Happy Memorial Day everyone! It feels like forever since I have been able to Blog. Right after my last post I started a new Nanny Job and suddenly didn’t have any free time. However, today I found some free time while the kids are sleeping, to share my Memorial Day weekend plans with everyone!
Memorial Day, for those of you from outside the United States, is a federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday in May. Memorial Day was started after the American Civil War in honor of the men who died during that time. Later it evolved to honor all fallen soldiers. These days we decorate the graves of fallen soldiers and veterans with Flags as well as flowers on the graves of our other friends and family. My family does what we call the “Cemetery Tour.” We gather our whole family and drive all over to visit the graves of our family members who have passed and leave behind a pot of flowers.
However my hubby and I will be missing the tour because we are going on our very first camping trip together. Woot! So since this will be my only post this week I thought I’d put three posts into one I Call it Mechaniky-Crafty-Journal-thing about preparing for a camping trip.
So first the most important thing to do is decide where you are camping, how much it will cost and who will be going with you. After you have figured out the basics you’ll need to find a way to get to your camping spot. For most people they drive, so having your car in prime working order is a must. First you will want to check the oil.
Turn the car off and wait for it to cool before trying to locate the dip stick.
Most engines look fairly similar to this one,
The dipstick will probably look a little like this.
Make sure that the oil is above the “Full” line/groove. If it’s not you should add oil before you leave on your big adventure.
Next you’ll want check the rest of the fluids in your engine, such as Window Washer Fluid and Coolant.
After all the fluids have been topped off you should check the pressure in all of your tires using something that looks a little like this.
The outside wall of the tires should have the recommended pressure listed.
After all this I like to clean out my car so I have enough room for everything to fit.
Alright, Now once you get there you will need something to eat. Below is the menu I put together for our 2 ½ day trip as well as a couple recipes. Since my hubby doesn’t get off work until around 6 we decided just to grab a burger before we hit the road instead of trying to cook in the dark.
- Hot Cocoa
- Breakfast tin foil dinner
- Tin Foil Dinners
- Corn Bread
- M&M mix
- Dutch Oven Cobbler
Water (80 oz per person, per day= 3.75 gallons)
- 4 gallons drinking water (1 case of Smith’s Water)
I’m pre-making muffins using a mix and the Corn bread I’m Going to cook in a dutch oven using another mix. Here are some of my new favorite camping recipes
M&M Snack Mix
2 C M&Ms
2C Mixed Nuts
2C Snack Pretzels
Tin Foil Dinner
Foil dinners are pretty basic, This is my version.
½ lb Steak
½ can of Veg-all or other mixed vegetables
½ can can of cream of mushroom soup
spices and seasonings
Mix together the above ingredients with spices and condiments to your heart’s content. Place the mixture on the center of a sheet of foil, wrap in a tent pack, and place on hot coals for 25 minutes.
Tin Foil Breakfast I found this recipe at artofmanliness.com
½ C shredded potatoes
2 eggs, scrambled, uncooked
2 frozen sausage patties
spices and seasonings
Crimp the sides of your sheet of foil so that the eggs won’t go anywhere when you add them. First place your hash brown patty on the foil. Then place the eggs on top of the hash brown patty. Then place the sausage patties on top. Season with spices and condiments and wrap.
Place on hot coals and cook for 15 minutes. Add the cheese when it’s done.
I’m making all my foil dinners a couple days ahead and freezing them so I can just take them out of the cooler and place right onto the fire.
Last but not least, I have a Checklist for your gear so you don’t forget anything.
Camping gear checklist.
- First Aid Gear
- Back Pack
- Garbage bags for the rain (and/or pack cover)
- Bags for garbage so you can pack everything out
- Hiking poles / walking stick
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping / ground pad
- Headlamp / Flashlight
- Watch w/ alarm
- GPS / Compass
- Bear bell
- Sun glasses
- Rope / bear line (25’+)
- Food bag / container
- Bear spray
- Flip flops / sandals for around camp
- Long underwear
- Socks / liner socks
- Shorts / pants
- Fleece / Parka
- Rain gear
- Ziploc bags and stuff sacks for organizing
- Hat for sun / rain
- Hat for warmth / bandana
Eating / Drinking
- Water bottles
- Water Filter
- Lighter / Matches
- Pots / Pans / Pot handle
- Napkins / Towel
- Bowl / cup / utensils / knife
- Soap / hand sanitizer
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner per day
- Snacks per day
- Tea / coffee / hot cocoa / energy drink powder
- Hot sauce, spices, herbs
- Toothbrush / toothpaste
- Toilet paper / baby wipes
- Chap stick
- Deodorant / lotion
- Bug Repellant
- Shovel (for bathroom use)
- Glasses / contacts / contact solution
- Hair tie
- Book / cards
I’ll add some pictures next week after we get back.
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