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How to Prevent Tick Bites

Rolla Roasters are the original marshmallow toasting forks.Camping season is officially open! Make sure to up the fun quotient of your summer camping trips by taking the best campfire cooking tool- the Rolla Roaster- and by staying safe by preventing tick bites.

The original marshmallow toasting fork makes for the ultimate fun camp cooking experience. The stainless steel fork is easy to clean, has a safe vinyl storage case, and extends up to 42 inches for easy cooking. Even the most reluctant campers will enjoy toasting their favorite campfire food over the flames with one of these barbeque forks. The Rolla Roaster comes in 13 different colors so each member of your family can have their own personalized toasting fork!

Bob Holzer, inventor of the Rolla Roaster, in the woods of Northern Idaho.

But even the best camping trip can be ruined by getting tick bites. The best way to avoid the bloodsuckers is to stay out of brushy areas and to wear full covering clothing (long sleeve shirt tucked into pants tucked into boots). While DEET and permethrin have been shown to reduce the incidence tick bites, rose geranium oil offers an natural method to repel ticks. Mix 2 Tbs almond oil with 10-25 drops of rose geranium essential oil and dab on skin and clothes. (Dab some of the herbal repellant on the back of your dog’s neck to help keep the ticks away). Check out this Care2 article for more information on how to prevent tick bites on your family and your pets. For more information on your local buggers go to Tick Identification 101- Backpacker Magazine.

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Best Family Campfire Songs

Want to have a great cookout with your family on your Memorial Day weekend camping trip? You’ll need Rolla Roasters, great campfire cooking recipes, and kid-friendly songs for a memorable evening around the campfire.

Rolla Roasters are the original marshmallow camping fork- they make the campfire cooking experience fun and enjoyable for everyone. (If you buy six sets now you’ll get free shipping!) Check out our blog for some great family campfire cooking recipes like Family Friendly Campfire Recipes, how to Upgrade your S’mores, the Best Campfire Food to Toast on your Rolla Roaster, and more!

As for the sing-a-long portion of the family cookout…watch Gary Ryan playing Benga Beat to stoke your creativity on the guitar. Excellent campfire music for children can be found at:

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How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

Rolla Roasters are a required packing item for every camping trip

Spring camping season is upon us with all of its joys and downfalls. Don’t forget to pack your Rolla Roasters with you so you can enjoy the complete campfire cooking experience! The original marshmallow toasting forks work just as well for creating the perfect s’more as they do for toasting up a tasty campfire dinner. With a rotisserie knob set into a smooth hardwood handle, every member of your family can happily enjoy cooking out over a fire without splinters.

Rolla Roasters are a required packing item for every camping trip
Rolla Roasters have a stainless steel toasting fork that extends from 12″ up to 42″.

How do you get rid of those pesky mosquitoes though? Here are some good tips to keep away the mosquitoes to make your spring camping experience as enjoyable as possible. Spring Flowers

  • Traditional DEET-based mosquito repellants are the most effective method of keeping mosquitoes away, however there are questions of its safety to health so it’s best to use it only in the most buggy-situations
  • Citronella candles work wonders with keeping the little buggers away. Put them on your camp table to create a mosquito-free zone for dinner.
  • Homemade mosquito traps are easy to make and a cheap option. This mosquito trap by the Survivalist Blog requires only water, brown sugar, yeast and a plastic bottle.
  • Other DEET-free options are available. Check out this article from Backpacker Magazine that offers DEET-free ways to ward off mosquitoes. This Gear Test article suggests using ExOfficio Bugsaway Halo Check Shirt and  Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent as the best options.
  • This Mother Earth article sums up the danger of mosquitoes and how to best repel them naturally.

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The Great American Backyard Campout

Rolla Roasters, the original marshmallow toasting forks now come in 13 different colors!

Pledge to camp out on the night of Saturday June 28th, 2014 and help raise money for the National Wildlife Federation’s conservation efforts!

Check out the website for the Great American Backyard Campout. The NWF’s Board of Directors will donate $2 for every pledge received.What is better than helping protect the land that we love just by camping out under the stars? Not much, besides toasting a marshmallow over the campfire with your Rolla Roaster at the same time. Get your toasting on with one of the original marshmallow toasting forks that now come in 13 different colors.

Rolla Roasters, the original marshmallow toasting forks now come in 13 different colors!

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How to Make Your Own Camping Lantern

Homemade camping lantern with water jug and headlamp

Need some extra light for your campsite but don’t want to spend lots of money? Tired of camping with just the pinpoint light of your flashlight? This homemade camping lantern is easy to make and provides a soft, ambient light that makes it easy to see. It can me made with things you will most likely have in your campsite already.

Homemade camping lantern with water jug and headlampComponents-

  • Clear gallon jug
  • Long-lasting headlamp
  • Bungee cord or lightweight rope


  1. Fill clear gallon jug with water and set on camp table or hang from sturdy object (like a tree branch) with cord or rope.
  2. Affix headlamp to water jug and turn on.
  3. Enjoy the ambient light that your homemade camping lantern provides!

Mountain Dew+baking soda+peroxide= lantern is a hoaxP.S. You should know that you CANNOT make  a lantern out of Mountain Dew, baking soda and peroxide as many web posts claim. It is chemically impossible without adding some fluorescent liquid such as the fluid in glow sticks. See video at PrepBusters Mountain Dew Glowstick.

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