What I Brought For A One-Night Camping Trip

I’ve been camping since I was little. My parents taught me how to pitch a tent at a young age and I’ve never looked back. I used to spend a week every summer in the Santa Cruz Mountains camping at a campsite off of Summit Road, and I loved every minute of it.

My boyfriend Steven and I have been talking about going camping since we started dating. And I’m happy to announce that it FINALLY happened. We headed up to Idyllwild this past weekend and pitched a tent for the night. Since this is our first camping trip together, we decided to just do one night, so we could ease our way into it. I’m going to do a full review of Idyllwild soon, stay tuned!

The Tent

We brought this tent, along with a tarp to go under it. One thing that a lot of people forget about is that you really want (and need) a barrier between your tent and the ground in order to make sure a rock doesn’t rip a hole in your tent. It’s also nice to have tarp section that you can put your shoes so you’re not lugging dirt back and forth into the tent.

What’s For Dinner?

When it came time for dinner, we used Steven’s JetBoil Stove along with a set of Lodge cast-iron pots and plates and bowls. The campsite has a fire pit with a grill over it, but with all the fires happening all over California, there was a clear “NO FIRES” sign at the check-in desk so we had to use the JetBoil. We made burgers and were planning to make s’mores but the whole ‘No Fires’ rule really kicked that dream to the curb.

Board Games

For night-time activities, we brought this lantern to light the campsite, a chess board (I love chess), of course bananagrams, a deck of playing cards and UNO.


As for breakfast, we gulped down instant coffee and pancakes (I will share the recipe soon!) and toast with my favorite honey from Hawaii.

Have you been camping recently?

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