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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.

Easy to make camping food
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.

camping activities for adults
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.

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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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camping activities for adults

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!

Easy Recipes for Cooking When Camping

Easy Recipes for Cooking When Camping

Our team pride themselves on finding the most tasty and unique recipes out there. With a little tweaking we have come up with tasty and easy recipes which you can do at the campsite. With a few utensils, some cooking equipment and a fire you can make meals for everyone! Take your cooking skills to the next step and prepare your meals at home, freeze them and then you have instant meals for camping so you don’t have to slave over a stove all day! If you want some perfect food for camping then read on and try your hand at some of these amazing recipes. From one pan cooking to meals on a skewer, we have thought of it all and we have tried and tested all of them so you can be guaranteed every single one will come out tasty and delicious.

Marshmallow and Strawberry Kebabs

If you have some heat leftover on your BBQ or campfire then get the kids helping with these healthy and sweet kebabs! Toast them up and drizzle with caramel or honey.

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Camping cooking recipes easy

Ingredients:

Directions:

Thread 4 long metal skewers with 5 marshmallows and 4 hulled strawberries each. Carefully hold over a campfire or gas stove, turning slowly, until the marshmallows are toasted. Stir a pinch of salt into caramel and drizzle over the top. Sprinkle with hazelnuts or biscuits, if you like. The marshmallows will be very hot, so allow to cool for a min or so before eating.

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Cheesy Scrambled Egg Croissants

These make a great option for breakfast and they don’t work well just for camping but at home too.

Ingredients:

  • 8 large egg – can be substituted with powdered eggs
  • 100g grated cheddar
  • a splash of milk – soya milk can be used
  • small bunch chives, snipped
  • 4 large croissant

Directions:

In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cheddar, milk and some seasoning. Pour into a saucepan and heat gently, stirring continuously, until softly scrambled. Stir in chives, then split open croissants (warm them first if you have an oven) and put the scrambled eggs inside.

Cowboy Chicken and Bean Stew

This makes for a hearty dinner and can be classed as comfort food. Campsite friendly – everyone will love this unique dish!

Ingredients:

  • drizzle of oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 8 chicken portions (we used thighs and drumsticks), skin removed
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes with garlic
  • 200g barbecue sauce (measure by filling half a 400g can if you don’t have scales)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano or mixed dried herbs
  • 2 x 400g cans pinto beans
  • grated cheddar  and tortilla chips, to serve (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large casserole dish with a lid. Add the onion and bacon, and cook over a medium heat for 15 mins, until the onion is really soft and starting to brown, and the bacon is crisp. Push to the side of the pan, increase the heat and add the chicken pieces. Cook for a few mins until the meat is nicely browned, but don’t worry if it’s not evenly coloured. Add the paprika, tomatoes, along with half a can (200 ml) water, the barbecue sauce, herbs, a pinch of salt and a generous amount of black pepper. Cover with a lid, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 45 mins, stirring occasionally.
  2. Check that the chicken is tender – if not, cover again and cook for 15 mins more. Add the beans and simmer, uncovered, for 20 mins until the sauce is thickened. Serve in bowls topped with grated cheddar and tortilla chips, if you like.

Chickpea and Chorizo Stew

This easy, healthy supper is just the thing you will need after a day of hiking and biking in the woods. You can’t beat this simple one pan dish that takes minimal time and effort.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 1 celery stick, finely diced
  • few thyme sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 200g chorizo diced
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 2 x 410g/14oz cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1-2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 400g bag spinach leaves, washed and drained

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, then gently fry the onion for 3-4 mins until it begins to soften. Stir in the carrot, celery, thyme and bay leaves. Season, then cook for 2-3 mins, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, chorizo, cinnamon and smoked paprika. Gently fry until the vegetables soften and the chorizo starts to release its oils and crisp up.
  2. Stir in the chickpeas, vinegar and 150 ml water, then bring to a simmer for 1-2 mins until the chickpeas have heated up. Add the spinach, then stir through the chickpeas until it wilts a little. Remove from the heat, season to taste, then serve warm with crusty bread.
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Chicken Pie

Chicken and Ham Sandwich Pies

These are perfect to make at home and store in the cooler for a snack for the journey to the campsite or even for breakfast the next day. Easy and tasty you can’t go wrong when making these.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
  • 100g thick sliced ham, chopped
  • 6 spring onions finely chopped
  • 100g strong cheddar grated
  • 3 tbsp full fat soft cheese
  • 2 tsp English mustard
  • 500g pack bread mix
  • plain flour for dusting
  • 1 egg beaten

Directions:

  1. Make the filling by mixing the chicken, ham, spring onion, cheeses and mustard with some seasoning, stir well to combine, then pop in the fridge until later. You can do this up to a day ahead.
  2. Make the bread mix following pack instructions. Divide the dough into 10 equal pieces, shape into balls then roll out on a floured surface into circles measuring 12cm across.
  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Grease 10 holes of a muffin tin. Put a dough circle into one of the holes, push in lightly, then fill with 2 tbsp of the filling mix. Gather the dough together with your fingers and pinch to create a little parcel that looks a bit like a big flower – don’t worry about totally sealing the dough as the filling will bubble through anyway, which makes the parcels look even better. Keep doing this until you have used all the dough and filling mix.
  4. Brush the parcels with beaten egg and cook for 25-30 mins until golden and risen. Enjoy warm in the garden or leave to cool and transport in the tin to the campsite. Serve with a spoonful of your favourite chutney, if you like.

There You Have It…

There you have some great recipes for dinner, lunch and breakfast. Add different spices and vegetables depending on personal tastes and just get creative with cooking. You can even flip some pancakes at the campsite because you don’t have to worry about mess. Make it fun and tasty for everyone! Try to choose meals which need less prepping and can be done in one or two pots to make it easier for cooking and cleaning up afterwards.

If you want some more cooking techniques when camping then check out this video which is packed full of tips and tricks to help you get more out of your cooking facilities when camping.

Crazy and Fun Camp Food For Kids

Crazy and Fun Camp Food For Kids

As parents as well as camping experts we know how hard it is to get your kids to sit down and eat a healthy meal. It usually involves playing with the food before serving it and possibly many bribes along the way. We then probably contradict ourselves by sneaking out and ordering a pizza when they are in bed! Either way cooking when camping can be tiring and when you are cooking meals for large groups of people you want to come up with the cheapest and easiest options out there. When it comes to cooking for those little ones we have some tips and ideas which might help them enjoy eating when camping. Don’t forget when you are camping you don’t have the easy option of fast food so they have to make do or they will go hungry, this is also a great way to help show them that eat what is given to them and it might make them appreciate that junk food all that little bit more!

Camp food for kids
Crazy and Fun Camp Food For Kids

Banana Dogs

One parent recently told us that she was sick of making hot dogs for her children when camping but it was the only thing they would eat. Try this variation of hot dogs but is actually packed full of fruity, healthy goodness and it is in hot dog buns so they can’t really refuse! All you need it the hot dog buns and the fillings, if you really want to force them to eat it then drizzle with chocolate syrup (just a bribe really!)

Apple and Cheese

Spread 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese on the cut sides of 4 whole wheat hot dog buns. Arrange one-fourth of the banana slices in each bun. top each dog with 1/4 cup of chopped apples and 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries.

Peanut-Berry and Banana

Spread 2 tablespoons peanut butter, almond butter, or soy butter on cut sides of 4 whole wheat hot dog buns. Arrange one-fourth of the banana slices in each bun. Top each dog with 1/4 cup of chopped strawberries.

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Yummy Blueberries!

Blueberries and Cream

In a bowl, stir together 4 ounces of softened cream cheese and 3 tablespoons of strawberry jam. Spread mixture on the cut sides of 4 whole wheat hot dog buns. Arrange one-fourth of the banana slices in each bun. Top bananas in each bun with 1/4 cup blueberries.

Heart and Star Shaped Fruit

If you want to make some snacks for the car that are healthy and energising then grab those skewers, watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew and start chopping. Get a cookie cutter in the shape of a star or a heart or really anything your kids love and make fruit shapes. Arrange them on a skewer and then wrap and pop them in the freezer. These work as healthy ice lollies and as fruit snacks and we guarantee they will be asking for more. Wilton do a set of 101 cookie cutters so your kids will never get bored with your creations.We love this idea as well because it is easy to prepare at home and good for travelling and when on the go.

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Healthy Potatoes!

Potato Boats

We love this super easy meal which kids will love. Eat it out of the tin foil and add some fun cocktail umbrellas on the top too.

Ingredients:

  • Large potatoes, baked
  • Sliced ham
  • Cooked bacon slices
  • cheese slices
  • Sour cream for topping
  • Green Onion (for topping – optional)

Directions:

First of all you need to bake the potatoes in tin foil over the campfire. When they are done slice the baked potato three or four times its width. In the sliced area stuff a piece of cheese, ham and bacon. Add butter on top of the potato with salt and pepper to add for extra taste.

Wrap the potato in a double layer of tin foil but remember to spray the inside with cooking spray to stop it from sticking. Place on a hot BBQ or over the campfire for about twenty minutes. Top with sour cream and green onion and any other decorations which you think will induce your child to eat it and enjoy while it is still hot! You can add different variations of fillings including peppers, mushrooms, feta cheese and even chili. This is a simple meal which everyone will love! You can even try this at home in the oven.

Bread Bears

You can get the little ones helping with this recipe and they will love to help with this one. They are simple and super fun and you can dip them into literally anything although we love the sugar and cinnamon variation.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp cup ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 1 can refrigerated plain biscuit dough

Directions:

  1. Combine cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl thoroughly.
  2. Melt butter in another bowl.
  3. Separate biscuits.
  4. Form each piece of dough into a rope 4 to 5 inches long, making sure not to stretch them out too long.
  5. Wrap the dough pieces around proper campfire sticks.We find that patting the dough around the end of the stick to make a “cap” helps the whole piece stay on and not fall off.
  6. Hold the sticks over your campfire and slowly turn until the biscuit dough is browned and firm, which takes about 8 to 10 minutes.
  7. You can either remove the dough or keep it on the stick when you dip the cooked biscuits into melted butter and then into cinnamon sugar.
  8. Eat and Enjoy!

Eggs and Bacon in a paper brown bag

We have to admit the only reason kids love this is because it can literally burst into flames at any second and we bribe them to eat it only because they want us to make more in the hope it will catch fire!

Ingredients:

  • 2 strips of fatty bacon
  • 1 egg
  • salt & pepper, hot sauce and catsup
  • 1 paper lunch bag
  • 1 green, pointy stick

Preparation:

  1.  Cut both bacon strips in half, giving you 4 pieces. Line the bottom of the paper lunch bag with the bacon to make a nice, fatty bacon nest for the egg.
  2.  Crack an egg into the nest.
  3.  Fold the top of the paper bag down carefully 2 times and poke a hole through the thick part with the stick. (Use a knife or scissors to make the hole first.)
  4.  Carefully hold the bag over the fire so the bacon cooks slowly and the fat melts.  This makes an oily paper and bacon “skillet” for the egg. Take care and keep cooking it until the egg is done.
  5.  Eat it out of the bag … but put it on a plate!  If you put it on your knee it will ruin your pants. We learned this the hard way.
  6.  Serve with salt & pepper, catsup & hot sauce. But it really doesn’t need anything at all, it’s that delicious.

Bon appétit my friends, and have fun!

If All Else Fails….

If all else fails then you will have to give in and serve them hot dogs and s’mores. We love this s’mores kit for camping because it has literally everything you need in it. This pack makes 36 amazing cracker s’mores so everyone can dip in and get sticky. Make sure you come prepared with pre prepared sandwiches too. Cut them into neat shapes and stick them on skewers and toast them to perfection. Try making waffles with sandwich irons over the fire and in general make it fun for everyone. If you get your kids to join in, the more likely they are to eat the food they prepared…unless of course they stuck a bogie in it!!

Why not let your kids help build the campfire by asking them to find fallen twigs. Getting them to join in the messy part is what they love and they will probably have the patience to sit by the campfire with a skewer of vegetables which need roasting to perfection. Make it colorful, make it fun and make it different and trust us, they will be eating everything in sight if not due to how tasty it is but due to the fact they will be ravaging hungry after a day out in the fresh air.