Since our family has grown (we now have 2 boys who are 9 and 6 years old) it has been challenging to continue our backpacking and canoeing trips to say the least so in the past couple years we have been family camping with our car. This past weekend we went camping at Stony Brook State Park in Central New York State.
|my husband and son to the left of the falls|
|Daddy carrying Andrew back to the trail|
Here are some little camping tricks we have learned over the years that work well:
1) prep food at home and freeze it if you can
I made these breakfast burritos from Ninth and Bird's Blog and froze them
at the campsite you can set them out so they thaw and then put them on the fire so they get indirect heat (NOT directly over the flames or coals)
FYI: I made extras for mornings at home and froze those also. To heat them up in the microwave put them on 50% power for 3 minutes and then 40 seconds on full power. DELICIOUS!
|image from Ninth and Bird|
I also cut up and prepped veggies and fruit for snacks
2) make a salad that travels well and doesn't get soggy
like this bean salad from Echoes of Laughter's Blog
|image from Echoes of Laughter|
because they can be a beverage when they melt, they can be refilled, and they don't take up useless car space like those blue gel ice packs like these.
4) Papertowels can be used as napkins
Take an entire roll of paper towels and put them on to a plastic hanger so they are off of the ground. (I broke the hanger in the middle so I could get the paper towel roll on to it)
5) pack a sandwich bag of dryer lint (it's lightweight and makes a great fire starter)
6) reuse a Mio drink bottle for condiments
I got the idea from www.indestructables.com
My condiment of choice on everything is Sriracha hot sauce...so guess what ended up in this bottle?
7) Make a stromboli
8) You can make cinnamon rolls over the campfire
(as seen on the blog Whimsey-love) FYI: they are MUCH better than s'mores in my opinion.
|image from Whimsey-love|
because they can be used to help you see your way in the dark, they don't use up batteries, and if you take the dangerous point off of the bottom, they make great flashlights for the kids.
It keeps your bag of clothes out of water, and slide the trash bag up the end of your sleeping bag so if your sleeping bag touches the wet sides of the tent, your sleeping bag will not get wet.
I hope that you found these tips helpful on your family car-camping trip...coming up in a future post...family backpacking! Yep, we haven't done it yet with the kids but we will document the ups and the downs of a family adventure.
What camping tips and tricks do you use?
originally posted on www.ballinwithballing.blogspot.com