5 Hill Country Camping Hacks You Can’t Go Without

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The definition of “camping” has morphed into many forms over the years. Some “camp” with an RV or camper, wheeling their home around with them where ever they may go. Others “glamp,” making use of fancy house-like tents with all the comforts of home, in the wilds of the wilderness. Then there are those who “camp” with a good ol’ tent and sleeping bags under the bold stars of the Texas Hill Country. Whether an experience outdoorsman or a novice these 5 camping hacks will make your next trip a true Hill Country Adventure.

1. Sage Insect Repellent

5 Hill Country Camping Hacks You Can’t Go Without

Photo: PinterestToss a little sage on your campfire to ward off Mosquitoes

The Texas Hill Country is full of useful plants and critters for us to explore, and many have incredible benefits. When camping, it is important to acquire the knowledge necessary to distinguish the differences between the beneficial and harmful plants you may find in the Texas wilderness. One plant you should always know when camping is Sage.

Known as a natural mosquito repellant, a bundle of sage on a camp fire will go a long way to making your relaxing camping trip, much more peaceful without the constant buzz of our Texas-sized flying leaches harassing you.

Sage takes on many forms across Texas, but most grow in well-drained limestone soils, in sunny prairies, hillsides and slopes from northern Texas, to Mexico, and west to New Mexico. Remember, when camping in a Texas State Park, scavenging is strictly prohibited, plan ahead and bring some from a local field or maybe from your own garden.

2. Dryer Lint Fire Starter

5 Hill Country Camping Hacks You Can’t Go Without
Photo: Jeromy Kusch, Dryer lint makes a great fire starter

The mundane task of doing laundry may take on a new found purpose with this next camping hack. The vague grayish colored fluff we discard from our dryers could provide a life-saving fire the next time you go camping.

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