Hike BreakThis is our collection of tips, tricks and ideas that have evolved from many years of outdoor adventures. Whether you are a first-time car-camper or an experienced adventurer, there is something here that will enhance your camping skills and abilities. Use these outdoor hacks to make your adventures less chaotic and, hopefully, more enjoyable!

  • How Traveling Can Boost Your Brain Power
    By: Jamie Strand (forceps@scicamps.org), July 2018 Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a hamster wheel, going around and around, accomplishing the same things (or nothing) over and over? Sometimes, a change in environment is just the ticket to give you a new outlook and improve your performance. Here are just a few of the many reasons why travel affects your mental health - this means you should actually use those vacation days that are piling up! Enhances Creativity Foreign experiences out of your normal environment increase your cognitive functions and your ability to make connections between various pieces…
  • Camping Safety Tips that Ensure You Make the Most of Your Outdoor Vacation
    By: Jamie Strand (forceps@scicamps.org), 2017 Before leaving for your trip, it’s important to become knowledgeable about camping safety tips. Be aware of everything from how to prevent forest fires to how to hike safely to what safety items to include when packing. While you hope emergencies won’t arise, it’s better to be prepared in the rare event that they do. Also, as the U.S. Forest Service states, “The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip.” Another key piece of pre-travel preparation is to ensure your home is safe and secure while you are away.…
  • 8 Awesome Free Online Outdoor Resources
    Maps, trails, gear, and inspiring podcasts - this is our list of awesome free online outdoor resources!
  • Camping & Backpacking Supplies
    Don’t waste your time repackaging supplies for your next camping or backpacking trip. Most convenience stores have a Travel Aisle stocked with carry-on size necessities. Most items are $1 apiece – no repackaging necessary!
  • How To Pitch your Tent like a Pro
    Sharpen your tent pitching skills with this list of Tips & Ticks.
  • Down Jacket Pillow
    Rest your head on a comfy down pillow when sleeping in the wild by stuffing a down jacket inside a pillowcase or stuffsack.
  • Mini-Furnace – Hot Water Bottle in a Sock
    Use this mini-furnace to keep kids warm in stroller or sled when hiking in cold temps: Fill a water bottle with boiling hot water, wrap a heavy-weight wool sock around the bottle. Works great in sleeping bag too!

Did we miss something? Send us your favorite outdoor hacks, we love to learn new tricks! And if it’s good stuff, we’ll add your ideas to our list (yes, we will give you credit).