Some time ago I documented how to safely holiday with all your allergies and intolerances kept firmly in place. One of the best ways we have found, is to camp, at a campground, from campsites that have all mod cons to more basic campgrounds, the fresh air and lack of mobile cover is great for a holiday, not only do you continue to detox your kid’s bodies, but you also get to detox and deaddict them from texting, facebooking, and um, blogging!
We usually camp at a couple of beach side campgrounds, one of which has only unpowered sites, so no permanent caravans and the like. Another has the latter, but the unpowered sites are off on their own, on a little peninsula by the beach, so every toxin is pretty much blown away by the sea breezes, or gales. Camping does require a certain robustness of mind and limb, but it is not hard, like rocket science.
A certain isolation of parents and children helps, so after the age of, about 8, the kids can have their own tent, and they should be able to pitch it by the age of ten. Of course, you may need to go around and check the pegs and poles, to ensure they stay dry, and in one place, you don’t really want your kids taking off in a gale.
A campfire at night is an excellent idea, for roasting potatoes, cooking food, and encouraging kids to learn to light a good campfire, after just one year of teaching, my teens are able to light the campfire safely and have it burning excellently in no time at all. Which is more than can be said for me.
I can hear the natives getting restless, but I am indeed coming to the food part. We camped for a long weekend, 4 days and 3 nights, and I was able to take all the food with us, including food for day hikes and outings. Since the kids are trained out of soft drinks, water bottles are all that is needed for them, and some wine and beer for us.
I find my camp fridge, that runs on gas or electricity, or the car battery, irreplaceable. After years of struggling with eskys and having to drive around the towns looking for ice, the fridge gives us a lot of freedom, and we recovered our investment in a single summer of camping.
Here is what we took for 4 days of camping, and how I pack. All the pre-cooked dinners are in the ziplock bag, frozen in advance, but there is food for cooking, like rice, and there are treats like the failsafe marshmallows for toasting round the campfire.
Nuttelex, Rice premeasured in a ziplock, Sunflower Oil, a dozen eggs in a carton, Sunflower seed spread, Golden Syrup and pear jam, Rice Crackers, Packet of Idli mix, packet of dosai mix ( from the Indian grocer, and checked for no additives and preservatives), Gluten Free pasta, Gluten free bread( one loaf cooked at home).
Sausage rolls, also frozen, pear muffins, vanilla cookies and carob cashew biscuits, Pear dessert cake, raw cashews.
- Spag Bol ( of course) from Mince and gluten free pasta
- Beef curry, potatoes with freshly cooked rice
- Roast Beef with Gravy made on site ( with Nuttlex and cornflour carried in its own little ziplock bag inside the main ziplock.
- Deli Chicken masquerading as bacon (for breakfast, you have to have bacon and eggs at least one day.)
- Thinner slices of roast for lunch.
- Half a cabbage
- One bunch shallots, trimmed and precut in a ziplock bag
- 1 tin chickpeas
- 1 tin red kidney beans ( to toss into mince)
And yes, of course, there were PBJs.