake water for soup or tea instead of carrying water in. I recommend a stainless camping pot from REI or Walmart.
If you don't mind luke-warm soup, a hand-warmer using the oxidation of iron can reach ~50°C. See this PDF of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
Another heat source is hexamethylenetetramine or "hexamine", sold in tablet form. A light-weight heater can be made from a can; see Solid Fuel Burner. This site also lists some alternative fuels, such as ...
Another variant of using a plastic bag is to do as follows:
Take a plastic bag which you are just able to insert your hand into, and cut of the bottom of it, so it becomes a sleeve
Put the sleeve (in blue color) on your hand, and then wear your watch on the outside
Wrap the sleeve back over your watch, as suggested in (my perfectly drawn :-) ) image
Whenever you are hiking collect the bark of fallen birch trees (Please leave the living trees alone!). It's white, looks like paper and burns really well. I had a bag of it in my backpack when I was a camp counselor because my boss had a rule that you could only burn wood you found.
Maintain your thumb nails on both hands. When others grow up, use them to trim it. Also keep an mutual relationship with both of them when you needed. It is far better than biting. Believe me, this answer is typed with experienced hands.
My solution for storing multiple Camelbak bladders for long periods of time without any mold or mildew inside is to fill them with water and then make sure ALL of the air is bled out before storing. Mold and mildew need air to grow so if the interior has no air or bubbles of any kind, presto! Nothing will grow!
Just fill the bladder with water then flip it ...