25 Must Haves for your Camping Adventure under $25

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Here are some summer-time gadgets to make for an Awesome Camping Trip. I am ALL about creating experiences which will make lasting memories.

Camping, Where You Spend A Small Fortune To Live Like The Homeless – Wood Sign

This is a Must Have list aka things I want to beautify my cozy cabin! This list is an afforadble list- generally under $25… so you will not find a tent here. However, who needs a tent when the back of a truck bed will do. < Yeah, that’s going on my Bucketlist 😍

MUST HAVES- TENT EQUIPMENT: I love new camping gizmos that can help make the experience more delightful. As simple as light, a cute rug or a warm chic blanket these create an overall gleeful trip.


2 Pack E-TRENDS Portable LED Lantern Tent Light Bulb
Happy Camper Camping Door Mat
Cotton Checked Throw

MUST HAVES- HIKING GEAR:  Survival is the name of the game when venturing out on a hike. Whether it is a mild stretch or scaling a mountainside, you should always be well prepared.  

Camelbak Products Chute Water Bottle, Sage, 1-Liter

Venture Pal Ultralight Lightweight Backpack Daypack

Women Wide Head Wrap Seamless Bandana MultiFunction 6PCS

Camping Water Filter

Tactical Survival Bracelet [2 pack]

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Fishing Tackle Lures

Booms Fishing Multi Function Fishing Plier

Flex Fillet 5pc Fishing Cutlery Set

Daiwa D-Shock 2-Piece Rod and Reel Combo

MUST HAVES -KITCHEN GADGETS: I love to cook over the open campfire flame. The sweet smokey flavor that absorbs into the freshly cooked food is one of my favorite camping experiences.  I love to create delicious, easy to cook, camping recipes. But let me save you from one of my horrible camping whoopsies….. I forgot the spatula. Ughhhh…. However with a piece of cardboard, tinfoil & a knife, I created my own handy-dandy spatula for our kitchen needs. It did work…. but I am sure if I had a kit with all of my utensils it would have not been forgotten.

Camp Kitchen Utensil Organizer Travel Set


I am obsessed with this Enamel Tableware Set. Not only with the blue color, but the style is perfect. It just screams “Take Me Camping” & this 4 Person set is UNDER $20!

 Stansport Enamel Camping Tableware Set, 24-Piece, Bluestansport-tableware.jpg

My morning is not complete without my hot coffee off the morning fire. These mugs can withstand the heat & keeps my coffee warm.

YaeKoo 4-Pack Mugs -Outdoor Travel Cups


Some of the metal grills that are over the firepits are sub-par…. & tinfoil doesn’t always do the trick to help cook your food. For a clean, effortless meal, the Camp Griddle is my go too. Trust me, Bacon + tinfoil = mini grease fire & burnt bacon 😦

Coghlan’s Two Burner Non-Stick Camp Griddle


This is our first year with this Egg Holder & I am beyond stoked in so many ways. In the past, the eggs never seem to stay cool, because we try to place them at the top of the cooler. And then later in our camping adventures, eventually the egg carton becomes soaked from the cooler which turns into a mess.  Egg Holder- Please do not fail us this summer.

Coghlan’s Egg Holder, 12 Eggs


MUST HAVES- FUN & ACTIVITIES: Remember that you want to create everlasting memories. Camping is a freedom from electronics & the social world. It should be a connection with your family/friends & making fun in the present moment. We always bring games with us- such as Uno, Yahztzee, a pack of Playing Cards &  I always bring a game that has a twist- like Bean-Boozled or Doritos Roulette. These always seem to be a hit & great for any age. Reaching into a mystery bag trying to determine the flavor, creates a lot of suspense & laughter for everyone.

 Jelly Belly 4th Edition Beanboozled Jelly Beans Spinner Gift Box, 3.5 oz

Doritos Roulette Tangy Cheese & Hot Chilli 180g

Mattell Original UNO Card Game

Yahtzee Game

Bicycle Playing Card Deck, 2-Pack

MUST HAVES- FOR THE FUR BABIES: Sometimes our Furry little friends get to go on trips with us as well. Be sure to bring plenty of food & water for them.

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Fast and Easy Portable Dog Water Bottle

Collapsible Travel Pet Bowl 2 Pack by Dog-Gone Dish

Pawaboo Dog Backpack



Over the Open Flames – Campfire Food


When Camping, Food should be easily prepared & effortless. You are camping to get away, relax & enjoy nature. Nobody wants to put tedious time into making a home cooked meal. So let’s make cooking over the open flame simple. :]

I have seen plentyyyyyy of Pinterest posts on Campfire Food ideas & one that repeats itself it Campfire Cheese Fries. Yes, this sounds like an excellent idea. Gooey Cheesey French Fries, but Of Course! One problem… It is way easier said than done.  Sorry folks but it has been an absolute fail on this one. The recipe calls for frozen fries wrapped in tinfoil smothered in cheese & Cook for approx 10-15mins. The outcome…. starched wet noodle like fries covered in cheese or half-cooked fries with burnt cheese. Maybe the fire wasn’t quite right, but that is the way the cookie crumbles.

So, I have created a list of effortless, simple & delicious Campfire Foods for your next camping expedition.

Start your day out right with a hearty breakfast. Juice boxes are easy to pack in the cooler & come in a variety of flavors, Apple, Orange or Grape. Enjoy your coffee too. (Boil some water til hot, add a few tablespoons of instant coffee & powdered creamer. With both being dry goods, no wasted cooler space) It just wouldn’t be breakfast without the bacon. Throw some slabs on! Bring a frying pan & eggs will be finished in no time. & for Toast, line the grill with tinfoil & place the bread right on the flame. Under 5 mins, & your toast is golden brown. Fruit will get your day going on the right path & always remember H2O.

BREAKFAST– Bacon, Eggs, Bread, Juice (Apple, Orange, Grape) Fruit, & Coffee

LUNCH– Sandwiches, Hotdogs, Grilled Cheese

DINNER– Burgers, Ribs, Fish, Shishkabobs

fullrackRIBS?!? What is this girl made of Money?!? 

Actually I found an amazing deal at the local grocery & couldn’t pass it up. Two Full Racks for $15 & they threw in a BBQ Sauce. They were the easiest, most tender, best rack of Ribs I’ve ever tried. They adhered some of the smoke flavor, & because they were already pre-cooked, it was only a matter of minutes until they were done. So indulge a little, especially if it’s a great bargain.

Catch of the Day (Fish) Recipes

bassnuggets2Golden Brown Deep-Fried Bass Nuggets


Seafood: Bass-Medium Sized 3-4 (Cut into 1″x1″ Cubes)

Refrigerated: Eggs, Large 4

Baking & Spices: Salt, Kosher 1 tsp

Oils & Vinegar: Vegetable Oil 1 cup

Bread & Bake Goods: Italian-Seasoned Bread Crumbs 3 cups

Dairy: Milk 1 cup & Parmesan Cheese, grated 1/2 cup

  1. In a medium bowl beat eggs & milk.
  2. Mix Italian-Seasoned Bread Crumbs, Parmesan Cheese & Kosher Salt in a separate shallow bowl.
  3. Heat 1 inch vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. The oil should reach 350-365 degrees F. (a bass nugget will sizzle when put in oil)
  4. Cut Bass into Fillets, Cut fillets into 1″ by 1″ cubes.
  5. Using tongs dredge each piece of bass in the egg wash, then into the bread crumbs patting them on with your hands as needed.
  6. Fry the bass in batches until golden 3-4 minutes, turning to cook each side.
  7. Serve hot with Tartar or Ranch Dressing for Dipping.

Honey-Glazed Grilled Salmon


Seafood: Salmon, Fillets, Large Portion 1salmon2

Condiments: Honey 3 tbsp, Lemon Juice 3 tbsp, Garlic Powder 3 tbsp

Baking & Spices: Black Pepper 1/2 tsp, Salt 1/2 tsp

Dairy: Butter 3 tbsp

  1.  Melt Butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2.  Stir in Garlic, Honey, Lemon Juice, Pepper & Salt & whisk until honey bubbles to a Carmel brown.
  3. Sear Salmon in the skillet on both sides until golden brown- about 6 minutes per side.
  4. The Salmon will be very delicate, place foil on the grill on low/medium heat & grill for approx 15 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately with browned butter-lemon-honey sauce.

Baked Walleye Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles)


Seafood: Walleye, Fillets 3 (Shred Fillets)

Vegetables: Onion, Small 1 (Chop)

Refrigerated: Egg, Large 1

Sauces: Worcestershire Sauce 1 tsp

Dairy: Parmesan Cheese, grated 1/4 cup

Baking & Spices: Salt 1 tsp, Pepper 1 tsp, Garlic Powder 1 tsp

Bread & Baked Goods: Italian-Seasoned Bread Crumbs 1/3 cup


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Mix Well.
  3. Create evenly 2″ sized meatballs in your hands or with ice cream scoop.
  4. Place on a Cookie Sheet & Bake 14-18 minutes.


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200F
  2. Cut your Zucchini into ribbons resembling spaghetti
  3. Sprinkle zoodles generously with salt & toss to coat well
  4. Place the zoodles on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.
  5. “Sweat” the noodles in the oven for 30 minutes until the paper towels have absorbed most of the moisture that the zucchini let
  6. Wrap the paper towels over the noodles & get out access liquid
  7. Toss the zoodles in a stir fry or with your sauce of choice & serve.

Lemon Pepper Fresh Trout


Seafood: Trout, Fillets 4

Baking & Spices: Lemon Pepper Spice 2 tbsp (per fillet)

Condiments: Lemon Juice (Optional)

Dairy: Butter 2 tbsp

  1. Place Fillet on sheet of aluminum foil (enough to make a tent around fillet)
  2. Sprinkle Lemon Pepper over fillet (approx 2 tbsp per fillet)
  3. Dot with Butter (approx 2 tbsp per fillet)
  4. Fold up tin foil to make a tent & place on grill to cook for about 15 minutes ( Cook until fish flakes)
  5. Serve hot & add lemon juice for additional flavor (optional)