Admit it: Your life revolves around food. Everybody’s does, technically, right? Meals give structure to our day and inject a whole lot of pleasure into it to boot. Food’s all the more central to the camping experience. Appetites seem to enlarge in the woods, even if you’re not burning through the calories backpacking. Maybe it’s partly because, as everybody knows, stuff does just taste better outdoors. If all you’ve got time for is a quick weekend camping getaway, you may be tempted to skimp on the meal-planning and just improvise your menu at the last minute. Ultimately, though, that’s not … Continue reading

Designing a Camping Meal Plan For a Quick Weekend Trip

Admit it: Your life revolves around food. Everybody’s does, technically, right? Meals give structure to our day and inject a whole lot of pleasure into it to boot. Food’s all the more central to the camping experience. Appetites seem to enlarge in the woods, even if you’re not burning through the calories backpacking. Maybe it’s partly because, as everybody knows, stuff does just taste better outdoors. If all you’ve got time for is a quick weekend camping getaway, you may be tempted to skimp on the meal-planning and just improvise your menu at the last minute. Ultimately, though, that’s not … Continue reading

Camping Checklist for Long Treks

Most people get into backpacking via quick overnighters and weekend getaways: short-but-sweet trips in easy-to-reach backcountry for testing the waters and learning the ropes. If you haven’t yet given backpacking a shot this way, here’s a big hearty round of encouragement to do so! This can be a lifelong source of adventure, exercise, camaraderie, and across-the-board pleasure. But let’s say you have a few one- or two-night backpacking forays under your belt, and are keen to try some longer outings. Well, we don’t blame you one bit, and the good news is you already have most everything you need. For … Continue reading

How to Pick the Best Foods for Backpacking

Even the most experienced backpackers know that staying nourished, energized, and, most of all full can be a real challenge. That’s why it’s imperative to plan ahead by bringing foods along with you that are wholesome and easy to prepare. Here are some of our top culinary tips that will help you make your camping trip that much healthier, tastier, and more satisfying. Here are a few tips to think about when it comes time to pack for overnights on the trail. Cheese, a High-Calorie Powerhouse If your diet allows, cheese is the holy grail for high-fat, high-calorie, high-calcium goodness. Go … Continue reading

Camping Checklist for Bringing Along Pets

Camping with dogs can downright double the pleasures of tenting out in the woods. Sharing the great outdoors with such a naturally enthusiastic creature can give you that extra energy for one more trail or getting up early (prompted by some pleading whines) to enjoy the sunrise view. Plus your pooch’s keener ears and nose may clue you in to phantom-like deer, a slinking fox, the footprint of a black bear—amazements you likely otherwise would have missed. Of course, your four-legged buddy needs his or her own supplies to make the joint camping adventure a safe and comfortable one. To … Continue reading

Camping Checklist for Parents With Babies

Does the notion of camping with babies strike cold fear into your heart? You’re not alone. Many parents of infants and toddlers assume the outdoor adventures Mom and Dad love are off-limits until the kids are older. Not so. Don’t forget: People have been toting tiny babies around in the wilds for tens of thousands of years. Infants are hardier than they look, and the woods, prairies, and mountains are, from a certain perspective, an ancient, tried-and-true nursery. Of course, camping with a baby does demand a lot of preparation, a different sort of equipment checklist, and—most importantly—a very healthy … Continue reading