Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Camping Trip to LBL

For those that enjoy the outdoors, a weekend of camping with friends and family is the perfect summer getaway. Summer is full of fun activities to do, and whether you’re close to home or hours away at your favorite camping spot, having all your outdoor essentials prepared for your trip means more fun, less hassle and countless opportunities to share and create special memories!

Camping at Land Between the Lakes
The weekend before the 4th of July my boyfriend’s two cousins drove down to visit, so we all took off for an overnight camping trip. We met up with some friends on the Kentucky side of Land Between the Lakes for some camping on the cool lake-shore.

Essential Camping Gear
Prior to hittin’ the road, we loaded up the insulated compartment of my Hamptons Picnic Backpack for 4, by Picnic At Ascot, with condiments for burgers and hot dogs and made sure the salt & pepper shakers were filled. I didn’t even have to pack any plates, napkins or utensils because the Picnic Backpack was fully equipped with everything the four of us needed! After making sure the First Aid Kit, Extra Large Mega Mat, tent, tarp, pillows and sleeping bags were stowed away, we turned our focus the most important part of a camping trip: THE FOOD.

Fundamental Camping Food
S’more Necessities – Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, Chocolate
Meat – Burgers, Steaks, Ribs, Hot dogs, Bacon, Sausage, Chicken, Sandwich Meats
Bread – Buns for your meat, Sandwich Bread
The Best Junk Food – Cheese (for various needs), Chips, Dips, Cookies, Trail Mix, Beef Jerky, Granola Bars, Popcorn, Gummies
Fruits ‘n Veggies – Watermelon, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Carrots, Apples, Oranges, Corn
Condiments – Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Steak Sauce, Salad Dressings, Hot Sauce, Syrup
Drinks – Water, Sodas, Gatorade, Beer, Drink Mixes and Milk
Seasoning – Spices to suit your needs
Breakfast – Eggs, Potatoes, Bacon, Sausage, Instant Pancake Mix, Dry Cereal, Instant Oatmeal
Storage – Aluminum Foil, Plastic Bags (various sizes), Garbage Bags, Plastic Containers, Clips & Chip Ties

The most important thing to have on a summer camping trip is ICE. We filled 3 large coolers with ice and loaded them up with all the goodies we’d need for the weekend. The next most important thing is firewood and start up paper (and a lighter or matches of course). Usually camp grounds offer firewood, but bring your own if you can to save some money. Also, start up paper for your fire is essential, so stop at a convenience store or gas station and grab a handful of the Free Ads, or bring some old newspapers.

So, with the truck loaded up with coolers, large water jugs, camping equipment, a Portable BBQ Grill, a fully equipped Picnic Backpack, garbage bags, Sports Chairs (my boyfriend wishes his looked like this), food and fishing poles – we went camping!

Outdoor Games & Entertainment
After setting up camp near our friends, we took in an Ice Cream Social by the “beach”, and spent the afternoon swimming and playing some Outdoor Games. It’s too bad we didn’t have a Glow-in-the-dark Ladder Toss Set to keep playing even after the sun set. Games are a great way to meet new people as well, and we had some campers from neighboring sites come by to meet us and join in!

That night, everyone took their Portable Blankets and Chairs and Picnic Coolers to the other side of the campground for a great outdoor concert hosted by Land Between the Lakes. It was an entertaining site to behold with couples dancing; little girls doing cartwheels and dragging their Moms onto the dance floor; kids running around with their bicycles and playing tag; and the older kids playing basketball next to the pavilion. To top it off, there was a beautiful full moon reflecting off the lake and a cool breeze that kept the bugs away all night!

A quick camping trip this summer can make your weekend extraordinarily special. Bond with your family, get to know your kids better, or find some peace and quiet with that special someone away from the world at your own secluded camping spot. Just remember to have your camping essentials ready to go and have all the necessities before you get to the campsite. The last thing you want to do once you get there and get settled is to have to drive 30 minutes to pick up a loaf of bread. Prepare early on, so you can completely relax and have fun on your next camping trip!

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