Friday, July 5, 2013

camping {with kids}

Last summer, I took off a few day to take my kiddos camping. Unfortunately, Handyman had to work. I've never gone camping without him before, and our last trip was cut short by an unhappy camper -this little guy-so even though we went with friends, I was still a little bit nervous.

don't be scared, go camping!


camping with kids: easy meals and activities


Lucky, I when I'm nervous I tend to over-prepare, and those preparations came in nice and handy on this trip.

ACTIVITY PREPARATIONS
One of my favorite aspects about camping is that the kids love being outdoors and playing in nature. And for us, that means lots of imaginative play and few structured activities. However, for those moments when their creativity is running low, there's been on too many squabbles about freezer tag rules, we've already been to the beach, taken our daily hike, or no one wants to ride bikes anymore, an activity bucket comes in handy.

The activity bucket doesn't have to be elaborate, in fact the simpler the better. (Remember, you'll be camping, so be emotionally ready to loose or damage anything you pack.)

I filled a plastic bucket with an oversized checkers set, pick-up sticks, crayons & coloring books, creative clay, embroidery floss for friendship bracelets, water balloons, and simple puzzles that I made from cutting up cardboard cereal boxes. We were camping with kids from newborn to 12, so having a variety of activities was important. Fill yours to suit your needs and preferences.



Of course when you're camping you have to eat. Our camp site had a little country store that sold ice and a few groceries like milk, so it was easy to keep our perishables cool and food safe. I did plan to eat the fresh food first, then progress to more pre-fab foods.

MEAL PREPARATIONS
Dishes
  • silverware
  • plates
  • cups
  • tablecloth and clips
  • chef's knife
  • cutting board
  • mixing bowl & spoon
  • cast iron skillet
  • dish soap, dish pan, & towels

MENU-Day 1
Breakfast
eggs catastrophe
homemade cinnamon rolls
fresh fruit

Lunch
peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
fresh veggies
store bought chips &cookies

Dinner
tin foil dinner {meatballs, green beans, onions, carrots, onion soup mix}
s'mores & popcorn


MENU-Day 2
Breakfast
zucchini bread muffins
fresh fruit
eggs

Lunch
peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
fresh veggies
store bought chips &cookies

Dinner
chicken skewers with peppers, onions, pineapple
s'mores & popcorn

MENU-Day 3
Breakfast
pancakes with maple syrup & hashbrowns
fresh fruit
eggs

Lunch
peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
fresh veggies
store bought chips &cookies

Dinner
hotdogs & canned baked beans, fresh fruit platter
s'mores & popcorn


MENU-Day 4
Breakfast
oatmeal & hot chocolate

Pack up and go home!

Packing & Prep Ideas
Prep all your meals at home. for the above menu I:
  • baked the zucchini bread muffins
  • baked the cinnamon rolls (make and drizzle the icing on site)
  • assembled the tin foil dinners
  • assembled the chicken skewers
  • assembled the eggs catastrophe (minus the eggs, add on site)
  • chopped all the lunch veggies
  • cut the breakfast fruit
Preparing and packing for a camping trip can be a lot of up front work, but once you get to your destination and are all set, it becomes all worth it when you can set back relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Plus, then you can get fun photos like this of your children.

 
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10 comments:

  1. Thank you for the sweet comment on my Orange Julius post! I love your camping tips, I really could have used those when my kids were young and we went camping all the time. I'm following you on Pinterest and Facebook, I would love a follow back! Carrie @ amothersshadow.com

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  2. All great ideas! Can't wait to try them out!

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  3. Did you keep the dinners in a cooler? Did you freeze them before you left or just make them and take them that day? We are heading out in a few weeks and I have been trying to decide what I can make ahead and will it stay fresh.

    Thanks,

    Nicole

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    1. Nicole,


      I kept all my perishable food in a cooler. A day or two before I made and froze the following:
      •zucchini muffins
      •cinnamon rolls
      •tin foil dinners (already wrapped in foil, ready to throw on the coals. You could even brown the meat and just warm them up at the campsite.)
      •chicken skewers (just the seasoned chicken breast, cut, and threaded on the skewers, then wrapped in foil (just wrapped the meat, the sticks will pierce the foil if you wrap the whole thing)
      •the eggs catastrophe (same as the foil dinner, you could brown the sausage and soften the veggies ahead of time and just cook the eggs and warm the veggies over the coals)
      •the hotdogs (just so they could act as a small ice packs, keeping things around them cool)

      Either tightly wrap everything, or keep your ice in bags so that your items don't get soaked as the ice thaws.


      I also cut up all the fruit and veggies. For me, It's worth it to do more work at home and then at site.


      The other kids can thread their own veggies skewers, then roast over fire. We placed them directly on the grate. Next time, I would lightly spray both the veggies and chicken with oil before placing on the fire -some of them stick a bit. You don't want to leave half your dinner on the campsite grill!


      Hopes this helps!

      Laura


      Bonus Tip: I lightly scrambled my eggs and put them in a recyclable/disposable water bottle. Then I didn't worry about the fragile eggs cracking and making a huge gross mess in my cooler, and they it was easy to pour right into the sausage & veggie skillet.

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  4. I am so excited to find this from the Sundae Scoop Link Party. We are planning our first family camping trip, I am so excited. But, I am a little nervous about taking our 3 years old. Thank you for all the good advice!

    Brenna
    http://lifeafterlaundry.com

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  5. Now a days people love camping. They love to spend free time in outdoor rather then in home.

    Camping Info

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  6. That photo is stunning!!!

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  7. تعد شركتناشركة تنظيف بتبوك
    افضل شركة نظافه عامه بتبوك وذلك لمميزاتها المتعددة ومن أهم مميزاتها تحافظ على المنازل وعلى صلاحيتها وجمالها وعدم حدوث اى أضرار له وهذا ما تفعله شركتنا للحفاظ على أشياء العملاء لانهم يهتمون بكل شىء يخص عملائهم كما أن شركتنا تمتلك عمال ذات خبره عاليه فى مجال شركة تنظيف منازل بتبوك التنظيف الشامل من تنظيف منازل وقصور وفلل وبيوت كما لديهم عمال مدربين يقدمون لحضراتكم أفضل تنظيف وكل هذا واكثر سوف تجدونه فى شركة نظافة عامة بتبوك فهذة الشركة لديها متخصصين أصحاب خبره كبيرة ولديهم عمال محترفين ومدربين على هذا المجال وأيضا نقوم بعمل تنظيف للانتريهات والآثاث والرخام والزجاج والمراتب والستائر والحمامات التى يجب تنظيفها بشكل دائم شركة تنظيف خزانات بتبوك وغسيل الأرضيات مهما كانت صعوبة الأرضيات وبمختلف انواعها من السيراميك او الرخام وغيرها والأسقف والحوائط وأن الكثير من أعمال النظافة تقولم بها وخدمات شاملة كما أن شركتنا تستخدم أحدث المعدات والأدوات الخاصه بالنظافة أدوات فعاله ومن أفضل الأدوات الحديثة والمتطورة المتواجدة فى الاسواق وايضا تمتلك شركتنا قسم لتنظيف الزجاج والأرضيات والرخام ومن اجل كل هذه الخدمات فاننا نعتبر شركة مكافحة حشرات بتبوك من احسن الشركات التى تعمل فى مجال التنظيف واننا نعمل من اجل ارضاء عملائنا الكرام فشركتنا الاولى بالمملكة وانتظروا المزيد عندما تتعاملون معنا شركة تنظيف بتبوك شركة نظافة عامة بالخبر نظافة فلل وشقق وقصور توضح لنا ان شركة تنظيف منازل بتبوك الشعور بالتميز والانفراد أمرا بالغ الأهمية هل فكرت يوما أن تتعامل مع أفضل شركة نظافة فلل وقصور تقوم باحداث عملية تغيير شامل للمكان الذى تعيش فيه مع اضفاء شركة تنظيف خزانات بتبوك جمال يختلف عن أى مكان أخر مع شركة نظافه فلل لدينا كافة الامكانيات والأدوات شركة تنظيف مسابح بالرياض
    التى تستخدمها لجعلك أنت الأفضل والأرقى فمع الانشغال بالحياة اليومية يمكنك أن تترك نظافه الفيلا الخاصة بك لدى شركتنا التى سوف تشعرك بالسعادة والراحة الداخلية نظرا لاضفاء شركة مكافحة حشرات بتبوك اللمسة الجمالية على المكان الذى تعيش فيه قسم خاص للنظافه العامه نظافة فلل شقق قصور ونظافة خزانات بيوت الشعر مجالس موكيت وجهات زجاجية او رخام جلى بلاط رخام تلميع سيراميك كشف تسربات المياه عمل جميع العوازل خزانات اسطح نظافة مطابخ حمامات دريش نظافة خزان وشكراا

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