Any soda can, can be turned into a portable camp stove

 

Here's my favorite tutorial for making one of these:

Need to know how much daylight you’ve got left?

 

Instant lantern

 

Don’t bring the whole roll

 

Wrap a water bottle, lighter, utensil, or virtually anything else with about 5-6’ of duct tape, so you have it if you need it but conserve precious space and weight

Keep a DIY first aid kit in a used medicine bottle

 

Or better yet, DIY Survival kit

 

Cotton pads dipped in wax are great for starting fires

 

And chips make great tinder

 

An Altoids tin holds a remarkable amount of essentials

 

Including everything you need to charge on the go

 

There's a host of these DIY charger plans and kits available online (including some pretty awesome solar-powered ones). Pictured here is the Mintyboost, one of the more straightforward plans we've seen.

Waterproof your backpack with a trash bag liner

 

You don’t need an enormous backpack if you know how to pack properly

Like this guy.

But if you take one, know how gear should be dispersed

 

You can reuse that empty toilet paper roll… as an iPhone speaker

 

A straw makes awesome single-use toothpaste or ointment packets

 

 

Use a lighter to seal the end of the straw.

They also make good holders for spices

 

And for longer trips, upgrade to tic-tac holders

 

Forget emergency candles, a crayon will burn for about 30 minutes

 

You can waterproof a remarkable amount of things with a little beeswax

 

Ditch the pillow, all you need is a bag and the clothes you already packed

 

Or, use a ziploc as an inflatable one

 

Eliminate the tube, make toothpaste dots

 

Simply squirt out a little toothpaste onto some foil and let them harden. Collect them in a bag with a little baking soda. When you’re ready to brush your teeth, pop one in your mouth and chew it up to return it to it’s normal pasty consistency.

“Ok maps” could save your life

 

After finding an area in Google Maps on an Android or IOS device, typing “Ok maps” or “Okay maps” and tapping the search bar will store that area in your device’s cache, so it will be available for offline use (perfect if service or WiFi becomes unavailable).

Caffeine Junkie? These brew for less than $1 a cup

 

Just add water.

Pack a small microfiber towel instead

 

They’re thin, ultra absorbent, and dry quickly-- invaluable for the amount of pack-space they take.

Bring a bar of soap (for bug bites if nothing else)

 

Beat the itch from backwoods and hostel bug bites, rub a dry or lightly dampened bar of soap over the bite for near-instant relief.

Upcycle an empty plastic soda bottle into disposable utensils

 

A lanyard makes a great DIY shower caddy

 

Hang it from shower heads, tree branches, or your travel companion.

You can use dental floss to repair a ripped anything