Father Winter is growing weak, and warmer temperatures are slowly but surely returning to the Pacific Northwest. As the flowers start blooming and leaves begin returning to the trees, outdoor enthusiasts are hitting the hiking trails and making reservations at their favorite camping locales. If you’re one of them, now’s the perfect time to evaluate your inventory.
Whether you’re a bare-bones camper who has a minimal setup or a professional glamper with all the creature comforts, it never hurts to think about where improvements can be made. Although everyone’s setup is different, there are three items that can help you get the most from the great outdoors. Read on to find out what they are!
Cast iron skillet. Tired of eating freeze-dried meals from a plastic package? Then it’s time to invest in a cast iron skillet. Cast iron was developed in France in the 18th Century and has changed the way we eat. Cast iron is easy to clean, heats up quickly, and magnifies spices and other flavor profiles. Plus, it’s incredibly versatile. You can cook everything from vegetables to scrambled eggs to filet mignon.
Hammock. Most campsites include a picnic table or sitting area, but if you really want to relax in the great outdoors, you need a hammock. There’s something about swinging a few feet above the ground that just feels amazing. Lie back with a good book, your favorite pair of binoculars, or just take a nap. Listen to the birds singing and the light breeze blowing through the trees.
Solar shower. Some people don’t like camping because it’s “too dirty.” A solar shower solves this problem. Simply fill up the shower bag with water and let the bag sit in a sun-soaked area for an hour or two. Once the water is warm, hang the bag from a tree or the top of your car, and use the hose to rinse off. If you need more water, simply refill the bag and repeat.
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