5 household items that you should bring on your next outdoor excursion

Every cottager knows that sometimes, things don’t go exactly as planned—and that can be a blessing. The history of cottaging is full of moments of divine inspiration. Ever since the first time someone looked at a marshmallow, a chunk of chocolate, and a graham cracker, and decided they should all go together, campers have been finding new (and better) uses for just about everything.

The following list of items includes products that are being used in ways their creators never dreamed of. These decidedly un-outdoorsy items are now helping to improve the lives of cottagers and campers everywhere. So next time you’re at the cottage and don’t have exactly what you need for the job at hand, get creative. Chances are there’s an alternate product sitting on your shelves somewhere.