Thursday, January 21, 2010

Camping survival techniques you can practice in the winter

I love to camp out but not so much in the winter.  But I miss camping during the long cold months of winter and besides that's usually when the power goes out so it's a great time to practice and play around with some neat winter survival techniques.

My favorite is to cook using my Dutch oven.  If you don't have one you might even want to check into getting one.  They are just awesome for cooking one dish meals on car camping trips or when you can't use the stove/oven.  They work on a fire or better yet with charcoal under and on top of the lid.  But during winter you could actually use it in your fireplace.  Makes power outages a fun adventure rather than a trial to be endured.

If you don't have a Dutch oven try foil cooking in the fireplace.  Use heavy duty foil around just about any meat and include vegetables (onions, potatoes, carrots, peppers, etc.) and have a meal in a foil dish.  Most usually you would want to cook these in individual size portions so each person can put their own veggies and how ever much meat they want.  I double my foil and be sure it is completely sealed all around my food.  Then bury your meat/veggie pack in the coals.  Cook for about 45 minutes.  Note:  cut longer cooking veggies like carrots and potatoes up small so they will cook thoroughly.

Hey, another cool thing to cook in foil is a banana boat.  You split your banana in half lengthwise without removing the peal, fill it with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows, wrap with foil and bake in coals for about 5 minutes.


  1. I'm personally a big fan of the tin-foil method. With Search and Rescue, we often camp in the snow (we have 4 snow camping trainings every year, and of course actual missions as well), and when I have time before hand, I like to get some tin foil, veggies, meat and all that and make some thing that's just ready to be thrown on the fire.

    Of course, I always have to be careful with food going bad (as we are never quite sure when we're going to eat), but it works quite well surrounded by my icecold water bottles or by making a little snow refrigerator if we have a base camp we are returning to.

    Definitely much better than constant top ramen and trail mix.. the change is nice and warm food tastes delishious after a long hike in the woods!

  2. Great idea to keep it cold next to your water bottles or water bladder and away from your body where it will get warm.