As we gear up for the big trip to Wyoming and the date draws near, the mess in the kitchen piles higher and higher. Every time I think of something that I won’t be able to get along without, it goes on the pile.
Yesterday, I worked on the medicine box. After many years of camping/hunting trips, we have, at different times, needed a variety of medications and/or first aid items. Our box is clear plastic so that we can easily and quickly identify and put our hands on necessary first aid or meds and includes (for all camping trips):
Band-aids, all sizes (including waterproof and stretchy for knuckles), butterfly sutures, triple antibiotic ointment, tweezers, magnifying glass, a needle for spinters and thorns, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and sterile pads & surgical tape
Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, aspirin
Anti-diarrheal meds, Benadryl, Sudafed, Various sore throat and cough lozenges, sore throat spray
Sun screen, aloe gel
Thermacare heat wraps for backs and necks
Any prescription meds required by various campers in your group
Candied ginger (works wonders for upset stomach and motion sickness)
Benadryl capsules – I have discovered that, not only is this med. effective for allergy symptoms, but it has worked for us as a topical relief for itchy insect bites. My junior deerslayer and I are particularly susceptible to mosquito bites. We opened a Benadryl capsule, made a paste with water, and applied it topically to the affected bites. The paste relieved the itching and reduced the swelling. While I can’t vouch for others, know that we don’t camp without Benadryl capsules close at hand.
Remember, I’ve traveled with or camped with kids for many years. “Always be prepared” is the mantra of all parents. Also, I suffer from allergies so I keep a well-stocked medicine box that I update periodically to ensure that nothing is past its expiration date .While many may say that my first aid list seems a little excessive, keep in mind that everyone’s situation and needs are different. Also keep in mind, though, that nothing can ruin a good camping/hunting trip more than a pesky intestinal or allergy-related problem or a cactus encounter that might have been remedied with just a little fore-thought.
In addition to preparing the first aid box, I’ve continued to plan for our meals for the two weeks we’ll be on our trip. I’ve prepared and frozen food for four dinners for 50 people. I’ve decided to bake and freeze Cranberry-Rubbish Muffins for several breakfasts. I made arrangements with my local source for farm fresh eggs and homegrown tomatoes to pick up plenty of both for the trip. That will take care of several more breakfasts (huevos con chorizo) and BLT sandwiches for lunch. The homegrown tomatoes will also make for some superb pico de gallo. (My last entry.)
An old stand-by for a fast and fabulous camping meal is Plain Ol’ Easy Venison/Wild Pork Hamburgers. These burgers are so flavorful due to just a couple of key ingredients. Garlic and Knorr’s Caldo de Tomate con Sabor de Pollo (Tomato Bouillon with Chicken Flavor). This stuff is worth its weight in gold. It also adds beautiful flavor and color to Mexican Rice. Of course, you doctor them up as you desire with things that you can transport easily.
Plain Ol’ Easy Venison/Wild Pork Hamburgers
1 lb. ground venison and wild pork
3 cloves garlic, chopped (or a tbsp. minced garlic to save time)
1½ tbsp. Knorr’s Pollo y Tomate bouillon (Chicken and tomato)
1 tsp, pepper
4 Hamburger buns
All the trimmings
1. In a mixing bowl, combine ground meat, egg, garlic, and bouillon. Shape into four patties and throw on the grill. Cook to medium. Add good cheese (Awesome cheddar or blue cheese) and melt.
2. Toast buns on a cast iron griddle in some butter or on the grill.
3. Doctor up as desired. Easy Peasy! Perfect for camping!
For a camping trip, it’s easy to prepare the meat with the seasonings before leaving home. Hamburger patties could also be prepared ahead.
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