Memorial Day Weekend Prep: Tips for Happy Camping

May 23, 2013 in Tips & Recommendations

Keep your campers happy this Memorial Day Weekend.

Keep your campers happy this Memorial Day Weekend.

Summertime is here! As you dust off the camping gear, this is a great time to review a few simple tips to keep your Memorial Day Weekend camping memorable for all the right reasons.

  1. Don’t let the sun get the best of you. It’s great to get some rays but make sure to do it in moderation. Drink plenty of water, pack a hat and to keep slapping on that sunscreen, especially if you’re going to be active. Don’t let dehydration or a nasty burn ruin a good weekend.
  2. Buggin’ Out. Keep the ‘skeeters from eating you alive with bug spray or  these Off PowerPad Lanterns (our favorites) - they provide light while keeping the mosquitos and other gnarly bugs at bay much more effectively than standard citronella candles. We use two for a standard campground area and it makes a huge difference. Just be sure to bring enough of the refills for the entire weekend.
  3. Know where to go if Mother Nature turns ugly. Have fun while you’re out, but be sure to keep an eye on the weather. As we were all reminded this week, spring and summer storms can be brutal. When you get to your campground, check with the ranger to find out where the location of the nearest storm shelter. Make sure everyone in your crew knows where to go and what to do if the weather turns nasty.
  4. Did someone say “S’mores”?  Just the mention of the word “s’mores” will make even the crankiest camper a little bit happier, so be sure to pack plenty of jumbo marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolates. Check out our ideas for gourmet s’mores if you’re looking to up your campfire game.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Let us know where you’re going and how your trip goes!

Memorial Day Camp Recipe Menu & Shopping List

May 15, 2013 in Camping Recipes, Tips & Recommendations

Memorial Day Camping Menu & Camp Recipes

Get the summer camping season started off right!

Get the summer camping season started off right (and to knock your campers’ socks off) with our favorite breakfast & dinner camp recipes and shopping list. Looking for more ideas?
Check out our camp recipes page for
more meals, sides & desserts.

We recommend assembling the foil packets at home before you leave. Put them on ice in a cooler and keep them good and cool until you’re ready to throw them on the coals!

Memorial Day Camp Menu & Shopping List

Saturday Morning:

Saturday Night (Home Cookin’ Night):

Sunday Morning:

Sunday Night (Tex-Mex Night):

Monday Morning:

Shopping List (for four campers)

  • Breakfast Shopping List
    • 1 lb. Breakfast Sausage (pork or turkey)
    • 10 oz. Packet Diced Potatoes
    • Green Bell Pepper
    • Red Bell Pepper
    • Onion
    • 10 Eggs
    • 1 Package Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
    • 1 Package Shredded Colby and Cheddar Cheese Blend
    • 1 Tube Refrigerated Crescent Rolls Dough
    • 1 Tube Refrigerated Biscuit Dough
    • Walnuts or Pecans (optional)
    • Pantry Items: Salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, sugar, cinnamon, butter, brown sugar
  • Dinner Shopping List
    • 4 Pork Chops
    • 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
    • 1/2 – 1 lb of New Potatoes
    • 1 or 2 Sweet Potatoes
    • 1 Can Black Beans
    • 4 Ears of Corn
    • Taco Seasoning
    • Spinach (optional)
    • Packets of Tortillas
    • Grated Parmesan Cheese or Cojita Cheese
    • Pantry Items: Salt, pepper, mint, honey, garlic, hot sauce, chili powder, smoked paprika
  • Dessert Shopping List
    • Graham Crackers
    • Golden Grahams
    • Dark Chocolate
    • Strawberries
    • Marshmallows (regular & mini)
    • Mini Chocolate Chips
    • Packet of Tortillas
  • Misc.
    • Aluminum Foil
    • Nonstick Spray (like Pam)
    • Dutch Oven

3 Hikes for Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2012 in Tips & Recommendations

River View Trail - Ocoee River

Sweet view on River View Trail near the Ocoee River

If you haven’t hit the trails yet this year, the long Memorial Day weekend is the perfect excuse to gear up and get outdoors. If you’re not sure where to get started, we selected 3 of our favorite hikes for your Memorial Day adventures.

Each of these hikes are in areas chalk full of family-friendly, dog friendly activities. One word of caution: if you’re planning to camp, be sure to get there early to secure your spot. These areas are all justifiably popular so campsites will be sparse.

If you’ll be camping, don’t forget to check out our latest camp recipes for tasty camp side meals!