DIY Camping Gear: Back to Basics

DIY Camping Gear: Back to Basics

Being in nature is a very exciting experience in itself: you can be part of nature and see how it is to survive on your own, with less modern comfort. For this reason, many people prefer to improve their camping experience by learning to do DIY equipment.

It’s one thing to buy things already made on the Internet, and it’s a completely different feeling to make your own survival kit. Also, learn some tips and tricks on things that you can build on your own can be very helpful if your equipment is damaged or if you forget something at home.

DIY Camping Gear: Back to Basics

Let’s start with some of the best DIY items that you can easily do at home with basic tools and materials.

The lantern of the boy scout candle.

Things you need:

  • A can of 10 cans or a two-pound coffee can.
  • A wire hanger.
  • A one-inch nail.
  • Fine copper wire – a few inches.
  • A stick of 6 inches.
  • A piece of candle

Instructions

  1. Straighten the coat rack by cutting its ends.
  2. Cut the cable in half.
  3. Remove the lid from the can.
  4. Place the can sideways. The top of the can is now the front part of the future flashlight.
  5. Drill 8 holes in the can. The distance between the holes made in its lower part must be twice the distance between the holes made in its upper part.
  6. Fold each section of the rack in the middle to form a “U”.
  7. Insert the ends of the wires through the holes you created earlier in the can. Start from the top of the can, the ends of the wire should come out of the bottom about half an inch.
  8. Bend out the protruding ends created in step 7. They will become the legs of the lantern and secure the cables.
  9. With the copper wire, tie the wooden rod to the sides of the 2 hanger loops. This will become the transport handle.
  10. Put the nail through the center of the bottom of the can. The nail should stick out a little. You can use a little superglue to secure the nail firmly.
  11. Place the candle through the nail to hold it in place.

Applications

  • Place the lantern on a table. You can see those around you, enjoy a meal or a game of poker.
  • Take the flashlight by its handle. If you need to leave the store at night, you will have a valuable light source so as not to trip and fall.
  • Hang the lantern on the door, inside. You can use this flashlight to light up your store or the inside of your cabin. Be careful not to leave the flashlight unattended in case of fire.
  • Hang the lantern on the door, outside. Since the back of the lantern reflects the light very well, it will be able to illuminate a beautiful light for other campers who are outside.

Tyvek canvas tent

Things you need:

  • A piece of 9 x 12 feet from the envelope of the Tyvek house.
  • Yard stick / meter.
  • Scissors.
  • Marker or pencil
  • Spring clamps.
  • Cube or can
  • Tyvek tape.
  • Paracord

Instructions

  1. Cut the envelope of the Tyvek house in a rectangle with dimensions 9 feet x 12 feet.
  2. Place the spring clamps in the corners of the rectangle in case there is wind outside. Ignore this step if you are inside.
  3. Mark the location of the store’s loops on the sides and corners of this rectangle as follows:
    • Take the long edge of the rectangle and fold it in half. Make a mark on the fold that is near the edge. Pull back.
    • Take the left corner and take it to the previously created mark and fold the edge.
    • Place another small mark on this fold. Pull back.
    • Take the right corner and take it to the brand created in step 3.1. and bend the edge.
    • Place another small mark on this fold. Pull back.
    • Repeat the procedure for the remaining 3 sides of the Tyvek rectangle.
    • Mark each of the corners.
    • Using the Tyvek tape, create loops to place through each of the previously created marks:
      • Cut a piece of 3-inch tape and stick it firmly to a can so you can easily get it later.
      • Take out a piece of 5-inch tape from the roll, but do not cut it.
      • Place the tape with its adhesive side facing up under the canvas in one of the marked corners.
      • Press the tape lightly on the bottom of the canvas.
      • Pull another piece of 3-inch tape from the roll.
      • Obtain the piece of tape created in step 4.1. and paste it to the ribbon created in steps 4.2. a 4.4.
      • Make sure that the adhesive side of the short tape is placed on the adhesive side of the long tape.
      • Pull another 5-inch tape from the roll and cut it.
      • Fold the tape so that the sticky side is facing down.
      • Stick it to the Tyvek sheet, leaving enough tape under the sheet to make a loop.
      • Do this for all brands created previously.
      • Cut a piece of 10-inch paracord.
      • Insert this piece of paracord through the loop of the ribbon.
      • Knot your two ends together to get a paracord loop.
      • Repeat this procedure to make paracord loops for each tape loop.
      • Crumple the Tyvek sheet to give it more texture and reduce noise:
        • Remove the weights from step 2.
        • Place the Tyvek sheet in a large ball and then release it.
        • Go to a different part of the sheet and turn it into a ball again.
        • Repeat 2-3 more times.
        • Once the wrinkles are created, your tent is made.

        Applications

        • Using it as a makeshift shelter on an extended fishing trip.
        • Place your backpack or other tools and luggage inside to have more space in your store.
        • Use it as a shelter for your pet.
        • Use it as a fun DIY camp project with your children and sleep in the backyard.

        Sleeping bag

        Things you need:

        • Two blankets
        • Two cotton sheets.
        • One roll of velcro tape one inch wide.
        • A sewing kit.

        Instructions

        1. Sew the tape on the blankets: surface hooked outward in one and side up in the other.
        2. Work through the bottom edges and raise the sides to shoulder height. This will become a kind of envelope made of blankets.
        3. Join the bottoms of two cotton sheets. Sew them at chest height to make a sheet liner to avoid itching.
        4. Before the trip, place the sleeping bag on a waterproof cloth.
        5. Put the lining of the sheet inside.
        6. Place a rope through the middle. Their ends should extend on one foot beyond the sides.
        7. Roll it up and fold it in a “U” shape over the top of a backpack and secure it with the ropes.

        Applications

        • A reliable sleeping bag in warmer conditions.
        • A good way to prevent water from freezing during the night.
        • A shelter for your pet.
        • A decent way to carry extra supplies.

        The hobo diy stove

        Things you need:

        • A large, tall and wide can.
        • A big nail.
        • A knife or a can opener.
        • A pair of pliers.
        • A hammer.
        • Matches.
        • Tinder.
        • Small firewood

        Instructions

        1. Remove the labels from the can and wash them. Nothing flammable should be left in the can.
        2. Cut one end of the can.
        3. Cut a rectangular hole on the bottom side. This is the fuel door. The size should be 1/4 of the height and 1/6 of the circumference.
        4. Use the pliers to reduce the sharp edges. This step is optional.
        5. Using the hammer and nail, drill holes in the closed top of the can approximately 1/2 inch apart. These are the smoke exits.
        6. With matches and tinder, light a fire and feed it with twigs.
        7. Place the stove over the fire.
        8. Throw water droplets on top of the stove. If they are steamed, your stove is ready to use.

        Applications

        • Fry the eggs on top of the can.
        • Boiling water for tea.
        • Keep the fire on even when it is raining outside.
        • Have a heat source inside your store or cabin.

        The LED water purifier

        Things you need:

        • 4 Ultraviolet LEDs
        • A small switch.
        • A resistance for each LED.
        • Black tape / electrical tape.
        • A little wire
        • Small plastic or glass container.
        • A battery.
        • Welding iron.
        • Weld.
        • Wire cutters / wire strippers
        • Hot glue gun with hot glue.
        • Scissors.

        Instructions

        1. Using the soldering iron, solder the resistors and anodes (the longer ends) of your LED together.
        2. Wrap them in electrical tape.
        3. Weld all the cathodes (the shorter ends) of the LED together.
        4. Solder the anodes together on the other side of the resistor.
        5. Solder a wire on each anode and wrap it in electrical tape.
        6. Solder a small switch on the anode cable.
        7. Solder a little more wire on the other end of the switch.
        8. Place your LED in a small transparent container, leaving the switch outside.
        9. Bend the heads of your LED so they can spread the light evenly.
        10. Make the top of your container waterproof with hot glue and tape.
        11. Connect a power source, such as a car battery, but do not solder it directly to the battery.
        12. Immerse the UV LED partially in water for about 30 seconds and it is ready to use.

        Applications

        • It interrupts the DNA of microorganisms in aquariums, preventing their reproduction.
        • It is used in the treatment of water and does not leave chemical residues in the water.
        • By replacing the chemical tablets used in water purification, the LED water purifier prevents bad taste, nausea, diarrhea and headaches.

        A DIY backpack

        Things you need:

        • Stock of hard wood for the frame.
        • Nylon straps for the straps.
        • Heavy cotton canvas for the part of the cover.
        • A tin.
        • Long screws
        • Glue.
        • Members of crossing.
        • Tie
        • Buckles
        • Pads
        • Buttonholes
        • Nylon cord

        Instructions

        1. Make the frame members with strips of hardwood 0.75 inches thick, about 3 inches wide.
        2. Fit the upper and lower crossbars into the notched uprights.
        3. Glue the joints before tightening the screws.
        4. Make the straps of a nylon tape 2.5 inches wide.
        5. Sew leather or nylon straps with buckles to the straps to obtain adjustable straps.
        6. Fill the straps to make them more comfortable.
        7. Wrap the top straps around the top cross member, and secure them with an aluminum piece, punched for four 0.75-inch-long screws.
        8. Cut the back support of heavy cotton canvas.
        9. Cut and hem in an 8-inch oval hole in the top center of the panel, 3 inches below the top bent edge.
        10. Place 7 buttonholes on each side.
        11. Wrap the canvas around the frame.
        12. Seal it with a 72-inch long nylon cord.

        Applications

        • Extra space to carry your tools.
        • A great way to replace a lost or damaged backpack.
        • A good way to carry a sick pet.
        • A firm and durable package for food or miscellaneous items.

        Emergency battery

        Things you need

        • Vinegar or lemon juice.
        • Tape.
        • Foil.
        • Strong paper
        • Paper towel.
        • A bowl.
        • Copper coins
        • Bicycle light to test the battery.

        Instructions

        1. Roll the paper to fit the coins.
        2. Aluminum foil tape on one side.
        3. Make pieces of aluminum about the size of the coins, the same number as the number of coins.
        4. Repeat the step with pieces of paper towel, so that they absorb the liquid of lemon / vinegar.
        5. Fill the paper tube with a piece of paper towel, then a coin and then the aluminum until the entire tube is filled.
        6. Put a coin at the end.
        7. Test your battery.

        Applications

        • Battery of flash light.
        • Battery of the bicycle.

        The conclusion

        That said, it’s obvious that making your own team is a challenge that can be a satisfying effort, but should you do it?

        Here are the advantages and disadvantages that you should keep in mind.

        Cons

        You will need a lot of extra time

        DIY projects require a lot of time, and even if you are an expert in construction, planting or processing, you can spend a good amount of time doing things that you can buy with a few clicks or a quick visit to your local camp. Gear shop.

        DIY Camping Gear: Back to Basics

        But that is only the good side. The worst part is when you are new to DIY and you have to work very hard to succeed in getting a project correctly.

        Quality is not always first class

        Even if you do everything possible and follow the instructions in the letter, you do not have all the technological support, materials and last minute machines that are used for mass production. That means that your products are not the best they can be.

        DIY Camping Gear: Back to Basics

        For example, you can make a Tyvek canvas tent, but that will not keep you as warm as the real deal. Even the DIY stove does not work as well as a camping stove with all sorts of features included.

        Pros

        Making your own team is fun and educational.

        Of course, you may not always do it well and it takes a lot of time, but at least you’ll know it’s something you’ve done with your own hands. That’s why sleeping in a bag that you’ve made with a couple of blankets and sheets can be much more satisfying than sleeping in a bag you bought online.

        DIY Camping Gear: Back to Basics

        In addition, if you have children, you can enjoy even more by teaching them how to make their own equipment, while also acquiring fundamental notions of preparation, responsibility and teamwork.

        It is cheap

        Camping equipment made in the store is not always ridiculously expensive, but most of the time it costs more than the things you have in your home, which you can use to put together something that suits your needs and use it outdoors.

        It is a good safety net.

        Even if you buy most of your equipment already done, that does not mean you can not learn a few things before your camping trip.

        DIY Camping Gear: Back to Basics

        If the batteries in your flashlight work by themselves, you can easily make new ones with the tools and materials you have in your backpack, or even try to make a flashlight.

        That said, consider both the pros and cons and decide whether the way to do it yourself is for you or not. However, it does not hurt to know how to do some things in case things go south.

        DO IT YOURSELF

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