Backpacking Gear - light weight overnight
Get a 4-Person Sport Dome Tent, 9' x 7'
Essential Camping Supplies
Camping and hiking are fun. There is nothing like sleeping out in the wild, yet feeling safe in your roomy tent. Air mattresses and tented hammocks make the best sleeping cots in the world. With today's 3 and 4G technology, you don't even have to do without movies, music, maps and GPS (for geocaching). Lots of other fun apps are available too. Play family games while you sit around the campfire!
Two back packs should be all of the space you need to go camping for a weekend. Remember you have to haul out everything you haul in, so always think light weight. For camping out for a week, take the same gear and pack more food.
Some people prefer to stay in motels when they camp. That's for wimps. Get yourself some essential camping supplies and you can have a luxury experience anywhere. You may never want to go back to the stressful real world. This hub is written with the casual camper in mind. I have not included specialty equipment for weekly campers, hunters or survivalists.
Camping should be relaxing and easy. Short hikes are best for wilderness areas. There is no need to work yourself to death just to enjoy a weekend in the outdoors. Get the right stuff and the right food and you will be in camping heaven.
Basic Camping Essentials
Picnic, Hiking, and Camping Gourmet Food
You can camp. You can hike. But you cannot create a gourmet kitchen out in the woods without hauling in way too much equipment. The best answer is to pack a gourmet picnic basket/cooler of snack foods in all of the spaces left in your back packs!
You might need a very small camp stove. You might even get by with taking no more than a light weight grill and build your own stove with rocks. This is the best way to make coffee or cook the fish you caught.
The rest of the space in your back packs should be stuffed with great tasting healthy food that is easy to carry and prepare. Go gourmet and you will find many tasty small packages of nuts, seeds, bars, desserts, jerky, dried fruits and other picnic items.
Hauling in bacon and eggs or even steaks is a labor intensive operation and defeats the purpose of camping out. Relax and enjoy yourself. It's not work, it's relaxation! Don't cook outdoors unless you really want to. Bring great tasting fun foods and make picnic gourmet meals.
Picnic Gourmet Snack Ideas for Camping and Hiking
Think of things that come in small packages and are ready to eat right out of the box or wrapping. Here's a starter list of gourmet snacks:
Oatmeal Cookies With Chocolate Chips
Healthy Portable Camp Cookies
Each of these Cookies are a full meal. They are made with very healthy ingredients that you can find in any health food store. Make these ahead of time and wrap them individually and you will have all the nutrients you need for two or three meals a day.
Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit
In a large mixing bowl, mix well all of the following ingredients:
Lightly oil or spray a cookie sheet. Form half cup patties of the cookie mixture and lightly place on cookie sheet. Each cookie should resemble the size of a hamburger patty. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool completely before packaging.
This batch should make 18 cookies. Each cookie has about 279 calories, 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fat (one gram of saturated fat), zero grams of cholesterol, 59 grams of carbohydrates, 27 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber and 202 milligrams of sodium.
How to Find a Great Camping and Hiking Spot
No matter what part of the U.S.A. you live in, there is a great camping site within driving distance. Well, maybe if you live in the middle of the Dakotas it would be hard to find, but you are close to camp living anyway, right?
Our amazing federal government owns and operates hundreds of federal camp grounds. They also provide an excellent guide and index to some great camping. All you have to do is enter a location and click on what you would like to do from the drop down list and then click the search button at Recreation.gov.
Searching for sites near Austin, Texas returned 32 choices for camping within a 50 mile radius. This will make some excellent overnight fun for a casual or luxury camper.