Still Cooking while Truck Camping

It has been raining, so I have been thinking about cooking while truck camping. (There are more thoughts on alternatives to a truck topper here.)

breakfast ingredients while truck camping

The breakfast drawer holds my favorite oatmeal oatmeal:
Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal – 20 oz – 2 Pack. I put it in a ziplock bag, mixed with dried cranberries and pecans.

The milk (Peak Dry Whole Milk Powder) is divine. Tastes creamy. Can add it to cold liquids and it dissolves instantly. Great in hot chocolate or in cereal or coffee.milk for truck camping

To cook with I use ghee (ANCIENT ORGANICS 100% Organic Ghee from Grass-fed Cows, 32oz) or olive oil. The ghee is great. Holds up to heat and cold, tastes great, has a high burning point.

I love cooking oatmeal for brunch … if the wind isn’t howling and its not raining. Right now I am in a NM State Park called Riverside (part of Caballo State Park) on the banks of the Rio Grande. Birds are singing me awake every morning and easing me into night time.riverside campground

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Cooking While Truck Camping

There are certain problems cooking when living in a truck. Wind, rain, cold, heat and space. And trying to keep eggs and vegetables fresh with no refrigeration (would rather have books than a cooler).

I have a plastic bag of oatmeal mix (Scottish oats from Bob’s Red Mill with toasted coconut, pecans and cranberries) that is my go-to breakfast. If its not raining. If the wind is below 30 mph.

My favorite, when I have eggs,  is this process: I fry the eggs on top of a box of soaked potatoes, then cover them.

eggs cooking while truck camping

The key to all of this is steel plates and bowls.  They wash easily, don’t break and are inexpensive. Compact Stainless Steel Dish Set for Home and Outdoor Use, with Small Plate, Bowl, and Cup 

Dinner is usually a soup made from dried veggies (Harmony House Foods Soup Mix, Dried Vegetable, 12 Ounce Quart Size Jar) with dried mushrooms and a part of a pack of onion soup mix or hot and sour soup mix.

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Buying Stuff

There are many items that have made full time camping in the truck a bit easier. I have the links below. If you buy anything through these links I will get a tiny bit of money. No additional cost to you!

The most important has been the Goal Zero set up. I can hang the panels anywhere and charge all of the electronic equipment.Goal Zero solar panels
Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station, 400Wh Battery Powered Generator Alternative with 12V, AC and USB Outputs

This stove has created more comments than anything else. Everyone loves the 1 burner! And people love the wind screen, too.

single burner stove with wind screen

Coleman Powerpack Propane Stove
HIGHROCK TALL Compact Folding Camp Stove Windscreen

And the tarp has been a great rain/sun protector.Dispersed Camping

10′ x 12′ Dry Top Heavy Duty White Full Size 10-mil Poly Tarp item 310122

I will be adding more ‘essentials” as I discover them.

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How to Find a Good Site

For the last 6 months I have been traveling in the New Mexico State Parks. It is a wonderful experience at an affordable price (out of state is $225 for 1 year).  Once you pay the $225 you do not pay one penny more for two weeks of camping at any State Park. For a year that translates to $18.75/month. If you need electricity you will need to make reservations (extra costs are electricity $4/night, reservation also costs something) . It seems that people are getting used to the comforts of home and drive around in huge rigs, towing a car, and need electricity for their microwave. That leaves the non electric sites pretty empty and the electric sites full.

The State Parks each have something of interest … birds, history, hikes, water sports. In winter there are warm parks. In summer cool ones.

It still helps to:

  • arrive at park on a Monday or Tuesday
  • drive around looking and ask the camp host or ranger for the primo non electric site
  • check out where the bathrooms are (you may want to be close or far)
  • ask other non-electric campers about your next campground
  • Be very aware of holidays, especially in summer.
    • July 4th may require a reservation, even without electricity
    • Christmas was surprisingly busy

Truck camping in Fort Sumner State Park

This is a good example of a great non-electric site. The electric sites were all crowded together with no view. We are lucky.Oliver Lee truck camping spot

A great shelter and indescribable sunsets.

NM State park truck camping

There hasn’t been a bad camping spot, yet. And the luxury of bathrooms and water and showers are a great incentive to try the NM State Parks.

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Bathing While Truck Camping

bathing while truck camping

To bathe while truck camping requires hot water and sunshine. I heat up water to boiling, add it to the bucket and adjust the temperature with cold water. After washing hair I stand in the NM wind and do a silly dance, chanting “I’m blow drying my hair! I’m blow drying my hair!” I confess to much laughter, then dry out the towel.drying towel while truck camping

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