All The Meals You Need For Your End Of Summer Camping Trip

All The Meals You Need For Your End Of Summer Camping Trip

You'll be eating good on your next camping trip with these recipes.


Summer is almost finished, but let it go out with a bang with a fun end of summer trip. This past weekend, my friends and I went on a camping trip for one last good time before we're back in school. The planning of everything was absolutely insane, but we all came together to have a great time with some great food. Do it like us and go on a spontaneous camping trip! Here's all the food you'll NEED to try:


Cinnamon Rolls

  • can of cinnamon rolls
  • fire
  • sandwich pan

This is an easy option for those of you who aren't quite chefs. All you need to do is put a few cinnamon rolls in the sandwich pan and let them cook over the fire. It's all the deliciousness of cinnamon rolls with a hint of the campfire to add to your morning. They're so quick, easy, and delicious!

Breakfast Sandwiches

  • bread
  • egg
  • bacon
  • sausage
  • cheese
  • fire
  • sandwich pan

This breakfast allows you to get a little more creative! You pick all of the toppings that you want in your breakfast sandwich and then cook it up over the fire! It's easiest to mix the egg and cheese prior to putting it in between the bread. If you want crisper meat or bacon, it also might be a good idea to cook them separately ahead of time and then put them in the sandwich at the end. My friends dipped theirs in syrup and loved it!


  • pancake/waffle mix
  • syrup
  • fruit or other fun toppings!
  • waffle iron

One of my friends ended up bringing a waffle iron and cooking up waffles for everyone! This isn't exclusively a camp food, but it sure was delicious! There's also just something better about waffles in the wilderness. You could go to Waffle House, but you could also sit under a pine tree and question your entire life with a waffle in hand. Pick your poison.


  • graham crackers
  • marshmallows
  • chocolate
  • fire
  • skewer

S'mores are an anytime meal. You can truly make a s'more count for any meal of the day and you certainly should.


Hot dogs

  • hot dogs
  • hot dog buns
  • ketchup/mustard/condiments
  • fire
  • skewer

Stick that weenie on a skewer and roast 'er. This is a CLASSIC. If you've been camping before, you definitely brought hot dogs. They're tasty and likely the easiest thing to make over a campfire ever. Make sure you roast it good enough and then put that boy in a bun and condiment it to your liking.

Tacos/Walking Tacos

  • taco meat (beef, chicken, etc)
  • refried beans
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • cheese
  • tortillas or Doritos/fritos
  • fire
  • fire-safe bowls

This one involves a little pre-camping prep. Cook and season your protein of choice and put it in a Ziploc bag and chill. Once you're ready for some Mexican delight, heat up the beans and meat over the fire and then assemble a taco into a Doritos bag or a tortilla. It's so yummy and all the trouble is certainly worth it.


  • Lunch meat
  • Cheese
  • Condiments
  • Bread

This also isn't really a camping food, but it is really convenient if you're going to be gone for the whole day. We went on a trip to the beach and packed sandwiches for the day and it was super tasty and convenient. This would also be a lightweight meal for a hike or maybe even a boating trip. This is just a very versatile and simple meal that is easy to take on a camping trip.


  • Bread
  • Pizza sauce
  • cheese
  • toppings
  • Fire
  • sandwich pan

This was BY FAR the best meal we had on the whole camping trip. I ate three of these bad boys in like a two-hour timeframe; they were SO good. All you do is put two slices of bread on the sandwich pan and put pizza sauce, cheese, and whatever toppings you'd like between the slices before roasting it over the fire. This takes a while to cool after, but it's so DELICIOUS and 1000% worth it. If you take any of these recipes, make it this one. Too good.


  • graham crackers
  • marshmallows
  • chocolate
  • fire
  • skewer

Again, s'mores are an anytime meal. Dinner and lunch would also be made better by s'mores.



  • bread
  • pie filling
  • fire
  • sandwich pan

Take two slices of bread, fill it with the pie filling of your choice, and roast that bad boy. You're in for a treat. These pies were so warm and tasty. It was the perfect end to a delicious meal. You can also use chocolate and marshmallows for a s'more pie.

Extreme S'mores

  • s'mores pop tarts
  • marshmallows
  • chocolate
  • fire
  • skewer

I know you've probably had enough of s'mores by now, but try swapping out graham crackers for half of a s'more pop tart. The substitution is revolutionary.

Happy camping!

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The End Of An Odyssey: My Time As A Writer

Like all chapters in life, there has to come an end. This ending is by no means easy, but rather one that is bittersweet. But, like all odysseys, it is time for this one to end.


When I first decided I wanted to write for the Odyssey, I was going into my senior year at the University of Maine. I had always been an avid reader of Odyssey articles, whether it was to seek advice, comfort, or sole entertainment. I was always inspired by how raw and honest each article was, and I really wanted to have the chance to write such types of articles as well. When I applied and later got the call that I had made it onto the Odyssey team at UMaine, I was ecstatic! I felt like now was finally the time I could share my innermost thoughts and feelings publicly and work on becoming a better writer.

I have always loved to write. Since the day I first picked up a pencil, writing has been a passion of mine. Now as an Odyssey member, I knew this was my chance to be truly heard.

I began by writing solely political articles, as I was a political science student and loved to shed light on controversial topics. My first article was about the then-recent presidential election. I was full of nerves the day it got published, and rightfully so, as my post drew in many critics. Facebook is a shark-tank of sorts, everyone there is waiting for just the right bait to come out and attack. However, I loved the fact that my opinions were being formally materialized for everyone to see. Pretty much anyone in the world could read my article, which served as an inspiration to keep writing.

What started as a political-only "blog" of sorts slowly evolved into a diary-like platform. I found that writing about whatever hardship I had been going through at the time helped me process it and move forward. Writing is very therapeutic, and I wasn't ashamed or embarrassed to put my private emotions out in the open, though I had received much backlash for it from many.

Yet what kept me motivated to keep pushing the envelope and staying true to my word-literally, was my amazing, influential Odyssey team. We all would share our topics for the week and vent about any criticisms we may have received after one of our articles had been published. I have been very fortunate to have such a supportive, caring team of Odyssey writers, else I likely would've regressed back to writing neutral articles.

So as weeks turned to months, writing for Odyssey felt like second nature. The pride I would feel once an article went public was indescribable. Looking back now at the 70+ articles I wrote, I can literally be transported back to a certain point in my life with every past article. I can see how much I've grown as a person and can acknowledge that I successfully was able to overcome certain obstacles I never thought possible.

Writing, just like time, heals everything.

The Odyssey saw me through the toughest times of my life, and no matter how uncertain things may have seemed at the time, what was for sure was the fact that I had the written word to fall back on. With each article that I wrote, I felt like a weight had been lifted. And not only that but also knowing that any particular article may have served to help someone else who may have been going through a similar situation, only inspired me more.

So, my decision to stop writing for the Odyssey came with great difficulty, as it has become such a huge part of my life. The adult world is very hectic, and responsibilities pile up as fast as bills. Lately, I just felt like I haven't been putting the time and effort into writing articles like I did during college. I owe it to the Odyssey community to be honest, as a privilege like this should never be seen as a chore.

I am so unbelievably grateful to have had this experience for the past year and a half of my life. Now, I have a permanent online library that represents who I truly am, and for the rest of my life I can look back at these articles and relive some of those memories. The Odyssey helped me to grow emotionally, and I met so many amazing, inspiring people along the way.

But, like all odysseys, it is time for this one to end.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my writing and read my articles. You have no idea how happy it made me feel to hear someone say how much they loved a certain article or how relatable another one was. Thank you to my Odyssey team for always encouraging me to write from the heart and never be too afraid to speak my mind.

And lastly, thank you to Odyssey, for serving as a safe, encouraging place for young people to voice their opinions and ideas freely. I will forever be thankful for this journey of growth, reflection, and expression.

Off to the next odyssey.

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