How to achieve campfire excellence
The best time to road trip is summer, right? Wrong! First, any time is a good time to hit the road. Second: campfires.
If you want to be practical about it, campfires are obviously very useful for warmth, light, and cooking/boiling water. Then again, perhaps you’re an incurable romantic and think about snuggles, smores, whiskey and philosophical flame-staring contemplation (that’s us!).
Fall’s an amazing time for campfires, with brisk air and clear skies. Here are a few things that we think would make your campfire an excellent place to be at the end of the day (beside it, not in it!).
First, the basics: to enjoy fireside frivolities, you need a fire to be beside. And for fire, you need matches, which you can keep in this rad little safe. Keep your matches dry and stylish with the Best Made Co. Sliding Match Safe, which is available in five awesome colors with a brass knob/striker. If you get swept up in romance and head back to the RV (wit woo!), you can leave the safe beside the fire and your matches will still be pristine in the morning.
You might know Fjällräven for its cool and crazy-ubiquitous Kanken backpack, but this half-century-old Swedish brand also makes some cozy headwear for your outdoor adventures. We love the Nordic Heater hat, because its synthetic fur trim is both incredibly warm and also pretty dang cute. Pop it on next to the fire and get toasty.
If you were brought up around the campfire, toasting your bread on sticks, chances are you’d have had a campfire sandwich maker, as well. Use this great sandwich maker from Poler for regular grilled cheese, or do what many of us did as kids and pack that bread with chocolate and enjoy the gooey goodness.
Coffee by the fire is an RVer’s right, and the easier you can make good coffee, the better. The Cafflano is the world’s first portable all-in-one coffee maker, featuring a hand mill grinder, metal filter dripper, drip kettle and tumbler cup. Brew it up, grab a spot by the fire and contemplate the great outdoors.
If you prefer your drinks cold and housed in a retro-cool container, take a look at the Coleman Steel-Belted Cooler. You can get it in green to match the trees, red to match the fire, silver to match the stars, or black to match the sky they twinkle in. It’s the perfect camp-themed beer trunk.
Enamelware is a camp classic – durable, vintage-looking, and versatile. So versatile, in fact, that you can fill your mug with coffee, beer, milk, whisky, moonshine… name your poison, then smash your cups together in a hearty cheers – they’re unbreakable. The folks at United By Blue have some great-lookin' options available.
Research has shown that a road trip with chocolate is 89 per cent more epic than one without*. By the fire with a cup of tea or coffee, or perhaps some liquor, chocolate is a camping essential. Yes, we are recommending a 36-piece box. No, we do not think that is overkill.
* Research conducted by Rova's editor and not scientifically accurate.
The fire easily warms up your extremities, but do you want your insides to feel left out? No. So, start a fire in your belly with Laphroaig whiskey. We’ve chosen this particular variety because it’s smoky, just like your fire. One reviewer said of Laphroaig, ‘It’s like drinking a liquid campfire’. So really, it’s not an indulgence, but a necessary part of the camping experience.