Camping is a classic vacation loved by many Americans. It is a true opportunity to disconnect from our digital devices and rediscover the amazing bond that man naturally has with the great outdoors. It brings out our inner child, ready to adventure through the wide open spaces with our loved ones. If you live in the hustle and bustle of a major city, camping is the perfect escape from your daily routine .Get ready to breathe in fresh air and soak up some vitamin D. You’ll appreciate the small things that you don’t typically experience amongst the car and cigarette smoke of the city like the sunrises, sunsets, stargazing and all of the glory scenery surrounding you. Before you can reach this desirable place of peace, there are a few things you need to plan for
Picking a Spot
First things first, you have to pick your camping spot! Check out our article on Texas camping to research which option would be best for you and your family. Once you pick a campsite and reserve your spot, you can move on to the fun part: packing! Obviously you need clothes, but what do you need for food and cooking? How do you cook on a campfire? We are here to tell you what gear you’ll need on your trip along with what type of fires you might need to build.
What to Pack
When you are packing kitchen supplies, make sure you pack heavier pots and pans like a cast iron skillet or a dutch oven. These can handle the heat of the flames without being damaged or burning your food. An over the fire grill grate is also a good investment. They are fairly inexpensive and are great to cook on. If you do not have nor want to get a camping grill grate, you can cook on top of coals by letting a wood fire burn down to just the bare coals. If you do not have an RV with a stove, pack away kitchens are great for cooking things quickly that do not require a lot of heat. You will also need utensils both for cooking and eating. Other essentials include used foil, metal coffee cans, and a tea kettle. Of course, don’t forget the firewood!
Now it’s time to load your Yeti Cooler or RV fridge with food to eat. It’s best to have things pre-measured and ready to go that way you don’t have to worry about packing along measuring cups and spoons along with the other kitchen items you need to bring. Plan out your menu, prep the ingredients, separating them in baggies or mason jars, and get it all packed up. Make sure to bring plenty of bottled water. You will need enough for drinking and cooking. The main meals take a lot of prep work but don’t forget to pack the easy things like snacks, drinks, and desserts.
Finding a Cooking Spot
Now that you are all packed up, you can hit the road and claim your spot of serenity for the week or weekend, however long your trip will be. Once you get settled in, you are going to want to designate an area for cooking. A larger space for cooking things like dinner and a smaller space for things like heating your pot of coffee. You can designate these areas with larger rocks to help contain the flames. For your larger space, you are going to want to make sure it is big enough for the camping grill grate or at least to fit a few different skillets and pans. Your smaller space is for heating your tea kettle, boiling a pot of water or frying the catch of the day. It’s only big enough for one dish.
Get the Fire Started
Now that you have designated spaces, you can use them as you need. Regardless of which space you need, it’s best to build a teepee like structure out of smaller pieces of wood, twigs and leaves. You can get the flames started with one of these DIY fire starters. If you are using the smaller space, this is all you need. It’s perfect for heating up your morning coffee to get your day of adventure started. If you are ready to cook a larger meal, start adding firewood pieces, preferably about the same size, to the kindling. When the flames die down, leaving mostly white coals, use a stick or a shovel to move coals to a higher level at the back end. Leave a lower level of coals toward the front end. This helps give you a temperature range of low, medium, and high. If you do not need the three temperatures, you can always level to coals to your liking. Soon everyone will gather around waiting to see what you have prepared for them to feast on. But what about those times where you don’t need a cup of coffee or a full meal. What do you do then?
When you and your loved ones just want to get cozy around a fire and maybe roast marshmallows for s’mores, you a couple of options. You can use a portion of your larger cooking area to kindle a cozy fire to gather around. The alternative would be designated another safe space for fire that won’t involved cooking. You build it the same way and maybe leave lawn chairs around for when you’re ready to wind down for the evening. This is the fire where many memories are built along with it. The fire where you can stargaze with your little ones because that’s something you can’t do in the big city. The fire where your camping trip memories are created. This may be your favorite fire of the trip! That is why you cannot forget the firewood!
It’s these type of trips with their amazing memories that remind us why we love being in the firewood business. During camping trips our product allows families to work together as a team to make delicious meals and unforgettable memories. Thank you for letting us be apart of such a special time. In return, we’d like to provide you with one of our favorite campfire recipes from Echoes of Laughter – Lumberjack Breakfast, that only takes about 15 – 20 minutes! There is a quick glance at the recipe below, for a more detailed version, visit Echoes of Laughter.
For this recipe you will need:
Sausages or Canadian bacon
Frozen hash browns, or leftover cooked potatoes, diced
Chopped tomatoes and green onions, if you like
Shredded cheese, any kind.