|[Anchor Bay, Tawharanui]|
We camp in a tent. It's a three room + vestibule dome tent. When we considered which tent to buy we preferred to get a lighter tent rather than the larger, heavier framed tents. It means we compromise a bit in terms of size, but that can be advantageous too. We have had no problems so far with it standing up to rain and wind.
[Our tent at Tawharanui a few years ago]
We mostly stay in camp grounds with minimal facilities (water and toilets) so we take a gas camping stove and have recently added a Cobb portable BBQ/oven to the mix.
How much stuff we take varies depending on the length of time we'll be away and what we're intending to do while there. We take the family car, a trailer and sometimes add in a roof mounted travel container. I do use a list, but we were in a hurry this time and I didn't, consequently... no chocolate biscuits. My plan for next time is to create some storage containers with dedicated camping items in them that can be grabbed and put into the trailer easily. We've done this with the kitchen gear and tent gubbings and it has worked really well.
|[Sleepy girl on her stretcher]|
|[Making a dam]|
This is a list of things I'll often have on the menu.
- Olive filled pita
- Canned stuff like spaghetti, tuna
I normally try and bring fresh fruit and vegetables where possible, but the dried vegetables are often convenient and aren't too bad in terms of taste. Canned peaches are a favourite dessert. I will sometimes pre-make things like pancake mix or a spice mix for curry. Keeping meat fresh is a challenge if camping for any length of time so either I have to make a visit to a store, or go vegetarian. The latter isn't always greeted with joy by my carnivorous family.
- Bacon, eggs and pancakes
- Pasta of various kinds with various sauces
- Steak, potatoes, onions, salad
- Devilled sausages with vegetables
- Curry and rice
- Burritos or nachos
- Nasi Goreng
- Pad thai
- Canned soup
- Whole chicken on the Cobb with roasted potatoes done in the base part of the oven
- Anything BBQ on the Cobb e.g. hamburgers, sausages, steak....
|Anchor Bay, Tawharanui|
I will try and take a variety of snacks. It always seems like the family is extra hungry when we camp. We can go through a loaf of bread in a day.
- Trail mix
- Fresh fruit
- Dried fruit
- I will sometimes bake a cake or cookies to take
What do you eat while camping?
|[Making sand walls]|