Four days camping!
I'm happy camping in anything with hard sides. I want STEEL between me and the bears. And lots of pillows. That's all I ask. I'm quite happy just to be in the woods, and exhale, wander around looking at the pretty leaves and stuff, and when it gets dark I want to close the door and lock it.
The van was pretty full with bedding, pillows and kids. Ten pillows is a necessity. An ice chest is a luxury I decided to do without. Anyway I didn't think the ice would last for four days.
My idea of camping food is a quick trip through Costco for non-refrigerated comestibles, like cashews, dried blueberries, jerky, those little round nut-and-seed blobs, so delicious, you know the ones. Food: *crosses that item off list*
The only problem was there was going to be potluck! What to bring?
A proper church lady must show up with a casserole in a pretty dish! And not leave it all to the motorhomes and 5th wheels, ice chest or no!
Solution: canned goods.
I wouldn't usually buy Campbells Cream of Soup. Just this once for a good reason.
Crumbled up saltines are indistinguishable once they're mixed into the soup, and the effect is really quite like bits of flaky, golden Marie Callendar's pot pie crust!
When I tested this at home before going camping, the kids loved it and ate the whole batch almost before I could take a picture.
A week after we got home, they asked if I could make more of that stuff from the campout.