Camping is a great family activity. It is a great opportunity for children to learn about nature. It is also an incredible bonding opportunity. A chance for you to spend some quality time with your children without competing with the television, video games or other gadget that steals their attention away.
Before the campout even begins, plans for what to food to eat, how to store food, and how to prepare it are very important. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to have him assist you with this planning. Not only is this a good learning experience for your child, but it is a great activity to get your child excited with anticipation for the upcoming camping event.
Planning should start with a menu. There are numerous recipes that can be cooked on a campfire. You may also think about investing in a propane stove. This will make cooking even easier and safer too.
Once a menu has been set, you need to ensure that all of the food will be well stored. You not only want to make sure that no food spoils, but you also want to make sure it is sealed well to prevent bugs and animals from eating it. It is important to mention that you should never feed wild animals. It is best to keep your food locked in the car while unattended or sleeping. Don’t store food in a tent. I know that this may seem to be impossible if you are camping with younger children. But it is much safer because animals are always hungry for campers’ food.
Once you have made a list of everything that you are going to pack, make a shopping list for everything you still need. I definitely suggest taking your child with you shopping for your camping needs. This will really get your child excited about the camping trip. It will also make running the errands more enjoyable for you.
Alright on to some tips to make your life easier while camping.
1) Pack fruit that is firm fleshed (oranges) so that it doesn’t bruise easily.
2) Use tortillas for sandwiches instead of bread. It will hold up better.
3) Prepare some foods in advance. Cut vegetables, grate cheese, cook meats and sauces.
4) One large cube of ice (water frozen in a container) will keep longer than ice cubes. Use an old milk container or two liter pop bottles
5) Powdered drinks are easier to pack than pop.
6) Put vegetable oil used for cooking in a spray bottle.
7) Use Pringles instead of chips in a bag to prevent crushing.
8) Prepared bags of salad are quick, easy and healthy.
9) If you use any mixes, such as pancakes, choose ones that you add only water to (no eggs or mild required).
10) Stock your cooler with what you will need for the day. Then restock it in the evening for the next day. This way you won’t have to carry extra food and drinks.
11) Make sure that you have large water containers if you will be in an area that doesn’t have water piped in.
12) A two burner propane stove makes preparing meals and clean up much easier.
13) Paper plates and paper cups can be easily disposed of in a fire.
14) Use the boxed meals that don’t require much preparation.
15) Invest in a large container for all the kitchen utensils.
16) Before placing a pot in a campfire, rub dish soap (with a paper towel) on the outside of the pot. It really makes clean up a snap.
Whether you use a propane stove or campfire, make sure you always observe proper safety rules. Your children are watching you and will do what you do. Teach them to be safe.