Sunday, August 21, 2016

We are winding down here in Maine with summer and going up to camp! We will be going on one last camping run before fall sets in next month, so I though I'd share some tips I have received to make the trip easier.

Kitchen essentials

·         Water – 2.5 to 5-gallon containers. You need 2 – 4 quarts of water per day per person. And that’s only to drink. Don’t forget water will be needed for cooking and clean up.
·         Stove and fuel (and waterproof matches)
·         Tarp, ropes, clothesline, etc.
·         Table or something to use as a table if you want to rough it.
·         Seating – camp stools, camp chairs, logs, large rocks, etc.
·         Frying pan and Dutch oven – cast iron is best but heavy. You can transport stuff in the Dutch oven.
·         Coffee pot – can be used to heat water for tea, soup, pasta, coffee, hot chocolate or for doing dishes
·         Plastic bowl or tub – for washing up and storage
·         Rags, old towels, scrubbies and biodegradable soap
·         Eating utensils – knives, forks and spoons
·         Cooking utensils – sharp knife, can-opener, large spoon, spatula
·         Cutting board – wood or plastic
·         Cooler – good for up to 2 days if most of the food is frozen
·         Plastic tubs with tight fitting lids (or bear proof container)
·         Zip lock bags for food storage.
·         Aluminum foil (wrap foods up and cook)

Food To Take on a Camping Trip

·         Premade meals – dried, dehydrated, freeze dried (this stuff can be expensive, be creative and make your own meal ahead of time yourself)
·         Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, dry juice mixes
·         Hard cheese does not need refrigeration (I don't care what they say)
·         Cereals – granola, cream of wheat, oatmeal, muesli
·         Fruit – fresh and dried
·         Nuts – great in meals or for snacking
·         Sunflower Seeds – great in meals or trail mixes
·         Breads – flat breads and hard crackers (regular bread gets squashed)
·         Soups – instant Knorr, Ramen or bullion to make your own
·         Lentils – quick cook, dried or canned beans
·         Pasta – thinner cooks faster
·         Dried veggies
·         Honey, sugar
·         Peanut butter
·         Flavoring agents – soy sauce, hot sauce, salt, pepper, garlic, dried onion, cilantro, cinnamon etc.
·         Canned meats – or dried
·         Alfalfa or dry beans for sprouting (in a zip lock bag with damp paper towel).
·         Chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers! (For S'mores)

·         Potatoes - you can almost make a meal out of a baked potato (with cheese), or chop and fry up potatoes with eggs, onions, almost anything. A versatile, not squashable food. 

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