Adventure Hacking

2010 labor day weekend 777 trip 089According to wikipedia, Life Hacking “…refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life…in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in an inspired, ingenious manner.”

Scrooge McDuck also said “Work smarter, not harder”.

Camping, hiking and all sorts of outdoor activities are great fun.  They’re even more fun when we learn and apply practical tips to avoid frustration, increase safety, decrease prep time and spend less time on the “boring stuff” by becoming more efficient.

What if we had a bunch of “Life Hacks” or “Adventuring Hacks” to help make trips easier and more focused on fun?

I’ve learned a lot of practical tips from experience, and from listening to “old timers” (who I’m steadily becoming) who are willing to share their experiences, tips and proven practices.  I’m also learning new things from the internet since more people are posting their ideas and links to nifty products that could be helpful.

Not all recommended “hacks” are worthwhile — you’ve got to balance an open mind with discernment about the utility of each recommended practice or product.

I found this article titled “41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius” at “buzzfeed” – click HERE to see the original article.  Some of the interesting items (with photos and links) that attracted me to the source article included:

  • IMGP0446Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern and use the head band to hold it in place.
  • Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder for easy lighting
  • You can repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect your roll of toilet paper (no one likes soggy TP after it’s been dropped on the ground, etc.)
  • Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.
  • Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.

I also found other articles you may enjoy:

What are your favorite adventure hacks?

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  1. Reblogged this on Troop 113's Blog and commented:

    Camping, hiking and all sorts of outdoor activities are great fun. They’re even more fun when we learn and apply practical tips to avoid frustration, increase safety, decrease prep time and spend less time on the “boring stuff” by becoming more efficient.

    What if we had a bunch of “Life Hacks” or “Adventuring Hacks” to help make trips easier and more focused on fun?

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