Whether you are a camping veteran or a newbie, there is always something new you can learn. One of the best parts about the outdoors is the fact that there are so many ways to enjoy it! Here are some pro camping trip tips from the depths of knowledge to your screen.
If you have ever gone camping and forgot to bring a supply of water you know how awful it can be. It is only on such an occasion that you begin to realize just how much we use it. There are plenty of ways to make sure you’ve got water on your trip, some bring water bottles, but we’ve got a 2 ideas that are a little more sustainable.
1 - THE PLATYPUS - $109.95
The platypus water filter makes your water needs easy to fulfill with any size of group, and not only that, but the water tastes incredible! I’ve used it a handful of times and have never been disappointed.
This takes a lot of the preparation hassle out of the picture, just grab your platypus and go! It’s nice to be able to rest easy knowing that if you need more water, you’ll have it… as long as there is a water source nearby…
2 - Water Bucket - 29.95
Another popular option is to pick up one or two of these bad boys. These containers are very durable and can store large amounts of liquid at once. One of the biggest benefits of using a cooler like this, is that you can bring any type of liquid you’d like. They do a really good job at keeping drinks hot or cold, making this a great option for both summer and winter outings.
It has been said that “everything tastes better while camping” and that’s good news for us! It means that it can be difficult to make a bad camping meal. That being said, not all camping meals are equal.
Some are easy to make, while others are more difficult. Some are good, others are great. To break it down, you just have to decide one thing, do you want quick and easy, or complicated and delicious? Here are some ideas for each:
Quick and Easy
- hobo Stew -
This is one of the easiest ways to provide a meal for a group of people. The process is simple. Before heading out into nature, grab any canned item in your pantry that looks delicious. Next grab a big pot.
You can probably guess where this is going… Get a fire going, slap your pot on top of it, and start dumping all your ingredients in, BOOM! You’ve got yourself a 5 star hobo stew. Enjoy!
- Sandwiches -
So you don’t want to risk going with hobo stew, don’t worry, were not done yet. This one is pretty straight forward, just bring a sandwich! You can buy pre-made ones, or, if you’re wanting to save money you can buy the ingredients you need.
Doing so will allow you to make many sandwiches, and here’s the pro tip. Walmart sells large French bread loaves for just $1!
- Feeze-Dried Foods -
If you’re not afraid to spend a little extra money, this is a fantastic option. This is the “just add water” approach to camping meals. All you have to do is purchase your favorite freeze dried meal, pour some hot water on it, a presto!
You’ve got a hot meal of lasagna or pad Thai, or whatever else you wanted! Here is a link to buy some now if you’d like: CLICK HERE! To see how freeze drying works, watch the video below.
Complicated & Delicious
– Mountain Man Breakfast: One of my all time favorite meals while camping is called mountain man breakfast, it is so good, that sometimes I’ll make it at home, just to enjoy it’s amazing flavors! If you’ve gotten into camping, odds are you’ve heard of this meal before. The dish is so popular that you can find all manner of variations with a quick google search, but here are 3 that look especially good!
– Tin Foil Dinners: Another popular favorite with camping enthusiasts, this meal can be created in countless ways. The basic concept, however, is that you place some meat, spices, vegetables, ect. into a some tinfoil, wrap it up, and place it in the fire to cook. One of the greatest benefits to this meal is that all your foil dinners can be prepared before hand. This effectively makes it the “microwavable burrito” of the camping world. To see this meal in action, check out the video below!
– Buffet Breakfast:
Ok, I know this isn’t super complicated, but it does require more than a simple hobo stew, The idea hear is just make some pancake batter, a pack of your favorite bacon, sausage and other beloved meats, then cook them all up. This is a delicious way to feed lots of people at once. As you cook, set out a plate for each item, then go nuts. Cook all you can and keep filling those plates until people stop coming. As a bonus tip, you can keep the leftovers to snack on throughout your trip!
When going camping, one of the most important things to consider is your shelter. Most people would agree that to truly be camping you need a tent, but did you know that there are several other ways to do it as well? I’m not talking trailers or RVs, I’m talking about ways to camp without having to break the bank.
– Sleeping Pads:
One of the first thing to consider when deciding your shelter is your bedding. After all, so long as the weather is clear, you can always sleep under the stars. That being said, you need a good sleeping pad. A good sleeping pad will allow you to sleep comfortably, but it is equally important that a sleeping pad helps insulate your body heat. Sleeping on the ground can leave you freezing with aches and pains all over. Check out the video below to find some of the best:
Tents are not the only way to camp, in fact there are several other methods. From building a temporary shelter, to some pretty expensive hammocks, here are a few ideas for those looking to spice up their camp life.
One of the most expensive yet extraordinary items on this list is a tensile hammock or tree tent. These hammocks use three straps to create high tension and stable camping space.
If you’re worried about all the creatures that could find you during the night, this is a good option for you. Because the hammock is suspended in the air, it makes it very unlikely that any adventurous creatures will find their way into your sleeping bag.
If you want that “off the ground” experience, but you don’t want to hurt your wallet, a hammock can be a great option. When trying to find a good hammock it is important to remember that the weather won’t always be amazing.
Luckily for us, a solution has already been provided. Many hammock companies will include a net and rain fly for just such an occasion. If you don’t want to spend as much, however, you can always hang a tarp up over head, but more on that below…
One of the cheapest and most simple ways to give yourself some shelter is to hang up a tarp. So long as you have good bedding, and you don’t mind a bug or two, using a tarp can ensure that you and your belongings get some protection from the sometimes harsh environment of the outdoors.
All you need is some rope, a tarp, and some knowledge on how to tie knots.
The final and cheapest option for shelter is to build a lean-to shelter. This kind of shelter can be build with nothing but some fallen branches and logs, however, it can be useful to have some cutting tools. To learn more about how to build one yourself, there is a video included below: