Camping’s all about roughing it, right? Not always. Sometimes it’s the unnecessary extras that make a trip into the woods extra pleasant. None of the following items are necessary. You can totally do without them. (But you won’t want to after you’ve tried them out.)
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Without further ado, let me share a few of our camping favorites:
- Coghlan’s Pop-up Camp Trash Can – Glamorous, yes? Maybe not, but this thing keeps camp organized without a trash bag hanging from your awning/nearby branch/ the back of your vehicle.
- Mr. Coffee French Press – Coffee…It’s important, people. I’m not a huge fan of the over-the-fire percolators because I’m not talented enough to keep the coffee grounds out of the coffee. I don’t care for instant coffee either. The best option for me was a French press, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on one (which is possible, trust me). This one works great, and it’s cheap. Cheap’s good. Camping is expensive enough.
- Camp Chef Heat Resistant Gloves – Ever burned a pot holder when moving a skillet off the campfire grate? Yep, so have I. Jake purchased a pair of these leather gloves years ago, and we love them. No more singed pot holders for us.
- Campfire Popcorn Popper – These are so much fun! We’ve had good luck with ours, but after reading reviews on several different types, I see some people have not. Here are a few of our tips: always use oil, dry the popcorn maker with a dishcloth after you wash it, and tighten loose screws when needed. Because I couldn’t find one exactly like ours, I’ve linked the one with the best reviews (as of right now).
- Instant Light Charcoal Briquettes – This seems like a basic item, something that shouldn’t even make the list–especially if you’re planning on cooking over a campfire instead of a grill. But let me tell you why they’re on here: charcoal briquettes, the easy lighting kind, make the best firestarters. For reasons unbeknownst to us, Jake and I are horrible at starting fires. I’ve even watched YouTube videos, studying the art of starting a fire (I wish I were joking), and I still need the help of a firestarter. We’ve made several different types, all with varying degrees of success, but when it comes down to it, one or two charcoal briquettes work better than anything else.