Father’s Day is just around the corner so how about a surprise family camping trip! You’ll save time, money and have a wonderful experience that you and the kids will reflect on for years to come. But what about the details, the gift and how to keep everyone entertained? To get you going, I’ve compiled a list of tips and some new gadgets that Dads are going crazy for.
As usual, your camping spot is on the top of your list of priorities. Since you have some time, finding reservations at a local campground should be easy and inexpensive. If you can’t find room at your local campground, try a county reserve or state park that isn’t too far. Whatever you do, be sure to find a place that won’t over crowd your family. Of course, if Dad has a favorite spot, hit that one first.
Make sure that Dad has everything he needs; pack his clothes, socks, boxers, toilet kit as well as his boots, flash light, camping knife and fishing gear when fishing is possible. Surprise him by packing the car while he’s out mowing the lawn or running errands!
Now for entertainment - make sure to pack some games and things to do. His boots will help with hiking but what about his digital camera for pictures and badminton set for leisure sports? You could also pack a soccer ball, baseball and bat and a handball for dodge ball. Last but not least, take your portable DVD player for family movie time when it’s dark out and you’ve run out of camp songs.
So that you can concentrate on keeping Dad happy and a watchful eye on the kids, getting creative with your meals is a must. This will ensure he has the energy to BBQ when he wants.
Here are some meals that can be easily prepared in the outdoors without refrigeration and keep in mind that seal-a-meal devices are great for preserving food to take camping:
- Bagels toasted over your open flame and topped with preserves
- English muffins wrapped in foil and cooked over camp fire, topped with butter
- Single serve cereal packages with yogurt stashed on ice instead of milk
- Or, my favorite, Dutch Oven – Scout Breakfast with hash browns, sausage and eggs. (The recipe’s in my Dutch Oven Cookbook)
- Keep it simple: try Sliced Turkey Wrappers or fresh Veggie Pita Pockets or Wrappers. Both recipes are on my blog
- Sealed grapes and strawberries (keeps 48 hours uncut) served over granola
- Seasoned potatoes wrapped in foil and heated (up to 45 minutes) over open flame. You can get some ideas and recipes here.
- There’s lots of easy camping recipes for you to try. Or let Dad pick one and try it out.
- Or….leave the grillin’ to Dad and let him BBQ one of his favorite meats!
There are a few great things that have recently become trends for Dad that I would like to share with you. Remember…. Dads love gadgets!
Tool Logic Credit Card Companion: These nifty little gadgets are the size of a credit card and include such things as a pocketknife, flashlight, tweezers and screwdriver inside!
Tool Logic SL1 Light: When you need a knife in the dark, this is your gadget. Attached to an attractive and sturdy serrated blade, is a compact flash light to light your way.
Two-Way Radios: If you have kids and you’re celebrating Dad’s day, this is a great way for all of them to bond while hiking through the woods. It will also help you keep your kids safe. They cost $60-$80 on the web.
May your Father’s Day celebration be fun and stress free. With a little planning you can have a memorable outing! Happy Father’s Day!Tags: camping gadgets, camping recipes, camping tips, dutch oven cooking, easy camping recipes, Fathers DayIf you liked this post, buy me a coffee.