Just Shy’s Complete Camping Planning Guide

This guide has been 5 years in the making.  This year marks our 5th annual camping trip with the kids and it always requires a lot of planning on my part.  In our case, we take 100% of the food we eat on the trip because the place we love to go has very few restaurants an no grocery stores within 30 minutes.  The cabin does come equipped with a full kitchen so we take advantage of it and cook all our own meals.  In this posting, I will supply all the documents you need to fully plan out the best camping vacation ever!

(Also if you look at the Category called Campfire Food under Recipes, you will find some wonderful food to cook on a campfire.  You can find the Categories listed on the lower right-hand side of the blog home page.)

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Helpful Tips
Let’s start with some really helpful tips to make your trip the best it can be:

  • Start planning your meals long in advance.  To achieve the best results, you really have to review the plan more than once.
  • Use the planning sheets to decide on the menu, then write out the detailed ingredients list.  Nothing ruins a meal faster than a key ingredient or condiment that is forgotten at home.
  • When using an ingredient in more than one meal, be sure to take special note so you will buy a large enough quantity of that item for all the meals.  (For example, if you use eggs for ingredients and breakfast, be sure to bring enough for everything.)
  • Visualize the meal in your mind.  Think of all the condiments and items your family normally eats during the meal.  Picture yourself sitting at the table eating it and you will be surprised at the number of extra items you will remember.
  • Organize your packing by item type using the labels provided.  This really helps with unpacking and searching for the items once you arrive.
  • Know what items are already supplied by your lodging provider.  Most cabins or hotels with kitchens or kitchenettes supply some base staples such as sugar, salt and pepper, coffee, coffee filters, pots and pans and dishes.  However, that is not always the case.  When in doubt, bring it with you.
  • Bring any cooking tool or pot for meals which require specialized items (for example, marshmallow roasting sticks, cast iron skillet for campfire cooking, or charcoal for grilling).  I can’t tell you how many times I have brought a bottle of wine with me on a trip only to realize, there is corkscrew.
  • When cooking over an open fire, use the grill screen out of a charcoal grill or bring one from home.  A grill screen helps to keep the food level and cook more evenly.  Start your fire long before you are ready to cook because lots of very hot wood coals make the heat higher.
  • Don’t forget other items such as: Bug Spray, Sunscreen, First Aid Kit, Medications, Life Vests (if you will be swimming in a lake), and other essential items.

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Documents

The first document is a list of labels to use while packing.  I use a paperclip to clip the label onto the top of the reusable bag for easy sorting.

The second document is a blank form for creating your own menu and item list for grocery shopping and packing.

This document is a sample menu created by using the above document.  Feel free to use this menu or just review it so you can see how I filled in the blank document.

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Follow these easy steps and you will have Happy Campers!

Boiled Egg Carrier

This is a simple idea I thought of while I was on my diet.  One of my allowed snack foods was boiled eggs.  So I boiled them at home, but to carry them to work conveniently, I cut an egg carton just big enough to carry two.  It works perfectly.  I put two eggs in, carry them to work and store them in the carton in the work refrigerator.  Try it!

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Boiled Egg Carrier

How to mend crochet lace

My dear friend bought a lovely shirt which had crochet lace around the sleeve and hem.  As she was leaving home one day, she caught the sleeve on a snag and ripped it.  She brought it to me to see if I could mend it.  After some careful thought, I figured it out!

Mend Crochet Lace

It’s not perfect, but to the naked eye, you can’t tell!

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To do this fix, I used same/like colored thread as the original.  I sewed a few loops of thread between the two broken pieces and left the same distance between them as was there before.  Then by grouping together the original frayed threads along with my added threads, I looped the thread around them to create a cord.  From a distance, you can not tell the “fixed pieces” are corded thread because they blend in with the original crochet links.

After you have a few threads together, loop the thread around them to create a cord.

After you have a few threads together, loop the thread around them to create a cord.

Be sure to follow the original pattern in logical order so all the connections are reestablished and it mimics the original pattern.  Good luck!

How to Remove Iron-On Transfer

My son started attending a private school this year.  They have a dress code which includes outerwear.  The rule was it had to be a plain navy blue jacket or coat and must have the school’s patch on it.  I already had a jacket my son LOVED and it was very warm and cozy (and happened to be navy blue) but the problem was an iron-on design on the front from the brand (The Children’s Place).  So, I searched the internet and found the various options.  Through trial and error, I was able to remove it and accomplish my goal.

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Start by using a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol.  Rub the design and make sure it is soaked.  In some cases, this alone will work.  If it doesn’t, use a wire brush, or scouring pad and also rub on the design.  You may have to do this a couple of times and wash it in between.

Just Starting

Just Starting

After a Little More Work On It

After a Little More Work On It

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One Side Done

One Side Done

 

Done Deal

Done Deal

In this picture, you can see slight traces of the iron-on left, but after a few more washes, it came out completely.

Happy Camper

Happy Camper

Christmas Cardigans

I grew up in a small town and last year was our 20 year reunion.  I connected with old friends and as it turns out, an acquaintance of mine had a great idea and turned it into her own business.  The idea is Christmas card holders.

Many of us display our Christmas cards on the mantle and this product makes it really easy to do and they don’t fall over!

The website for her idea is:

Christmas Cardigans

Isn’t it great?!