Virgin camper needs advice

  1. Okay, my dear BB buddies, I need your help. DH is a camper from way back, but me, never done it. I want to dazzle him with how fast I catch on and how smart I am. That's where all of you come in. Can you give me any helpful tips that I can use to make him think I'm the smartest gal he ever met. And if it's okay with all of you, this could be our little secret???? Big hugs to all!!!!!
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  3. by   kids
    I am a camper from way back...and I just got done spending 5 wonderful days/nights battling gale force winds in our own lovely Columbia River gorge.

    Bring rope...I always pick up a new 100 ft package of synthetic clothes line cord the first trip of every year.

    Pack all of your meat- frozen in the bottom of a cooler and cover with ice...don't use this cooler for frequent open-for items.

    Bring toilet paper. Practice peeing in the bushes without going on your feet. Do NOT eat food that gives you the trots...constipated a little is good on camping trips (this bear don't s**t in the woods unless it flushes!)

    Do not complain about dirt in your food...don't think about the bugs in it.

    Bring layers of clothing...not to much...recycle/rewear everything but your undies. Bring a raincoat. A flannel night gown comes in handy too.

    Bring soap and a towel.

    Bring matches.

    An for heaven sake don't forget the camp stove (thank God for a Walmart 60 miles away or we would have been eatting sandwitches and hotdogs for 5 days).

    Good luck...we have another trip 5 day trip planned for 4th of July weekend.

  4. by   Aussienurse2
    * You can't plug a hair drier into a tree
    * Cold showers are not refreshing
    * There's no room service
    * Air conditioning is NOT the same as opening the tent flap
    * If you sleep touching the side of the tent all your bedding ends up wet.
    * Take a freezer that plugs into the car, I don't care how long the English used to hang their meat I wont eat rancid food.
    * Always put your shoes inside the tent, and tap them upside down, outside BEFORE you put them on your feet.
    * Never eat anything that you haven't personally brought with you.

    Have fun, smile when he brings you a fish and tell him he who caught it cleans it..... FAR away from the tent. Oh, and air tight containers for EVERYTHING

    My personal recipie for Aussie damper

    First wait until the fire dies right down, just coals and embers.
    2 1/2 cups all purpose flour(we call it self raising)
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp butter
    1 tsp suger
    1 cup milk

    Knead it all together then wrap in aluminium foil, scrape aside the coals,and put your damper in then cover with coals and let it cook untill when you hit it with a stick (gently) it sounds hollow. Pull it out and eat with golden syrup(Not Maple) or jam. mmmmmm have to go camping again soon, I'm hungry now....
    Last edit by Aussienurse2 on Jun 23, '02
  5. by   cmggriff
    Good luck, I think you're gonna need it. Parachute cord is small, light, inexpensive and very strong. Toilet paper can be used for a multitude of things including starting fires. Never leave home without a goood quality sharp knife. Folding or fixed is up to you, but here size really doesn't matter so much. And a box of premoistened towelettes can be a life saver. All the other advice above is pretty sound, too. Have a great time. Gary
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    Camping advice and tips:

    Agree with above. Bring first aid kit with moleskin. Break in hiking boots week ahead. Kids learned hard way to apply lotion thats sunscreen/bug repellent combo in AM, sleep with longsleeves on and maintain tentflap closed at dusk (Camp RN called thought he had measeles--BAD case sunburn + chiggerbites +allergies).

    Be open to adventure and HAVE FUN!
  7. by   nakitamoon
    Love to camp,,,,,,, hubby and I go every chance we get,,,,,,
    All of the advise above ,,,,,,,, agree with,,,,,,
    Make list before ya go,,,,, and like boy scout allways be prepaired!
    fix hair so it doesnt' get in way,,,,,,and you are comfortable with it,,,,, no make-up,,,,,, comfy clothes,,,, bug spray,,,,,, toilet paper,,,,,,, remember you are in woods,,,,,,, no store,,,,,, Talk with DH,,,,,,,, make a list and check it twice,,,,,,, Moon
  8. by   Sleepyeyes
    Good ideas!

    Hubby and I used to camp all the time, Duckie.

    You can get really creative with your set-up. Invent as you go along.
    I used to bring a big roll of heavy-duty aluminum foil and double- fold it so that I could cook food in it--a "spare pot."
    I'd also bring a 6-gallon jug for water.
    A nice Swiss army knife. Mine does everything but start the car.
    Waterproof matches are handy too.
    Oh, and bring some breading, a couple plastic bags, and some Pam spray for the fish; (I noticed that if I Pam both sides, the fish is moister) he'll think you're a genius.
    Bug spray. Sun block. Benadryl. An epi pen if you can get one for allergic reactions.
    Baby wipes.

    Nowadays, I hear a cell phone comes in handy. :chuckle:

    Probably my best camping tool was my big spaghetti pot.

    I used it for boiling water or steaming for cooking purposes.
    After supper, I'd heat some more water and put a dab of soap in it, and put the dishes in to wash them.
    Same pot: heat water and put water into small washbasin to wash in the morning. Put some more water into the coffeepot first and keep that one cooking. You can do your hair this way too, with about 4 basins of water. When you're done, the water'll be plenty hot for coffee.

    Hope I helped! Enjoy your vacation!!
  9. by   Aussienurse2
    P.S. put some extra flour on the out side of the damper or it will stick to the foil... yuck.
  10. by   prn nurse
    Don't forget your camera, deodorant, and disposable douches. (Keeps the gnats from following you)
  11. by   cbs3143
    Hi Duckie,

    Good tips. Here are a few others.

    If you cook over an open fire, coat the bottom and lower half of sides of the pot or pan with inexpensive dish soap. The wood fire and coals will leave soot on the pan that is very hard to clean if you don't do this. The dish soap will come off of the pot much easier than the soot.

    Look over the camping gear before you go camping. The rope tip is invaluable, you will always need a bit of rope. Read up on knot tying and learn a few of the more common knots such as the square knot, boline, and half hitches.

    Here's a fun one (if you're alone with your DH).... check each other for ticks each evening before retiring. Depending on where you go camping, there may be Deer ticks or Dog ticks in the area. It takes several hours for the ticks to find a spot to dig in and start to feed. They are much easier to remove then. Have some fine tweezers or splinter forceps to remove them with if they have embedded.

    Put together a first aid kit as previously suggested. Get a first aid handbook that covers common emergencies such as insect bites, stings, contact dermatitis, minor burns, etc. If you're going fishing, review how to remove a fishhook. If I'm not mistaken, you'll be the primary healthcare resource out there as well.

    Here are a couple of camping tip websites, just copy and paste them to your brouser window.

    Best wishes for a fun camping experience.

  12. by   Ted
    Oops, sorry! When I read the title of this thread, I thought "Duckie" was seeking different type of advice.

    Never mind. . . . :imbar


    P. S. My wife and I don't camp. Our motto is: "Anything less than or equal to a 'Motel 6' is camping!!"

  13. by   prmenrs
    Actually, any place where they don't have a bar near the pool is camping in my opinion. My son pointed out last year, in his most patient voice, Mom, there is no TV in a tent.

    If you spend all that $$ on the equipment suggested, you could afford Holiday Inn.

    Whatever you do, have a good time, you deserve it. and you can't take enough baby wipes, no matter what.
  14. by   joyrochelle
    Originally posted by prn nurse
    Don't forget your disposable douches. (Keeps the gnats from following you)

    umm....soap and water with a wash cloth do just fine I have found....and what's wrong with getting a *litte* outdoor-seasoned???