If you live in Central Oregon, chances are your hobbies include hiking or camping, or both, and with the many options for both within just a couple hours of home, how could you not? With a summer full of adventure and fun ahead of us, here are some hiking and camping hacks we love, and hope you will as well.


Homemade Tick Deterrent-  Put 1 part tea tree oil to 2 parts water in spray bottle and spray on shoes, socks, and pants to keep ticks away.

TP Holder- To protect your toilet paper, use an old plastic or metal coffee tin to store it in. You can even slice a small opening on the lid to pull TP through.

Storing Spices- You can use either a pill box, or other small containers such as tic tac boxes to store your spices, and label with permanent marker.

Easy Coffee- Place a scoop of coffee grounds in a coffee filter and tie closed with floss or string like a tea bag, for easy coffee. Instant coffee is another option, though it may not taste as good as your daily brew.

Soap- Peel a bar of soap with a vegetable peeler for single, personal use soap pieces. You can also rub soap pieces on mosquito bites to relieve itching.

Quick Pancake Mix/ Eggs- Pre make your pancake mix, or scrambled eggs, and put in a bottle or glass jar, and keep cold. They are easy to grab from cooler and just cook up.

Keep Bugs Away- If you put bundles of sage in the fire, it will help deter mosquitos.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls- You can put individual cinnamon rolls from a can each in a hollowed out half orange, wrap in foil, and cook over the fire, just keep from direct flames.


Mini First Aid Kit- You can put some small first aid essentials in a small tin or pill bottle to save room in your pack.

Biodegradable Tape- If you are not hiking on a very obvious trail, you can use biodegradable tape to mark your way to avoid getting lost.

Duct Tape Storage- Since duct tape can be used for so many things while hiking, it’s great to have but can take up a lot of room in your pack, so wrap some around your water bottle, or another container, and you can rip off pieces as needed.

Waterproof your Stuff- For small stuff you don’t want getting wet in rain, or if you slip into a creek, places valuables in plastic, double zip bags to protect. For clothing and backpack, spray with a heavy duty water repellant.

DIY Fire Starter- Keep a baggie with vaseline covered cotton balls to use as fire starter, just in case you need them. They are not only convenient, they don’t take up much room at all.

TP- Take the cardboard out of your toilet paper rolls to pack it flat. This way you can bring 2 rolls, taking up as much space as one roll usually would.

Keep Spare Clothes in Car- You may not realize how much you want to get out of your hiking clothes until you have some clean extras in your car for when you get back to it.

Pinterest is full of camping and hiking hacks, checklists, essentials. There are also plenty of websites and blogs that are packed full of info.

Happy Adventures!
The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty

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