7 Tips for Your Next Camping Trip
Create a Google Doc
I love having a plan, and making sure everyone is on the same page. What’s great about putting a Google Doc together is that it allows you to communicate the plan to everyone on your trip. A lot of times, you’ll find that Google may steer you wrong, or you might not have cell reception and don’t remember if someone was bringing the mustard, or if you were. Maybe you have a last minute friend who is joining with a dietary restriction. All of these details can (and should) be in the Google Doc.
Our template usually includes:
- Camping Trip Name
- Who is coming and when (include dogs!)
- How many cars are coming, and who is expected in each car
- How many tents, and who is in each tent
- Dietary restrictions
- Meals (which are group meals, and which are on your own)
- Shopping list (for food)
- Activities around the area (if there’s a hike planned and its details, or if there’s water and people should bring floaties)
- Campsite reservation information (include if there is water on-site, check-in/check-out times, map of the campsite, and site numbers)
- Cost of the campsite
- Estimated cost of food
Make a Camping Box
Pack Aluminum Foil in that Camping Box
This is one of the best and most versatile things you can bring camping. Foil serves many purposes–you can use it to cook things over the fire (such as making your cheese all melty inside your burrito or if you forget your cast iron pan at home), wrap up leftovers, clean the grill, etc. Just trust me. It’s helpful.
Prep Some Kindling
Sometimes you’ll find that you go on a camping trip, and hike in 8 or so miles, only to find that all of the wood around your campsite is wet, and that making a fire is damn near impossible. If you had kindling, you wouldn’t have to whittle wet wood for 3 hours to get your fire going. My three favorites–cotton squares dipped in wax egg cartons with dryer lint, or Cheetos/Doritos/Fritos.
Stock Up on Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
These have changed my camping experience forever. How? I can’t go back to eating a regular S’more. Open-faced PB S’mores are my go-to camping dessert. Here’s how it works:
- Grab a piece of foil and put a graham cracker square on it.
- Put a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on the graham cracker, and place the foil near the fire where the chocolate can melt a little without burning the graham cracker.
- Roast a marshmallow.
- Once the chocolate is melted and marshmallow is roasted, put it all together, and stuff your face.
- You’re welcome.
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Once you’ve figured out who owes money to whom, you’ll want to make sure everyone pays their portion of the costs. Venmo and SquareCash are apps that make payments between friends quick and easy. Bank or debit card transactions are free, and there’s a small fee to use a credit card.
Download SquareCash and get $5 on your first transaction!Open the Cash app > tap the icon at the top-left corner.
At the bottom of the screen, tap Enter Reward Code.
Enter my Square Cash Reward Code. (TRQLNSM)Once you’ve entered the Reward Code, you have 14 days to send $5,either as a single payment or multiple payments. Once you’ve sent your first $5 with Square Cash, you’ll get a bonus.
This is probably camping 101, but a knife is probably one of the handiest things you could bring on a camping trip. From food prep to whittling your marshmallow stick, it’s one of the most useful tools you can bring along on any camping trip. I typically use an incredibly sharp knife that my dad gave to me, but if you need a suggestion for a study, lightweight knife you can bring on backpacking trips, this one comes highly recommended.
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