DIY camp gear

popcan stove

DIY Camping Gear

Replace Your Tarp with Tyvek

Tyvek—the stuff contractors use in walls to make houses waterproof. It will also protect you from the elements when you’re camping. This material is:

  • light
  • durable
  • inexpensive

Find a hardware store sell it by the yard.  An 8 x 10 foot piece for backpacking should be sufficient.

trvek tarp
Tyvek tarp


Replace Your Stove with a Soda/Coffee Can

All you need are two aluminum cans, a knife to cut the cans in half and to poke holes in them. And there you have it…. an alcohol-burning stove that weighs very little, but still has plenty of heat to boil water.

popcan stove
popcan stove

Coffee can stove aka obo stove




Make a Lantern from a Water Bottle and Headlamp

If you have a transparent water bottle and a headlamp, there’s no need to buy a lantern to create ambient lighting for your camp table. Just wrap the headlamp around your full water bottle, with the bulb facing in, and you have a lantern.

water-milk jug lamp
water-milk jug lamp