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Oct 18

Going Hiking In The Winter? Here’s What You Need To Know

By John Hawthorne | CAMPING BLOGS

Some of you may think the idea of camping during the winter is insane. Surely only a glutton for punishment or a hardcore outdoors lover would dream up such a crazy scheme. You love the outdoors, but your camping is only going to happen in the summer.

The truth is, winter camping can actually be quite refreshing.

If you are looking for some solitude and snow, a winter camping trip is the perfect getaway. Instead of flocking to the beach to find rest and relaxation, try bundling up and heading north.

However, before you begin your excursion it is important to understand the specific types of shelter, food, and clothing needed to prepare yourself for the adventure ahead. The worst thing you can do is wander into the frigid wilderness unprepared. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Here’s what you need to know before your next winter camping trip.


Camping Shelter

Having a suitable base camp to return to after a long day of hiking is essential for your safety and comfort during the trip. Your tent must be sturdy and able to protect you from elements like wind, ice, and cold nights.

Can you imagine having your tent ripped off you in subzero weather at 2:00 AM? It’s like something out of The Revenant. The right shelter is crucial.

Three-Season Tent

Three-Season Tents will work for a trip in a mild climate that has stable weather patterns. If you’re heading to places like Colorado or Utah, a three season tent will be the perfect shelter. When using this tent, ensure that you situate your camp in a sheltered area to minimize wind exposure. For extra protection against ice storms, bring a tarp to cover your tent in inclement weather.

And remember the first rule of winter camping: The moment you say, “Surely there won’t be any ice storms,” you’re going to find yourself buried in block of ice.

Four-Season Tent

Four season tents are invaluable when heading to harsher climates. These tents are made with a heavy-duty double walled canvas material and are available in a circle or square shape. Four season tents sometimes have a space for a for a stove to keep your shelter warm. Four season tents are more expensive , but are a good investment for serious hikers and hunters.

Snow Shelter

Snow Shelter

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, building a snow shelter is your warmest option. The simplest structure to build is a quinzee–also known as an igloo!

A few guidelines for building a quinzee that would make even the most rugged outdoorsman proud. Katie Roberts recommends:

  • Mark a circle in the snow sufficient to sleep in and allowing for the thickness of the walls of your quinzee. Remember, you’re going to be fitting your entire body in this thing. Give yourself enough space.
  • Stir up the snow in the center of your circle while adding more snow from outside the circle.
  • Continue adding and mixing up the snow until you have a large mound that domes at the top.
  • Poke a few sticks into this mound about 12 to 18 inches. This will be a gauge for the thickness of your walls

After taking a lunch break, head inside to smooth the inside walls and get situated. Perhaps consider adding some decorations, such as a few throw rugs, some antique furniture, and a television. Just kidding.

Sleeping Bag

Winter Sleeping Bag

Your sleeping bag is an essential part the shelter needed for your trip. Your sleeping bag will act as an extra layer of protection from the cold while in your shelter. Bags are available in the traditional rectangle sharp and “mummy” shapes.

Mummy bags are available in longer lengths, giving you an extra storage space at the bottom of your bag. Mummy bags also offer superior insulation because of the distinct shape. The top is wider than the bottom, wrapping you tightly in a “mummy” position.

Most winter bags are rated for cold temperatures. Choose the rating of your bag depending on the climate you are exploring.

Sleeping Pad

The final layer of protection is a sleeping pad. Sleeping pads are inserted into your sleeping bag and act as extra insulation for your body. Plus, they keep your body from pressing against the hard ground all night, which is a bonus the more old and rickety your become.

These pads are usually inflatable, designed to make packing a breeze. Typically, the best sleeping pad options include a foam and air core. So essentially it’s like you’re sleeping on a Nike Air shoe. Sort of.

Durable shelters protect you physically, but also act as a place of comfort after a testing day. Preparing your shelter, from the tent to your physical core warmth is important for your safety during your trip. Remember, after a day of hiking, you’re going to be cold and exhausted. You want a place to come back and warm up. If you skimp on the shelter you’re going to regret it down the road.


Winter Clothing

Once you have secured your shelter, ensure that you have the appropriate clothing for your excursion. Like your shelter, the key to winter camping clothing is layering. You will need layers like long underwear, core warmers, and insulating jackets. It’s always better to overdress for your climate than be unprepared for unexpected cold. If necessary you can strip layers off.

Dry wicking socks will assist in protecting your feet from the sweat produced that can create discomfort. Many seasoned hikers suggest layering your socks. However, if the layering makes your boots too tight do not use this tip.

If your boots become too tight, layering your socks works against you by cutting off circulation – you need blood flowing to your feet to keep them warm.

The most important layer to consider is your boots. Light hiking boots will not work on a winter excursion. Those Uggs your mom bought you for Christmas? Leave them home. Winter boots need to be waterproof and insulating.

Extra Gear


Crampons are a tool that attach to your boots to offer stronger traction. Many crampon options are available for moderate to extreme terrain. Be sure to ask an expert which style suits your trek the best. Crampons are especially important if you’re going to be hiking over ice.


Snowshoes and Skis are used when trekking through snow deeper than one foot. They assist you in staying on the surface and allow you to maneuver through both soft and hard packed snow. Trying to hike mile after mile through knee deep snow will exhaust you in a matter of moments.


Winter Camping

The human body burns more calories when it’s cold, simply to keep warm. According to Princeton University, a person on a winter backpacking trip needs 4,500 to 5,000 calories a day.

This means that your diet for the trip must include high levels of carbs, fats, and protein throughout the day to keep your body fueled. Luckily, it is much easier to pack perishable foods during winter trips because the outdoors is your refridgerator! This allows you to bring things like meat, cheese, and butter– foods that will work to keep your body fueled.

This is also your excuse to double down on all those foods you normally don’t eat. Consider your entire trip one long cheat day on your diet!

For breakfast, double down on protein. Try spreading peanut butter on an english muffin for a quick and easy meal. Also, enjoy your cup of coffee to start the day off warm.

Lunch should include more protein and carbs. Because you can pack meat, it’s easy to make a sandwich with lunchmeat and cheese to refuel.

Dinner should balance protein, carbs, and fats to keep you warm overnight. Try cooking some chicken and rice smothered in butter.

Snacks are easy for winter trips. Bring along things like nuts, almonds, cheese sticks, and chocolate filled gorp (your chocolate won’t melt).

Also, anything you cook with a stove in the cold will use three times the fuel it would during the summer.

Finally, the most important part of your diet on the trip is water. Because your body is burning so many calories, you dehydrate faster. It is easy to forget to drink water when you’re cold, but you must be consciously drinking throughout the day. Drinks like hot cocoa and tea should only boost your calories.

Tips for Trekking

Many other factors, including navigation and downtime, play into the safety and success of your trip. In addition to your three basics needs, mind these factors while you prepare:

  • Don’t rely on your tracks to lead you back to camp. Wind and snow will wipe them away.
  • You will be in your sleeping bag most of the time in your tent. Bring activities like cards that you can play as a group to pass the time.
  • Keep your blood flowing even during downtime. Periodically do jumping jacks, sit ups, or go for a walk to stay warm.
  • Most importantly, it is easier to STAY warm than to GET warm. Check your weather forecast daily and plan your layers accordingly.

Where Should I Go?

Winter Hiking Trials

With so many beautiful locations for a winter camping trip, it’s hard to decide where to explore! Start by visiting these 5 beautiful parks in the United States:

  • Mt. Hood National Forest
    • Located in Oregon, east of Portland
    • Large forest is often overlooked for winter trips with lots of trails for skiing and snowshoeing.
  • National Lakeshore
    • Located on Lake Michigan
    • Plan to visit Pictured Rocks, a popular summer destination is even more beautiful in the winter
  • Yosemite National Park
    • World famous park located in California
    • Easy access to campground during winter months
    • View its sequoias covered in snow from the Wawona Meadow trail or Glacier Point
  • Adirondack Mountains
    • Located in New York
    • Lakes freeze and give access to places you can’t reach during summer months
  • Acadia National Park
    • Located on the Maine coastline
    • Climb up the Gorham Mountain trail for spectacular 360 views

Visiting any of these locations during the winter is sure to keep you wanting more!


Winter camping isn’t just for extremists. As long as you know what you’re doing, and don’t do something stupid like hike in only a t-shirt for hours on end, you can thoroughly enjoy your trip.

During your trip, ensure the fulfillment of your three basic needs: food, clothing, and shelter. Before embarking on your journey, ensure that you have the proper supplies to meet you needs. By taking care of these essentials, you will free yourself to enjoy the world you are exploring and have a successful winter camping trip.

kids hunting for bugs
Jul 05

10 Outdoor Activities You Can Do with Your Kids

By FamilyTentCenter | CAMPING BLOGS

Technology today is amazing, but sadly, all the gadgets, gizmos, and internet is what’s keeping kids from spending time outside, getting dirty, and playing in the real world. Studies have actually shown that kids today spend only half as much time playing outside as we (the parents) did when we were younger – now isn’t that just a little sad?

Think about some of your best memories. I’m sure a lot, if not most of them had to do with being outside, getting dirty and simply enjoying the outdoors with your friends or even your family.

It’s time to put the gadgets away and bring back the smiles with some of these outdoor activities you can do with the kids. They’re not that hard to do but will guarantee a ton of enjoyment and happiness – not just for them, but for you as well.


Kite flying is something I feel like is being blown away by the wind. I used to fly a kite when I was little and it was one of the things my friends and I enjoyed doing. At some point, we even tried kite fighting. Never heard of it? Watch The Kite Runner. For added fun-points, you and your kids can even make the kite together. All you need is some sticks, plastic, and string to make your own DIY version.


This is an oldie but goodie. I strongly believe that every kid should have a camping and hiking experience at least once in his or her life. Spending time with nature allows them to experience the world in ways that an iPad or computer won’t give them. It also gives them an understanding of nature and all the living things.

If you want to teach your kids how to appreciate life, nature, and how to take care of it, take them camping. Throw in a little hike to get your blood pumping and for them to release some of their boundless child energy.

If you’re new parents, you can even go camping with your baby. It’s a great experience for you to try.


Got a kid who’s fascinated with all things creepy and all things crawly? Take them on a bug hunt. Bring a magnifying glass with you and some boxes or jars to keep them in (temporarily). Do some research with him at home or at the library (you know, if your town still has one of those) about all the bugs you found together. Once you’re done, don’t forget to release them back into nature!

kids hunting for bugs


You don’t even have to go far to enjoy some time with your kids, even your backyard can be a host to many fun adventures. You can start off with some afternoon grilling. Make hot dogs, burgers, or skewers with them. Having them help you prepare and grill is a great way to get them started in learning how to cook.

Then when the sun sets, you can go backyard camping. Set up a tent and build a campfire with something like a propane fire pit. They’re really great and easy to use and you can find tons that are meant for your backyard. Roast some marshmallows over your fire pit and make some s’mores – 100% satisfaction guaranteed!


Painting is another great activity you can do with your kids, especially if they’re the artsy type – or, you know; enjoy making a mess with paint. Head out and buy a canvas and some water-based toxic free paint and let them go crazy.

Depending on their type of expression, they can use a brush or their hands. You can even get creative and use things like leaves to make stamps. If your kids are a bit older, you can actually try to paint a nice landscape with them to develop their painting skills.


This one is highly recommended for those unbearably hot summer months. Grab some water balloons from your nearby stores and maybe even some water guns. Fill them up and go crazy! You can do this in your backyard or invite other families from your neighborhood and turn it into a neighborhood water balloon fight! Just remind your kids not to go running off on the roads!


Washing your car may be an annoying errand for you, but trust me, for your kids, it’s a chance to get soapy and wet. Grab your buckets or garden hose and have your kids change into something they can get wet in. This, my fellow parents, is what you call killing two birds with one stone.


Never underestimate the bonding you get while playing catch. My husband would play catch with our sons at least once a week. They didn’t grow up to be baseball players but they built a relationship where my sons knew they can talk to their father about anything and everything during their afternoon ball sessions. Even now that they’re in college and come to visit, they still play catch with their dad.


Got a tree in your backyard? That’s the best place to set up a tire swing or hammock. If you can get lots of rope, you can even hang a bunch of ropes from the tree and make some “vines” for your kids to release their inner monkey.

Disclaimer: expect your kids to spend most of their time there and some difficulty getting them back inside for dinner.


When your kids are at that age to learn how to swim, bring them over to your nearby pool (or your backyard if you have one) and teach them how to swim! Add in some floaties and toys that they can play with as well.

If your kids already know how to swim, then just go out swimming with them! This is perfect during the summer and will guarantee a lot of smiles.


If it’s nice and sunny out (with no chances of rain), you can build an outdoor fort (check out 25 best ideas for outdoor fort) with your kids. You can make it as simple or as complex as their imagination wants. Use some old large boxes if you have any to build a castle – you can even have them paint it.

Take out tables and chairs (if you don’t mind them getting a bit dirty) and some blankets to build tunnels or a lean-to. You can even pitch your tent if you want and add it to your fort. You can tie strings around and hang blankets to make a maze even.

Really, this is as much for you as for your kids. After all the stresses of the week, wouldn’t you want to release your inner kid and rebuild the forts you used to create when you were younger? Remember, for this one, the sky’s the limit – or maybe at least the things you have at home is the limit.


There is so much you can do with your kids. All you have to do is think back a few years when you were kids (let’s not mention how many, though), and think about all the things you loved to do.

If you’re worried about their safety, just watch them and guide them. I’m sure you’ve done some pretty mischievous things but you came out alive and kicking, right? So it’s time to let your kids (and yourself) have the same adventures you used to!


Jun 27

Tips for Planning the Perfect Camping Road Trip

By FamilyTentCenter | CAMPING BLOGS


Jumping in the car and speeding off into the countryside, to the coast, or to your nearest National Park, sounds like a perfect holiday to many people. Camping can be a good way to keep the cost of a holiday down, and can also be a great experience whether you are a seasoned camper or someone who has never slept under canvas before! Whether you go with your partner, as a family with kids, or as a group of friends, nothing says ‘adventure’ like setting off to drive to new places and camp out in different locations every night!

A camping road trip certainly gives travellers freedom and variety, but whether the trip covers a hundred square miles or a thousand, there are some things you should bear in mind before you set off:

Make Sure You’re Road Ready

Even if you have your car regularly serviced, it is a good idea to get a check done before you take it on an extended trip. Ensure your tyres have good tread, and your spare wheel is in good repair, along with the tools you might need to change a wheel or repair a puncture at the side of the road. You may also benefit from learning a little bit of basic car maintenance if you don’t have a lot of skills in that area – it can save you from having to call for assistance if your car experiences a common problem. Of course, you should also make sure you do have roadside assistance coverage before you set out on this kind of trip, and that you have the numbers to call written down as well as saved on your mobile (in case your battery dies).

Once your car is ready, it’s a good idea to give yourself a bit of a refresh too, and use a Toptests practice theory test to brush up on your driving theory knowledge.  Lastly, pack your car carefully, making sure that you are not overloaded, everything is safely stowed, and nothing is blocking your lines of sight while driving.

If you are venturing out of the UK, you may also need to consider the requirements for driving your car in other countries. You may be required to carry certain items with you for emergencies. You should also make sure you are familiar with the road safety laws and procedures for the countries you are in – for instance what you should do if you are in trouble or your car breaks down. As an extra tip for driving in Europe, remember that the speed limits and distances on signs are in kilometres, so if you aren’t already used to working in these units of distance and speed when you are driving, now might be a good time to brush up on your conversions!

Research Your Routes

Before you set off, have at least a vague plan of where you will be going. If you are camping in the high season, you may want to book your sites in advance. You should also pay attention to the distances involved in your trip and make sure you will be able to drive them without strain. Planning will help you make the most of your trip, as you can research any tourist spots you would like to visit and factor them into your journey. If you prefer a more flexible trip, try taking a guide book or paper maps, since internet access might be difficult to come by in more remote areas.

Additionally, it is usually a good idea to have more than one route in mind – especially if you want to get to destinations on your trip on a certain schedule. In the peak holiday season, and during weekends and bank holidays, traffic can come to a complete standstill on motorways, and it can be great to have another option. Alternative routes can also really save the day if you are travelling in the countryside, where on less busy routes, even minor roadworks or accidents can add a lot of time to your journey.

Prepare for Emergencies

While travelling, a well-stocked first aid kit can be invaluable, as can a good torch and plenty of batteries. Keeping battery packs for phones charged in case of emergency is a good idea. If you have little knowledge of emergency care, a simple first aid course to learn the basics is a good idea. You should consider treating minor injuries and if possible, learning life saving skills like CPR. But also think about other things that you might need to identify and that could help the people you are with on your trip.

These could include heatstroke, sunburn, dehydration, and, once you are at the camp site, allergies and insect bites. While perhaps not always emergencies, being equipped to treat things like this can stop them putting a dampener on your trip.

Be Flexible

Part of the joy of a road trip is being your own boss, with no tour group to follow, or flight or bus timetables to memorise. Even with a well-thought out plan, there are likely to be delays and unforeseen circumstances along the way. Do not let these ruin your trip.

Plan an extra couple of days into your schedule so that if you are delayed it does not mean you have to miss out on things. Be prepared to alter your plans. You might change your mind about certain activities, or learn about something different to do or see from a local person. Being flexible with your plans allows you to limit stress and enjoy your holiday as much as possible. Set in stone the things you really want to do, and see how you feel for the rest.

Pack Smart

One of the best things about taking a camping holiday is that you don’t have to worry about baggage weight allowances, or about lugging heavy suitcases or backpacks around with you and finding a place to put them on public transport. While this does of course mean you have more flexibility about what you can bring, remember that the heavier your luggage, the less fuel efficient your car will be, and this can actually make a difference if you are racking up a lot of miles on your road trip. If you are buying camping gear specifically for the trip, choosing the lightest options can be more economical, as well as meaning you have room for other things you might want to bring.

Pack the things you’ll want on first arrival at a camp site last, such as your tent itself and any food you are carrying in cool boxes. This will mean you’ll have easy access to them when you arrive. If you are bringing a lot of stuff you won’t need until your tent is nicely set up, pack these first so they’ll be at the bottom. These could include things like your spare clothes and stuff like your cooking utensils.

Plan Some Things to Do at the Camp Site

Camp sites vary from permanent structures with bars, restaurants and entertainment through to what are basically fields where you can pitch a tent. You can have a great time whatever style of camp site you choose, but it can help to plan a little what you want to do for entertainment. Is there a town nearby you plan to walk into in the evening, or do you plan to stay at the site and make your own entertainment? Do you plan to eat out, or would it be a good idea to learn some great camping recipes and cook and eat together at the camp site? Having some ideas about how you want to relax and have fun on your trip when you are not travelling between places or exploring your destinations can make even the down time on your holiday great fun!

Have Strategies for Keeping Children Entertained in the Car

Bringing kids along on a road trip can be a lot of fun, and camping and seeing new places with them will be a great experience for you all to remember. However, kids can struggle a bit with boredom during the longer driving parts of a road trip style holiday, and so it is a good idea to come up with some strategies in advance to make things easier on them (and on the adults in the car!).

If your car has an entertainment system with screens on the back seats, or you have tablets you can give the kids, movies can be a good way to make the time fly. This can be another reason to make sure you have spare external batteries for mobile devices! A book or Kindle can also be good for kids who like to read, though of course, reading can cause motion sickness for some people so it’s best not to encourage them to read in the car unless you know they are unaffected! While it can be nice to spend some of the journey playing car games and chatting, if you are planning on legs of your journey lasting more than a couple of hours, having tablets loaded up with things for them to watch or games for them to play can be a big help!

Consider that kids may want to sleep during the car journeys too, and so make sure there are pillows and blankets available for them to snuggle up and get comfortable – especially if they are used to napping or you are planning to do some of the driving after their bedtime!

Plan to Take Regular Breaks While Driving

If you are travelling with children, regular breaks are another essential for preventing them from feeling bored and also to make sure they can use the bathroom and are comfortable on the next part of the trip.

However, even an adults only road trip is a lot more relaxing if you make regular stops during the longer drives. As well as allowing you to stretch your legs and avoid aches and pains from spending too long in a car seat, you can fuel up the car, and fuel up yourselves if you feel the need for some coffee or snacks! Be sure to keep an eye on where good places are to stop on each leg of your journey as you plan the routes. Sometimes there are long stretches with few services to stop at, and this can present a problem if you are low on petrol. Motorway service stations are open to some degree at all times, but if you are planning to drive off of the motorways and are relying on garages and shops in towns, be aware that they may not be open outside of normal opening hours, and factor this into your plans.

Bringing a Pet?

Another good thing about a camping road trip is it makes for an easy way to plan a holiday where you can easily bring your dog along if you want to. If you are planning to bring one or more dogs, however, you’ll need to do a little extra planning to make sure the places where you plan to stop as you drive have somewhere you can exercise dogs. Be careful to also make sure you give dogs something to drink very regularly, especially in hot weather, and never leave them in the car with the windows closed. Many camp sites do welcome dogs, but make sure you check the policies of anywhere you plan to stay in advance to avoid any problems. Also, make sure dogs are chipped (and of course vaccinated) before you take them away from home.

Camping road trips do require a bit of planning beforehand, but they make an excellent holiday for anyone who loves the outdoors. By thinking about your trip carefully, you can maximise the experiences you get to have, and make lasting memories, for a fraction of the cost of a holiday with hotels and flights.

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May 10

Great Camping Game: Kayak Fishing

By FamilyTentCenter | CAMPING BLOGS

If you are looking for a budget friendly watercraft that is perfect for fishing, a kayak could be the answer. These small, lightweight vessels are easy and inexpensive to maintain. They are also simple to transport with just about any vehicle and are a breeze to put into the water. They are also ideally suited for fishing since they glide silently through the water. This can make it far easier to sneak up on fish, improving the chances of getting a bite.

Redfish, snook, and other types of fish are particularly sensitive to noise or movement in the water. Choosing a kayak is a smart move if you are going to be fishing for these types of fish since the silent nature of kayaks in the water decreases the chances that you will scare them away. There are plenty of sorts of kayak out there, so reading fishing kayak reviews can provide you with some insight.

Fishing From A Kayak

Even the most avid fisherman may not be exceptionally familiar with how to pilot a kayak. Kayaking can be a fun and invigorating sport. If you really want to be successful with it, however, you need to make sure that you have the correct equipment. There is no need to go over the top with all of the latest gear. Instead, most people find that simpler is better when it comes to outfitting their kayak. This is especially true when you are first starting out. You should begin with a few key pieces of gear the first few times you take it out on the water. This will allow you to get a feel for what type of equipment you actually need.

Some kayaks even come with fishing gear. This can be a convenient option if you want to get everything you need all in one go. There are also high-tech fish finders that you can use to further improve your chances of catching a big one when you are out on the water.

If you are going to be taking your kayak out on a river where the water may be a little bit rougher, you may want to pack along an anchor to help stabilize yourself on the water. You should also use thigh straps to improve your control over the kayak. These straps can make it much easier to keep the kayak from getting away from you or from doing things that you don’t want it to do in the water.

A net is another essential piece of equipment since it will make it much easier to scoop fish out of the water when you catch them. You can strap it onto the back of the kayak using a bungee cord.

Anytime you are planning on fishing from a kayak, you should keep these tips in mind:

  1. Plan on Getting Wet. It goes without saying that you should wear a life jacket every time you get in the water. Apart from that, however, you should also wear clothing that you can easily swim in. That way, you will be prepared if you suddenly find yourself in the water.
  1. Make Sure Everything Is Fully Secured. If your kayak happens to flip, you need to have everything tied down and waterproofed so that it won’t float away or get ruined.
  1. Use Your Head To Maintain Your Balance. Your body has a tendency to follow along with your head. If you can keep your head centered, you are unlikely to roll.
  1. Leave A Little Bit Of Slack In Your Line. If your line is pulled too tight, it can be difficult to work with. Try to leave a little bit of slack in it so that you can more easily grab onto a fish or free the line if it happens to get snagged.

Don’t forget to bring along some food that is easy to cook outdoors. There is no guarantee that you are going to catch anything on your fishing trip. Having some backup food on hand is important so that you can get a great meal no matter how the fishing goes.

Best Kayaks for Fishing

If you are planning on taking a longer trip, you may want to look into a sea kayak. These larger vessels are a bit more expensive than river kayaks. However, they are capable of carrying a lot more gear. They can also be used out in the ocean. Just be sure that you read reviews carefully before deciding which one to buy.

Kayaks, canoes, and other lightweight watercraft have been used throughout the centuries as simple, lightweight transportation on the water. These days, they are popular for fishing since they make it easy to sneak up on a wide variety of fish.

These lightweight vessels have been used in many different cultures throughout the years. These days, they are popular with people of all ages, largely due to the fact that they are easy to transport and inexpensive to purchase. Whether you want to buy a kayak for saltwater or freshwater fishing, there are a lot of different options out there. Be sure to do your research before you invest your money so that you can find the perfect kayak for your needs.

Family Tent Center Best Buy Today
Feb 19

Another Awesome Feature is Now Available on Family Tent Center

By FamilyTentCenter | CAMPING BLOGS


Will Young

Hello, it’s me, Will Young again,

Today I’m very excited to introduced you a new feature of Family Tent Center and it’s called BEST BUY TODAY.

What is benefit of BEST BUY TODAY?

You can now quickly access to top 4 tents that you need to buy, just in seconds!

That’s mean …

No more wasting time to hang around many sale pages/stores.

No more frustrating

No more confusing in choosing

… because there are too many tents to consider.

We already choose the best for you! No matter what you need, backpacking tents, family tents, instant tents, canopies, tens for 1 2 3 … persons, … We already choose the best for you!

With only 4 tents, you can quickly address what tent is best for you!

The Story

… Ah, the scientists proved that most people works best if they have only 3~5 things to focus.

Steve Jobs is one of the best speaker in our time, and he has never mentioned more than 5 things to his audience.

We are exactly the same!

I’ve been hardly to find a product just because there are too many similar things, … And most of us have to face this problem when we try to buy something new!

So now we Family Tent Center take the hardest works for you! We’ve spent many days and effort to:

  • Collect all the information
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  • Even buy some and experience them ourselves

Just to make a short list of 4 best products on all type of tents for you.

How to Use the Best Buy Today feature?

Awesome, just in 4 clicks and you can buy what tent you want!

First click, click on the Best Buy Today button on the right side of the top menu bar (on the Family Tent Center site)

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It leads you to a category page. Choose a category that you need. If you want a tent for your small size family, then you may click on 4 Person Family Tent.

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It will take you to another page looks like below:

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Ex, you are on the budget. Then, click on CHEAP to see the best cheap 4 person family tents.

Best buy today family tent center 4Now, you can enjoy your short list!

Thanks for reading!


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Feb 18

17 Best Snacks Take Camping – Healthy & Simple Recipes for Camping

By FamilyTentCenter | CAMPING BLOGS


Janet - Family Tent CenterHello, it’s Janet of Family Tent Center. Camping snacks are needed by the campfire or on the trail. You can easily make the best snack on your trip. In our definition, best snacks must be healthy, instant and simple to make. Here are the 17 best snacks take camping.

In this article, you will learn useful recipes to be able to eat tasty and healthy at the campsite. It’s a shame to throw all the progress you’ve made in recent weeks for grabs during the camping holiday.

The lure of the site snack bar and the ice cream man is lurking, but with the recipes blow, you can resist these fine.

In this post, you will get a handy list of ideas and tutorials for healthy and easy camping snacks along with other valuable tips.

1. Banana Boat Recipe

banana boat - camping dinner recipes


  • 4 bananas
  • 1/4 cup chocolate or carob seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries or peaches
  • 1/3 cup cereal or cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Pinch of cinnamon


  • Start the campfire,
  • Slice the banana lengthwise open. Place them on a piece of aluminum foil,
  • Fill out the banana with the above ingredients,
  • Wrap the banana in the foil and bake on the grid for 5-6 minutes, depending on the strength of the fire,
  • Take the banana and leave to cool a little.

2. BBQ Apple Crisp

BBQ Apple Crisp - healthy camping snacks


  • ½ cup oats
  • Six tablespoon flour
  • Three tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Two tablespoon butter and little more Tinfoil
  • 3 apples
  • Dash of lemon juice


To be able to cook at the campsite, you may need a skottel braai. A skottel braai is a large pan that can be used as a grill, stovetop grill or wok.

For meat, fish as well as vegetables and egg, this pan is ideal. You can use it for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. It offers many opportunities to cook simple healthy. Also, you can fold the pan which he takes up little space.

The aluminum foil from the packing list is ideal to prepare packets of vegetables, sweet potatoes, corn and fish on the BBQ or skottel braai.

3. Campfire Popcorn Bags

Campfire Popcorn Bags - simple recipes for camping


  • Two tablespoons of popcorn kernels
  • Two tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Sugar as desired
  • Tinfoil

4. Stuffed Apples

best snacks take camping - Stuffed apples


  • Four large apples
  • 1 lemon
  • Two tablespoons raisins
  • Two tablespoons nuts, seeds or kernels of choice
  • Two teaspoons cinnamon
  • One teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter grass


  • Remove the cores from the apples with a knife or apple corer. Be sure to snap the apples not open.
  • Spread the inside of the apples with lemon juice to prevent discoloration.
  • Put to each apple a large piece of aluminum foil.
  • Mix in a separate bowl with lemon juice, raisins, nuts, seeds and kernels of choice, cinnamon, nutmeg and a tablespoon of coconut oil.
  • Put into each hole some of the mixtures and pour over the top of a teaspoon of coconut oil over the hole.
  • Wrap the apples in foil.
  • Place the apples with foil or next to the hot coals of the BBQ and cook for 30 minutes to 60 minutes. Depending on the heat of the coals are they fast or more slowly hot and ready to eat? Check them regularly. If they are soft, they are ready to eat. Enjoy it!

5. Healthy Applepie Ball

food suggestions for camping - healthy appelpie ball

Ingredients for 15 balls:

  • 1 apple
  • 100g raisins
  • 100 grams of oatmeal
  • Pinch of salt and cinnamon
  • 50g grated coconut (to roll your balls)


  • Grate the apple and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Chop all the raisins finely with a machete until it becomes a sticky emulsion and add to the apple in the bowl.
  • Add the oatmeal with apples and raisins and knead well until a dough so that you can roll off 15 balls.
  • Then roll the balls in grated coconut.

6. Carrot Cake Ball

instant camping food - Carrot Cake Ball

Ingredients for 15 balls:

  • 100 grams of oatmeal
  • One carrot, grated (about 100 grams)
  • 50 grams of raisins or dried mulberries
  • 60 ml water
  • One teaspoon vanilla powder (1 vanilla pod)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A pinch of nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom
  • 50g grated coconut (to roll the balls)


  • Put the oats, grated carrot and raisins in a bowl. Cut the dates into small pieces and add to the bowl with the other ingredients (except the grated coconut).
  • Mix well with your hands until all ingredients are well mixed and you have formed a firm dough.
  • Form 15 small balls of dough and roll them in grated coconut.

7. Hot Melted Cheese Dip

good camping recipes - Hot Melted Cheese Dip


  • Two sheets of aluminum foil
  • One jar of 250 grams Philadelphia Herbs & Garlic Cream Cheese
  • 3/4 cup sauce
  • Diced tomato
  • Sliced green onion
  • Serve with tortilla chips, cereal biscuits or fruit bars
  • Boat potatoes with ham, cheese, and bacon

8. Roasted Cauliflower with Mustard

healthy camping food ideas - Roasted cauliflower with mustard


  • 500 g of Brussels sprouts
  • Two tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • Two tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the garlic sauce:

  • 1 – ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • Three cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ cups heavy cream
  • ¼ cup 2 % milk
  • One pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • One pinch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Supplies: ( bamboo) skewers, BBQ or grill pan


Boil the sprouts for 3-4 minutes and rinse afterward with cold water. Mix all the above ingredients and let marinate for 30 minutes. Push 3-4 sprouts on a stick and grill for 3-5 minutes on each side on a hot grill. Scraps may be used for a salad the next day.

9. Crispy Tortilla Chips

food list for camping - Crispy Tortilla Chips


  • ½ cup garlic cream sauce
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • ½ cup pepperoni, cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup black olives, sliced
  • ½ whole green pepper, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 cup grated cheese

10. Camping Quesadillas

Quesadillas are warmed, tortillas filled with cheese

camping dinner - Camping quesadillas


  • Four medium-sized tortilla
  • Two chicken breasts (250g), grilled and sliced
  • One pot cheese sauce
  • One canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • One bag shredded kaizen mix
  • Aluminum foil

11. Homemade Trail Mix Granola Bars

camping foods ideas - Homemade trail mix granola bars

Not only as camping snack but also to take in the car or on hikes. In a large bowl:


  • Dried fruit (raisins, bananas, apples, cherries …) oats, flax seeds, crushed nuts, chocolate flakes, m & ms, pretzels, …
  • Peanut butter to bind the whole
  • Little honey


  • Push everything into a rectangular box that you leave in the fridge (1 hour) or the closet. Persecute you cut the big cake in narrow strips that you packaged separately or directly hands out to the fire.

12. Ants on a Stick

food for camping trip - Ants on a stick

Healthy your tummy around the campsite. Nutritionally celery is packed with vitamins, low in calories and full of fiber.


  • Humus + olives on a few celery stalks
  • Fire Ants on a white stick: cream cheese + sundried tomatoes (also delicious as breakfast)
  • Almond butter (or peanut butter) + raisins
  • Guacamole (mashed lawyers) + black beans (or another type)

13. Baked Eggs

simple camping food ideas - Baked eggs


  • Make a small bowl of a double sheet of aluminum foil with a diameter of about 10 cm.
  • Spread the bottom of the bowl with some coconut oil and break off afterwards in an egg open.
  • After a few minutes, you see that the egg white and after about 5 minutes, the egg ready to eat.
  • Sprinkle with salt and / or oregano over to make it extra tasty.

14. Stuffed Turkish Bread

family camping meals - Stuffed Turkish bread


  • 100-125 grams minced
  • 1 Turkish bread
  • 1 cup tomato tapenade
  • 1 onion
  • One clove garlic
  • half a red pepper
  • pinch of cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • a handful of grated cheese
  • 50 g of iceberg lettuce


  • Preheat your grill.
  • Chop the onion and slice the red garlic pepper finely.
  • If you make meatloaf with an egg, biscuit and some chopped herbs.
  • Pour a little oil in a pan and fry the onion with the garlic, cumin, paprika and red pepper too. Add about 2 minutes to the mince and fry it.
  • Meanwhile, you cut horizontally in half Turkish bread, so you have a top and bottom. Grease the bottom of the Turkish bread in a layer of tomato tapenade.
  • Spread this mixture over the meat, then a small handful of grated cheese.
  • Put the cover of the Turkish bread on top and then lay the bread for about 5 minutes under the grill until it is golden brown and crispy.
  • Divide lettuce over the bread and enjoy!

15. Cold Pasta Salad

best camping food ideas - Cold pasta salad


  • 150 grams of pasta (e.g., Penne)
  • 100 grams Mackerel (canned or smoked)
  • half onion
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 5 tablespoon of mayonnaise (yoginis)
  • fresh chives
  • pinch of salt/pepper
  • possibly rocket


  • Put a pan of water and cook the pasta according to the method of preparation.
  • Meanwhile, cut the onion into half rings and cucumber into cubes.
  • Once the pasta is ready, you can rinse it under cold water and drain.
  • Mix the pasta with mayo, cucumber, mackerel, a pinch of salt and pepper and fresh chopped chives.
  • Optionally you can add a handful of arugula in the salad.
  • Keep the pasta salad in the refrigerator until you’re serving.

16. Homemade Sausage Rolls

camping food recipes - Homemade sausage rolls


  • Five slices of savory pie dough (thawed)
  • 150g chopped
  • One shallot (or a small onion)
  • One clove garlic
  • 1 egg
  • One tsp paprika
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • Two tablespoons breadcrumbs


  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Slice the onion and garlic.
  • Whisk in a bowl the egg.
  • Mix the meat with the onion, garlic, paprika, salt, pepper and bread crumbs. Also, add the beaten egg but keep a little bit of egg separately into the receptacle.
  • Knead well. Is chopped anything too ‘wet,’ you add some extra breadcrumbs.
  • Knead with your hands five little sausages.
  • Put a sausage just over the center of the puff pastry.
  • Fold the top and bottom inward.
  • Roll the dough further and press all seams closed.
  • Put the sausage rolls on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Fry the sausage rolls approximately 25 minutes in the oven.
  • Serve the sausage rolls for example, with a bowl of curry sauce.

17. Fruit Snack with Dip

family camping menu ideas - Fruit snack with dip


  • 1 cucumber
  • a pair of roots
  • 1-2 peppers
  • (homemade) Tzatziki, the recipe can be found here.
  • possibly other vegetables such as cherry tomatoes


  • Clean the tzatziki, for example, according to this recipe.
  • Cut the cucumber, carrots, and peppers into long strips.
  • Put a few spoonfuls of tzatziki in a couple of small glasses.
  • Put the vegetables in the sauce and ready!

Tip: You can also, for example stringing some cherry tomatoes on a stick and doing with it in the glass.


Enjoy a well-deserved vacation where you can relax wonderfully. Do not be tempted to snack-food or (much) alcohol. Prepare yourself well and do not get carried away by unhealthy habits. Remember not bring your blender on holiday, which is the number one tip I give you. Smoothies are easy to make, deliciously fresh and they are full of good nutrients.

Click here to read a full article about my best healthy camping food list, ideas for lunches and dinners.

all about garden camping Family Tent Center
Feb 12

Everything about Camping in the Garden

By FamilyTentCenter | CAMPING BLOGS



Janet - Family Tent CenterCamping in the garden is one of the funniest and most helpful outdoor activities that parents should do with children.

I know it might not look exciting at all because you cannot go anywhere far from your home. So you may not have any feelings of adventures, see anything new, or watch the wildlife. However, life is getting busier and busier nowadays. And camping in a caravan park or any place far from your house can take quite a much effort. You have to pack the car, prepare things before at least two days, and drive a long way to get camping.

Meanwhile, camping in the garden can still bring you the excitement of going out in nature and enjoying peace. You can sit in the tent while it’s raining and still feel warm, or lie on the grass under the starry night, which is not different from camping in the woods at all. Besides, it has more conveniences when camping in the garden, such as you can still get in the kitchen and get some foods or snacks, or go to the toilet whenever you want.

So why don’t you have a camp in the garden with your children, or your friends and lover next week? I’ll show you what to prepare right in this article.

What You Need (Equipment)?

For Camping:

  • Tent
  • Tarp
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Matches
  • Firewood
  • Newspaper (or anything to read)
  • Flashlight

For Cooking:

Because you will prepare foods mostly in your kitchen, so you can take advantage of any kitchenware.

Other Items:

  • Sunscreen
  • Warm clothes
  • Bug spray
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

How To Camp?

First, you need to set up the whole plan with your family or the ones you are going to camp with. Then, list out everything you need for camping, agree the day and assign tasks for each one. In that way, it will be much easier for everyone when the day comes.

  • Finding An Appropriate Place To Camp

A small space like your garden or backyard is not as large as a caravan park, but it is certainly easier to find a decent place to pitch a tent. Any flat surface with no rocks and sticks can be suitable

  • Set Up A Camp

Clean Up The Area Before Setting Up:

If your garden is usually cleaned up, you may not need to do this. However, if you only take care of it occasionally, tidying the area is necessary before setting up anything. You don’t want to be bitten by ants while sleeping, do you?

The Tents:

You should choose a great quality tent because that may be where you will sleep in. There are three basic types that you can choose: A-frame tent, tunnel tent, and dome tent. Whatever you choose, it must be a place that can protect you from rain, wind, or insects at night. Moreover, if you want to sleep in it, it needs to be airtight to keep you warm through the evening.

In the case that you have kept your tent in the garage for a long time, it would be dirty and a little fusty. Expose it to the sun some days before the camping day and clean it with vinegar water or mild cleaner. It will be ready for camping.

And it depends on the number of people attending that you should decide how many tents are needed. However, you usually need more than one. If you invite more than two people, you can ask them to bring their tents.

How To Pitch A Tent:


Step 1: Unpack the tent

Step 2: Lay a canvas or a tarp on the surface you choose

Step 3: You will see some poles. Just put them through the body of the tent. They will play as the backbones of your tent and help it stand straight. This step takes most of the time, so be patient.

Step 4: Raise the tent up straight

Step 5: Fix the tent pegs by hammering the spikes into the ground. This move will stabilize your tent and prevent it from being collapsed by the strong winds.

Step 6: Cover your tent with a flysheet. Because a tent is not waterproof, a flysheet usually comes with it. It is vital to preserve your tent so that you can use it various times later, and a flysheet is one of the best methods to do it.

And then you are done. It can be a little difficult at the first time because you might mistake among the spikes or feel confused while getting the tent up. You can ask somebody who is experienced in pitching up a tent to help you in the first steps, and then do the rest yourself. It is more exciting when you can do it on your own.

Set Up Where To Sleep:

It should be a surface that is relaxed enough to lie on. You can unwind an air mattress, a comforter, or a cushion. Otherwise, it is best to have a sleeping bag, which is waterproof and will keep you warm during the night. Mainly, if you have kids and want them to be comfortable, you can put some toys, pillows, and a wool blanket inside the tent. Your children will be very exciting and certainly want to camp another time.

Set Up Where To Sit:

Besides a place to sleep, you need somewhere to lay all of the foods or spend time with one another. That is why a place to sit is necessary. A small picnic table or a blanket to lay out on the grass and some lawn chairs will be the most suitable items. Make sure that the lawn is not wet or the blanket is waterproof before laying it out.

The whole process of setting up a camp is the part that everyone can involve, especially when you have kids. They will have a chance to practice teamwork. You will be able to watch how they solve the conflicts and problems occurring. That is why camping is an excellent occasion for you to teach your children lessons that they cannot learn from school. It is also terrific times to let your kids enjoy the outdoor atmosphere instead of holding an iPad or iPhone all day. They will be allowed to lift the woods, light up the campfire, and make the dishes themselves.

What To Eat?

Some foods you may be interested in:

  • Hotdogs or sausage
  • Sandwiches
  • Chips and dips
  • Ground vegetables
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Cereal and milk
  • Drinking water and some additional beverages
  • Snacks (cookies, popcorn)
  • Pizza
  • Fries

You can have lunch or dinner with a barbecue party. My children and I love barbecue party in the garden, so we usually prepare a broiler before camping out. Sometimes, we changed to other types of foods, such as golden pompano fish, spare ribs, pork, or beef. They have a fantastic taste when being grilled and I love eating them while camping.

If you want your kids to join in cooking, you can have pizza or sandwiches with sausage. It will be safer than allowing them to touch the grid. Besides, they will be very excited to choose the ingredients to put in the burgers or sandwiches. Perhaps, you will be surprised at the flavor of the foods they make.

After dinner, you can light up a small campfire to roast marshmallows. This is one of the most favorite activities of my kids. Gathering around an open campfire is also an excellent way to bring your family members closer to one another. Try it, and you will love it.

Who To Invite?

It’s not difficult to decide which one to invite to your camp. Any friend of yours who has free time can join in this event. According to me, it depends on the purpose of the camp. If I want to meet my friends after long time no see or just to have some beer, various participants mean more fun. In contrast, if I want it to be a private and extraordinary occasion for my family and kids, I’d rather invite nobody.

So identify the purpose of your camp and make a list of people you want to invite.

What Games To Play?

Games are not one of my strong points; however, I know quite many games that you can play with your kids and have fun. Here are some of them:

  • The copies

–    For preparation: String Phone

–    Number of players: more than three people

–    How to play: Everyone stands in one circle. Then, the first one whispers some message in the second person’s ear and so son. They have to pass the message until it gets back to the first one, who will see if the message is correct or not. This is a funny game, and you will laugh when you know what the last result is.

  • Simon says

–    For preparation: Just think of some actions in your head

–    Number of players: more than five people

–    How to play: One person acts as the commander and others will have to obey his orders. However, only when he starts with “Simon says” can the players do what he says. If the commander says something that does not begin with “Simon says” and the players do it, they are out of the game. This game is classic, and I am sure many of you have known it; but still, it is a terrific game.

  • Let’s see who blinks

–    For preparation: Perhaps you need an eyewash to play this game

–    Number of players: two people or more

–    How to play: Does it sound funny when I said you would need to wash your eyes when playing this game? I was not kidding because two players have to look at each other’s eyes until one blinks or laughs. If you are a player and you blink or smile first, you lose. You can try this if you want to test your eyes.

  • What am I drawing?

–    For preparation: sheets of paper and pens

–    Number of players: four people or more

–    How to play: First, cut the paper into small pieces and write some objectives or items on them. Then, divide the players into two or three teams, depending on the number of participants. Each person from each team will pick a piece of paper and describe the items by drawing on paper. If members of a team can guess correct answers of pictures drawn by their teammates, they get points. At the end, which team has the highest points is the winner. It can be a tricky game, but it is fun and stimulates your imagination.

  • Telling stories

–    For preparation: nothing

–    Number of players: more than five people

–    How to play: This game is easy to understand. Everyone will tell a story together by speaking only one particular word. For instance, if the first player says “my,” the next one can say “father,” and the player after that can say “is,” and so on. The tricky part is that each person must think of something logical enough to connect with another. I’m sure that you will be very curious while waiting for the end of the story everyone is telling.

Some Suggestions For You To Relax While Camping In The Garden

  • Turn off your home phone and cellphone
  • Disable the internet and stay away from computers or video games
  • Television is unnecessary, so don’t watch it.
  • Forget about chores, such as doing the laundry, washing the dishes, doing your homework, or anything that makes you stressful
  • Dress up just like when you go to a real camp, which will make your more excited and cheerful.
  • If you don’t want to light a real campfire due to your children’s safety, you can create a fake one by putting a flashlight into a bunch of woods or buy a fake fire on eBay.


Is camping in the garden seem more fantastic to you now? I hope it is and wish that you will have the best camps ever after reading these tips. Thank you for reading my article about “6 essentials to prepare for camping in the garden.” Goodbye.

camping food list
Feb 06

Instant HEALTHY & SAFETY camping food list

By FamilyTentCenter | CAMPING BLOGS


Janet - Family Tent Center

In order to prepare for an excellent camping trip, a camping menu idea is considered an indispensable factor, especially for the novice campers. There are many suggested best camping recipes from various sources with different plans for your choice. However,  the term of good food may vary according to personal taste. In this article, we give you a camping food list that includes HEALTHY, SAFE, and easy camping recipes . The list is also SUPER SIMPLE so you are able to spend more time and energy with your family, instead of cooking most of the time.


Basically, a camping food list is the tool of the camping-meal planning, which summarizes all of the necessary food in preparing for your camping trip. But it is not that simple to have a healthy and safe camping food list by just adding up all the food you think of. “Every woman who aims to have a great camping food list need to spend much of time for researching and planning” – said Katherine (CEO of Minimalist Meal).


Firstly, you should be aware of what the good camping food before picking up them for your meal. The good food for camping should be fresh, nutritious, non-perishable, sturdy and super simple to be carried out and cooked easily. You do not want your food be spoiled or waste too much money on complicated but perishable recipes, don’t you?

The food, in general, and the camping food, in special, can be divided into several types based on their nature, the usage time and the cooking methods. Some typical kinds of camping food comprise of beverages and drinks, ready-to-eat (dry and fresh food), fridge food, cold served food, roasting food, cooked food, condiments, and spices.

camping food list

When we plan for a camping trip, most of us may think of the indulged time for weekends or for few days. Even the shortest picnic usually lasts for the whole day. That means the good camping planner will have to prepare the meal for breakfast, lunch, dinner and also snacks.

  • The typical camping food used for breakfast may comprise of sausages, eggs, bacon, milk, pancake, bananas, oranges, and cookies.
  • For lunch or dinner (main meals), you can use bread, salami roasted turkey, ham, canned tuna fish, cheese, butter and some kinds of fruits to eat. The menu for the dinner can vary, from steak, chicken, ground beef, spaghetti, rice, to potatoes, black beans, tomatoes, lettuce and red pepper.
  • Chocolate bars, pretzel nuggets, and chips are popular options for your snacks.
  • The remaining necessary element for a great camping meal is the drinks.
  • There are several types for your choice, such as adult beverages, energy drinks, bottled water, sports drinks, sodas, and juices.


In order to have a healthy and food camping list, you cannot bring your cooked meals and some dry food. In the case of more than 2-day trip, such cooked meals will be pale, spoiled and unable to eat. Only dry food may not provide sufficient nutrients for your family. For this reason, you have to prepare yourself to do cooking on your camping trip. Hence, there are some camping cooking equipment and tools you should add to your list in case you want to open fire cooking:

  • Folding table & chairs.
  • Camping cook set: stove, fuel, frying pan, coffee pot.
  • Constructive eating set: dishes, bowls, eating utensils
  • Food storage, cooler, zip lock bags.

If you are first time backpackers, you can read this backpacking gear list.


After having a general understanding of the healthy and safe camping food list, you should start making the list for yourself by following some below tips.


You will be able to create a better camping food list while being determined of your trip regarding the place, the duration, the number of participants and sometimes, the weather also takes effect. If your camping trip will last for more than 1 day, please pay more attention in storage items and especially the types of sturdy food.

camping meal plan

Make a very detail camping meal plan by answering 5W1H questions

You can plan what food to carry and how much of them based on how long your camping trip is. The departure and arrival time are also important for you to arrange the order of the meal. Then, you should make a plan for the breakfast, lunch, dinner, also drinks and snacks for each day.

One more thing to add to your plan is the cooking type in the camp. Whether you need to bring a handheld gas stove or you can utilize a campfire or a barbecue at the destination. For each cooking type, there are different related kitchen tools and equipment. For example, you should not use a pan to cook with the campfire otherwise all of your food will be burned soon. After having sufficient information relating to the cooking type along with the kitchen items, please come back with our camping food list.

Now you should think about the ingredients and each meal which are recommended to match with the conditions at the campsite as well as the cooking utensils and method. You are able to avoid redundancies and utilize all of the ingredients for the camping trip by answering following questions:

  • What type of heating is required to prepare a healthy meal? Can you make a camping fire cooking? Is it a MUST for a cooking over a fire? If it is, you can search on Google for the keyword “campfire cooking recipes“, “campfire food ideas“, “campfire dinner recipes“, “camp fire cooking” and “easy campfire recipes“.
  • Do you need vegetarian camping recipes?
  • Can the ingredients be used for more than one meal?
  • How long does a dish take for preparation and cooking? (Try to estimate for each dish and a meal to arrange sufficient time)
  • What type of meal can be cooked in advance (before going to the camp)?

Frankly, creating a menu is not easy at all as you have to combine different dishes into a meal and ensure that such combination will not cause the allergy for people or degenerate their taste. But preparing a healthy camping meal is much more difficult. You not only need to consider of the nutrient provided for each meal but also the nature of the food which should be easy to eat and carry out, simple to cook.


According to the suggestion of some nutrient experts and by synthesizing many food lists from prestige websites, we propose the following healthy and safe camping food list for your reference.

Best Easy Camping Breakfast Ideas

  • Breadbest camping breakfast
  • Eggs
  • Cereal
  • Jam
  • Maple syrup
  • Yogurt
  • Orange juice
  • Cheese
  • Sausages
  • Bacon
  • Fruits (apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, peaches and raspberries)

Easy Camping Lunch Ideas

  • Breadcamping lunch ideas
  • Mayonaise
  • Salami
  • Roasted turkey
  • Ham
  • Butter
  • Meat slices, tuna fish, pate (for sandwich)
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese slices
  • Tomatoes

Easy Camping Dinner Ideas

  • Pastacamping dinner ideas
  • Pre-processed meals
  • Rice
  • Tortillas
  • Noodles
  • Salsa
  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Sauce jars (sour, curry and sweet)
  • Jars of spices and herbs
  • Jar of crushed garlic

Best Easy Camping Snack Ideas

  • Nutscamping dinner ideas
  • Dried fruit
  • Seeds
  • Trail bars, flapjack
  • Chocolate bars
  • Pretzel nuggets
  • Chips
  • Cookies

Easy Camping Drink Ideas

  • Bottled watercamping meal ideas
  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Wine (Bring a cask of wine is the cheapest and most convenient way)
  • Beer
  • Energy drinks
  • Juices
  • Sports drinks
  • Soda


  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onions
  • Cooking oil
  • Sugar
  • Seasoning
  • Soy sauce

Kitchen Essentials

  • Water (An adult needs about 3 quarts of water for daily drinking and may be more from the meal)
  • Folding Table and chair
  • Fuel and stove (if needed)
  • Dutch oven and frying pan
  • Plastic bowls
  • Coffee pot (for heating water)
  • Eating utensils – forks, knives, and spoons
  • Plastic cutting board
  • Cooking utensils – can opening key, sharp knife, large spoon
  • Cooler (for keeping frozen foods)
  • Aluminum foil (for food wrapping)
  • Bags with lock zips or any camper storage ideas (for food storage).


best camping recipes

The most important objective of the camping food should be super simple. As we are not going to a cooking campaign, we should spend more time to relax and hang out with our family and friends instead of sticking with the kitchen. Therefore, you should keep this opinion in your mind when considering your own camping food list.

Based on our suggested healthy camping food list, you can write down each planned meal for the picnic. Do not worry as listing down things will not take lots of your time. After finished the writing, you can try to shorten it by re-thinking of some superseded and useful ingredients along with removing any unnecessary items. You should repeat this step for two or three times until getting the acceptable list. Then, bring this list with you for shopping.


It might not a simple task as you have to keep all the food and kitchen utensils together in a logic order. You also should arrange them according to the order of the meal so they will not intricately tangled when you take them out of the box.

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At first, you should start with all types of food which need refrigeration. After classifying them, it is very easy to put them in the cooler or fridge. But remember to put ice packs on the food to keep their cool temperature during the camping trip.

The remaining items can be divided into three groups: the non-perishable ingredients, staples and kitchen gears, which should be placed in three different boxes.

  • With the non-perishable ingredients, a strong plastic box is the best option to contain them. In order to fill all of the ingredients into the box, you should place the largest and heaviest items at the bottom and the lighter one on the top. Please try to fill them up the box. If you cannot, some papers will help to keep that box filled and stable to avoid inside things be disordered. In addition, you should keep the raw foods separately with another type of foods. Never bring poultry products or meat without a cooler to keep them safe.
  • The second box is used for storing the staples which are some important items but not belong to the first group. Some examples of the staples are olive oil, salt, pepper, spices, coffee, tea, food wraps, sugar, sauce, etc. This box can be smaller than the first one. You should choose the size of the box to completely fit with contained items inside.
  • All of your kitchen utensils will be kept in the last box. As most of the cooking gears are big and heavy so you need to consider carefully which equipment to carry out with you.   To save your limited space, try to take one gear that can use for more than one dish. A small thing to consider is the available space permits. Sometimes you do not have enough space for these above three boxes due to the car is full of people. Then, you have to re-arrange those stuffs into two boxes instead of.


Now let’s make great camping meals for a whole long day! In case you want to have some more options, you can go to Google and typing “camping cooking ideas” to get more camping food recipes.

Breakfast: oatmeal, eggs, turkey bacon, milk, bread, and berries.

One of the tip in planning the meals is to keep your breakfast be fuss free and simple. A gourmet camping recipes is not always a good idea, especially when you have to leave the camp this morning. The suggested breakfast here is super simple, easy to cook and of course, healthy for your family.

easy camping breakfast


  • Boil eggs in advance, properly before leaving your house, then put them in the cooler. Before eating, you pick the eggs out the box and re-boil for about 2 minutes.
  • Chop berries and mix with the oatmeal also put the mixture in the cooler. Before eating, you need to pick the mixture out and stew a little bit to remove the ice.
  • The turkey bacon was already put in your fridge and you only to take them out and cut in thin slices.
  • Cut the bread and put into a dish. Also, place slices of the turkey bacon, eggs into the dish with a little bit of oatmeal and berries.
  • Pour milk into cups for each person.

Now you can enjoy a super simple breakfast from your camping food list.

Lunch: Meat slices, tuna fish, ham, lettuce, cheese slices, butter, tomatoes (for sandwich), bagels, orange or apple juices, melon.

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  • Cut the ingredients into slices, comprise of meat, ham and tuna fish.
  • Chop all our vegetables and fruits, the put them in the cooler before leaving.
  • Wash the tomatoes and also cut into slices.
  • Bring all the ingredients for sandwiches and put into the bagels on the taste of each person. You can use bagels to replace the bread as they can keep inside things better.
  • Pour the juices into the cup for each person and enjoy your lunch.

Dinner: Macaroni, cheese, canned stews and chili, grilled cheese, beef soup, beans and rice dish.

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  • Take all the above ingredients out from the cooler to increase their heat
  • For canned food, open the can and pour out the macaroni, stews, and chili.
  • Cook rice for 20 minutes until it’s well-done. Then, add chopped onions and tomatoes as well as black beans into the rice pot.
  • Heat them up and put cilantro, lime juice and salt into. Serve bean mixes on rice with shredded sharp cheese.
  • Grill sliced cheese for 5 minutes
  • Cut the beef into small pieces, rinse and put into boiled water. Then, pour the broth in, add favor and coriander before serving.

Dessert: Apple pie and ice cream

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  • You can prepare the apple pie at home, keep it in the fridge. Now, take it out and warm it up. Then, cut into slices and put in the dish.
  • There is no need to prepare anything for ice cream. After buying them from the store, you can put them immediately in the cooler and take them out when you want to eat.

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Jan 20


By FamilyTentCenter | CAMPING BLOGS



lucy gomez getwildcampingHello, my name is Lucy Gomez from Getting Camping Wild. I’m very expertise at wild and car camping.

I would like to say thank you to Family Tent Center!

That’s very kind of them when they asked me to contribute a very exciting topic about car camping. I can’t say “NO” at all.

So, I will try my best on a complete car camping checklist.

If you have any question, feel free to comment below or shot me an email to [email protected].

Back country hiking is a great way to get in touch with nature as well as see the wild side of the world, but it might not be possible with kids in tow.

If you love camping but have a family to take care of, you may consider car camping.

Car camping is a good way to introduce spouses and kids to the joy of camping, especially when preparing for the first adventure.

Whether you’re camping with kids or friends, you can use this detailed checklist to ensure the camping trip is fun and a successful one.

Also, make sure to bring with you enough items that can keep you and your family for the days you will be camping.

The Ultimate Car Camping Checklist Camping Gear

Shelter & Facilities & Tools


  • Camping tent(s) (make sure to carry enough tents that can accommodate everyone)
  • Camping sun shade (especially during summer)
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping air mattress
  • Pad or mattress repair kit
  • Pump for air mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Camping knife
  • Day packs
  • Trekking poles
  • Camping chairs and tables
  • Cots
  • Hammer headlamps
  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns
  • Camping water filter
  • Fishing gear

Clothing and Footwear

Sometimes the nights might be cold so make sure to bring appropriate clothing. You can check the clothing and footwear list below:

  • Moisture wicking t-shirts
  • Moisture wicking underpants
  • Quick-drying pants or shorts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Hiking boots or trail running shoes (they should be water proof)
  • Sandals or flip-flops for public showers
  • Wool socks
  • Rain or wind jackets plus pants
  • Wool/fleece jacket or sweater (vest, if warm)
  • Bathing suits
  • Pajamas
  • Wool/fleece hat
  • Wool/fleece mittens or gloves

The Camp Kitchen

There’s nothing more enjoying than a home-cooked meal over the roaring fire. Make sure to pack these essentials in your car so that you can enjoy true campground cooking. Below you can find some of the must-have items you should bring on the camping trip.

  • Stove (make sure you test it before you set off)
  • Stove fuel (be sure to carry enough fuel that can last you for the days you will be camping)
  • Charcoal and lighter fuel (when grilling)
  • Matches or lighters
  • Cooking pans and pots
  • Enough water to keep at the site
  • Utensil set( including forks, spoons, knives, and cooking utensils like serving spoons and spatulas)
  • Mess kits ( including cups, bowls, and plates)
  • Can opener
  • Dish towels
  • Dish detergent
  • Plastic basin for washing the dishes after every meal
  • Tablecloth
  • Paper towel
  • Foil
  • Hot pads
  • Ziploc bags
  • Citronella candle
  • Sponge or scrapper

To make sure that you buy and bring right cooler, you can comment below or send me an email. I will answer as soon as I can.

Food Items

When it comes to food items, plan the meals basing on the number of days you will be camping and then aim for either one or two pot meals such as pancakes and stews in a day.

Make sure to pack enough snacks and fruits to starve off hunger between the meals. Some of the food items you are supposed to pack include:

  • Fruits
  • Snacks
  • Bread and peanut butter ( very fast and handy especially if your kids love it)
  • Condiments (salt, multi-spice, pepper and catsup/mustard when necessary)
  • Butter and cooking oil
  • Beverages such as milk and juice boxes
  • Desserts
  • Milk and sugar if needed

Personal Items

The best thing about car camping is, you can bring with you a few home comforts. Some modern campgrounds do have heated bathrooms plus electricity. Below you will find a few of the comfort as well as personal hygiene items that you should bring along with your car.

  • Toothbrush
  • Brush or comb
  • The camping can
  • Lip balm
  • Toilet paper

Safety First

No one would wish to get hurt while camping, but it’s important to be always prepared. For safety measures, here are some of the most important safety items you should not forget in your car camping checklist:

  • Bandages
  • Benadryl
  • Antibiotic ointments or wipes
  • Poison ivy treatment like CORTAID treatment kit.
  • Thermometer for taking body temperature
  • Burn ointment
  • Bug repellant
  • Moleskin
  • Tweezers (for removing ticks and splinters)
  • Aspirin

Other Items

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Camping maps (if not familiar with the site)
  • Two-way radios
  • Handheld GPS
  • Outdoor toys
  • Child’s Potty
  • Water toys/floats
  • Board games
  • Umbrella in case it rains
  • Cell phone

Final Thoughts

Car camping is one of the most exhilarating experience you should not afford to miss.

It is full of fun especially if you decide to go along with your family because you will enjoy nature and get a chance to introduce your children to the wonders of the world.

Moreover, you will have the comfort as well as the security of a campground plus help from other campers any time you need it.

If it is your first time to take your family for a car camping, make sure you pack properly as well bring along everything we have mentioned above and I guarantee you will create a new family culture with your first camping trip.

From Lucy Gomez – Get Wild Camping

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