Posted in Camping, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Camping Tid-bits (Part 2)

My bits and bites of camping tips started earlier,  in >this<  post. camp1 free clip art

Please remember: Always leave your campsite cleaner than you found it.

One of my favourite things about camping is at night by the campfire. On a clear night looking up….  The sky a beautiful silky black often with a wisp of purple and grey and its overflowing with stars.  You just can not see that in a city.

On a lighter note:

Pumbaa: Hey, Timon, ever wonder what those sparkly dots are up there?

Timon: Pumbaa, I don’t wonder; I know.

Pumbaa: Oh. What are they?

Timon: They’re fireflies. Fireflies that, uh… got stuck up on that big bluish-black thing.

Pumbaa: Oh, gee. I always thought they were balls of gas burning billions of miles away.

Timon: Pumbaa, with you, everything’s gas.

Lion King (1994)


Re: Food

S'more makings* Smores.
5… We buy cookies with a chocolate top layer to sandwich our marshmallows in.
Kid Tip: Add wet wipes to your s’more kit!

* Pancakes
I found this on PINTREST but haven’t tried it yet… use a large zip lock baggie to cut down on the cleaning. Put your mix in the bag. Cut the tip and squeeze out the mix into the pan.  (You can see a picture on my Pinterest Camping /Outside board.  Look up…to the menu and.. voila!)

* Meat
6… freeze it if you will be eating it on the third day or later.
7… if you can, pre-cook or part cook it before freezing it / going camping.

>> Our favourite.. pre-cook (boil) the sausages so we don’t have to worry about impatient kids not cooking their sausage properly over the fire.


Food- General
8.  Put items that could open (and open food) in zip lock baggies. If they fall into the ice water you don’t have to worry about the food being contaminated.

Re: General Camping / Site
9.  We bring a fold-able, metal drying rack for the clothes. This ways we can move it into the sun when needed. AND since we often end up camping in the rain it can be moved under the tarp.
KID TIP: Use grocery bags on your bicycle seat at night.

bicycle seat covers

Re: Showers
Camping showers have come a long way over the years. Campers these days don’t have to learn how to effectively clean with minimal water due to the icy temperatures. (ouch…showing my Shower helpersage!) You still have to have good balancing skills to get dressed in the sticky small space though.
10. (i) Wrap a few elastics around your shampoo bottles. &
(ii) I find when it’s hot and sticky in the stall, a little cornstarch in strategic spots helps.


Re: Camping in the rain

Grass mats…not just for the beach!Covering a muddy spot
We have one rain or shine as a door mat just outside the tent. We also use one to cover our shoe rack to keep the dew off our shoes.
11.  They’re great for that wet / muddy spot because they don’t slide when you step on them.

12.  The biggest thing about camping in the rain is to just go with it. Throw a tarp* up and enjoy each others company. Go for a walk to see what animals are out enjoying the summer rain!camping tarp

* always pack a couple tarps, some rope, an umbrella and your imagination!

Thanks for dropping by!  Please share your camping tip or memory.

I’ll leave you with this to ponder:

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”  John Burroughs



Canadian, Mom, Wife, Sister, Aunt

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