Backpack Camping – Useful Tips For Backpackers


If you take camping and hiking and mix them both together, you get backpacking, or backpack camping. It can be challenging and maybe even a little intimidating sometimes mainly because anything that you bring has to fit in a backpack and you have to be able to carry it with you to your destination. But I believe that it is well worth it!

Maybe there’s a spot on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley or a secluded place in the woods next to a stream. Well, with a little preparation and planning you can make that place your bedroom for the night. So first thing’s first, you should decide where you would like to camp for the night. 

Pick A Location

If it’s your first time backpacking, there are a few things to consider. You may want to stick to an area that you are comfortable with. Preferably a trail and a campsite that isn’t too isolated or isn’t too far from help, just in case of an emergency. Or if you need help with something, there will be nearby campers to lend a helping hand.

But whether you’re a newbie or a veteran there are some guidelines to go by. For instance one rule of thumb is that you should only camp at a designated campsite (this mainly applies to state parks) or if you’re primitive camping, try to find a site that appears to have been camped before. And always leave the woods just how you found it, if not better. In other words please don’t leave any waste behind. 

And it’s nice to camp near a water source so you can have access to it but remember to set camp up at least 200 feet from said body of water as to avoid contamination. Also, try to find flat, level ground to set up camp. Avoid low lying areas that may collect water if it rains and attract mosquitoes.

Check out this video for more awesome ideas on how to choose the best campsite:


What Should You Pack?

What to bring on your backpacking trip is going to depend a couple of different things like how long of a trip it’s going to be, or what the weather is going to be like. If it’s going to be a long trek through the wilderness, you are going to need more supplies than if it’s just an overnight thing close to home. But the less stuff you bring, the lighter you backpack will be. And the more stuff, the heavier.

But here’s a basic list of camping necessities for backpackers:

  • Hiking Shoes or Boots
  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Food and Water
  • Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Pad
  • Stove and Fuel
  • Kitchen Supplies
  • Water Filter or Purifier 
  • Headlamp 
  • First Aid Kit
  • Repair Kit
  • Appropriate Clothing for Local Weather

Again, this is just a basic list. You may want to look up some more to give yourself more ideas. One of the most important things on this list is food so let’s talk a little about that.


Backpacking Food

Most backpackers will tell you that when they’re out there in the wilderness, food is for one thing and one thing only…. fuel for the body. And this is true because when you’re carrying all of your gear on your back, you can’t afford to bring extra things, only the necessities.

But this doesn’t mean the food has to be flavorless and boring. There’s plenty of dehydrated foods out there that actually taste pretty good. And they’re ready-to-eat also. All that you do is boil some water and poor it on the dehydrated food in the bag and voila! 

You can cook at home and freeze-dry the food to bring with you or you can order online from companies like Backpacker’s Pantry or Mountain House. 

There are several different kinds of backpacking stoves to choose from. Most of them are very small, lightweight and portable so you can easily fit them in with your gear.

Snacks are also recommended like chocolate bars or trail mix. Stuff like that.  


Make Sure You Are Ready

It’s a good idea to get out there and get ready, physically, and mentally. Do some practice hikes with 30+ lbs. in your backpack and see how you feel. Check your gear and get familiar with it. Practice setting up your tent so you will not have any trouble when it’s time to camp on your trek. 

Tell a friend or a family member exactly where you are going to be backpacking and camping and when you are planning to return. That way you will have help on the way should something happen. Better to be safe than sorry.

For some cool tips on how to lighten the load on your shoulders but still have what you need to be comfortable, check out Bearfoot Theory.


I know this article is short and sweet. I hope that it was helpful to you. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below. 

Thank you for reading and i’ll see you on the trail!



Dutch Oven Recipes For Camping – 15 Super Easy Dutch Oven Recipes

Dutch Oven Recipes For Camping

You probably notice that a lot of my articles have something to do with food. Whether it be camp stoves, or recipes for cooking at the campsite; I love to eat! And I always want to pass on the neat ideas that I learn with my fellow outdoor enthusiasts!


Well another great way to cook some amazing food around the campfire is with a dutch oven. Some of you may be wondering what a dutch oven is. So before I get into some dutch oven recipes for camping, I’m just going to briefly tell you.


What Exactly Is A Dutch Oven


A dutch oven is a thick, heavy cooking pot that is usually made out of cast iron. But some are made with cast aluminum which aren’t as heavy and don’t get as hot. I prefer the cast iron over the aluminum because it retains the heat better and the aluminum oven loses heat faster and can have hot spots.


For more information, check out this video:



And if you’re looking for a high quality dutch oven for camping that will last a lifetime, I truly recommend the Lodge Camp Dutch Oven.


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Now let’s get rockin’ and rollin’!

Awesome Dutch Oven Recipes


Dutch Oven Pork Chops And Potatoes

This camping dish sure is a hearty one. Meat and potatoes at it’s finest! And it’s pretty easy to throw together. Check out the recipe at 50 Campfires.


Mountain Man Breakfast

It’s so important to “fuel up” on some calories when adventuring the outdoors. This is the perfect camping breakfast for that, and it will feed a crowd too. Whether you’re out with the cub scouts or a large group of hungry hikers, you will want to try this Mountain Man Breakfast.


And while you’re at it, check out this Mountain Man Breakfast and learn about grinding coffee beans and using a percolator over hot coals.




Dutch Oven Campfire French Toast

This recipe is a little different than most of the recipes you will find. But it takes you through the process every step of the way. You will know exactly how to prep every thing the night before and how many charcoal briquettes to use. It also calls for a regular 12-inch deep dutch oven because if you use one that is too deep, the bottom of the french toast may burn before the top is done.

Anyway, I’m sure that your friends and family will thoroughly enjoy this delicious Dutch Oven French Toast!



Sausage and Chicken Cajun Jambalaya

I have lived in South Louisiana almost my entire life and I will admit, I can be a bit picky with my Jambalaya. When I say that, I mean some people make it too bland and sometimes it will be too dry for my taste. But when it’s done right, I’ll go back for seconds every time! LOL

I’ve never had jambalaya cooked in a dutch oven before but I will have to try it soon!

Get the recipe at Evolving Table.


Cake and Berry Campfire Cobbler

Alright, it’s desert time!! This cobbler would be the perfect treat after a long day of hiking or fishing. The recipe calls for raspberry pie filling, but you could use any pie filling you want. Personally, I would have to go with apple. I hear it’s even better with some canned peaches or blackberries.

Get the recipe here at Taste Of Home.


Dutch Oven Cheesy Garlic Bites

Whether it’s a tasty treat for the kids or a delicious side for dinner, these cheesy garlic bites will be an absolute hit! It may sound difficult to bake bread in a dutch oven but I think the trick here is to use frozen rolls and let them thaw out first.

This really is an easy to follow recipe that you will be happy to find. Get the recipe here at The Creative Mom.


Dutch Oven Pizza

Depending on where you are camping, you may not be able to get pizza delivered. If that be the case, here’s a simple recipe for a delicious pizza! All that you need is refrigerated pizza dough, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and whatever kind of toppings you like.

I like this because you can customize your very own pizza! Get the full recipe here at Let’s Camp S’more.


Campfire Nachos

I’ll bet you never thought that you could have nachos while camping. With this recipe and your dutch oven you can enjoy some tasty fresh nachos while kicking back after a day of outdoor fun.

Check out the recipe here at Fresh Off The Grid.


10 Minute Dutch Oven S’mores Cake Recipe

This is an excellent twist on the traditional way to make s’mores around the campfire. It calls for all the basic s’mores ingredients plus pre-baked angel food cake. The directions are super easy to follow and the outcome will be heavenly!

Learn how to make this tasty treat here at Polkadot Chair.


Dutch Oven Frito Pie

This is one of my personal favorites! This recipe calls for pinto beans but if you’re a weirdo like me, and don’t like beans in my chile, you can just leave them out.

Check out this easy to follow recipe here at Taste & Tell.


Twice Baked Potatoes

This one is sure to be another crowd pleaser around the campfire. When they are done baking in the dutch oven and have cooled down; pass them around. No need for dishes. Trust me, this recipe will pack them tater skins full of flavor!

Check it out here at Kent Rollins.


Dutch Oven Jalapeno Cheddar Bread

This recipe sounds like it could be a little time-consuming but it definitely sounds worth it. When it’s done, you will have your very own loaf of homemade jalapeno cheese bread to share with friends and family!

Get the recipe here at 50 Campfires.


Beer Braised Short Ribs

This recipe is definitely something for you to try on your next camping trip if you love tender ribs that are full of flavor! He explains in great detail how cooking these short ribs in a dutch oven is guaranteed to have maximum flavor.

You can find the recipe at Fox Valley Foodie.


Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

This will make a great appetizer for everyone to munch on until supper is ready. This recipe looks so good to me and I’m sure that you will totally agree!

Go check it out at Camping For Foodies.


Dutch Oven Lasagna

My mouth was watering just reading this recipe! It looks so good! They go into great detail with this recipe like exactly how many charcoal briquettes you should use. And, just like most of the other recipes on this list, you have the option to prep some of your ingredients at home before you head out on your trip.

You should definitely check this recipe out at Clarks Condensed.



Isn’t it amazing how many dishes you can prepare with a dutch oven? There are hundreds if not thousands of recipes out there for you to try. Please let me know which one of the recipes in this list piqued your interest. Do you have any dutch oven recipes that you would like to share? You can do so in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for visiting my page and I hope this list was helpful to you.

Have a great day!