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[*] posted on 5-3-2017 at 10:43 AM
EASY CAMPING K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Señor)


Doing these research trips, my camps are just for overnight stops.




I have a Coleman Instant Tent, takes seconds to pop up... and just a few minutes to take down, roll up, and stuff back in the bag.

I have an air mattress, and the Tacoma has a 110v outlet in the bed. Using an extension cord, I have power up to 50 feet to inflate the mattress.

I have a folding camp chair with a little table on the side. I use the tailgate of my truck for the main table to cook and prep on.

I have an ice box (the 5-Day ice life model). I get three 10 lb. blocks to keep milk, OJ, some fruit, water, and beers cold. I have added one bag of ice near the 5th day, but so far, the blocks last 7 days.

My camp gear is in one plastic tub and a duffle bag: Stove (Coleman propane), Lantern (LED), Coffee pot (for boiling water mostly). I have another tub for food (cereal, freeze dried meals, canned goods, PB &J, bread, etc.). I have a flat of water bottles with several in the ice chest.

I have one of those blue 6-gallon water jugs, for cleaning, cooking... but rarely use even half during a week trip. I do spend 1-2 nights at a motel during a week for showers and an easy night without setting up camp.

All the bouncing, the blue jugs have gotten dented and formed cracks that leak. I tried a different tie down method this past trip and no leak yet.

The sleeping bag and clothes bags are in the back seat of my truck, along with the air mattress when driving, the tire pump, etc.... keeps dust off them.

I take a box or several of the artificial fire logs... for an easy a pleasant camp fire. If there is native dead wood, I may add to it.

Pretty easy... I have camp up in 20 min. and I can then relax, go over notes, text with my wife and friends with the inReach device, and see the stars before I go in the tent.

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[*] posted on 5-3-2017 at 11:37 AM


too much for simple



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[*] posted on 5-3-2017 at 01:35 PM


Yes, I know you use no tent or stove. I sleep under the stars in some places. Bugs and fog being reasons for the tent for me.



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[*] posted on 5-3-2017 at 03:28 PM


I would forego the case of bottled water and buy water as you go...we carry 1 gallon jug and refill our steel drinking bottles. I also use a calcetin or coffee sock instead of a coffee pot or french press...they are flat and real compact. I LOVE my Colman cot...dont need to blow it up!



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There are no stores where I go, so the water bottles are what I drink mainly... Singles so they are cold... Too big and it would be warm before drinking it all. I do sips not gulps and only a couple bottles a day, usually.

When I see broken down vehicles, walking ranchers, or soldiers who are thirsty... I can offer them a cold water bottle and they all seem very pleased with that.

I use the coffee pot to boil water for my freeze dried dinners, tea, or cocoa. If I feel a need for coffee in camp, I have coffee bags or instant with powdered creamer.

I have a cot as well... okay for a couple nights. On extended multi night trips as I am doing for this new book research, the cot was just not comfortable so I got a single air mattress. Getting old sucks! I did not sleep comfortably in January with the cot.

Hope to see you again soon Shari, as I research the Vizcaino Peninsula on a future trip... maybe soon? September with you and Juan with my tour group was epic... the fireworks were a nice touch, too! :biggrin:




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Cerveza is better than water.
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[*] posted on 5-3-2017 at 05:30 PM


If you have room in your freezer at home I like to freeze one gallon water bottles and use as ice in your cooler. When they thaw no water in cooler and cold water to drink
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Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
Cerveza is better than water.


There is only so much beer one can drink before one cannot drive, or at night when the stomach can take no more. I have a beer when I set up camp and maybe a second when sitting at the campfire. Now, if I was camping with others, maybe the socializing and conversation may require a third? I got by on one six pack of XX last week's trip... and brought one beer home! I am easy.




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Quote: Originally posted by freediverbrian  
If you have room in your freezer at home I like to freeze one gallon water bottles and use as ice in your cooler. When they thaw no water in cooler and cold water to drink


That is a neat idea... maybe next trip I will try it? I do freeze several of the single water bottles and put them in the ice chest to have ice cold water ion the tent at night. They stay frozen most of the week, too.




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[*] posted on 5-3-2017 at 07:31 PM


DK, I am envious of the luxurious camp you are able to travel with in your Tacoma! If you removed your back seat, and put nothing in the bed of your truck, you would have an idea what camping in my Kia is like.

I don't carry any cooking gear, I can live out of an ice chest and a box of canned and dry goods for a few days or weeks at a time. I pack a tent, but most nights, I put the passenger side seat all the way down, and sleep in the car with my dog right next to me.

It is more comfortable than it sounds, and I have a 110v inverter and battery back-up if I feel like watching a movie.

I also freeze water in jugs to start my trip, mainly because the water in Grass Valley is about the best drinking water I have found, and I have it on tap!




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Quote: Originally posted by shari  
I would forego the case of bottled water and buy water as you go...we carry 1 gallon jug and refill our steel drinking bottles. I also use a calcetin or coffee sock instead of a coffee pot or french press...they are flat and real compact. I LOVE my Colman cot...dont need to blow it up!


Single use disposable plastic water bottles are environmentally wasteful. best to have a re-usable 1 liter bottle, and a 5 gal jug in the vehicle :light:
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[*] posted on 5-3-2017 at 08:23 PM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  

I use the coffee pot to boil water for my freeze dried dinners,...


Freeze dried dinners? Yuck!
If car camping with cooler full of ice, take meat and perishable goodies. Veggies keep fine in a cardboard box for a week plus. Your Toyota has capacity to carry good food (I think a double cab Tacoma can carry maybe a 500 lbs load, eh?), so why eat reconstituted cardboard for dinner?

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Because I want EASY and QUICK.
I cooked when I was young and had kids. Now, I am researching and am only stopping to sleep and rest in a different place each night.
I thought I explained all that in one of my trip reports in 2017?
If I was in a town, like El Rosario or Santa Rosalillita, I have a well-cooked meal as it is someone else doing the cooking and cleaning.

I also explained why I use 19 oz water bottles earlier.




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[*] posted on 5-4-2017 at 07:35 AM


Hey David , thats a nice way to go.

As for the single serving waters as long as they are recycled whats the problem?

I like to cook and eat well, so when I'm camping I bring along meals that I made at home and froze in plasic containers , lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, tuna noodle casserole, etc. It sure is worth it for a quick easy and good meal while camping.
And as everyone knows , leftovers are always better, especially while camping.

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David,

I second the idea of freezing water in milk jugs. Reusable and they last a long time. Also, if you need water in a pinch, you have it.

We bought two Luci solar inflatable lights for our trip to Sierra San Francisco last year. I love them and highly recommend them. I keep them in my glove box in case of emergency.
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Ice chest A/C unit for the tent, the white noise from the fan and cool air helps me sleep. Its SO quiet in Baja in the morning just before dawn that you can hear the ants crawling:)



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Condo Camping


I take my condo when I camp

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[*] posted on 5-4-2017 at 09:20 AM


Use the cot and put your air mattress or a pad on it, make it as soft as what you are using on the ground. Much easier to get up off the cot. Pull it outside the tent for star viewing.
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Quote: Originally posted by Paco Facullo  
Hey David , thats a nice way to go.

As for the single serving waters as long as they are recycled whats the problem?

I like to cook and eat well, so when I'm camping I bring along meals that I made at home and froze in plasic containers , lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, tuna noodle casserole, etc. It sure is worth it for a quick easy and good meal while camping.
And as everyone knows , leftovers are always better, especially while camping.

Soon to be on your heels as I just acquired a Toyota Tacoma TRD meslf.


Congrats on the Tacoma... I hope you have a fun time with it. Join Tacoma World forums to get absolutely everything you may need to read about Tacomas. The frozen meals in a bag is great... I have done this before. Maybe because of my age, but I just don't make cooking and food such a big deal as I used to. I am losing weight, slowly, too. A great side effect. Thank you for your reply! I am 'David K' on Tacoma World, too.




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Quote: Originally posted by Bajaboy  
David,

I second the idea of freezing water in milk jugs. Reusable and they last a long time. Also, if you need water in a pinch, you have it.

We bought two Luci solar inflatable lights for our trip to Sierra San Francisco last year. I love them and highly recommend them. I keep them in my glove box in case of emergency.
https://www.amazon.com/MPOWERD-Luci-Outdoor-Inflatable-Solar...

Zac


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