Sleeping under the stars whether you’re camping or “glamping” (glamorous camping) is a great way that can help you to relax, boost your happiness and reenergize the senses.
It also offers the opportunity to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones without the usual distractions of everyday life, and gives us the chance to switch from ‘Netflix and Chill’ to simple pleasures such as playing cards, reminiscing and making campfire smores.
If you’re thinking about packing up the car for a fun, outdoor adventure, here are a few ideas to help get to you started:
1. Check The Weather
Take a look at the weather forecast for your intended stay and use this as a reference for packing wet weather gear or sunblock and shades. You might also benefit from checking the local visitor center website for advice.
2. Outdoor Gear and Gadgets
It’s crucial to check all equipment, gear and gadgets before packing them in the car. The last thing you will want is to pitch your tent only to find a big hole, or to have left the bag of pegs at home, or forgotten spare batteries for the torch! Check that all equipment and accessories are accounted for, all kitchen utensils are clean and ready to go, and all gas bottles, radios and lights are in working order.
3. Campsite Know-How
Upon arrival, take a walk around your campsite area and familiarize yourself with the surroundings before pitching your tent. A few things to look out for:
- Avoid holes, ditches, lumps or anything that could become puddles in heavy rain
- Look up at the trees and check you don’t have overhanging branches or are close to nests and homes where wildlife might make its way into your tent
- When setting up your campsite take into consideration any shade or shelter and always be sure to check your tent is facing the correct way before pitching a fork in the ground
- Campsite etiquette is important to keep top of mind for an enjoyable stay – always be mindful you’re not walking through a neighbor's campsite and at night keep your noise at a respectful level.
- Campsite games add to the fun factor and good times, we recommend packing a deck of cards, board games, and your favorite books to swap, share and chat about over the campfire.
4. The wonderbag Campsite Kitchen And Heat-Retention Cooking
Campfire cooking is a highlight of any camping trip and whether you’re a professional tour guide, king of the grill or an outdoor kitchen rookie, the wonderbag’s clever design will have you wondering why you hadn’t been cooking this way all along.
How about changing things up and spending 10-20 minutes in the morning prepping lunch or dinner and then leaving it to cook without supervision or power? It’s now possible, as wonderbag’s innovative and eco-friendly insulation combined with its low-tech, high-impact heat-retention technique offers the cook a means of producing delicious meals without the usual requirement and use of fire or power sources.
This means cooking on your next camping trip saves fuel, eliminates the cook from tending to the fire or stove and produces tasty, tenderized dishes every time. It’s even impossible to overcook food giving you failsafe, delicious meals time and time again.
Sometimes when we’re out hiking, either time gets away from us or Mother Nature changes our plans. Imagine never having to worry about your next meal cooking away when you’re out enjoying the sights or when you return to basecamp from an exhilarating day of kayaking… You guessed it; your delicious meal prepped earlier that morning is cooked to perfection and ready when you are.
The wonderbag's heat-retention is perfected using repurposed foam chips from around the world, including the motor trade, furniture, and industrial machinery industries. The chips are created and then packed into each machine-washable bag, saving a great amount of waste that would otherwise end up in landfill and ultimately the ocean.
Super convenient, the wonderbag can be rolled up and easily added to a backpack or shoulder-bag, and the drawstring feature is adjustable for different sized pots to seal in the heat, the nutrients and all the goodness.
Now that you’re in the know on the wonderbag miracle, let’s get cracking on some scrumptious campfire recipes.
CHILLI CON CARNE (SERVES 4 - 6)
PREP TIME: 15 MINS. STOVE TOP TIME: 35 MINS
WONDERBAG TIME: 2 HOURS
Try your hand at our hearty Chilli Con Carne, the rich spiced mince and bean dish is a favorite any time of the year. We’ve added a hint of cocoa and recommend pairing the dish with tacos, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and a squeeze of lime.
600g beef mince
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 clove garlic, chopped
5 ml cayenne pepper
30ml tomato paste
15ml cocoa powder
600g crushed tomatoes
2 beef bouillon cube
3 x 400g black beans. Drained and rinsed
7 ½ ml hot sauce
10ml coarse black pepper
Plus, your favorite toppings such as grated cheese, sliced spring onions, and sour cream.
Heat the oil in a medium sized pot, add the onions and garlic and fry until lightly browned
Add the mince and fry for 10 minutes until browned. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent the beans from sticking. Place the lid on and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Place the sealed pot in the wonderbag on a mat or cloth, seal and leave to cook for 2 hours.
Serve with taco’s or tortillas, grated cheese, sour cream and your favorite toppings.