This weekend, some friends and I are heading to a beautiful, beach campground on a small island just off the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. It’s an amazing destination spot with plenty of soft sand. We’re all looking forward to a weekend of lying in the dappled sunlight reading books, tossing a frisbee, exploring and playing board games.
We’re also looking forward to smokies and beans and other delicious camping foods. Of course, because it’s mid-July, it would be completely irresponsible (not to mention illegal) to build a campfire on the beach and roast weenies or marshmallows over the open flame. (Check out the latest updates on what kind of fires are allowed, and not allowed on the West Coast of BC, here.) And as much as it would bring back an overload of nostalgic memories from childhood, it’s not worth it to put hundreds of thousands of lives and homes at risk of a wildfire in the community.
One of my friends put out the question—but how will we cook any food? Will we be eating cold beans out of a can for 5 meals in a row?
Thankfully, the technology exists that allows us to cook without having to build an open flame. And that’s exactly what we plan to do. Because we’re hiking into our campsite—just like you might have to do if you’re evacuating your home—we’re using a very small, portable stove. Check out Total Prepare’s selection of portable emergency stoves for your own use! You’re sure to find the right size option to suit your needs, whether you’ll be cooking for one or for four or more!
And once you’ve got a camp stove in your possession, you’ll definitely want to test it out the next time you go camping! You’ll be able to cook all kinds of delicious meals. Everything tastes better when you’re eating outside, so don’t forget to bring whatever kind of food is your favourite and cook it up on a campstove!
-Content created by Sophie Wooding – Writer, gardener, cyclist and emergency preparedness enthusiast!