Easiest Ways to Dry Your Car

Almost all the car washing guide you will read will tell you to dry your car after washing it. However, none will say to you that drying your car is as important as washing your car.

While I don’t have the stats to prove this, I’d just think that there are just as many people who have a problem with their car paint due to too weak drying techniques as there is from a poor washing technique.

Throughout this post, I will tell you the reasons to dry your car after each wash, the useful drying aids, the tools you can use to speed up the drying process, the detailing sprays, and the process of drying your car using microfiber cloths.

Why Dry Your Car?

It’s commonly known that you need to dry your car after washing it.

The reasons why you wash your car are pretty simple and straightforward. When you ask someone why they should dry their vehicle, they might look at you like a cat stuck in headlights.

Some may think that drying a car seems like a chore. So, it’s understandable if some wouldn’t want to do it after making an effort to wash it.

However, I believe that your car can only be said “clean” once you’ve finished drying it.

Leaving it air dry for an hour would mean a waste of time washing it as it will end up you to create more work for yourself.

Just think of it similar to washing the dishes, leaving it air dry will only be prone to water spots.

Water spots are noticeable ugly stains. These often carry leftover traces of dirt, chemicals, or minerals.

Though you can remove the water spots, they can be very stubborn. Sometimes, you have to resort to using a clay bar and might need to cut and polish the car.

Aside from leaving your car looking ugly with these water spots, some are also corrosive that can taint your vehicles clear coat and paint.

Would you risk your paint just to save yourself from 10 to 15 minutes of drying?

Drying Options

It’s essential to use the right tools when drying your car.

Don’t attempt using paper towels, bathroom towels, underwear, bedsheets, or anything like that. These may seem useful, but these are likely to damage your paint in the process.

Instead, use:

Microfiber cloths. These are the most common towels used on cars, whether you’re washing or drying. You can never be wrong using and owning lots of these.

Microfiber cloths are soft enough not to damage your paint. These are absorbent enough to dry your car efficiently. You just need to use 2 to 3 of them to dry your car completely. The plus is it’s cheap and can easily be bought to stores.

When buying these, make sure they don’t have obnoxious labels that could affect the paint. Moreover, microfiber cloths work best when you use it with detailing spray or drying aid.

Electric Leaf Blower – this has been famous lately. It’s safe, efficient, and seems to work well all in all. This will make drying your car a lot quicker. This is a significant investment that you can use for 10 minutes of bi-weekly or monthly.

Chamois was the go-to car dryer way back years ago. It was effective and absorbed water quickly. However, the main issue with this is that it’s an animal rawhide. It was not ideally made for washing cars. It may be useful but could also be very dangerous.

Since it’s leather, any dirt left on your car after washing would stick between the chamois leather and your vehicle. As a result, you might drag the dirt all over the panel, which creates micro-scratches.

Also, chamois leather is a lot harder than microfiber cloths. Using it without lubrication would cause scratching itself. In the end, I suggest you not to use chamois leather.

Using Detailing Sprays and Drying Aids

It’s never ideal for touching the panels without lubrication even you’re just using microfiber towels. You can simply dampen the cloth with water or use a detailing spray or drying aid.

It’s never a good idea to touch your panels without lubrication, even when using microfibre towels. As a result, you will want to dampen the cloth with water or use a drying aid.

Optimum No Rinse is the most popular drying aid. However, any waterless cash product or quick detailer will do a similar job.

These products I mentioned above are supposed to clean, protect, and shine your car all in one. It’s beneficial to use them as a drying aid.

Do exactly what the product instructions tell you to do. It’s easy to misuse them and end up with a streaky finish.

How to Dry Your Car Using Microfiber Cloths?

Similar to washing your car, you should start on drying the top of your car up until down. Starting at the bottom is not a good idea as it will only create more work for yourself.

When drying your car, you will need many microfiber cloths. Again, just like washing a car, if the cloth gets dirty, you need to flip it over and swap it eventually for a clean one.

Once you have done wiping the exterior panels, make sure you also dry the door jams and other crevices. Some cars are prone to rusting in certain areas. So, do some research ahead of time and make sure that you dry those areas immediately after each wash.

 Finally, the last parts you will dry are the alloys and tires.

How to Setup a Car Camping Kitchen

Whether you’re new to open-flame cooking or you’re a seasoned campsite cook, DIY car camping kitchen can transform your camping experience completely.

Doing a car camping kitchen can be challenging, but it can also be a blast if you’re prepared, and you have all the essential gear.

From a car camping kitchen set up to clean, this post covers the must-have cooking equipment you need for an efficient car camping kitchen. You’ll also find some tips to stay organized, along with a few easy and fun camping recipes.

How to Choose Right Car Camping Kitchen Equipment?

The type of cooking equipment you need will depend on your style of camping.

Are you camping alone, with kids, or a large group? Are you able to park your car near to the campsite? Are you heading to a remote area?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you can start with the basic essentials listed below and add them as necessary.

This car camping kitchen setup is ideal for RVers, car campers, and those who enjoy a few extra creature comforts.

What is the Basic DIY Car Camping Kitchen Setup?

The primary necessities for this car camping kitchen setup include pots and pans, a small foldable table, a sturdy cooler, and essential dinnerware and utensils.

Depending on what you plan to cook, you might want to include extra items like a grill gate, a cutting board, a large knife, and a coffee maker.

However, consider having a camping stove if you don’t feel comfortable cooking over an open flame. Camping stoves are mostly gas-powered. They are available in a range of sizes which make them ideal if you’re car camping.

On the other hand, cast iron is must-have cookware for outdoor cooking. It can be used with high heat. Because it’s very versatile, you can create gourmet campfire meals here too. There’s no need to settle for only white bread and hotdogs.

Essential DIY Car Camping Kitchen Checklist.

Outdoor cooking is easy when you have the right gear. For a gourmet camping experience, here’s a list of the essential tools and equipment you need to have.

The bare essentials:

  • Campfire cooking grill
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Cutlery
  • Cutting board
  • Folding camp table
  • Large kitchen knife
  • Pots and pans
  • Utensils, cups, and dishware

Add these items on as needed:

Cookware:

  • Camping stove and fuel
  • Coffee maker
  • Dutch oven
  • Marshmallow roasting forks
  • Spatula
  • Spoon

Cooking tools and accessories:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Can opener
  • Charcoal and charcoal lighter fluid
  • Cooking spray
  • Firepit
  • Firewood
  • Ice
  • Lantern or headlamp
  • Lighter/matches
  • Potholders
  • Table cloth

Clean-up:

  • Dish soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Freezer Bags
  • Scouring pad
  • Trash bags
  • Washbasins
  • Water containers

How to Keep Your DIY Car Camping Kitchen Organized?

With enough preparation and planning, you can create an easy-to-use car camping kitchen that will make campfire cooking quick and convenient.

Here are some hacks to ensure your car camping kitchen is efficient and organized.

Packing

When packing your gear, use totes or stackable plastic bins that will fit comfortably in the back of your car. Not only these are durable and weather-resistant, but these also ensure your items are organized and accessible.

If you don’t have space for large bins, another great option is the reusable bags. Try to organize each bag by meal. For example, you have a breakfast bag with everything you need for breakfast – apart from other items that need to be stored in the cooler).

Picnic caddies and portable cutlery organizers can help reduce clutter and keep everything in one place.

If you’re still looking for another way to keep your camp kitchen essentials organized and mobile, then you need a plastic toolbox. You will simply fill the compartments, and you’re good to go.

At the Campsite

Use a plastic shoe organizer to keep things organized at your campsite. The various pockets are perfect for storing everything from meal prep tools and utensils to cleaning essentials.

Be sure to use separate ice coolers for food and beverages. In the food cooler, you can create a barrier between food using cooling racks and melting ice. You simply pack ice at the bottom of the ice cooler and line it with cooling racks and placing food on top.

Don’t forget a basin for clean-up.

How to Set Up Your DIY Car Camping Kitchen?

If you’re in a stable campground, you can set up your kitchen on a picnic table easily.

If you’re using a table, choose an area that has a level ground away from your tent, trees, and bushes.

When using the table, set one side for the meal prep and the other for cooking if you’re using a camp stove.

Keep the coolers, cookware, and kitchen gear under the table. Using the second table, separate the area for clean-up and washing the dishes. You can also bring a portable car camping kitchen which has extra spaces for all your cooking supplies and accessories.

How to Keep Animals Away from Your Campsite?

Store your food in air-tight containers. This will keep the raccoons and other animals and insects at bay.

When you’re cooking, make sure that your location is at least 100 yards from your tent.

Also, keep your campsite spotless. Pick up all the uneaten or spilled food and wash the dishes and utensils immediately after use.

Dispose of all your food wrappers and trash in odor-proof bags and take it to the nearest waste area. Lastly, don’t leave your food unattended. Remember to lock your food in a car at night whenever you leave the campsite.

3 Easy and Delicious Campfire Recipes

Once your car camping kitchen set up and ready to go, it’s now time to put all that gear to use. Here are some delicious campfire recipes everyone will love.

1. Campfire Chili Cheese Fries

What you’ll need:

  • A small package of frozen french fries
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can of chili
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  • With the use of cooking spray, spray one side of aluminum foil.
  • Put the frozen fries in the middle of the sheet. Fold to enclose.
  • Cook the fries for about 15 to 20 minutes over the campfire until they’re cooked.
  • Spread the cheese and chili over the fries.
  • Close the foil again and cook until the cheese has melted and chili is hot.
  • Remove and let cool slightly.

2. S’mores Dip

What you’ll need:

  • 1 bag marshmallows
  • 4 chocolate bars
  • Graham crackers for dipping
  • Aluminum foil
  • Iron skillet

Directions:

  • Break the chocolate bars into pieces and put them at the bottom of the skillet.
  • Place a layer of marshmallows over the chocolate.
  • Use the aluminum foil to cover the skillet and place over the fire, away from direct flames. The chocolate should melt in roughly 5-10 minutes. Be sure not to leave it on too long.
  • Serve when melted thoroughly.

3. Campfire Nachos

What you’ll need:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Nacho cheese or cheese dip
  • Iron skillet
  • Camp grill

Directions:

  • Put the chips in an iron skillet and layer with cheese dip or nacho cheese
  • Cover all ingredients with shredded cheese and cook over the campfire until the cheese melted.
  • Remove from the fire. Then, top with green onions, salsa, and sour cream.

What to do if a Thief Breaks into your Car

You went to a mall to go shopping. You park your car and you spend a couple of hours at the mall. But imagine the horror if you go back to your car and discover that it has been broken into. Not only that, your valuables and personal belongings are missing!

Even if you take precautions, theft at public places can still happen. If it happens to you, don’t panic, and follow these steps.

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June last year, I bought my first car. It’s a beat up 1998 Mitsubishi Adventure. It’s almost a SUV. Although, it’s called an AUV (Asian Utility Vehicle) probably because it’s like a SUV for Asians. And yes, I have had American passengers who rode with me. So, because of its size and leg room, I understand now why it’s called an AUV.

It’s now more than a year since I bought my car. But right now, I’m taking a keener interest in maintaining my car and tuning it up for performance. Yes, my car is 15 years old. It’s a teenager! But it still performs nicely, and with some tweaks, it can even be at the peak of its form.

In this blog, I intend to share some of the issues I face with my car, some tips and tricks I find, and also some of the things I wish I had.

So stick around. I’ll be building up the site in the next couple of months to help you out, too, whenever I can.