Eating well in the outdoors can be a big challenge. It can also be the most refreshing, reviving activity you can do after a hard day of exploring and play. For some reason, there's nothing like sitting down after an adventure packed day and digging into a hearty, well cooked meal.
We love tinfoil dinners, dutch oven meals, just-add-water food pouches, and your common 'roast it over the fire' hotdogs or smores.
My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Over the years we've learned how to prepare the perfect outdoor meal. We've learned how to plan, what gear and supplies to take, how to prepare for the weather, how to stay safe and how to ensure we get back home safe.
Adventure Story: We Cooked the Whole Campout!
...We got to the site and set up the camp kitchen. I caught myself standing and staring at the mountain of food and supplies. We were going to eat like kings!
...We did cook and clean almost the entire campout...
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If you're like us you'll love the trail and outdoor cooking will become second nature. Let's get started.
Over the years we've learned how to cook delicious outdoor meals. We thought we'd list a few tips to consider for your next outing:
We've cooked all of the following meals in the outdoors and we've had great success:
Camp Chef (or other stove)
Emergency dehydrated food storage 2 servingsBuy on Amazon
We all have different risk tollerances. As I've gotten older I've consciously slowed down a lot and take fewer risks. I've seen guys with life-altering injuries who can't enjoy the outdoors any longer. I talked with a man this week who has messed up his knees and joints so much he can't go on a simple hike. That can't be me!
When we venture out, we need to keep in mind that we have future outdoor experiences to enjoy so we need to get home safe after every one. Our chances of survival and safe return increase with a few principles:
Having the right first aid supplies handy can help a lot. Make sure you have the right supplies for the activities you're doing.
Backpacking and car camping offer two very different cooking options. We'll break up the camp kitchen suggestions based on the two types of outing.
I'm a former Scout Master. I've used or seen others use just about every outdoor product you can imagine. When it comes to outdoor cooking, there are some pretty tried and true products you can rely on. Here are some of the outdoor products we recommend taking on all outings.
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Affordable, long lasting personal water filter and purifier for the trailBuy On Amazon
The most popular, reliable outdoor multi-tool on the marketBuy on Amazon
Durable, rechargeable 450 lumen LED head lamp for hands free trail useBuy on Amazon
2 Liter leak proof hydration bladder for trail daypacks and backpacksBuy On Amazon
Being prepared with some survival skills, trail information, and weather forecasts can make your hike relaxing and help you get home safe.
Don't get lost! Find the right map for your area. We recommend reviewing the map BEFORE your embark on your adventure. Get a feel for the topography, water sources, trails and roads, etc.Choose Your Map
We love our trail time! We hope your outings this year are memorable, relaxing, full of adventure, and safe.
We'd love to hear about any memorable stories you experience. Submit them to us and if we feel the story matches the site we'll publish it.
Gear up, prepare, and hit the trail! Enjoy!
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