California Camping – Tips for a car camping trip to the mountains.
EncinoMom’s Lisa Keating preps for a California camping trip to the mountains to beat summer heat in this episode of California Living. Summer days in local mountains are warm, but temperatures still dip at night making evenings cool and comfortable and sometimes even downright chilly. The reality about camping is whatever you feed your crew seems to taste better in the great outdoors. Pack what you like, but take the time to do a little planning and prep to make things easy on yourself when you get settled into your new digs under the stars.
On this trip, we used dry ice and it was fantastic. Make sure you wear gloves when handling the dry ice. Ours was sealed inside of a bag which was inside of two more layers of plastic bags, so we felt safe covering it with a tablecloth without additional protection. We had about $10 worth of dry ice in the bottom of the cooler. We added a 1 gallon bag filled with ice cubes to the top of the tablecloth. The cooler was so cold that our goat cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and celery, all froze from being stored too near the ice!
The dry ice only covered about half of the bottom of the cooler, so we added frozen freezer packs to the bottom of the other half. The freezer packs were still frozen solid 3 days later and the dry ice had completely vaporized! So not only do you avoid the melted ice mess, but your cooler stays colder and gets lighter and lighter as the days go by! We definitely recommend trying dry ice. Visit our Wild West Supply Store to see links to our other product picks for California camping trips.
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See our Campfire Foods – easy recipes for summer living, too (more to come).