Camping season is in full swing, and who doesn’t want to sleep under the stars after a day of catching fish? Here are a few random tips I’ve picked up and tested over the years. They should help you stay sane on your next wilderness adventure.
1. Insects hide from the wind just like we do. Assuming small stinging and flying bugs aren’t your thing, pitch your tent with the door facing the breeze, since bugs often take shelter in the lee of the tent. You’ll have a far smaller critter population inside if done correctly.
2. Make a doormat for your tent. A thin, two-foot-by-two-foot piece of nylon works wonders at keeping excess dirt outside.
3. Store your sleeping bag hanging in your closet or on the back of a door. Keeping it in a compression sack robs it of insulating fluffiness.
4. Use the dryer to “reset” your rain jacket’s waterproofing. Wash gently with no fabric softeners, using the dry cycle on low, low heat. This works better than any spray, trust me. You’ll be amazed by the results.
5. Lastly, a useful tidbit: You can use an Aquaseal wader-repair kit to fix a ripped fishing net. Simply take one patch to make a backing material and spread Aquaseal on the other side. After 24 hours, remove the patch, and the aquaseal should be secure and slippery. You’ve got your net back in business, and it is safe for fish, too.