Clever Camping Recipes for Dinner at the Campsite

Clever Camping Recipes for Dinner at the Campsite

When on a camping trip dinners should not be limited to just hot dogs and hamburgers and we all know food tastes better while sitting under the stars and watching the glow of the campfire. Check out these unique recipes which are perfect to try when camping, they are cheap and easy, make great camp food for kids and well, these recipes make the perfect food to eat when camping.

Breakfast Biscuits

These yummy breakfast treats can be cooked up at the campsite with just heat and water because all you need to do is prepare the mix at home and then cook at the campsite. These make for quick hot breakfasts which will give you an energy boost to face the day ahead.

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Breakfast Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 sausage patties
  • 12 eggs

Directions:

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, dry milk powder, black pepper and canola oil until well incorporated. (See note for storage information). To mix the biscuits, pour dry mix into medium sized bowl and add 1/2 cup of water. Slowly add the remaining 1/2 cup of water 1 Tablespoon at a time until the biscuit mix is thick batter. Stir in cheddar cheese. Set cast iron pan over medium heat and add oil to coat. Scoop biscuit mix by the scant 1/4 cup onto pan (you will need to work in small batches). Allow to cook until first side is golden brown and flip once. Cook until biscuits are fluffy and cooked through.

Add sausage to a cold cast iron skillet and then set it over medium high heat. Cook until sausages are golden brown and cooked through, flipping once. Remove and set aside.

Cook eggs in cast iron skillet until desired texture is achieved. Split biscuits in half and top with sausage and egg. Add ketchup or hot sauce if desired and place other half of biscuit on top.

Note: This recipe can be cut in half. Simply prepare only half of the biscuit mix to make 6 biscuits and reduce sausage patties and eggs accordingly. Leftover dry biscuit mix can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Campfire Burritos

These amazing tasty burritos are simple to make at home, wrap up and then cook over the campfire. You can also mix up leftover ingredients and use that as a filler.

Ingredients:

  • 16 Eggs
  • 1 lb. Sausage
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 6 Med. Potatoes, chopped
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 4 Green Onions, chopped
  • 3 T. Parsley, chopped
  • 8 or 9 Tortilla Shells
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Tin Foil for wrapping
  • Optional: Salsa and/or hot sauce

Chop potatoes and boil until soft.  Chop green onions and set aside.  Crack 16 eggs and cook over low heat until you have soft, scrambled eggs.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Caramelize some yellow onions and garlic in 2 T. olive oil until they let off their aroma and are fragrant.  Add sausage to onion mixture and cook all the way through.  In large bowl combine the sausage mixture, scrambled eggs, potatoes,  cheese, green onions, parsley, and Salt & Pepper.  Divide ingredients into 8 or 9 tortilla shells.  Roll and wrap in tin foil — they are now ready to throw on the fire!

Grilled Brussel Sprouts

These tasty and juicy brussel sprouts are perfect for the adults and go with a whole load of other grilled foods like hot dogs and hamburgers! They are super easy to make and taste great when done over the campfire. You can even drizzle these with honey and crushed garlic for something gourmet!

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Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of Brussels Sprouts
  • 2 Tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Equipment needed:
  • Bamboo skewers
  • BBQ or Grill pan

Method:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Blanch the sprouts (i.e. cook them in the boiling water) for 3-4 minutes. Remove sprouts from the boiling water and rinse with cold water (or plunge into an ice bath).

Remove sprouts from cold water and pat dry. Trim the bottom stems of the sprouts, and remove the outer leaves. Mix together the mustard, olive oil, salt, and pepper. In a small bowl, toss the Brussels Sprouts in the mustard sauce. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes.

Once sprouts have marinated, prepare them for grilling. Skewer sprouts, placing 3-4 sprouts on each skewer. (Note: Since the sprouts aren’t cooked all the way through yet, they are a bit tough to skewer. You can also place the sprouts directly on the grill without a skewer, if they are large enough to not slip through the grill grate.) You can do this at home and then wrap them and pop them in the cooler for cooking when you arrive at the campsite.

When the grill is nice and hot, place the skewered sprouts on the grill. Grill for 3-5 minutes on each side, or until the sprouts are nicely charred on all sides. When ready, remove the sprouts from the grill and toss with a bit more mustard sauce.

Vegetarian Tofu and Eggplant Bundles

This is a healthy recipe which is perfect for vegetarians and will give you loads of energy for the afternoon ahead. You can prepare most of the ingredients at home and then just put it all together when at the campsite. The following recipe serves four but you can double up if you need to feed extra mouths!

TOFU AND EGGPLANT

  • 20 ounces firm tofu, cut into 16 chunks
  • 12 ounces Asian eggplant, quartered lengthwise and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • SALAD AND SERVING
  • 1 English cucumber, halved and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 cup whole dill sprigs
  • 1 red jalapeño chile, halved and sliced

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cooked rice and soy sauce
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Tofu and Eggplant

Preparation

Make tofu and eggplant: Seal ingredients in a resealable plastic bag, turn, and chill at least 1 hour.

Heat grill to high (450° to 550°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 4 seconds to check the temp). Divide tofu mixture among 4 large squares of foil and seal securely. Grill bundles, turning once, until eggplant is tender when pierced, about 10 minutes.

Make salad: Mix all ingredients except rice and soy sauce. Unwrap bundles and top with salad. Serve with rice and soy sauce.

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A Day’s Recipes – Tried and Tested

So, there you have it. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack which are perfect recipes for camping. We have tried and tested all these recipes at the campsite and they work perfect. Kids will love eating out of foil packets and adults will love chewing brussel sprouts off a skewer! Try something interesting for your next camping trip! Don’t forget that we want to make your camping trip as enjoyable and as easy as possible so check out our other posts on meals which can be prepared in advance and our list of meals to make for the week. Don’t forget to come back and check out our next post – cocktails to make when at the campsite!

Food to Bring For Camping

Food to Bring Camping

Everyone knows that whether you are home or on holiday food is what brings people together and aside from keeping you in good health and alive food is important. The first and foremost thing to organise when going camping is the food, the snacks and the drinks. When you are on holiday cooking might be a bit of an issue because you won’t have a stove and an oven at your convenience and washing up might cause a little difficulty. You have to make do with what you have but don’t make the mistake of not taking the essentials. The camping essentials include a can opener, a knife, cooking utensils, cups, plates, forks, spoons and a cookbox to keep everything in. You can even purchase foldaway kitchens which give you a little space to work with when preparing and cooking food and they are great for inside the tent or outside by the campfire. Always research into the campsite or place you are going because many have BBQ facilities or a ban on lighting fires. Some campsites have stations where you can do the washing up and others even have on-site kitchens which you can use. Always look into this before you start making your plans because you could go fully prepared for a week of surviving without any amenities and for all you know, you might be pitched next door to a common kitchen and bathroom!

When considering meals and drinks make a list of how many there is going to be, two or ten. This makes a huge difference on the types of food you need to bring along. Always note any allergies or foods which people don’t like so no-one goes hungry. Think about what you need for three meals a day, check out our list for camping meals for a week if you need some inspiration and our list of easy to make camping food if you want some meal ideas. After you have worked out the main and most important meals think about extra snacks and of course drinks. Drinks for the kids, drinks for the adults (the most important!), hot and cold beverages and water. You will need plenty of water for cooking, cleaning and drinking so make sure you stock up. If you are going to a campsite then there is most likely a shop on-site but they are usually expensive so try to take extra if you can. Most of the food you will take will need to be stored in a cool box but canned and bagged food which has a long-shelf life can be stored outside of the coolbox. Try to think of practical snacks that won’t melt, go off or get crushed in the journey from home to campsite.

Prep Equipment List

A knife in a knife carrier is the safest and most reliable option to take camping. You will need the basics like tin foil, a vegetable peeler, a cutting board, paper towels, a set of bowls to prep food in, eating bowls and utensils and mugs. These are the basics that you will need to cook a meal.

Food to bring for camping

We really like this knife and chopping board set which is easy to travel with and is safe for keeping the knives in one place. We also love this 12 piece set of folding pots and pans so you can create all those tasty dishes with ease. We love camping sets like these because they allow for easy storage and easy use.

Another trick of the trade which many people don’t know about is to use travel bottles for washing up liquid and soap. You know the little bottles of shampoo you get from the hotel when you go on holiday, try buying a few of them, wash them, boil them and fill them up with washing liquid because it will save on space. Make sure you take a washing up sponge with you as well. Keep a bag or box to one side with items like this in as you don’t want to get them mixed up with the food.

We also have another great tip – take plastic cups and utensils. This will save on the washing up and will avoid breakages. When you are done with plates, cups and forks just keep a carrier bag to one side to use as a rubbish bin.

Food, Food and More Food

Next we move onto packing and preparing the food. If you are getting to the campsite in a car then you will have the room for coolboxes and boxes with food and drink. The key to saving room and packing right is having everything neatly organised before you go.

Food to bring for camping

In the first cooler you will want to keep sandwiches and snacks which you have prepared for the first day or two and things that go off quickly – things you will need to eat on the way there and within the first 24 hours. Pack things like hard boiled eggs, ready made rolls and sandwiches, chopped fruit, salads and maybe even pre-cooked pasta meals. These will keep everyone going until you get settled. This cool box should be the food and meals that you will eat within two days. Make sure when preparing meals and snacks you use this box first. To help stop confusion add some sticky labels to each box so everyone knows what to eat and what not to eat.

In the next cooler you will want to pack everything which is meat. This one you should try to fill up with ice every day. Here you can include things like burgers, chicken and hot dogs. Keep cooked meat separate from uncooked meat and make sure everything is wrapped up double with plastic bags so one food will not contaminate another.

Have another cooler with other perishable goods like milk, eggs, fruit, veggies and butter. This makes it easy when you are prepping and cooking food and it makes it easy for everyone when everything is organised.

Food to bring for camping

The next thing you need to have is a snacks box and a box with non perishable goods. For example in the snacks box you can keep cookies, fruit bars, energy bars, nuts, dried fruit and literally snacks which everyone will pick on during the day. In another box keep dry goods like pasta, rice, tortilla wraps, bread, tea, coffee and sugar for example. Pancake mix is a good one to take along and make sure you don’t forget the important items like cooking oil, spices and syrups. In one cooler make sure you are packed full of drinks like bottled water, squash and juice. Especially if the weather is hot everyone will need a lot of drink and for those evenings when the kids are in bed you might want to share a bottle of wine (which is of course the most important!)

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Here, we love all things that are multi-functional. We stumbled across this amazing cool box which has a fold out table and chairs either side of it. This is perfect for parents with little ones and will give you some extra space for prepping food. You can also get it in red so you can color code your coolers and this packs down really easy into a compact box so you don’t have to worry about it taking up extra space.

We also really like these bright and cheerful plastic storage boxes.They are durable with lids and stack really well. They come in four different colors so you can have one color for snacks, one for tins, one for cooking produce and one for extra bits. These will stack easily into the car and then will stack just as easy either inside or outside your tent. Make sure the lids are secure at all times to stop wild animals from stealing your food!

Tops Tips For Campers – Novice and Pro

Here are the top tips on setting up your very own camp kitchen, selecting your specific cooking gear and utensils, and making life easier for the camp chef. Cooking can be as simple as you make it, like hot dogs on a skewer, or it can be a truly gourmet experience with fresh produce baked over an open roaring fire. Some campers get really into the cooking in the outdoors and others don’t enjoy it at all. Others just want to eat simply, so they can get out and about and do other things like fun activities such as sightseeing, fishing, or hiking. Everyone has their own style and it is down to you to choose which works best. Here are our tips, from us to you!

  • Always bring extra matches.
  • Plan a simple and filling menu.
  • Write down the menu for all meals for your trip. This helps you pack all the ingredients you will need without forgetting a key ingredient.
  • Measure and combine dry ingredients in Ziploc bags prior to packing. Make sure you label the bag for the appropriate meal.
  • Bring a grate to put over the fire. Not every campsite has a grill or one that will suit your cooking needs.
  • If possible, purchase a separate set of dishes, silverware, dishpan, washing up sponge, towels, and soap, just for your camping trips. Store them in a plastic container that can be pulled out and ready to go for each trip.
  • Purchase a quality camp stove. Propane stoves are easiest to use, while white gas stoves produce more heat.
  • Meals that can be cooked at home ahead of time, and travel well in a cooler, will save a lot of time especially on the first night of your trip. Precooked meats will last longer in the cooler than raw meats.
  • Save your plastic film containers. They are great to keep moisture out of your matches. Special caps can be purchased which turn the containers into compact salt and pepper shakers.
  • Bring small amounts of cooking supplies instead of large quantities. It will save quite a bit of packing space.
  • Carry instant or dried soups to serve with meals on cold or rainy days.
  • Use block ice in your cooler. It lasts longer than cubes or invest in some gel packs which will last even longer.
  • Make your cookout a family activity. Bring along food that the whole family can participate in cooking like hotdogs on a sharpened stick or even potatoes that the kids can help peel. And don’t forget the marshmallows and “s’mores.”
  • Use Aluminum Foil for making packet meals. Just wrap up some sliced potatoes, onions, carrots, zucchini, salt & pepper, and a little butter, seal the ends well, and lay it on the grill to roast.
  • Bring a hand crank can opener.
  • Buy a sponge that has a scrubber on one side, to make washing pots and dishes easier.
  • A coffee percolator with the glass bulb on top works great on the stove or fire. Fresh brewed coffee and camping are old companions and instant coffee just doesn’t do the trick in most cases.
  • Swiss Army type pocket knives are not good substitutes for a real corkscrew. Bring the real thing if you plan to have wine.
  • Get a very small plastic cutting board. One just big enough to give you some clean food preparation surface. Picnic tables are notoriously dirty, and they won’t last long if everyone uses them for a cutting board.
  • Take dish-soap in a very small bottle, and fill it with just enough for your trip.
  • Take your own small portable charcoal grill just in case the one at the campground isn’t usable.
  • Igloo and Coleman make really good ice chests. Make sure the clasp is secure, or use a strap to hold it shut and prevent animals from getting inside.
  • Meat frozen at home before packing will last longer.
  • You’ll need sharp knives for preparing food, and possibly for cutting those steaks you grill. Folding pocket knives should be the “locking” type, which prevent accidental folding of the blade.
  • Get the “strike anywhere” wooden matches, not the “strike on box” safety kind. Put them in a waterproof container, like an old film canister.
  • Plastic measuring cups are fine, but a metal one won’t melt if inadvertently left near the fire.
  • Have a couple potholders and an oven mitt to handle the cooking, and to help around the campfire.
  • Marshmallow forks can get kind of hot over the campfire, so keep that oven mitt handy.
  • If you’re in an area inhabited by bears, be sure to hang your trash bag high off the ground and a good distance from your tent at night. Better still, if you’re in an established campground, place your bag in the special bear-proof receptacles at night.
  • Make sure you have all the appropriate equipment before you leave because you don’t want to go and forget the most important items – like the tent.

Don’t Forget About Campfire Safety

You really need to be aware when making a campfire and before you start cooking you need to make sure it is safe to avoid accidents. Make sure you keep a ten foot radius between any objects and the fire. For example leave a few metres between camp chairs, tents and luggage. The campfire can easily let off sparks which can have your tent up in flames within minutes. It always pays off to be careful. Throughout the whole time that the campfire is alight always look around and be aware of both people and other objects in the nearby area.

Safety proof your pit. A lot of people forget about this but it is really important. Most campgrounds will already have a pit dug out but some don’t. Depending also on who was there before you it might not be ready to use straight away. First of all make sure you clear all debris from around the fire pit, including garbage and grass. There should be a 5-foot perimeter of soil around the campfire space. Next check to see if there is a metal ring surrounding the pit, if there is no metal ring, circle the pit with rocks. If your fire grows in size, this will help keep it within these borders. Last but not least keep any flammable items far from the fire. This includes aerosol cans and pressurized containers.

Always have water nearby at hand because one gust of wind or one dry bit of wood can cause the fire to increase in size before you know it. Have a shovel nearby if you can and soil to help put out the fire in an emergency. Making sure you can control the fire is just as important as the preparation and putting it out.

Every camper knows how easy it is to get distracted and to walk away from the fire. If there is a group of you then take turns in keeping a close eye on the fire because this can help reduce unseen accidents. Make sure to always warn your children of the dangers of an open fire so they don’t get too close. Make sure you build the fire sensibly at the beginning and start with the appropriate materials. Start the fire with kindling and put the wood in a teepee shape around that, as the fire takes then add bits of wood to it continually but not all at once. Avoid using flammable liquids to light your fire because these smell, can get out of hand and will make your food have a funny taste to it.

Once you have had fun around the campfire and all had something to eat you need make sure the fire is extinguished before you all retire. Throwing water on the fire will help reduce it or throw dirt on it. These two are the best options in putting out the fire. Make sure you stir the embers around so that another fire doesn’t start. In a perfect situation the embers will be wet and cold before you go to bed. Every camper will say that camping isn’t camping without an open fire. Don’t forget a holiday could be quickly ruined if you don’t take correct measures in ensuring everyone’s safety. Keep these tips in mind and always ask a fellow camper if you aren’t sure what you are doing.

Everyone knows the key to going on a great camping trip is the planning and the prepping so once the hard work is out of the way all you need to do is sit back and enjoy yourself. Plan your meals, plan your food and pack simply but practically and you can ensure that you will enjoy the time off with nature.

If you go with friends then ask them to do the same so everyone is just as equally organised and if you forget something then they might bring it along and vice versa. It pays off in the end and we wish you a happy and safe camping trip!!

Easy Food to Make For Camping Trips

Easy Food to Make For Camping Trips

Camping can be easy and fun and it certainly doesn’t have to be stressful. Our team of expert campers have help come up with a list of all the food which is easy to make when you are camping. Check out our tips on how to pack food with food to bring camping and check out our cheap and easy camping food options too for extra inspiration. When you go camping you are limited to what you can cook with and how you can cook it. Once you get the hang of it though you will be a professional camp cooker in no time. If you are cooking for two or ten have a look at these neat ideas and meals which are super easy to prep, can be done in advance and are tasty and perfect for making and enjoying around the campfire.

Tacos in a Bag

This tacos is a bag recipe is not only great fun but super quick and easy and can be made with a variety of leftover ingredients that you have leftover at the end of your camping trip. All you need to do is buy a few bags of doritos or tacos or buy in bulk to save money and follow the instructions below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 2 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 7 Lunch size bags Nacho Doritos, Cool Ranch Doritos and/or Fritos
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Jalapeno Slices
  • Taco Sauce
  • Sour Cream, etc.

Directions: Brown ground beef and drain. Add seasoning and 1/4 cup water. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Gently crush chips in each bag. Open top and roll down edges of bag. Add a meat and cheese and your favorite toppings and gently toss with a plastic fork.

Chilli Campfire Bake

This chili recipe is a classic and can be done over the campfire with a skillet. It is really quick and easy to whip together and let’s face it, no camping trip is complete with chili!

Easy to make camping food
Easy to make camping food

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 oz) box elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili
  • 1 (7 ounce) bag corn chips
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Pour the whole box of pasta into a large skillet (approximately 12 inches in diameter). Pour 3 cups of cold water into skillet. Make sure the water covers the pasta. Turn the burner to high, then set your timer for 10 minutes (optional: add a bit of salt to taste).
  2. Cook on high, stirring occasionally, until almost all of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Add chili and bring to a simmer.
  4. Remove from heat and top with corn chips and Cheddar cheese.

This recipe can be cooked in advance at home before you go and then stored in tupperware containers in the cooler. All you need to do when at the campsite is just gently heat up on the fire. You can even have this cold with a salad on the side. We love this recipe because it requires minimal ingredients but it still tasty and filling.

Campsite Mac n Cheese

Another classic heartwarming food is mac n cheese. There are so many variations on this dish that it can sometimes be hard to find the perfect one but this following recipe has been tried and tested by members of our team and we can guarantee it is tasty, filling and just scrumptious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 8 oz prepared Alfredo sauce {just over half a jar}
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 cup half and half or whole milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Stir alfredo sauce into the cooked pasta with the three cheeses and enough milk to keep things loosey goosey. {This is so your mac and cheese doesn’t dry out while it’s staying cool.} Stir in salt and pepper to taste. Divide between four mini aluminum pie tins –{or one big one}, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Spray one side of aluminum foil with more nonstick cooking spray and cover each individual mac and cheese portion, sprayed side down, facing the food. Seal well. Store in a large plastic food storage bag in a cooler until ready to cook.
  3. Prepare a fire and let it burn down to the coals. Place a cooking rack over top that would be 2-3 inches above. Place each pie tin over the hot coals and cook 8-10 minutes or until hot. Remove from fire and serve immediately.
  4. You can also just bake these at home in a glass baking dish at 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or so. Easy peasy!
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S’mores Cones

The one thing you have to have when camping is s’mores and we love this unique take on s’mores which adults and kids will love! Maybe not so healthy but is a treat worth having at least one evening while you are away.

Ingredients:

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Directions:

Fill each cone with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Wrap each one carefully in foil. Stick on the grill for seven to ten minutes but make sure you keep them away from direct flames. Unwrap and enjoy – drizzle with maple syrup for an extra sweet boost.

You can even add sliced up apple, fudge and toffee to make some interesting cones. These work great every time and you can even do them at home in the oven!

Campfire Pies

We weren’t too sure about this recipe when we tried it but we ended up loving it. It is diverse and easy. For a super quick dinner or breakfast these campfire pies will be loved by everyone on the campsite! Get your sandwich irons out and have some fun experimenting.

Ingredients:

  • cinnamon sugar mixture
  • seasonal fruit (sweet cherries, blueberries, raspberries, peach slices, apple slices) or preserves or canned pie filling
  • Bread Slices

Directions:

  1. Make sure the campfire is very hot with glowing coals.
  2. Spray the insides of the sandwich iron with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Lay a piece of bread in each side of the iron and press it down slightly to make an indentation in the bread. Place a few tablespoons of fruit on the bread and sprinkle on about 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Lay the other piece of bread on top of the other.
  4. Connect the two sides of the sandwich iron and press down, locking the handles together. Scrape away any bread hanging out of the irons as it will burn in the hot coals. Place the iron right in the middle of the hottest part of the fire and leave it there for about 2 to 3 minutes. The sides should be toasted golden brown when ready. The pie will be very hot, so allow it to cool for a couple minutes before eating.

If you aren’t too keen on the fruit fillings then you can try it with peanut butter, nutella and sliced bananas. You can even do savory fillings and have pizza filled pies or use the vegetable leftovers from the night before. There is so much you can do and they are simple, tasty and require less washing up!

Even More Tips To Cooking When Camping

It is no secret that eating food cooked by an open fire under the stars is so much more tasty and special. We agree that it takes a little extra patience and a little more thought but as we have said time and time again it is worth it in the end. Here some tips to getting it right the first time before we continue with our campfire recipes.

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Easy to make camping food
    • Measure ingredients for each meal ahead of time and pack in ziplock bags. Label each bag accordingly.
    • Prepare soups, stews or chili etc ahead of time. Freeze and keep in cooler. Reheat for a quick meal.
    • Don’t forget the heavy duty aluminum foil. There are many uses for it at camp.
    • Be very careful with gas canisters. Keep upright at all times. Keep outside in well ventilated area. Check for leakage by putting soap liquid on all connections. Turn off when not in use.
    • Freeze meat before putting in cooler. Keeps other foods cold and will keep longer.
    • Cover pots whenever cooking outdoors. Food will get done quicker and you will save on fuel. Also helps keep dirt and insects out of your food.
    • For ease of cleaning up and to protect equipment from smoke and fire damage, put liquid soap on outside of your pots and pans before putting over the fire.
    • Block ice will last longer than cubed ice.
    • All items in your cooler should be packed in watertight bags or containers.
    • To avoid unwanted visits from animals, keep food stored away or hang above ground level.
    • Apply oil on camp grill to keep foods from sticking or rub half an onion onto it.
    • Cans of frozen juice keep other foods cold.
    • Use convenience or instant foods for quick meals.
    • Use fireproof cooking equipment. Keep handles away from extreme heat and flames.
    • To keep matches dry – dip stick matches in wax and when needed, scrape off the tip of the match and light. Also keep matches in a waterproof container.
    • Use ziplock bags to store foods like soup, sauces, chili etc. Freeze the bag and put in cooler. It helps keep other foods cold.
    • To fix a cooler leak, apply melted paraffin wax inside and outside the leakey area.
    • Put a pan of hot water on the fire while you eat so that it’ll be ready for cleanup when you are done.
    • To keep soap clean at your campsite, put it in a sock and hang from a tree.
    • Pita bread packs better and stays in better shape while camping than regular type breads.
    • Bring energy boosting snacks such as GORP trail mix, granola bars, dried fruit, beef jerky etc. for in between meals.
    • To cook hamburgers more evenly throughout, put a hole in the middle of your hamburger about the size of your finger, during grilling the hole will disappear but the center will be cooked the same as the edges.
    • Fill gallon milk jugs or 2 liter soda bottles with water or juice and freeze. They keep the cooler cold and provide a cold beverage.
    • To remove odors from your cooler, wipe with a water and baking soda solution.
    • Use a separate cooler for drinks so not to open the food cooler too often.
    • Replenish your ice often. Keep your food cold at all times to avoid food spoilage and food poisoning.
    • To keep marshmallows from sticking together, add a little powdered sugar to the bag. Brand name marshmallows are less likely to stick together.
    • When making egg sandwiches using english muffins or bagels, cook your eggs in a canning ring.
    • Consider using a crockpot. Prepare and start your dinner in the morning before your activities. It’ll be ready to eat when you get back.
    • If you add too much salt to a recipe, add a peeled potato to the dish and finish cooking. The potato will absorb the excess salt.
    • On your last day of camp, use your leftover meats and vegetables to make omelets for breakfast. You can use almost any ingredient in omelets. Then you don’t have to take the leftovers home with you.
    • Pre-chop ingredients such as onion, peppers etc at home. Pack in ziplock bags. Pre-cook select meats and freeze for quick meal preparation.
    • Pack food items in separate ziplock bags. Saves space. Easy to pack. Resealable. Can use for trash container when empty.
    • Instead of “stick” or “tub” butter or margarine, try “squeeze” margarine. This squeeze bottle is much easier and cleaner to use when in the woods. It is also great for cooler temperature. If it gets too hard, simply place the bottle in a pot of warm water for a few minutes.
    • Cook on or over coals (either wood or charcoal). Coals provide a more steady, even heat without the smoke. Avoid burning your food and avoid undercooked food in the middle.
    • To save room when packing your camp kitchen, use your pots as mixing bowls.
    • Heavy duty aluminum foil bags take up little room and are great for mixing vegetables and meats together for easy cooking and easy clean-up.
    • When barbecuing chicken, grill the chicken without the sauce until it is halfway cooked, then coat with sauce. The sauce won’t burn onto the chicken and your meal will be more flavorful.
    • To get your charcoal pieces ready quicker, use a charcoal chimney.
    • Disposable water bottles make great dispensers for salad dressings, oils and sauces.
    • Add a few ice cubes to aluminum foil dinners or vegetables packets to prevent them from burning and to keep them moist.
    • To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet or pan, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan and bring to a boil.
    • Use an old large coffee pot to heat up water for cooking, doing the dishes or for hot beverages.
    • Use a leather/suede work glove as an oven mitt.
    • If you are truly into outdoor camping, invest in one of those airtight bag/sealing systems. Without air, bacteria doesn’t grow (as fast) and cold foods seem to keep better. Prepare individual servings in airtight bags so you only open what you need. For frozen items, individual servings defrost faster than large portions. Since the bags are reusable, use them for your litter. They are also lighter than cans. Finally, the bags are thicker than other storage bags and will help cut down, if not eliminate, food odors.
    • Use two or four large coffee cans filled with water and covered with heavy duty aluminum foil as grill holders. As your meals cook, water heats up for dishes or cleanup. Store in their own plastic bags to keep soot from other items. Fold plastic bags inside for storage along with roll of T.P. and other small camping items such as dishcloth, soap etc.
    • Put a rope through the paper towel tube. Tie ends together. Loop over slat in picnic table or from a low limb for easy use and to stop it from getting lost or dirty.

Campfire Cheesy and Spicy Fries

We love this neat example of healthy, juicy, creamy, cheesy and packed full of carbs recipe. You can even try this one at home in your oven to save on washing dishes later. Either way this has to be a favorite of ours.

Ingredients:

  • one can of chili of choice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small package frozen french fries (not mega family size)

Directions:

  1. Spray the inside of a large doubled-up sheet of foil with cooking spray.
  2. Place the frozen fries in the middle of the sheet; fold to enclose.
  3. Cook the fries on your BBQ or over a campfire until they are cooked – around 15-20 minutes.
  4. Spread the chili and cheese over the fries.
  5. Close the packet again and cook until the chili is hot and the cheese has melted.
  6. Remove, cool slightly and enjoy! We just ate it with forks right out of the package!

Roasted Mushroom On The Fire

Who doesn’t love mushrooms, especially when they are roasted on a skillet on top of the fire? This great recipe can be used as a side dish or as a topping for rice or pasta. Whichever way you choose, guarantee you will need to make plenty as everyone will just love it.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound brown crimini mushrooms, cleaned and cut into thirds
  • ¼ pound portabella mushroom, cleaned and cut into thick slices
  • ¼ pound morels, cut the very end off;  leave whole
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 small shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • drizzle of red wine or beef stock (about ¼ cup)

Directions

  1. Start your campfire using wood;  the smoky flavor will add depth to your mushroom dish.  Once the coals are ready put a cooking grate over the top of the fire, set a large frying pan on top;  add the olive oil and butter.  Heat until melted.
  2. Add the shallots, stir, and cook for a minute.  Add the garlic and rosemary, stir. Add the brown crimini mushrooms, stir, and cook for about 3 – 5 minutes, until slightly soft.  Cooking time will depend on how hot the fire is.  Add the portobello mushroom, stir, and cook for another 3 – 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice, stir and cook for a minute.  Add the wine and cook down for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the morels, and lightly heat for 3 minutes.
  3. Serve over grilled steaks.

Cooking Up a Storm

When you cook meals at the campsite take into consideration the washing up and the prepping tools needed. Try to make things as easy as possible for everyone and consider sticking meat and veggies on a skewer and cooking over the campfire. Everything tastes so much better when cooked this way and everyone will have a hungry appetite after a day in the fresh air. Try tin foil meals where you stick everything in a tin foil pan or wrapped in tin foil and then chuck over the campfire. Whatever it is you decide to make when camping, make your meals easy and fun by preparing and doing the hard work at home. All you then need to do is sit back and relax with a drink while watching the campfire flames light up the night sky.

Camping Activities for Adults

Camping Activities for Adults

It is actually unbelievable how much fun adults can have when stuck outside in the middle of nowhere with a beer, a tent and some good friends. Our team have enjoyed doing research this week on adult activities and we enjoyed it even more when we tried some of the games out. There is so many things you can do when camping and to enjoy your holiday away and make the most of it we have come up with even more fun ideas and activities that you can take part in when spending time in the outdoors!

Lawn Twister

Pretty self-explanatory. Paint a “twister board” onto your lawn and get started! We cut a 10 inch circle out of a pizza box and used it for my template, then made the circles using contractors marking spray paint (that washes off.)

Family Olympics

Running races, swimming relays, a water balloon toss, 3-legged races, darts, pie-eating contests…the possibilities are endless! It doesn’t take long to bring out the spirit of competition at large family events…usually followed by lots of laughs! Be sure to be prepared with “Olympic Game Medals” to award to the victors made out of candy bars attached to pieces of ribbon.

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camping activities for adults

Talent Show

Keep it low key so no one feels pressured to do something outside their comfort zone. Invite everyone to put their name or their group’s name on a sign-up sheet but no one has to participate. Numbers should be 2 minutes or less so everyone can participate that wants to without making it too long. Encourage creativity! It’s a great chance for cousins to work together and a fun way to showcase talents and interests. Lots of laughter guaranteed!

Tug of War

A classic. All you need is solid rope, and some tape to mark the center of the rope and mark 8 feet on each side of the center. Dividing the family into teams is part of the fun. The battle of the sexes is a popular approach, with boys versus girls or uncles against aunts. It could be one branch of the family challenging another, or the adults going up against the young. The game can be more fun if the rope extends across a small stream, a puddle or a water sprinkler.

Who Am I?

Simply write the names of everyone at the reunion on small slips of paper and drop them in a hat. Then have each player draw a name and tape it to someone else’s forehead — without allowing him to see it. Players mix and mingle, asking other participants yes-or-no questions (“Do I have kids?” “Am I taller than you?”) until everyone figures out whose name is taped to his or her forehead.

Awards Ceremony

As a final activity, have an awards ceremony and give out candy/certificates for things like “best sunburn” or “loudest snorer.” It will get everyone laughing and help cement the good times in everyone’s memory before it’s time to go home.

SUMMER FUN–WATER BALLOON GAMES

  • Water Balloon Fight– the original water balloon classic!
  • Water Piñatas– Hang your water balloons and grab a stick!
  • Water Balloon Toss– Stand directly across from your partner. Start off close, and with each successful toss and catch, take a step back. Continue until someone gets wet!
  • “Hot Water” Balloon– Just like Hot Potato, but a little colder!
  • Water Balloon 3-Legged Race– Have each racer hold an individual balloon. Who ever wins, gets to throw the unbroken balloons at the opponents of their choice!
  • Water Balloon Catch– Use the belly part of your shirt to throw and catch the balloon.
  • Water Balloon Egg Relays– Carry your balloon on a spoon! This is really tough, so it may be easier to use serving spoons.
  • Water Balloon Shot Put– Who can shot put their balloon the furthest?
  • Water Balloon Tag– Whoever is “it,” carries the water balloon. If you get hit and the balloon breaks then… “Tag you’re it!!”
  • Water Balloon Dodge Ball– Just like regular Dodge Ball, but be careful the balloons do not break on the ground before starting. Play nice—No hitting in the face!!!
  • Water Balloon Volleyball– 2 teams of 2 people stand holding each end of a towel. Use the towel to catch and throw the water balloon over the net!
  • Water Balloon Art– This is compliments of my 5 year old niece—throw balloons onto the ground, and look at all the pretty designs you can make.
  • Water Balloon Darts– Hang up some balloons (the smaller the easier), and see who can hit the target!
  • Pin the Tail on the Water Balloon– This is for older kids, but still make sure an adult is around for safety reasons.
  • Water Balloon 500– You need one person to be the thrower and a group of people standing a good distance away to catch. The greater the distance, the older the kids. When throwing the balloon, the thrower announces a number value to the balloon.  If someone catches the balloon, they get the amount that was called out.  Continue this until someone racks up 500 points. To make the game longer, the thrower can call negative numbers.

GLOW IN THE DARK PLASTIC WATER BOTTLE BOWLING

It’s perfect for summertime fun and great for a family camping trip. However, you don’t have to reserve this fun glowing game for summer, it’s great for indoor fun as well. Turn off all the lights and enjoy a fun game of indoor bowling if it is raining outside!

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Aside from some plastic water bottles and glow sticks, you’ll need a good sturdy ball, like a soccer ball, to bowl down your glow-in-the-dark pins. You can find glow sticks in the party aisle at discount department stores, or check your local dollar store.

Adults, you will need:

Remove any labels from your water bottles. If water bottles are new and still contain water, pour out a little off the top to allow for the glow stick you’ll be adding.

Crack the glow sticks to activate them (according to package directions) and drop one glow stick in each bottle. Replace the lid on the bottle securely.

Line bottles up like bowling pins. The back row should have 4 pins, the next row will have 3, next 2, and finally 1 at the front.

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To keep the game fair, especially if you have a range of ages playing, set a distance for each age group. Smaller children are allowed to stand closer to the pins while older kids that need more of a challenge should stand farther back.

Glow in the Dark Bowling is a fun game that can be played year round and will provide plenty of giggles and smiles.

Flipper Fill-Up

Supplies:

  • Flippers
  • Large tote filled with water
  • Small bucket
  • 2 or 3 Gallon bucket

To Play:

This is a timed event. Participants put on flippers, fill up the small bucket (from the large tote of water) and walks to the 3 gallon bucket with the small bucket on their head. Once they reach the 3 gallon bucket, they pour the water into the bucket. They run back to the start line (still in flippers) where they tag their teammate, remove their flippers, and their teammate puts on the flippers, etc… Once the bucket is full, the timer is stopped. Record the time.

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Lead and Guide

Supplies:

  • Nylons
  • Blindfolds/Bandanas
  • 10 random items
  • Cones, string or tape

Prep:

Cut nylons in smaller sections. Tie smaller sections in loops. Designate a large area with cones and then mask off a 4×4 section in the center, either with cones, string or tape.

To Play:

This is a timed event. Each team chooses a director and the rest of the teams find a partner, using the looped nylon tie one of their legs to their partner. Everyone but the director puts on a blindfold. Someone from an opposing team takes the ten random objects and places them through the large designated area. The director guides each partnership to the items, where they must pick it up and be directed back to the designated 4×4 section where they will place the item. Once all ten items are placed in the 4×4 area, the timer is stopped. Record the time.

Scoring

Each team records their score and times for each event on a piece of paper. In the end, collect all the papers and assign 3 points to the fastest team in each event, 2 points for second place and 1 point for third place. Add up the totals and announce the overall winner.

Bon Appetit – Great for getting everyone fed the fun way

PREP TIME– 20 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– Sandwich Materials (Bread, Condiments), Plastic Knives, Plates (optional), Bowls for Condiments (optional), Tables for Materials to Sit On, Plastic Gloves for Every Contestant

GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– 7-10 Participants per Team

Each participant will need to put one condiment on the sandwich before tagging the next person in line. Have a bowl with condiments (or packets if possible) for contestants to use- this will speed things up and eliminate unnecessary time waiting to share items.

Once the sandwich is complete, the “eaters” will then eat the sandwich one bite at a time. If you’re group is repulsed by this idea, you can have someone cut the sandwich into squares and make the “eaters” eat their square.

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Turn Things Up a Little…

Sometimes even the best of us need a way to engage on trail.  Hiking activities encourage all ages to engage their senses and pay attention to their surroundings as they explore the woods, desert, mountains and streams around them.

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Not sure that your group will be into hiking games or trail activities? Rest assured if you present this scavenger hunt in a fun, playful way, all will be able to enjoy your next tromp in the great outdoors.

Below you will find a list of scavenger hunt items that you can tweak to your hiking destination. Break it down into a couple of different lists and take them on a multi-day backpack.

Ideas for Fun Trail Activities

  • Find a heart shaped rock.
  • Find an animal’s home.
  • Find a creature in the clouds.
  • Find three different leaves.
  • Find four different shades of green.
  • Find a friend’s shadow and wave to it.
  • Find something that smells pretty.
  • Find a place where erosion is occurring.
  • Stop. Listen. What do you hear?
  • Spin in a circle slowly and count the trees around you.
  • Pick up 3 pieces of litter.
  • Get down on your hands and knees and find the tiniest plant you can see.
  • Rub the bark of a nearby tree. Is it smooth or rough? Now look for insects on the tree bark.
  • Wade into the creek/lake/stream. Do you see any fish or insects?
  • Give the person you are with a hug.
  • What is the tallest thing around you?
  • Pretend a predator is after you. Where is the best hiding spot you can find?
  • Can you find all the colors of the rainbow?
  • Can you find a small puddle or some standing water? When did it last rain?
  • Take 15 steps walking as slowly and quietly as you can. Pretend you are sneaking up on something.
  • Look around and try to find a bird’s nest.
  • Find a piece of scat. What animal left it behind?
  • As always, these activities are meant as a guide to get your imagination rolling.

 

Berry Picking

Autumn brings some sort of edible berry to almost every climate. The best patches close to roadways, cities and towns will be quickly picked over — but if you’re willing to hike a few miles into the woods, you can almost always find lush patches of berries ready for the picking.

Of course there are some poisonous berries out there, too. Sometimes they can look quite a bit like the edible cousins you’re looking for! So make sure you know what you’re picking. If you’re not positive, bring a plant identification guide or — better yet — a real, living and breathing plant expert with until you’re confident in your own identification skills.

Fishing

Don’t be too fast to assume that just because you’re off the beaten track, the lakes and streams are barren. Quite the opposite, in fact — there are usually plenty of native fish, and sometimes your local department of fish and game may even stock semi-remote lakes.

Foraging

Berries aren’t the only wild edibles out there. From nuts and seeds to roots and flowers, you can collect real food as you hike — but only if you know how to tell the safe from the unsafe.

We think of berries and other wild fruits as the training wheels of the foraging world. If you’re going to delve deeper, you need A+ confidence in your ability to correctly identify safe wild foods. Getting there is easier than you might think — start with a healthy dose of caution and common sense, then tackle a few local plant walks or foraging walks, led by local experts, to get yourself started.

Orienteering

Geocaching puts your navigation skills to the test — finding the cache is the prize. If you’re orienteering, getting there first (or sometimes, getting there at all) is the prize.

It’s up to you to find your way to a series of checkpoints with nothing but a map, compass, and your (or your teammates’) physical fortitude. Orienteering is fun on its own merits, but it’s also a great way to learn and practice the type of navigation skills you need for some backcountry adventures.

Photography

Photography and hiking go together like… well, like just about any cliche you can think up. There’s just so much out there to see. Bringing photographs back is a way to share that beauty with others, or prompt your own memories of the places you’ve been.

Just one warning: Don’t get so carried away with your photographs that you forget to drink in the natural beauty with your own eyes, too.

Scrambling and Climbing

From a hiker’s perspective, many of us will enjoy a good scramble just as much as any climber — heck, some of us are climbers, too! But if you’re venturing onto technical terrain (where you really need a rope or specialized skills to be safe), make sure you and everyone else in the party understands the risks and has the right skill set for managing them!

Even mild exposure merits respect and caution. But with that said, a good scramble or climb — when tackled knowingly — is a ton of fun!

Sit And Watch

“Getting somewhere” is one of the biggest reasons we hike, right? But sometimes just getting outside — and really being there — is enough of a destination.

Try this and see what you think: Instead of hiking to a specific place, just hit your favorite trail and find a place — preferably off the trail — to sit and watch. You might be amazed by just how much nature goes quiet when you pass by, and how much of it comes spilling back in if you take the time to sit, watch, and listen.

Learning

You can learn a lot from books — but I’m firmly of the mind that there’s no better school for real hands-on learning than the outdoors. Outdoor centers, science centers, municipal recreation programs and park facilities are usually rife with learning opportunities.

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Pair hiking with education on outings that teach basic foraging and tracking skills, on birding walks to identify or survey local birds, or on outings that focus on the life-cycle of one specific animal. If no local groups offer such outings, you can DIY with the help of a good guidebook and a little common sense.

The overall goal is to have fun and enjoy your time away, you won’t have time to fit in all these amazing activities but you can try. The most important thing is to relax and enjoy your time away with your friends and family!

Check Out These Camping Gadgets For Men

Check Out These Camping Gadgets For Men

If you are looking for a gift idea, whether it is for Christmas or a birthday then look no further because we have come up with some top choices of camping gadgets for men – women love them too – but these gadgets are ‘manly’ gadgets which will keep men quiet for hours on end and will actually come in useful for something.  If your other half is a camping fanatic then we have all the answers below. Bringing technology and nature together who knew that these camping gadgets take camping to new heights. We have even picked out neat camping chairs and even drones to please the man in your life so you can pick something ultra-unique and ultra-special. Check out our coolest picks below.

Selk’bag Captain America Sleeping Bag

We know a sleeping bag isn’t a gadget but it is something you can’t do without when camping and we love this Captain America wearable sleeping bag which will really please your other half. They can eat and drink by the campfire and then fall into the tent without having to worry about fitting and zipping up sleeping bags. It has an insulated hood which will keep your ears warm, it has a quick release system so you can easily get your hands out of the sleeping bag, the hip zipper allows you to easily reach into your pockets, the botties can also be detached so you can wear your own shoes when outside and it comes in four sizes so is made to fit every shape!

Selk’bag do a whole range of similar wearable sleeping bags including spider man, the incredible hulk and even the iron man. This is a neat present which will make your other half smile and you can even get matching ones for the whole family. They are great value for money and can be used as an extra layer of clothing when out in the cold. This is a must have for any camping fanatic!

Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Kit

This green and black stylish camping kitchen set is great for any man who loves to cook on the BBQ. It includes two kitchen knives, a built in ceramic sharpener, a locking drawer for the knives, a drip channel around the board and non-slip rubber footing. We love this nifty item because it is perfect for camping, it fits compactly into your luggage and it means you can transport your kitchen knives with safety.

If your man loves to try his hand at chopping and grilling then buy this for him to give him a jump start. You never know, he might actually like it and start to cook more at home!

Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flashlight with 2200mAh Power Bank USB Port and Rechargeable Battery

This really versatile gadget works as a breaker, a charger and a light so in the event of the end of the world you can be guaranteed light and the battery on your phone not to die. This is a

high-brightness, portable LED light – safe, long lasting, and highly visible, it is safe and efficient mobile power – 2200mAh power bank USB charging port with cable included, it has a long-distance flash light – 5 different lighting modes: bright, medium, dim, SOS, and strobe, it has a high-strength alloy steel emergency glass breaker and it is waterproof and durable – can withstand inclement weather, accidental submersion, or spills.

We love this flashlight and is one of the items we are going to be adding to our survival kit list!

AirDog – The Action Sports Drone

When camping the one thing people sometimes to forget is pictures because they are having too much fun with outdoor activities. This drone is easy to use and has a dedicated flight mode for every action and sport. It is super compact to carry around making it a perfect gadget to use when camping. It has a wrist controller which is waterproof so you can maintain full focus on the action going on around you while still being able to capture it.

It has a ground collision avoidance on board so you can ensure it won’t fall apart to pieces when in use and it has a top speed of 44 mph so you can catch all those exciting outdoor sports from a bird’s eye view and it also has a wind resistance of up to 28 knots. It includes batteries, a charger, a wrist controller and propellers.

We love this neat creation and couldn’t be more excited about the new drones which are coming out next season. If you want to please your other half and if they are both gadget and camping mad then buy this and film your next game of baseball at the campsite or even film the next time you go surfing.

Coleman Quattro Lax Double Quad Chair

We couldn’t help but add this neat loveseat to our list even though it isn’t a gadget because let’s be honest, what man wouldn’t love to cuddle up to his other half by the campfire in a comfy loveseat camp seat! This one comes in lime green and black so it will make you stand out from the crowd and each chair has a cup holder so you can sit back, relax and enjoy a drink or two together. The two convenient backseat pockets can allow you to store your books and phones and it folds away really easily for transportation.

Victorinox Swiss Army Camper II Pocket Knife

Last but not least we have the classical gadget which every man will love. A swiss army camping survival knife which has everything you need in one compact, pocket item. The champion plus version has so many versatile tools which will come handy to anyone who loves to camp, fish, hike or hunt. It has 30 individual tools such as screwdrivers, bottle openers, can openers, files, hooks, saws and is crafted in switzerland with a lifetime warranty.

This item is a great gift for anyone and is so versatile and is great to have in your backpack when camping. Be assured any man will love this nifty gadget.

Other Camping Gadget Ideas…

Alongside the obvious army knife and camping seat there are so many things you can buy as a gift for any camping lover. Try looking at the smart compasses which have recently come out or even the smartwatches which everyone has fallen in love with. Buy a portable speaker if your camping fanatic loves music or buy some BBQ skewers if they love to cook! The choices are endless but we picked the products above because they are great value for money and will bring a smile to anyone’s face. If you want something extra special then go for personalised items like engraved compasses or water bottles. Have a look at ordering a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Happy Camper’ for example.

For the ones who like to wear clean clothes every day we even have portable washing machines and a portable coffee makers so you can have that burst of caffeine before anyone else gets up. With today’s technology we have seen gadgets that help you get a phone signal when you don’t have one, gadgets that charge up your phone and other items through a USB solar powered port and even blankets which fold down to the size of penny. If you can think of it then it has probably been invented, right down to waterproof notebooks and backpacks that fold out into a tent. A lot of the gadgets we have researched aren’t entirely practical for campers but if you want to go camping and have some home comforts with you then try out some of these gadgets. We even came across a waterproof, smart umbrella which alerts you when you forget it or if it’s going to rain anytime soon. Buy a smart gadget today and please your loved one!