Summer is almost here, and with it brings much to look forward to: sunshine, friends, barbecues, swimming, and of course everyone’s favorite: camping. With the warm weather, hiking to your favorite spot, building a fire, looking up at the stars, and sleeping in the great outdoors can become a reality that the winter weather just won’t allow.
Even though the basic point of camping is to get away from modern amenities, there are a few modern things you may want to consider taking along to make your trip camping trip more enjoyable.
One thing everyone must keep in mind when camping is food. A lot of folks bring boxed food, or already prepared food that can be put in a cooler and eaten later. But, sometimes you just want a warm meal. Remembering to bring cookware may be the single most forgotten tool when people go camping. Having a few pots and pans can go a long way, and believe it or not Teflon is very useful in the woods. Having things like cooking oil or no-stick spray is usually not high on the priotity list, and clean up is a breeze. If you don’t already have any Teflon cookware, or you’d like some exclusively for your camping trip, check out kitchenmonster.com for some great deals and selection. It really does make a difference.
Double Sleeping Bag
This isn’t necessarily a modern technology, but it is something that’s very useful when camping with a spouse or your significant other. Just because it’s blazing hot during the day doesn’t mean it won’t get cold at night. A double person sleeping bag is good because it can encompass body heat from more than one person, and it takes up less of the precious space you have in your vehicle. Plus, it’s usually cheaper to buy one of those rather than two one person bags.
Propane Coffee Maker
If you’re like most people, when you wake up in the morning one of the first things that comes to mind is caffeine. If you’ve ever stayed at someone’s house who doesn’t drink coffee, you know the feeling of waking up and not getting your morning cup of Jo. The propane coffee maker is exactly what it sounds like: a coffee maker that uses propane to do the work. No percolator, cords, wires, or electricity needed. It gives you a steaming cup of coffee no matter where you are.
This contraption seems to be of best use to guys who like to have a fresh shave every morning. You won’t be tapping into your inner outdoors man with this thing, but it does make life a lot less complicated. It’s a plastic box that opens up with containers and pockets for the storage of razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc, and instead of being hollow on the inside, it holds water with a plug to use for dispensing. It can be also be a selling point for guys who are trying to convince their ladies that clean up will be easy.
If you’re anything like me, your pets are a part of the family. When you go away for a few days at a time, finding someone to watch over them can be a pain, not to mention unfair to the pet. A lot of people like to bring their dogs on trips with them. They can warn you if a wild animal is near, and keep provide some funny moments on the trip. With cats things might be a little more complicated because they’re sneaky and get lost east. With a pet tent you wouldn’t have to bring the pet in the tent to take up what little space there is, and you wouldn’t have to worry about them running loose or sleeping in the dirt at night. It’s a great bonus when you can have your pet tag along for the fun.