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Whether you like hiking, camping, going to a cabin--whatever! Chances are you might need to start a fire, and while that can be done with lighters, sometimes, it can be difficult to pack and be sure that you'll have everything you need. So, here's some tips on how to put together your own fire starting accessories! Some will start the fire, others will just help it burn! If you pack any (or all) of these, chances are you won't be left stranded or without a way to get a fire going! 1. Buy strike anywhere matches, and glue sandpaper to the top of your match box! If you do this, you'll be able to strike your match right there, but you don't have to deal with buying match boxes. And, the sandpaper will wear out much slower than a traditional box in most cases! 2. Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax. You can then use this to really get your fire going (though, you'll still need something to light it with!) Find out the full details of how to make one here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Better-Sterno-Alternative/ 3. Cotton swabs or pads dipped in wax become instant campfire starters. Lightweight. Great for backpackers/thru hikers! OR... 4. Cotton balls dipped in Vaseline! Check the video to compare the two (on slide #3). 5. Waterproof your matches--just in case! You can use Shellac to waterproof normal matches but doing a drip & dry technique. These should become your "emergency" matches for when you get socked, and your regular matche supply is ruined. Find out the full details of how in this blog post: http://briangreen.net/2009/11/camping-classic-waterproofing-matches.html
@treedweller Likewise. I just keep about 10 like this in the bottom of my bag or tackle box, just in case.
@yakwithalan there's really just no reason not to have an emergency supply of matches you're positive will work.
I don't worry about waterproofing all my matches, but I waterproof just a few so that they can be kept for the really big emergencies when absolutely everything is going wrong.
@hikaymm Use any of the tips wherever the help!
Stealing the match case sandpaper tip just for around the house--thanks!