10 Reasons You Need A Roofnest

You’re an outdoor enthusiast. An explorer. A camper. Who doesn’t like a night out under the stars? We sure do. And owning a Roofnest makes our outdoor experience SO. MUCH. BETTER. It’ll make yours better, too. Check out these 10 reasons to own a Roofnest:

1) The #vanlife isn’t as magical in real life as it is on Instagram.

When you search #vanlife on Instagram, you immediately want a vintage Westie parked in the woods around a campfire. The truth: it isn’t so pretty. We pass tons of broken down vans on the road, and with a Roofnest you can have the comfort of a traveling home while still driving a reliable vehicle.

2) Snakes, spiders, bears — you name it!

Being elevated is the name of the game when it comes to camping. Staying off the ground means less chance of encountering a snake in your tent, waking up to a spider on your face, or worst case scenario — a bear. With a Roofnest you’re up above the rest, taking in the bird’s-eye view.

3) Comfort.

Let’s face it. No matter what sleeping pad you buy, it’s not as comfy as a mattress. In your Roofnest, you’ll be sleeping on a 6 cm thick high density foam mattress. After a long day out hiking, you’re sure to get a good night’s sleep.

 

 

4) Set up your tent in one minute, not 10.

Leaving after work on a Friday to get that perfect camping spot before the rush on Saturday morning? You have two options. Get your head lamps out, find a flat spot, roll out your tent, set up the poles, stake it down, attach the rain flap, unroll your bedding, and hope you didn’t put your tent on top of a bunch of rocks. Or get to your campsite, pop up your Roofnest, and get a good night’s sleep. We’ll let you decide …

5) Be the campsite legend you’ve always dreamed of being.

There’s no two ways of putting it, people think you’re badass if you have a Roofnest. You will have people from all over the campsite asking you about it and, if you’re lucky, they even bring beer.

6) You’re ready to go at a moment’s notice.

You’re always ready to head out on your next adventure with a Roofnest. Get in your car and go. Leave the worry about where you’ll sleep behind — your basecamp is right there with you. Get out. Adventure more.

7) Extend your camping season.

If you’re in the mountains or other temperate areas, your camping season is short and sweet. It might be cut thanks to rain in the early season or an unexpected snowstorm in September. With Roofnest’s fiberglass shell and thick, insulated, weatherproof side walls, you can camp in the rain or snow with no worries.

8) Save room for your gear.

We know you can always use more room for your gear. Bikes, kayaks, crash pads, harnesses. Sometimes your activities are limited by the amount of room — or lackthereof — in your car. Luckily, you can store all of your bedding and more in a Roofnest, which leaves you more room for the toys you want to bring along. With a Sparrow X, you even have an extra roof rack, too!

9) Become a part of the Roofnest Flock.

When you buy a Roofnest, you get so much more than a tent. As a part of the Roofnest Flock, you can connect with like-minded individuals who will answer questions, show you amazing trips, inspire you to travel more. All while making new friends along the way.

10) Keep it on your car at all times.

With the sleek and strong design of a Roofnest, it has minimal fuel economy reduction and can withstand whatever mother nature throws at it. This means you can keep your Roofnest on your car all year long. You just never know when an impromptu camping opportunity might present itself.

We could go on and on with reasons why you should own a Roofnest, but we’re pretty sure you got the point at about reason No. 4. So, head on over to our store, and order up your next best camping adventure today!

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!

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!

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.

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Cold Weather Camping in a Roofnest!

Fall is definitely here with the smell of Pumpkin Spice Everything floating in the breeze. Leafpeepers flock to beautiful places for changing colors and bugling elk. Fall is also the perfect season to camp! What’s better than swapping stories by a crackling fire with your buddies? In some places, Fall seems like it was truncated this year by plummeting temperatures and early snow. Many of us probably wish Fall would stick around longer, but Winter is coming. Not technically until December 21st, Jon Snow…but that shouldn’t keep you from camping in a Roofnest! I have sought a few chillier places to test how well my Eagle holds up in the cold, and here’s what I found. 

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Stretch out…on top of your car!

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You’re daydreaming about your next road trip when you can crank the radio up and drive a little too fast for a little too long. You’re looking forward to making great memories with your closest friends…despite their smelly feet or Read more

7 Reasons to Own a Rooftop Tent

If you work a 9–5 and feel the need to escape every weekend, we hear that. Check out the 7 reasons you should get a Roofnest Roof Top Tent for your car.

1: Be BLM/National Forest Star

Want to make friends while camping? Pop up a rooftop tent, and it will draw a crowd like garth brooks at a monster truck rally. Everyone within one mile of your camp spot will come over to learn what’s up. Sometimes they bring beer.

2: Westies aren’t as magical in real life as they are on Instagram

Truth. Westies look awesome on when searching #Vanlife but the reality is we pass broken down Westies on the regular. A Roofnest gives any car a Westy feel without the Westie sadness.

3: Bears

We’re not saying it’s bear-proof, but it might improve your odds?

4: Birds have nests, why shouldn’t you?

Let’s be honest, there’s nothing more magical than the idea of sleeping in nest, like a bird, like in Portlandia.

5: Setting up a tent in one minute > setting up a tent in ten minutes

When it’s cold out, or it’s dark or raining, or pretty much any time having a tent that opens, with your sleep set-up inside, in one minute, is amazing.

6: You can fit more gear in car (you always need more gear)

If you’re like me, and I’m betting you are, your crashpads, bikes, and kayak take up all the cargo room and none of those are fun to spoon. Sleep above your gear, not on it.

7: You’re always ready to go

As soon as 5 pm hits on Friday, you’re ready to start rolling towards Moab or Telluride. You don’t have to worry about where you’re going to sleep, just when. And that, that, is the best part of a Roofnest.