Jed and I are going camping, without the kids, later this month as a cheap way to get away and celebrate our anniversary. Throughout our marriage, we slowly started acquiring camping stuff. But we sort of stalled after sleeping bags and a tent. We do own one mess kit/cooking set and a hot dog fork, but that's basically so Jed and Buddy (and now Little Guy) can survive a Father/Son Campout. We've never actually gone camping as a family. Girl's Camp aside, I don't think I've ever gone camping. My family owned a tiny motor home when I was a kid and we usually just trekked up to our primitive cabin with a gas stove, etc. This camping trip will be sort of a dry run without the kids to figure out what we're doing. I was sort of liking the idea of snacking for breakfast and lunch and then after one night of hot dogs, finding a restaurant somewhere for dinner on the other nights. But then I sort of got excited about camping meals (it doesn't take much to get me excited about new recipes, and this is an area I've never tackled).
I've found tin foil dinner recipes (this one with a hint about potatoes), camping steak, omelet in a bag (which I've made before at home and are delicious, but then I read that boiling the plastic bag isn't good... but for a campfire meal, I think I'll let that slide), and I grew up making grilled cheese sandwiches in a pie iron in our kitchen.
What other camping tips do all you experts have for me?