Camping at its best is all about the delights of fresh air, newly mown grass, prosecco from a plastic wine glass and sausages spitting on the barbecue. Naturally you don’t want piles of smelly rubbish attracting the wasps or a carrier bag of waste that keeps getting kicked over. No matter how much bunting you decorate your tent with, the fact remains that camping requires a lot of housework. “Tentwork” if you like! There are a few ways I get our tent tidy and I’m sharing the first of these today.
You want your camping waste bin to –
1. Close up
2. Not tip over
3. Be easy to open with one hand
4. Be compact for packing back into the car
This simple, cheap trick does all those things. You need one metal dry-cleaner’s coat hanger and a bin liner with a draw-cord opening.
Step 1: Take a metal coat hanger from the dry cleaner and bend it into a circle.
Step 2: Use a large bin-liner with a draw-cord opening. Hook it through and over the edge of the circular hangar.
Step 3: Pull the draw-cord a little tight and tie a knot in each end individually. You need to make sure that you leave a hole big enough to easily drop the waste through.
Step 4: Hang this from your camp kitchen or other tent hook. The opening will hang flat and closed. You can lift it with one hand to drop in your waste.
All you have to transport home at the end of your trip is one metal coat hanger. Easy!
Above is a picture of my camp kitchen setup which shows the waste bin hanging off the stand on the left side. It takes up so little space! We have a pretty big tent but one of the problems with that is how much mess everyone leaves strewn around. I spend half my holiday tidying up after the family! Do you find the same? Let me know in the comments!
Still not sure about camping? Read 13 Reasons to Love Camping.
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