How We Camp (Glamp)

August 21, 2013

Over the years, we have gotten lots of questions about how we camp as a family, and what we bring etc.. so I decided it was high time to show you. For one, we aren’t really camping, we’re glamping. Car camping is a different beast than proper backwoods camping, so I would like to get that clarification out of the way.

We bring too much stuff.

We have a great time.

It takes a lot of planning.

Modfrugal glamping

This is how the dining room looks before every trip.

Modfrugal glamping

Modfrugal glamping

Modfrugal glamping

Modfrugal glamping

Modfrugal glamping

 

As you can see…a lot of gear. Some campsites have great spots at the bath houses for washing dishes, others, notsomuch, so we usually take biodegradable plates and utensils so we only have to wash up the cutting board and cutlery. More and more campsites are offering recycling now, so call ahead and ask.

 

Modfrugal glamping

I also enjoy using baskets and liners since it creates less waste, and things like hot dogs won’t roll off the plate into the dirt.

Modfrugal glamping

We pack a battery powered air pump (shown in the 3rd photo) which not only gets the mattresses filled, but is the PERFECT campfire ember resurrection tool. No more sticking your face in the smoke to blow the embers!! You just point your pump, turn it on for a few seconds and your flames will be back without self asphyxiation – everyone wins!

 

modfrugal glamping

The blue tent below is our 15+ year old tent we replaced this year since it was threadbare, but it was the BEST. I called it the McMansion tent, since it was a little OTT and large, but again, this is glamping, so go big, or go home.

 

modfrugal glamping

modfrugal glamping

Our new tent had a smaller footprint, which we wanted in order to be more accommodating to the different sized pads at various campsites. Turns out, if it leaks, it’s not worth it. The McMansion had seen plenty of wet action over the years and never leaked, so we’ll be looking for another tent this fall.

modfrugal glamping

modfrugal glamping

The other FAQ we get is WHAT DO WE EAT? The answer is a lot of things, as long as you plan it out ahead of time. Simple steps, like making the pancake batter and packing it ready to squirt in an industrial squeeze bottle, will make meal prep easier.

Most campsites come with an adjustable grate over the fire ring, so we just bring the giant cast iron skillet and some foil, and cook pretty much everything in them. We cook a big breakfast, but lunch is on the go since we are usually out exploring, hiking, biking, fishing, whatever, so we just snack on granola bars or something to hold us over until dinner.

We have a BIG cooler, with wheels, and it’s always heaving when we leave.

Modfrugal glamping

Modfrugal glamping

Modfrugal glamping

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I should also note that I like to pack smushables, like tomatoes and grapes, in hard sided containers. They are great to use for leftovers later and they keep everything round and plump.

Modfrugal glamping

Modfrugal glamping

Depending on where you camp, you have to be really careful about food.

Modfrugal glamping

 

This means packing up the box of food and your cooler and putting it back in the car after meals. Even if you are not in bear territory, squirrels and raccoons can eat through a plastic trug in a very short period of time.

We also take a tarp and extra tent stakes in case it rains while we are making a meal.

 

modfrugal glamping

modfrugal glamping

Our list of items varies depending on where we camp, but this is pretty much what we take most trips:

plates, cups, bowls, baskets/liners
tablecloth/clips
cutlery
knives/cutting board
oven mitts
paper towels
antibacterial counter wipes
serving spoon/spatula/tongs
s’mores forks
aluminum foil
ziplocs
garbage bags
broom/dustpan
tray (round metal)
nutella
ketchup
coffee + coffee pot
olive oil
sugar
salt and pepper
water jug
wet wipes
hand soap
cast iron skillet
washing up tub/brush/bowls/dishwashing soap
lighters
mystic fire
fatwood/firewood/newspaper
tents
first aid kit
sleeping bags/air mattresses/pump
pillows
rope
tarps
repellent
sunscreen
masking/duct tape
rain protection
towels
speakers/ipod
batteries
slingshot
handshadows book/constellations book
chairs/stools
bungee cords
lanterns/mantles
headlamps/flashlights
swiss army knives
walking sticks
picnic blankets
glow bracelets
fishing rods/tackle
innertubes

Yeah, I KNOW. It’s ridiculous, but there it is.

All this camping talk is making me want to start researching parks for our next trip….

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