After generations of sleeping outside, you tend to pick up a few tricks. Since 1938, REI employees and members have been creating and tuning pro tips to help make the outdoors a little more fun.
These may not change your life, but they just might save some time or impress your friends on the other side of the campfire.
1. Warm your sleeping bag with a Nalgene.
Some people were born with cold feet. To cope while camping, fill your Nalgene up with hot water and throw it in the bottom of your sleeping bag before bedtime.
2. Make your own lantern.
After sunset, turn any translucent jug of water into a translucent jug of ambient light. Just strap your headlamp to your water bottle with the light facing inward and tell your scary story that isn’t scary at all.
3. Pack the bottom of your sleeping bag with dry clothes.
If snuggling up to a bottle of hot water goes against your better judgment, try some dry clothes instead. They will soak up any moisture in the bottom of your sleeping bag and keep your favorite feet warm.
4. Line your pack with a heavy-duty garbage bag.
Use garbage can science to help keep your stuff dry. Line your backpack with a plastic garbage bag and fill ‘er up.