Roofnest Photo Contest

Enter The Roofnest Photo Contest!


Enter the Roofnest Photo Contest for a chance to win a
Roofnest Down Blanket and some ShowerPouch towels!
1st Prize in each category will be also featured and credited on Roofnest.com and all our social channels.

CRITERIA

Submit an image or images for consideration
in any of the following categories:
Best Scenic Landscape, Best Camping Setup, 
and Best Camping Lifestyle.
All submissions will be considered for each category by Roofnest — no need to specify the category you’re entering. We’re looking for images that capture the essence of your camping lifestyle
— featuring your Roofnest, of course!
Dogs. Kids. Toys (not just the kids’ toys!). Cooking. Playing.
They all make great photos, so snap away and send them in by
September 30, 2018, for consideration.

CONDITIONS

  • Each contestant is allowed up to five entries. One prize per contestant.
  • Images must prominently display the Roofnest.
  • Images must be at least 1mb in size and in JPEG format to be considered.
  • Contestants must send image(s) along with full name, phone number, social handles, and email address to photos@roofnest.com.
  • All contestants must be the rightful owner of all image(s) submitted.
  • Edited images must also be sent with the original.
  • Images submitted are for free use of Roofnest regardless of prize placement.*
  • Images must be submitted by September 30, 2018.
  • Winners will be chosen based on criteria as stated above, aesthetic, and creativity.
  • Winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and Roofnest.com.

Hitting the Beach in Southern California in a Roofnest Sparrow

Article by Roofnest Flock member, Penny Sprague

 

I’ve always loved camping. I spent my childhood camping in homemade tents with my parents, and as I’ve gotten older I still have the love for camping, getting out into nature and just enjoying. As I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser, I realized sleeping on the ground wasn’t as appealing as it used to be. And to top it all off, I now always travel with my two dogs, Jack Sparrow and Ceilidh.

I went through a stint of staying in hotel rooms because I had to escape L.A., but the dogs didn’t like the “different smells” in each of the places I’d go. And let’s face the fact, hotel rooms get a bit expensive. What I missed was driving to the beach and pitching a tent and watching the sunset with a glass of wine and my pups.

So, I started searching for a comfortable way to camp with my dogs that would be our place; they would know the smells, and it would be EASY. Because I want to be able to get up and go whenever I get the urge, I decided to try the new Roofnest Sparrow, and so far it’s been a great decision. Ultimately, its the dog’s decision. If they are happy and will sleep peacefully, then I am happy. And they love it! I bring along Jack’s favorite blanket that he can burrow underneath while sleeping. Ceilidh has already figured out that climbing the ladder gets her inside — so she’s trying to learn! They also love all that they can see everything through all of the windows.

 

 

I wish I had a bit more free time to head to the beach to camp with my pups, but I know with my Roofnest it’s available to me at a moment’s notice. I hope to get out more in the fall when my schedule clears up and the beach sites here in Southern California become a bit more open.

I already have a trip planned to Jalama Beach, which is one of our favorite places to camp! Miles of beaches to run and investigate with amazing sunsets!

I love being a part of the Roofnest Flock, and hope to share more of our adventures in camping soon!

Happy Camping!

 

4 Tips to Avoid Altitude Sickness

If you’ve had it you know it’s the absolute worst, if you haven’t … just trust us, it is. Altitude sickness can hold you back from experiencing the bird’s-eye view you’re looking for in your Roofnest. With a Roofnest you have the opportunity to sleep wherever you can drive, this has a lot of people Roofnesting at very high elevations. Although it is not completely preventable, here are a few tips for preventing altitude sickness from happening:

 

1) Hydrate, Rehydrate, then Rehydrate Again

Dehydration happens more easily at higher elevations due to the lower air pressure and drier atmosphere. This causes your perspiration to evaporate faster than normal, meaning that you might not even notice when you are sweating, and you lose water at an accelerated rate. Make sure that you prepare two to three days before your trip by increasing your water consumption and continue this until you are back to your normal elevation.

 

2) Carb Load

If you’re like us, you don’t need to be told twice to eat more carbs. Eating complex carbohydrates allows the body to more effectively maintain energy levels. While you are out adventuring, you can burn as much as 5000 to 6000 calories a day, depending on difficulty level and performance of your activities. This means you need to fill up on healthy snacks loaded with complex carbs that help keep your body fueled throughout the day to help prevent altitude sickness.

 

 

3) Give Yourself Proper Time to Acclimate

When possible, arrive to your high-elevation destination at least 24 hours before you plan on hitting the trails. We know that this isn’t always possible, but if it is, do it. If not, make sure you listen to your body while on the trail. If you experience any signs of altitude sickness, descend to a lower elevation or take a long break, set up camp, rehydrate, and load up on those complex carbs.

 

4) Don’t Kill the Messenger

Avoid alcohol and caffeine, if possible. We know that is the last thing you want to hear while you’re planning an epic weekend out in the mountains, but alcohol and caffeine can inhibit your bodies ability to absorb water. This can result in much worse altitude sickness. We’re not saying you can’t enjoy that morning cup of joe or a nightcap of whiskey, we’re just saying to make sure that you are hydrated and acclimated to your environment before you crack open that bottle!

 

Although altitude sickness is not completely preventable, if you follow these four tips, you have a good chance of keeping it in check. Happy Adventuring!

Climbing.com Reviews The Roofnest Sparrow

Kevin Corrigan, from Climbing.com, and his girlfriend, took our Roofnest Sparrow out on the road for a weekend across Colorado’s Front Range.

As an avid climber, Kevin spends countless nights on the road traveling to find the next perfect pitch. Kevin was tired of sleeping on the ground and setting up and breaking down his tent every night. He fantasized about building out a luxury van but realized that it didn’t make economic sense.

That is when he entered the rooftop tent world, “providing the comfort of a home on wheels at a relatively reasonable price.”

Overall, Kevin said “the Roofnest Sparrow is a solid option for long weekends, road trips, and anyone who doesn’t mind leaving it on their car all the time. At Just $25 a night to sleep on a cush mattress for 100 nights, it’s a reasonable price to pay, and thanks to the Sparrow’s bomber hard shell design, it should last a lot longer than that.”

Check out the full review here.

How to Keep The Environment Clean — And Yourself, Too

We’ve all gone a few days in a row without a shower (whether or not we want to admit it), and a little dirt never hurt anybody. But do you stay clean on longer trips? We’ve put together a list of three things you can do to make sure you help keep the environment clean while keeping yourself clean, too.

1.) Know Your Soap

The direct answer is there is no soap that is completely safe to use when you are bathing in a river or lake. However, the best solution is castile soap. Castile soap is free from all of the chemicals big-name companies add to the soap you would purchase at your classic grocery store. Luckily, there are a lot of people looking to find green, eco-friendly solutions, which is making those offerings more readily available. Castile soap can be used to wash your hair, face, and body so also helps keep things nice and compact while traveling.

 

 

2) Stick with natural deodorant, not antiperspirant

Although it is great to smell minty fresh all day long, the chemicals in most antiperspirants are terrible for the environment. Try trading them out for an eco-friendly alternative, such as a natural beeswax or coconut-oil-based deodorant. Although these will not stop you from sweating, they will help mask odor in a way that won’t hurt your body or the environment! Be sure to choose a deodorant that is free of sulfates, chemicals, palm oil, and any other additives that negatively impact the beautiful places we all love to adventure.

 

3) All Natural Skincare

Most of the foamy, soapy face wash on the market is not safe to use when washing in nature. For washing your face in a lake or river, we recommend using cleansing grains. Cleansing grains are mainly plant-based powders that are safe to use when washing up out in mother nature. There are quite a few companies that make cleansing grains, so it should be easy to find something that will work well with your skin.

 

Remember that we have a duty to keep our favorite outdoor areas the way they are, so make sure to leave no trace, in or out of the water. Happy camping, Flock!

6 Roofnest Upgrades You’ll Want Now

 

From the Grand Canyon to Yosemite, and with countless nights in Roofnests, the Flock has put our tents to the test. They’ve also discovered some great Roofnest upgrades you’ll want to get right now. We list our favorite six below:

 

1) Lighting

Of course, we all love sleeping among the stars — that’s why we adventure right? Sometimes the stars just aren’t bright enough and you need a little help when it comes to light.   

It’s time to get some next-level lighting in your Roofnest. For less than $20 you can bring the stars with you. The USB-powered Sitelight minis are a perfect lighting solution. Mount them to the inner roof of your Roofnest, or string them through the mesh roof pocket for the perfect lighting.

 

2) Cooling

We have designed Roofnests to have as much ventilation as possible, with all of the models having two windows and two entry points so you can stay nice and cool throughout the night. But what about those hot summer nights where you just can’t escape the heat? After a few sweaty, sleepless nights, we’ve found the perfect solution to keep you cool all night long.

In addition to the large Roofnest windows, an overhead or window fan can make you much cooler resulting in comfortable sleeping on hot summer nights.  For less than $15 you can get a rechargeable, portable fan with a built-in lantern to hang in the interior of your Roofnest, bringing in that breeze you’ve been looking for.

 

3) Shower

Rooftop tents give you the freedom to pick up and go whenever you want. That being said, where do you shower when you decide to pick up and go on a month-long road trip? Sure, you can go to rest stops or buy a day pass at a local gym, but why do that when you can mount a shower on the side of your tent?

With the Roadshower you can enjoy the comfort of a warm, pressurized shower no matter where you are.

 

 

4) Bedding

Waking up in the morning and having to cram a sleeping bag in a sack that looks like it was made for something half the size is now a thing of the past. Enter the lightweight and compact down blanket that fits perfectly in your Roofnest — from Roofnest.

No need to pack it away when you get back on the road, just leave it in your Roofnest, close it up, and it will be ready to go when you get to your next spot! Packed with 600 grams of 750 fill down insulation and measuring at 84 inches by 72 inches, this is the perfect blanket for all your Roofnest needs.

 

5) Solar

We know that half the fun of being out on the road is disconnecting and enjoying your surroundings. However, sometimes you need to have a charged phone in case of emergencies. With the Biolite Solar Panel, you can make sure to stay charged no matter how off the grid you are. The integrated 2200 Onboard MaH battery lets you soak up the sun during the day and store energy for when you need it most. We love disconnecting, but make sure you always have the option to call for help if you need it!

 

6) Awning

Sometimes mother nature has her own plans for your trip. With the compact Little Wing Awning, you can make sure to stay covered from the elements, no matter what mother nature decides to throw your way.

With the integrated dome shape and compact size, this is the perfect awning for every type of car, large and small.

 

Camping doesn’t have to consist of sleepless nights on the ground, waking up covered in sweat. With these six Roofnest upgrades, you are sure to be the glamper you’ve always wanted to be.

10 Genius Camping Hacks

As part of the flock, we know you love the best of the best when it comes to being out on an adventure. After years of exploring, hundreds of trips in our Roofnest, and countless hours spent finding new ingenious ways to improve products, we put together a list of our 10 favorite camping hacks.

 

1) Stay Warm at Night With a Nalgene

Some nights get cold no matter what gear you have and some people were just born with cold feet! One hack we have found spending nights out in the blistering cold in our Roofnest is to fill up our Nalgene with hot water before bed and toss it in the bottom of our sleeping bags. This will not only keep your feet warm but will warm your entire bag, keeping you nice and toasty throughout the night.

 

2) Garbage Bags Aren’t Only For Garbage

You truly never know what mother nature will throw at you while out on the trail, but what you do know is that wet gear sucks. Take a garbage bag and line the inside of your backpack with it to keep your stuff dry during an impromptu rainstorm. Stuff the bag with all of your gear, toss it in your backpack and head out knowing even if it rains, you will have something dry to change into afterward!

3) Stuff Sack Pillow

Luckily you can always leave your pillow in your Roofnest, but sometimes you forget things and no one likes to lay down at night without a pillow. Luckily there is an easy solution! If you find yourself curling up in bed and realize you forgot your pillow, take your sleeping bags stuff sack and fill it with your clothes. And if you are away from your Roofnest for the night backpacking this is a great way to save space!

 

 

4) Fluffy Sleeping Bags Forever

Nothing is better than crawling into your Roofnest after a long day of exploring and hopping into your nice fluffy down sleeping bag. Problem is, after cramming your sleeping bag into its stuff sack over and over most bags tend to lose their fluff. One way to keep your sleeping bag fluffy for all of your future trips is to dry it with tennis balls. Throw your bag in the dryer with a few tennis balls and it will break up the down to preserve loft.

5) Spice Up Your Campfire Cooking

For a compact and convenient way to store all of your spices take old Tic-Tac boxes and fill them with portions of your spices. This way you can carry all of your go-to spices and be the Camp chef you know you are.

6) Single Use Soap Bar

 

We love using all natural bars of soap while out Nesting, but the problem is that storing a used bar of soap gets messy. Luckily we found the solution. Take your favorite all natural soap, ours is from Colorado Real Soap Company, and a vegetable peeler. You can peel off thin single-use soap bars that are perfect for keeping you and the environment clean, no need for a messy plastic bag.

7) Mini First Aid Kit

It is always a good idea to have a full blown first aid kit on hand when on the road, but sometimes you don’t have the space to carry as much when out on the trail. Take an Altoid tin or an old prescription bottle and fill it with a couple small first aid ingredients, such as band-aids, Neosporin, and gauze in case of an emergency…. Or a nasty blister on the trail.

8) Wallet Size Fire Starters

 

Bringing classic firestarters can add a lot of extra weight to your pack, or just simply take up room in your rig. With these handy little fire starters, you can rest assured that no space is taken up and they are light as a feather. Take classic cotton pads and dip them in wax, throw one under your kindling and within seconds you’ll have a roaring campfire.

9) Never Have Soggy Food Again

A lot of our flock head out into the mountains for multiple days at a time, sometimes even weeks. One problem with keeping ice in the cooler is not only making sure that it doesn’t all melt too quickly but that once it does melt, your food stays dry. An easy solution for this is to freeze gallon jugs of water to replace a bag of ice. These gallon jugs will stay frozen for longer periods of time, won’t leak into your cooler once they melt, and the bonus is that you have clean ice cold water to enjoy once they do melt! Make sure to take a couple sips out of the bottle before freezing to account for expansion and increase in altitude.

10) Mosquitoes Be Gone!

Some of our favorite activities like kayaking, fishing, and plain old floating are all around water, but the one problem is there are also a ton of mosquitoes around water. No one likes to smell like bug spray and cover themselves or their clothes in chemicals. Luckily now there is no need! Simply add a bundle or two of sage to your next campfire to keep those pesky bugs away when relaxing after a long day.

8 Quick Campfire Meals

 

As we build up our routine out on the road, we find easy ways to organize our items, the best way to clean our pans, and expand our campfire recipe book. After spending countless nights in our Nest we have cooked up some easy, delicious campfire meals that we wanted to share with you.

Here are our top 8:

 

1) Hot Hawaiian Sandwich

 

When out on the road, it’s always easy to put together a quick sandwich and call it a day, but we wanted to go the extra mile to change it up a bit. Our Hot Hawaiian sandwich is the perfect foil pack sandwich to toss on the fire and spice up your dinner.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 –15 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 Rhodes Artisan French Rolls, thawed to room temperature
  • 9 oz Deli Sliced Ham
  • 6 Pineapple Rings, cut in half if desired
  • 6 Slices Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Honey

Instructions:

  1. Mix the Honey and Dijon Mustard Together, Slice Rolls in Half, and Spread the Mixture on the Bottom of Insides of Roll
  2. Layer Sandwich as Follows: Ham on Top of Bread, Pineapple Ring on Top of Ham, Top Pineapple with Slice of Cheddar Cheese, Put Top Bun on
  3. Wrap Sandwich in Tin Foil and Place over Hot Coals for 10 –15 Minutes or Until Cheese is Fully Melted

 

2) Campfire Nachos

 

Who doesn’t love nachos? With no need for utensils, and made with a variety of canned or fresh ingredients, this recipe shows you exactly how to make campfire nachos while you’re out on your next adventure in your Roofnest.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ Lb Tortilla Chips
  • 1 (7.75 oz) Can of Hot Fresh Pico De Gallo
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
  • 1 (14.5 oz) Can of Black Beans drained
  • 1 Large Hass Avocado cubed
  • 4 – 5 Green Onions sliced
  • A handful of Fresh Cilantro chopped
  • 1 Small Lime cut into wedges

Instructions:

  1. Lightly Oil the Bottom of a Large Dutch Oven or Cast Iron Pan
  2. First Layer: Evenly Spread ⅓ of the Chips on Bottom, Topped with ¼ Can of the Hot Tomato Sauce, ¼ Can of Black Beans, ¼ Cup of Cheese, and a Handful of Avocado, Cilantro, and Green Onions. Repeat for Second and Third Layer
  3. Place Dutch Oven or Cast Iron Pan on Embers or Metal Grill over Fire, for About 10 Minutes or Until the Cheese has Fully Melted. Once Melted, Squeeze Limes Over Nachos and Serve

 

3) Cinnamon roll-ups

 

We’ve all roasted marshmallows, hot dogs, and brats over the campfire. But what do you do when it comes to breakfast? You could break out the pan, fire up the grill, crack some eggs, get plates and forks, then clean it all up. Or, you could simply cook our favorite cinnamon roll-ups over the campfire.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pack of Crescent Rolls
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • Water
  • Wooden Skewers or Marshmallow Sticks

Instructions:

  1. Mix Cinnamon and Sugar on Plate
  2. Split Crescent Rolls and Wrap Each One Around its Own Skewer
  3. Roll Wrapped Skewer in Cinnamon Sugar Mix
  4. Cook Over Campfire for Approximately 5 minutes, Rotating Like a Marshmallow
  5. Create a Powdered Sugar Glaze, by Combining ¼ Cup Powdered Sugar, and 3 Tbsp Water then Drizzle over Cooked Roll-Ups

 

 

4) Walking Tacos

 

If you’re anything like us, we like to work smarter not harder, that’s why our Nests set up in less than a minute and that’s why we love walking tacos. No plates necessary and they couldn’t be easier to clean up, just toss the bag in your pack-out pack or trash. This recipe is great when you’re on the go or if you are cooking for a big group at your campsite.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Ground Beef or Turkey
  • ½ Cup Diced Onion
  • 1 oz Taco Seasoning
  • 6 Snack Size Bags of Fritos or Doritos

Suggested Toppings:

  • Black Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato cubed or Fresh Pico
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa

Instructions:

  1. Brown Beef or Turkey, and Drain Liquid
  2. Add Onion to Meat and Sauteé Until Soft
  3. Add Taco Seasoning to Meat and Onion, Mix Along With ½ Cup of Water Until Absorbed
  4. Add Black Beans and Simmer
  5. Crush Up Chips in Bag and Add Meat
  6. Add All of Your Desired Toppings and Dig In!

 

5) Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Green Beans

 

After a long day of adventuring, we all want nothing more than a good meal and a comfortable bed to sleep in. The good meal is covered with this crockpot classic that can be cooked right over the campfire in a foil pack and enjoyed in less than an hour.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ Lb Fresh Green Beans trimmed and halved
  • ½ Lb Red Potatoes quartered
  • 1 Large Onion sliced
  • 1 Lb Smoked Sausage cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tsp Butter
  • ⅓ Cup Water

Instructions:

  1. Prepare Area of Campfire to Set Foil Packs on Hot Embers
  2. On Large Sheet of Tin Foil, Combine the Potatoes, Green Beans, Onion, and Sausage then Season with Salt and Pepper.
  3. Coat with Vegetable Oil and Top with Butter
  4. Seal Tin Foil Around Ingredients, Leaving a Small Opening on Top
  5. Pour Water into The Opening and Seal to Steam Ingredients
  6. Place Foil Pack on Hot Embers and Cook for 20 – 30 Minutes Depending on Temperature, Turn Multiple Times for Even Cooking until Sausage is Browned and Vegetables are Tender

 

6)  Cheesy Garlic Fries

 

These cheesy garlic fries are sure to be a campground crowd pleaser. Between people asking you about your Roofnest and seeing you’re cooking skills, you might just become the Mayor of your local campground. Baked right over the campfire, these potato wedges will get a perfect crisp covered with a nice coat of melted cheese…. However much you plan on making, make twice as much. Trust us.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 Cloves Garlic minced
  • ½ Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, or more if you like spice
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Pepper
  • 1 Lb Red Potatoes cut into 8 long wedges
  • 1 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Sour Cream
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Chives

Instructions:

  1. In Small Bowl Whisk Together Olive Oil, Garlic, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt, and Pepper.
  2. Place Potato Wedges onto Large Sheet of Tin Foil and Fold Up All Four Sides
  3. Spoon Olive Oil Mixture on Top of Potatoes
  4. Seal Foil Pack Closed on All Sides
  5. Cook for 30-35 Minutes on Hot Embers, or Until Potatoes are Tender
  6. Cover with Cheese and Cook for 3-5 More Minutes
  7. Garnish with Sour Cream and Chives

 

7) Grilled Pineapple Chicken Foil Packets

This foil pack is the perfect summertime dinner — perfect for around the fire, but we make it at home too because it’s that good. Spice up your classic chicken and veggie dinner with Grilled pineapples, peppers, and onions coated in delicious teriyaki sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper chopped
  • 1 Sweet Onion chopped
  • 1 ½ Cups Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 Cup Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 Cup Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing

Instructions:

  1. Whisk Together Teriyaki Sauce and Sesame Dressing
  2. Create 4 large Tin Foil Bowls by Folding Sides to Hold Ingredients
  3. Mix Chicken, Peppers, Onions, Pineapple Chunks, and Sauce Between the 4 Tin Foil Bowls
  4. Fold Tin Foil Packs Closed to Create a Complete Seal
  5. Place Packets on Embers Around Fire for 10 – 15 minutes, Flip Packet Over One Time Half Way Through.
  6. Carefully Open Foil Packs and Make Sure Chicken is Cooked All the Way Through.
  7. Once Finished Garnish with Cilantro and Sesame Seeds

 

8) Berry Pound Cake Campfire Skillet

 

We couldn’t make a list of our favorite campfire meals without our favorite dessert. While we all love the classic — S’mores — we thought we would mix it up a bit on our last trip. This dessert skillet is easy, quick, and absolutely delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 16 Oz Fresh Berries
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • ¾ Lb Pound Cake
  • 2 Rolo Candy Bars or Mini Reeses Cups

Instructions:

  1. Combine Sugar and Berries in Bowl and Let Sit for 15 Minutes
  2. Place Cast Iron Pan on Hot Embers and Add Butter
  3. Cut Pound Cake into 1” Cubes and Drop into Cast Iron, Turning Frequently Until All Sides are Toasted
  4. Remove Skillet from Heat, add Berries and Rolos
  5. Cover with Foil and Let Sit 5 – 10 Minutes or Until Chocolate is Melted

Heading out into nature to enjoy the bird’s-eye view in your Nest doesn’t mean that you have to survive off hot dogs and marshmallows. Take your trip to the next level with these 8 recipes and let us know what you think, don’t forget to tag @roofnest in your post so we can see your creation.