Burning your food usually sounds like a bad thing, but not when it comes to starting a fire. Many chips are made of hydrocarbons and fat, both of which are highly flammable. Kind of makes you wonder why we eat the delicious snack… but to each their own!
Toilet Paper Rolls & Dryer Sheets
When you fill a toilet paper roll with dryer sheets, you will have a perfect DIY fire-starter ready to go. You can also use dryer lint instead of sheets. Think twice before throwing out those supplies!
Don’t throw these away after happy hour. Give them a new purpose by tossing them in a sealed container and soaking them in rubbing alcohol. Leave them in the container until you need to light a fire. They are super small and lightweight to carry if you’re on the go.
No cake required here. Head to the store to stock up on inexpensive birthday candles and wax paper. Wrap each individual candle in wax paper and twist the ends to close. Light the ends of the wax whenever you’re ready and you’ll have a sizzling fire in no time.
Everyone has duct tape lying around somewhere, but if you don’t already have a roll in your RV, it might be time to head to the store. Duct tape can be used for a huge variety of things, including starting a fire. Just rip up a few small pieces of tape and light them on fire to be used as kindling.
Petroleum Jelly & Cotton Balls
Cover a few cotton balls in generic or branded petroleum jelly and (when lit) you’ve got yourself a guaranteed fire. Cotton alone burns very quickly, but the petroleum jelly slows down the process significantly, allowing your fire to build strength.
When you’re in a camping setting, having hand sanitizer should always be a packing necessity to keep clean in the great outdoors, but it can also be used as a fire starter. If you put just a little hand sanitizer on a cotton ball or tinder you will see flames quickly due to its alcohol content.
*Disclaimer: Please follow all state and local laws and regulations regarding fire restrictions and safety. Be aware of drought and brush conditions, always monitor your campfire, and be prepared with a bucket of water to extinguish it fully at the end of enjoyment.