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4+ Surprising Camping Tips That Make Life Easier

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There’s only about a month left until fall starts – which means these camping tips need to be taken advantage of ASAP!

When it comes down to it, there’s nothing like camping out in the great outdoors. Nothing but a tent and Mother Nature around you. Nothing but the starry night sky and the moon to guide your way.

However, although the camping experience is great on its own, there are always things that can make it more enjoyable. These practical tips can help you keep the wilderness experience, while eliminating some of the more annoying (or inconvenient) aspects.

So before it’s too late, grab your tent and duffel bag and take advantage of these…

4+ Surprising Camping Tips That Make Life Easier

Dealing With Bugs: Fire Additives

This is the age-old frustration when it comes to camping. Everyone wants to be in the wilderness, but few are willing to put up with all the annoying insects and accompanying bug bites… at least for long.

Thankfully, there’s a variety of ways you can lessen the annoyance of those infuriating bugs. One of which is by adding fresh sage to your campfire. This uses sage the spice – not sagebrush, which is common around the U.S.

Simply go to the store and buy the cheapest sage you can find off the spice rack. Then light your campfire, and sprinkle some sage onto it every so often. This will help keep bugs away, and will make your campfire smell delicious.

Another helpful fire additive is cow pies (aka manure). Oddly enough, cow pies don’t stink while they’re burning. However, they do a great job of keeping the bugs away. In fact, the early settlers and pioneers were famous for burning buffalo manure when they needed a source of fuel. (Keep in mind droppings from deer, elk, and other animals will also work well).

Although perhaps not conducive to the “traditional” camping experience, citronella torches can also do a great job of keeping the bugs at bay. You can even get creative by burning the citronella oil in a lantern or kerosene lamp (it works just as well). And if you don’t have either of these, you can always add a few drops of citronella oil to the liquid wax on top of your already-burning candle. Easy as that!

Dealing With Bugs: Lean Into The Wind

Finding a windy spot can also work well to keep the bugs at bay. Sure, it’ll make it more difficult to set up a fire. But if you can set up your tent and have what you need, you’ll be much happier (and insect-free).

Packing The Toilet Paper

Toilet paper will be a huge luxury when SHTF. As such, you can’t afford to mess up when it comes to storing this stuff.

One surefire way to keep toiler paper dry is by keeping it in a coffee container (such as a giant plastic Folgers one). You can also store it in one of those bulk-pack CD cases.

Keep in mind that if your TP runs out you can always use natural resources, such as lamb’s ear. (Lamb’s ear also has a lot of other great uses when SHTF – you can read about them in our survival article here).

Want more TP alternatives when camping, hiking, and bugging out? Check out our survival article on it here.

Cooking: What To Avoid

Whether you know it or not, using evergreen for your wood will cause the flames to coat your food with an unappetizing black tar. Worse yet, this tar tastes like turpentine, and makes your food far less palatable.

Thankfully, this is an easy mistake to avoid – just don’t use evergreen wood. However, if you must use evergreen, make sure to cook your food using the radiant heat coming off the fire. Even better, wait until the coals burn down completely to do your survival cooking. Your tastebuds will thank you!

“Weeds” To Remember

One of the most important survival skills is the ability to recognize certain plants. This can really help you in a variety of circumstances.

For instance, if you get poison ivy on you, you can use jewel weed to help clear it up. Simply crush up the jewel weed leaves and rub them onto your skin to help ease poison ivy’s symptoms.

Wild dandelion and chicory root can also make an effective substitute for coffee and tea. To prepare them, clean the weeds, crush them (or finely chop them) and roast them until they’re black. Then brew them to your liking.

Goldenrod leaves also make a delicious, bright green tea that tastes like the ones you’d make at home. This can be another great substitution when you run out of your favorite store-bought tea.

Finally, for those who smoke tobacco… if you run out, you can always use the Kinnikinnick plant to make a fine pipe tobacco.

Remember – there’s just a few weeks left before fall kicks in. Use these camping hacks now to make your wilderness experience far more enjoyable!


SICK: Migrant Invader Filmed His Rape of 13-Year-Old Girl


The appalling case of Christian Inga, a 25-year-old migrant from Ecuador accused of raping a 13-year-old girl at knifepoint in broad daylight in Queens, New York, lays bare the catastrophic consequences of President Joe Biden’s lax immigration policies. Prosecutors allege that Inga even filmed the attack, adding an unimaginable level of horror to this already heinous crime.

Inga, who has been arrested and charged by the NYPD with numerous offenses including rape, sexual abuse, robbery, kidnapping, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, and unlawful imprisonment, approached two 13-year-olds near Kissena Park in East Flushing, Queens. When the children initially refused his demand to follow him into a wooded area, he brandished a machete, forcing them into compliance.

Once in the woods, Inga allegedly tied up the children and proceeded to rape the 13-year-old girl, admitting to filming the brutal attack. The New York Post reports:

“The Ecuadorian migrant charged with raping a 13-year-old girl he bound and gagged in a Queens park told cops he recorded the attack during a sickening taped confession, prosecutors alleged Wednesday.”

This chilling admission during a hushed court hearing has sent shockwaves through the community. Inga first crossed the United States-Mexico border with his three-year-old son in June 2021 near Eagle Pass, Texas. Despite being ordered deported by a federal immigration judge in February 2022, he was released into the U.S. interior with a Notice to Appear (NTA), showcasing the glaring failures of the Biden administration’s immigration enforcement.

Inga’s criminal record extends beyond this appalling incident. He has had three summonses in the past — for having an open container in December 2022, jumping a subway turnstile in March 2023, and trespassing in May 2023. Additionally, NYPD officers were called to break up a fight at a residence in Queens in January, resulting in a domestic violence report, although he was not arrested.

This is just the latest incident of horrific, sickening crime committed by one of Biden’s illegal migrant invaders. The blame for this crime can be laid squarely at the feet of the Biden Administration and their lax policies at our Southern border, where known violent criminals arrive by the thousands every day.



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California Senate Allows Schools to Trans Kids Without Informing Parents


The California Senate’s recent approval of a bill that would bar school districts from informing parents if their child decides to go by a new pronoun at school is a brazen and outrageous assault on parental rights and family integrity. This shocking legislation strips parents of their fundamental right to be involved in their children’s lives, placing the state in a position of unwarranted authority over deeply personal family matters.

This bill is a blatant and egregious attempt to undermine parental authority. It forbids school districts from enforcing policies that require teachers to disclose a student’s gender identity or sexual orientation to their parents without the child’s consent. Proponents of this bill claim it is necessary to protect students who might face hostility at home. However, this sweeping, one-size-fits-all policy fails to recognize the critical role that parents play in guiding, nurturing, and supporting their children through complex and challenging issues.

More disturbingly, this bill opens the door for schools to covertly influence or even convert children’s gender identities under the radar and without parental knowledge. It grants schools unchecked power to make life-altering decisions about children’s gender identities, effectively sidelining parents and keeping them in the dark about significant changes in their child’s life.

Greg Burt, vice president of the California Family Council, forcefully criticized the bill’s flawed assumption that parents are inherently unsafe. “You don’t assume that all parents are unsafe,” Burt declared. “That shouldn’t be the assumption.” His stance resonates with countless parents who believe they have an inherent right and responsibility to know what is happening in their children’s lives, particularly if their children begin identifying as “trans” or experiencing gender dysphoria.

This bill, now advancing to the state Assembly, represents a profound overreach by the state into family matters. Attorney General Rob Bonta’s lawsuit against the Chino Valley Unified School District for its parental notification policy further illustrates the radical lengths to which state officials will go to keep parents in the dark. This aggressive legal stance is an affront to every parent who values transparency and their critical role in their child’s upbringing.

The potential passage of this bill would be a disaster for parental rights and family cohesion. It sets a dangerous precedent, effectively telling parents they cannot be trusted with information about their own children. This is a gross overstep by the government and a betrayal of the trust and authority parents rightfully hold.

The fight to uphold parental rights is far from over. Advocates for transparency and parental involvement must continue to push back against this overreaching legislation. Parents deserve to be informed and involved in all aspects of their children’s lives. Anything less is an unacceptable infringement on their rights and a disservice to the children who depend on them. This bill must be stopped to protect the sanctity of the family and ensure that parents retain their rightful place in their children’s lives. Schools should not be allowed to covertly influence or change children’s gender identities without the knowledge and involvement of their parents. This covert manipulation is an affront to family values and the sacred bond between parent and child.



POLL: Should schools be informing parents if their children identify as “trans?”


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Illegals, Non-Citizens Voting in American Elections


Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) is sounding the alarm on the scandalous reality of non-citizens voting in American elections. Appearing on Breitbart News Daily, he tore into the deeply troubling issue, calling for urgent action through the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act to restore the integrity of the U.S. electoral system.

Roy didn’t mince words. He exposed the shocking evidence of non-citizens voting, whether they are here legally or illegally. Studies have shown that such illegal voting has potentially swayed elections, like the highly controversial election of Al Franken in Minnesota. Just last year, Virginia had to purge 1,500 registered voters who had no right to vote. This isn’t an isolated problem; it’s a widespread epidemic infecting cities like Oakland, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and New York City. These jurisdictions are recklessly registering non-citizens for local and state elections, creating a dangerous loophole that could easily allow them to vote in federal elections.

Roy lambasted the federal laws that cripple states’ abilities to verify citizenship, forcing states like Arizona to juggle two separate election systems. This bureaucratic nightmare is an affront to every American voter who expects and deserves a fair and legal election process.

The Motor Voter Act of the 1990s, Roy argued, has only worsened the situation by making it nearly impossible for states to ensure that only citizens are voting. The federal forms may ask individuals to declare their citizenship, but there is no real enforcement or verification, leaving the door wide open for fraud and abuse.

The SAVE Act is Roy’s proposed solution, demanding proof of citizenship for anyone registering to vote. He acknowledged the unique challenges of states like North Dakota, which do not have voter registration, but insisted that the bill is adaptable to different state needs while maintaining its core mission: protecting the vote of American citizens.

Roy made it clear that this is not a partisan issue; it’s a matter of national security and democratic integrity. He cited a recent vote in Washington, DC, where 52 Democrats supported ending the registration of non-citizens for elections, showcasing the broad support for this critical issue. However, he also highlighted the fierce opposition from many Democrats who refuse to ensure that congressional seats and allocations are based on citizenship.

In a powerful conclusion, Roy condemned the Biden administration for flooding the country with millions of non-citizens, exacerbating the crisis. He called for immediate action to stop the outrageous betrayal of American voters and protect the democratic process from being hijacked by those who have no right to participate in it.

This is not just a policy debate; it’s a battle for the very soul of American democracy. The time to act is now, before the right to vote is further eroded by the influx of non-citizens and the reckless policies enabling them.


POLL: Are American elections for American citizens only?


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