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If you enjoy going camping with your loved ones, then you might have to put your car to good use. You might need it to carry all your camping gear to the site where you are camping. If this is the case you are facing, then you need a camping car rack. Here’s a few pointers you should use when picking a camping car rack.

The top of your car can be a number of different situations. There might be a bare roof that has no rack, but there also might be a full rack up there. Many cars have something in-between, where roof rails are up there without any crossbars. A good camping car rack installs easily onto your car with or without a roof rack present. If, however, your car does happen to feature a full rack, then nearly all of your work is done. If this is the case, you only need some adapters to get the job done. You can find particular adapters that can be clamped onto current crossbars. Using these, you can transport anything from bikes to kayaks, among other camping gear. Installation happens in moments, and you can do the job with basic and common tools.

If your car only comes with roof rails, then it takes an extra step to finish the car rack. Get a pair of crossbars to finish the job. The modern market has a tremendous selection of high-caliber after-market crossbar sets which you can easily find and buy. Attaching them only takes basic and common hand tools you probably already have. Even if your car does not have any style of rack, but instead features a bare roof, there are still a multitude of after-market car rack options that can be the answer you need. Picking the appropriate car rack needs to be done mindfully given all the options and choices out there. Do your research thoroughly to find the right option for your needs.

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When you need to stay healthy on the trail and capitalize on your camping trips, it will help you out greatly to select and eat food that is energizing, filling and healthy. By tackling such a matter, you are able to feed yourself and your family in a way that is healthy and wonderful. With this in mind, follow these tips below, so that you are able to make the most out of your nutrition with these three quick camping breakfasts.

#1: Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are great because they are filling, easy to make and filled with protein. This protein will allow you to have energy throughout the day for the most arduous parts of the camping trip. It will sustain you and is incredibly healthy in a number of ways.

#2: Trail Mix

Trail mix was made specifically for camping, because it is packed with nutrients that will energize and empower you. Trail mix will typically have ingredients like raisins, nuts, berries and seeds. They are high in healthy calories and will keep you full for long periods of time.

#3: Fresh fish

If you plan to go on a camping trip, make sure that you also take some time to go fishing. So that you’re not having to continuously lug around the fish, you should cook it for breakfast whenever possible. This is a healthy meal that contains plenty of omega-3 fatty acids which increases blood circulation and mental function.

If you apply these three tips, you will be able to make the most out of your breakfast and energize yourself throughout a camping trip. You can consider these three options the breakfast of champions and should utilize them whenever possible.

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The smell of freshly cut grass in the air, evenings that are starting to stretch well past dinner time and that warm spring sun giving promise to a long hot summer; indeed, there are many reasons to love this time of the year.

In fact, with the warmer and lighter weather many of us are turning our thoughts to outdoor eating. Whether we are planning a camping trip away, or simply love to eat outdoors at home whenever we have the chance, there is something incredibly special about enjoying a fine meal in the fine outdoors.

However, not many of us want to slave over the kitchen counter for hours on end to be able to enjoy a spot of outdoor dining. Indeed, eating outdoors should feel relaxed and effortless. Achieving that goal can be rather challenging to say the least!

So what is the secret to great outdoor cooking that is super limited when it comes to time and effort? Actually the answer is in just one word; marinade! Yes, that’s right, by nailing a great marinade recipe your outdoor dining will deliver on great taste, while you have plenty of time to relax and smell the roses.

What are the ingredients to great summer marinades? The list is endless, however here come a few choices that know how to pack a punch when it comes to flavor. You could try out some tried and tested recipes using these ingredients, or experiment and find your own great combination.

– Oil
– Vinegar
– Citrus Juice
– Honey
– Garlic
– Soy sauce
– Lemon Peel
– Orange juice
– Chopped onion
– Chopped chili
– Dried or fresh herbs and spices.

The above list should certainly have your mouth watering by now! Whatever you decide to put in your summer marinade, be sure to let it sit for as many hours as possible to create an outdoor dish that is truly delicious!

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Do you have an air mattress for your camping trips? Camping with friends and family members is one of the best ways to discover nature together and strengthen your bond. There are various kinds of mattresses that you can buy in the market today, and an air mattress is one of them. Air mattresses are light and are very convenient especially if you don’t want to carry heavy stuff while camping. However, just like all other mattresses, this type should also be well taken care of, so you can use it for a long time.

Bringing along an air mattress on your camping trip should be easy. To properly prepare your air mattress for a journey, you have to open the valves of the mattress first and roll it up to squeeze out the air inside. To make sure that there is no more excess air inside your mattress, close the valve and roll it up again. Once ¾ of the mattress is already rolled up, you can now unblock the opening. You can repeat these two easy steps until you think that there is no more air inside. Remember to pack the pad carefully to avoid your mattress from getting punctured by a sharp thing.

After arriving at your destination, your first task is to set up your camp. If you have an air mattress, it is a must to inspect the area first before setting up your pad. There might be sharp rocks or other materials that damage your mattress. And last but not the least, it is recommended to store your mattress in a cold, dry and dark place away from any sharp objects.

An air mattress is a good option for hikers and campers who cannot afford to carry heavy bags while on their adventure. Being aware of these simple care tips will let you keep away from any trouble while camping. With proper usage and storage, your air mattress can be used for years.

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Heading away for a camping trip is an exciting time! The prospect of feeling at one with nature, soaking in the wonderful outdoors and generally having time to catch your breath, is certainly a wonderful way to spend a few days, or weeks!

That being said, preparing and packing for a camping trip can take a considerable amount more time and effort than preparing to head away to an all inclusive hotel! Rather than rely on someone else to cook for you and the family, you tend to need to bring all of he family’s catering needs with you in the back of the car!

So what do you need to pack to make sure that the kids, as well as you and your significant other, don’t go hungry during your camping trip away? Here comes your ultimate checklist to campsite cooking!

Campsite Cooking – The Ultimate Checklist

The stove (think quality over price and bring something that is capable of cooking up great meals)

– Fuel for the stove

– A few pots and pans of various sizes

– A pot grabber (this one is crucial!)

– Food storage containers

– Mugs and cups

– Plenty of matches or lighters

– Cutting boards

– Sharp knives

– Cutlery

– A can opener

– A bottle opener

– Foil

– Portable coffee maker

– Plenty of food choices with a good selection of treats.

Of course our list is by no means exhaustive, there are plenty more utensils and items that are useful for campsite cooking. A great way to work out what you need is to set up a campsite kitchen in your back garden and try cooking a typical campsite meal. You will quickly see what items you are running into the kitchen for!

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This is the time of year that we’re all thinking of pumpkin flavored treats. We can have it in our coffee, sweet rolls, and even pumpkin scented candles for our home. It’s become quite the rage these days. One thing we don’t hear so much of any more is the fabulous results you can get from roasting the pumpkin seeds you have once you’re carved your Halloween pumpkin. It used to be tradition to roast them and we think you’ll love it if you try it this year.

The seeds you roast will come straight from your recently carved pumpkin. You’ll get about a cup of seeds from a medium sized pumpkin. Make sure you cover your work area because this can be messy. The seeds will be gooey and surrounded by pumpkin membrane. Clean them well by rinsing with water to remove all the excess material. Once you’re down to just seeds, blot them dry on a kitchen towel.

Now comes the fun part – seasoning. There are as many ways to season these treats as there are people who want to eat them. You can use some oil, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, honey, sugar, butter, or even jalapeno. Once you have them seasoned the way you like, you can put them on a cookie sheet (you may want to use parchment paper to save on clean up). Bake them at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes. Check them often to be sure they aren’t burning. You may want to stir them half way through. You can also cook these on the grill or over the campfire, which is even more fun.

Now you have a delicious treat to share with the family and the kids will love helping with the whole process. You can all have your favorite kind and share fond memories of roasting pumpkin seeds after carving the Halloween pumpkins.

The video below will show you three ways to roast your pumpkin seeds for a variety of flavors.

Olive Oil & Sea Salt
Cinnamon & Spice
Soy Sauced
Chili Lime
Chocolate
Tex-Mex

So, so, so good. Let us know how yours turn out. We look forward to seeing you here at the campground this Fall. It’s a wonderful time of year to be camping and we can’t wait to see you.

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Lots of people are ditching the pots and pans by cooking just about any meal in foil packs these days. You really can make breakfast, lunch, dinner, or desserts all neatly packed in foil and we found a really helpful walk-through to show you how.

The first piece of advice is to use heavy-duty foil. It makes a world of difference and won’t tear off into little pieces in your food. If you only have standard foil, go ahead and double it up.

Spray the food side of the foil to keep it from sticking. Just lightly is enough and you’re good to go.

Be sure to put the meat on the bottom because it will need more heat to cook through. You should add some high water content veggies to keep it humid inside the pack. Tomatoes would do just fine.

Carrots and potatoes are dense so either cut them up very small and uniform or precook them before adding them to the packs.

You can flip the packs but just make sure they are well sealed. When you open them be very careful. Steam burns are not fun and we don’t want you to find that out for yourself.

You can make a Flat Pack or a Tent Pack which is the difference in where you place the food and how you fold it. There will be a link at the end of this post that will show you the difference between the two styles.

Your packs can contain burgers and veggies, or sausage and eggs with hashbrowns. There is a recipe for Pineapple Upside Down Donut Cake or Thanksgiving Dinner – pretty much anything you can cook at home can be adapted to foil packs.

You can read more details about how to assemble the packs and how to make the recipes at:
Cooking Around The Campfire: 9 Easy And Delicious Foil Packet Recipes

Have fun and save yourself from rattling those pots and pans. Dinner will be easy and delicious.

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There are many fun things to do when camping with kids. Kids are great at card games and cribbage is a fun card game that also helps kids with their math skills.

The dealer will deal each person six cards from a deck of 52 and set two of those cards face down in front of them. The other player must also put two cards from their hand face down in front of the dealer.

This is a time to get rid of crummy cards if it’s not your crib and most kids learn this really quickly. If you’re the dealer and have a great hand sliding good cards into your crib is a great strategy as well.

The game progresses with each player striving to lay down 15 points at a time to move along the board. The winner of the game will be the first player to reach 121 points.

However, beware, if a player doesn’t make it half-way through the board before another player reaches 121 points, that player is “skunked”.

Being skunked is a huge deal to the players in cribbage and the player who wins the game is likely to gloat a bit over the fact that they skunked their younger sibling or parent.

This is a great game and loads of fun. Everyone can work on their math skills and younger players can easily team up with other players to learn strategies and how the game is played.

It only takes a few minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. Cribbage boards are fairly inexpensive and available anywhere that games are sold.

Cribbage is an ideal game to take camping and if it’s raining outside, it’s easy to play cribbage in the tent and still have a great time.

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Pie Irons have been a big part of camping for as long as most of us can remember. It’s amazing how many things you can make in them. Everything from lunch, dinner, and snacks to tasty desserts. We tend to think that most recipes are centered around a couple of slices of buttered bread with lots of goodness in between but there are plenty of other options for cooking in your pie iron. We found a few recipes worth trying on your next camping trip.

Beef Pie
You use pre-made pie crust for this. Butter two sections and place one in the pie iron, butter side down. Then top it with cubes of cooked beef, potatoes, onions, and peppers. Top all of this with the other section of buttered pie crust – butter side up – and latch the pie iron. Cook it over the campfire and about 5 minutes later you have a steaming hot beef pie for dinner.

French Toast
Dip two pieces of bread in beaten egg with a little milk. Place one piece in each side of the pie iron and add some strawberry jam or maple syrup in the center. Close it up and cook the sweetest campfire French toast you could ever hope to have.

You can make a toasted ham and cheese sandwich, a creamy tuna melt, BLTs with a twist, or you can make fried potatoes, grilled onions, garlic bread rolls, and cornbread. Most everything you want to eat at the campground can be made in the pie iron.

Another benefit of using pie irons is that you can get the whole family involved. Kids are excited to help with dinner when they can put things into the iron and be involved in the toasting process. They will remember these meals just like you do when you were a kid. It’s a lot of fun and gets the job of cooking dinner done.

You can find out more and get your pie irons and some wonderful recipes here: Easy to Make Pie Iron Recipes

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