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How to Booze in the Great Outdoors

Learn about alcohol and camping from Heather Menicucci, author of Let's Get Primitive: The Urban Girl's Guide to Camping, in this Howcast video.


I definitely don't want us to suggest that booze is essential for camping, because it certainly isn't. And if you're camping in a place like a campground or sometimes a state park where booze isn't allowed, then you want to abide by those rules. Figuring out your booze menu is a little bit of a challenge when you're primitive camping because all those bottles, you're going to be carrying in. So here's what I like to do.

I bring a six-pack for that very first day when you first get to the campsite and you've figured out where you're going to pitch your tent, crack open a beer. The beer will still be cold, most likely, or at least cool. So beers on the first day are great.

From there, I actually camp with wine. I love bringing a bottle of wine when I'm camping. I know it's a little bit heavy, but wine is great at room temperature, and camping is all about room temperature. So, a bottle of wine is great.

Beyond that, the hard stuff is really great for camping. There's a reason why when we think about camping we think about old dudes with whiskey and beans sitting around a campfire. Whiskey is great for camping. A little goes a long way. So it's light and it doesn't need to be mixed with anything. It's kind of warming, so it's great to sit around a camp fire on a cool night with a bottle of whiskey.

Things that require refrigeration, things that you like to drink cool, obviously aren't going to work. So, vodka, not so much. Anything that you need to mix with something also is not ideal. But tequila, whiskey, beer on your first day and wine somewhere in between. That's how I plan my booze menu for camping.

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