These fire starters are made with those cotton face cleaning pads instead of cotton balls. These stack really well and a lot would fit in a sandwich Ziploc bag and take up less room in your camping supplies.
Melt down a candle, they don't have to be vanilla like my title says. Actually, they would be prettier with another colored candle, but vanilla is my favorite scent so that's what we had on hand.
Our stove is broken so when I put the paper plate in to melt the wax in the "toaster" oven, surprisingly the plate started to "toast." Wasn't thinking there. Anyway, once the wax melts, dip the cotton pad in the wax until it is completely saturated. Lay it on wax paper or some other nonporous surface so they don't stick what ever you put them on to harden.
Try number two. Make an aluminum foil bowl to melt the candle in. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work" Thomas Edison See, we are getting smarter and it only took us one fail.
And now the test, did it work? Sure did, and it only used one match. We proceeded to have to have perhaps the world's smallest bonfire. It burned quite a while though, about five minutes so you would have plenty of time to get a fire going if you didn't have all the wood handy or your tinder was a bit wet.