Best Summer Lifehacks

gregory-gopman-summerSummer is amazing don’t get me wrong, but sometimes with the heat and elsewhere in daily life there can be improvements. I love to figure out new and exciting ways to accomplish daily tasks better, most efficiently, and with much less effort. The list you’ll see below will give you a definitive guide to helping better your summer and life as a whole. Enjoy and feel free to share.

Freshening Up:

If you tend to travel a lot like I do, you’ll most likely feel a little gross after a long flight or car ride or whatever transportation you decide to use. What I found to work really well is a simple trick involving lemon and sugar. If you’re on a flight and feeling like you need to clean up a little, ask the flight attendant for a lemon and some sugar. Combining these two will give you a makeshift face scrub and you’ll be awake and perky in no-time.

Summer Feet:

No one likes smelly feet, and I mean no one. When the summer heat waves hit there is no doubt you’ll sweat more than in the wintery month but that shouldn’t mean you have to smell worse. If you notice that your shoes begin to smell more than normal there is a homemade solution just for you. Take a fresh teabag from your pantry and place it in your favorite kicks overnight to deodorize them and wake up with fresh smelling sneakers.

Stay Hydrated the Cool Way:

Summer is hot and with that comes drinking lots of water. Staying hydrated is extremely important but no one wants to drink warm water when they’re out and about. Instead of drinking warm water, freeze half a water bottle full of water and then fill the rest with cold water. The massive ice cube at the bottom of your bottle will keep your water colder for much longer than a few ice cubes will. Drink up and stay hydrated!

Barbecue Care:

With the sun out, the barbecues come with it. Barbecues are some of the most fun parties to attend any time of year but there’s not many better ways to ruin fresh meat than with an unclean grill. I recommend laying down a small bed of lemon slices to not only avoid the meat from sticking to your grill and causing a mess, but also adding a little citrus flavor.

At Home Iced Coffee:

It is definitely iced coffee season as the temperatures continue to soar. You could either go to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts and spend $2-$7 on an iced coffee or you could make your own delicious brew at home. Simply by making a pot of fresh coffee and allowing it to cool down will give you great tasting iced coffee. Be sure to add some of the coffee into your ice cube tray to freeze and later add to your cup of cold coffee. This will ensure you don’t lose any flavor when the ice melts.

Happy Summer!

Gregory Gopman

Top 10 Camping Hacks

gregory-gopman-campingI love to go camping and get back into nature whenever I can. I’m no stranger to sleeping in the great outdoors but I try do it as comfortable as possible without bringing along a camper and a real bed. Over the past few years I have compiled a list of hacks to better the natural experience of sleeping under the stars and exploring the landscape around us.

10. Sage Repels Mosquitos:

Sage is a natural mosquito repellent and a definite must when you go camping in areas of high mosquito population. Use the sage in your campfire and the smell will ward off the bugs like you wouldn’t believe.

9. Removing Ticks:

If you have a tick on your body and it has latched on, try not to panic. If you have liquid soap and cotton balls, you are very much in luck. Soak the cotton ball in the soap and place over the tick. Soon the tick will stop chewing and will fall off with the cotton ball. If you believe the tick to have been on your body for a while place it in a container for later and test it for lyme disease.

8. Acorn Whistle:

Theres not much worse than going exploring while camping and getting lost. If you do get lost and yelling doesn’t cut it anymore to signal for help, find an acorn. Acorns are one of natures natural whistles. Feel free to use it to your aid and signal other campers that you need assistance.

7. Duct Tape Your Water Bottle:

You never know when you might need some duct tape. Wrap some duct tape around your water bottle in case of emergency and use it when needed. This can be really valuable if you need a tough and durable adhesive on the spot.

6. Solar Jars:

This camping-hack can be really helpful for those dark nights under the stars. You can make natural lamps out of glass jars with solar disks on top. This is a great way to light up your camp ground without lighting fires.

5. Pack Breakfast Right:

Have you ever wondered what the best way to transport eggs while hiking? I certainly have and came up with a method that won’t have broken shells and yellow yolk all over your backpack. Pre-crack your eggs and place them in a water bottle for a durable storage unit while camping. One normal sized water bottle will carry 8 eggs.

4. Bring Sandpaper:

Bring a strip of sandpaper with you to help light matches. You never know when your trusty lighter or old matchbox might fail you. Its better to be over-prepared I guess. For a better result, empty your matched into a sturdy tupperware container and glue the sandpaper to the inside of the container.

3. Ant Hate Grits:

Surprisingly enough ants are not fans of grits. Do yourself a favor and pack a fair amount of grits with your other camping equipment. When you decide on a spot to lay your head at night, sprinkle some grits around you or directly where you see the bugs. You’ll be happy to not wake up with bites all over.

2. Deodorant Helps Itches:

Using your deodorant can help soothe your itches. Whether you got bit by a mosquito or walked into poison ivy, your Old Spice deodorant can alleviate your itches and skin sores if applied to the spot.

1. Store Ingredients in Tic-Tac Boxes:

If you have any spices or small ingredients that you plan to use for cooking or anything else, I would suggest packaging them in Tic-Tac boxes. The little containers are durable and the proper size while offering the ability to sift the spices or ingredients accurately.

I hope these camping hacks helped you out and you have a really memorable and safe camping trip. Please be sure to check back again soon for more life-hacks on various topics. Thanks again!

-Gregory Gopman