A camping we will go

by Fiddledeedee on September 20, 2012

I was trying to sync my calendar with my SIL to accommodate an upcoming baby shower for a friend, when I realized that I have 3 camping trips scheduled between now and the end of the calendar year.

And this from a girl whose idea of roughing it used to include slow room service.

I have a girls’ camping weekend coming up in a couple of weeks with my daughters and their AHG scouting troop.  This will be our 2nd such yearly camping outing, and this year I am going to be prepared.  As any good scout should be.

I’ve had some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket over the last month or so. I decided to blow it on, of all things, camping gear that I’ve been coveting.  I’ve been searching for a portable camping kitchen for the better part of a year now, and have come up empty handed.  I’ve looked for used kitchens (non-existent) and I’ve searched online for many different types.  The problem that I’ve come up against is that because of the cost, I might as well stay home and remodel my own kitchen.  And many of the so called portable camping kitchens need a fork lift to haul around.

However, recently I was in Wal Mart (yes, on purpose) and I always seem to find myself perusing the camping aisle.  I found a smaller sized folding camping kitchen to the tune of just under $50.  I came home and read the reviews as I considered purchasing this brand.  My favorite review went something like this:

“This is great light weight but a little bulky stand that holds my camp stove, lantern, cookware and utensils in one area easily and is a superb at what it does for the pricepoint. Will this product bend if you fold it wrong, YES, will it bend if you fall on it in a drunken stupor? YES.

If you’re worried about that, you should probably just bring a couple of logs to put your stove on then.”

Sold.

I figured that I should be safe, since I haven’t experienced a drunken stupor for a good two decades or more.

I went back, brought it home, and put it together for fun.  It comes in a handy carrying case, and is very lightweight.  I was able to assemble it with absolutely no cursing whatsoever.  This aspect of a product is very important to me as a consumer.

My photography skills never do anything any justice.  But this contraption will hold my Coleman stove, store some cooking supplies underneath, includes a lantern hook and paper towel holder, and will hold my spices, fire extinguisher, and whathaveyou.  I have a light weight adjustable height folding table that I use for food prep.  I think come the next camping trip, (which really will be roughing it because unlike Disney camping, there is no electrical outlet or running water at the site) I’m going to at least LOOK like I know what I’m doing.

That is the best I can hope for.

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