1. Joe

    Sara, this post rocks! It really made me think about all of the stuff we take camping. We like to go to the unregulated spots in the national forests because we like having more space, less noise and our dog can run more.

    We sometimes do all of our cooking on the fire and sometimes use a campstove. When cooking on the open fire we found that having a lightweight portable grate is really handy. You can find these used when people are throwing out their old grills. Also, a cast iron skillet. A good backpacking/hunting knife is also essential as it can be used for many purposes. Otherwise our list is similar to yours but with less gingham. We’ll work on that!


    1. Sara Tetreault

      Hey, Joe, thanks! I really like the idea of the portable grate. The fire pits we usually encounter (in most National Forest Parks) have such huge grates, you really have to watch your food so it doesn’t fall through any cracks. Yes, please, work on adding more gingham to your camping mix. You won’t be sorry!

  2. Sue Carlson

    Love this! Will study it more closely as the time nears for Nehalem Bay State Park. But one thing- When it comes to coffee, FRENCH PRESS all the way, baby! And to keep it hot, pour it into a thermos right away.

    1. Sara Tetreault

      Good tip on the thermos! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you have sunny weather at Nehalem Bay. We just returned from very cold and a bit rainy camping on Mt. Hood. Had fun but everything was WET!
      Thanks for the comment, Sue.

  3. Tina Test

    Hi Sara, we are old time camping pros.
    I have the same thing in
    place with our camping gear. Thought I would pass on an old time recipe to take camping that is easy and quick and delicious and you cook it over the open fire. Hobo dinners. With these you can really get creative. First you tear off a good size piece of tin foil and place any option of meat (beef patty, boneless skinless chicken breast, or vegan options (my daughters favorite Trader Joes Italian sausage) place it in center. Add any combination of vegies (sliced potatos, zucchini,onions,carrots,etc) I like to use what is fresh from my garden. Add a couple of slices of butter 2 to 3 tbl. or keep it vegan with earth balance. Add any kind of herb or spice you prefer. I like to add some chopped garlic, salt and pepper, basil. When your finished wrap it up and wrap it again in 2 to 3 more layers of tin foil. I like to make these the night before we leave, keep them refrigerated. In the morning before you head out put them in a large plastic bag, place in cooler with the ice on top of them. This way when you get to camp you can set up camp and relax. Your dinner is all prepared. Start the campfire open the wine and break out the hobo dinners. Place hobo dinners on top of grate and cook approx 7 mins each side (needed are two long very large sticks to turn these over) pull one off to check if they are done. You may want to place them on those plates as the do make a black mess on table cloths. I love to serve them with salad and bread. Enjoy, Tina Test

  4. Kathleen

    My camping box is pretty similar to yours. I also have a portable burner, that screws on the top of a little canister of propane. If you’re only doing a weekend, it’s all you really need. And we frequently use kitty litter buckets, well-cleaned, to stash stuff and then to use as washing and rinsing buckets. The lids keep the water clean so you can use breakfast soapy water to clean up after lunch. And we always have a small bottle of bleach, to avoid intestinal upsets, and use a tiny bit in the wash water. Call me paranoid, but none of my crew has ever been sick!
    Your dandy little flatware container with the sliding lid is a pullman loaf pan for baking sandwich bread. The lid keeps the dough from rising above the pan, and bakes a nice dense loaf, perfect for sandwiches. They also come in pretty shapes, with caps on the ends instead of the classic loaf shape. I envy you yours!
    Thanks for sharing! I love your blog!

  5. Agree with using washable dishes. I always thought it was fun washing them in a primitive way. :)

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