Anyone who has ever been out in the woods after dark knows the importance of using a flashlight for camping. From guiding night hikes to creating the perfect ambiance for ghost stories, flashlights are a must-have for campers.
However, there are a few extra uses for your flashlight you may not have thought of.
Here are a few new ways to put your flashlight to use during your next camping trip.
Larger Than Light
There is no such thing as moonlight. The light we see at night is just sunlight that’s reflecting off the moon.
Did you know that you could pull the same trick with your flashlight?
No matter how powerful your flashlight may be, the illumination it provides is usually limited to a narrow beam. If you’re looking to light up your entire campsite, then that beam might not be enough.
Aim your flashlight at a light-colored surface and bask in the glow. Any light surface will reflect the light right back at you, illuminating your campsite.
If you’re using a camping flashlight that attaches to a tripod, this is even easier to do.
Remember, as with the sun and moon, the light you reflect won’t be as bright as the light that comes from the initial source. Therefore, you’re going to want to make sure you have a powerful flashlight.
Get the Message?
Morse code has been used for communication since the 1830s and will likely remain in use for years to come.
If you’re using your flashlight for camping, then you could also be using it for communicating by sending messages in Morse Code.
You could turn learning Morse Code with a flashlight into a game. Hide prizes around your campsite and in the surrounding area and give clues via Morse Code.
Ask trivia questions around the campfire. Whoever gives you the correct answer via Morse Code first wins!
If anything, you pick up a cool new skill. Who knows? Learning Morse Code could end up saving your life one day.
If you live in the city or suburbs and are hoping to use your camping trip to stargaze, you may not want to use your flashlight.
At least, you’re not going to want to use it as is.
If you’re planning on stargazing, you might want some light to read your charts and to navigate your camp. The light from traditional flashlights, even when dimmed, can mess with your low-light sensitivity.
Astronomers use special red flashlights while out in the field to protect their eyes and ensure they don’t miss out on seeing anything.
You could go out and buy a red flashlight or turn the flashlight you already have into one worthy of any amateur astronomer.
The easiest method of transforming your flashlight into a red-light is by using red cellophane and a rubber band. It may take several layers before your flashlight is red and dim enough. Make sure to test it before taking it under the stars.
The Best Flashlight for Camping
A light-weight, high-beam flashlight is vital to have on hand during camping trips. You never know what you may encounter when out in the wilderness.
Now that you have a few more ideas on how to use your trusty torch, it’s time to get out there and try them out.
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