Snuggle up under the starry night sky for an evening of your own offline cinema with family or friends. Rug up with a warm blanket, set up a laptop and pull up camp chairs beside a campfire to make for a cosy night.
Here are a few ways to amp up your offline cinema experience:
Fresh Tasty Popcorn
These days it is easy to find baked popcorn in sealed packets on supermarket shelves. However, you can have the ultimate snack experience by making DIY popcorn, which gives you full control over seasoning, hot and freshness.
- Popcorn kernels
- Oil (vegetable, olive, canola or coconut)
- [Optional] Seasoning (paprika, garlic salt or chilli powder)
There are two methods to making popcorn over the campfire:
- Heavy-duty Aluminium Foil Pouch
- Step 1. Tear off an 18” piece of heavy-duty aluminium foil.
- Step 2. Toss in 2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels, 2 tablespoons of oil (vegetable, olive, canola or coconut) and sprinkle a pinch of salt on one-half section of the foil.
- Step 3. Fold the foil over into a pouch. Make sure to crimp the edges of the pouch by a couple of folds.
- Step 4. Pierce the edge of the foil pouch with a metal skewer. Hold the pouch just above the campfire. Keep it still until you hear popping. When you hear the popping slow down, remove it from the fire.
- Step 5. Serve the fresh batch of popcorn into a bowl and sprinkle with your choice of seasoning (paprika, garlic salt or chilli powder).
- A Large Pot
- Step 1. Spread 1 and ½ of tablespoon of oil around the bottom of the pot
- Step 2. Toss in ½ cup of popcorn kernels and ½ tablespoon of salt into the pot.
- Step 3. Place the lid or heavy-duty aluminium foil covering the pot.
- Step 4. Let the pot sit over the fire until you hear the first pop. Then pick up the pot (with a pot holder or a thick rag) and shake it over the campfire. The popcorn will burn if you let the pot sit still.
- Step 5. When you hear the popping slow down for more than 3 second intervals, remove the pot from the fire.
- Step 6. Serve the fresh batch of popcorn into a bowl and sprinkle with your choice of seasoning (paprika, garlic salt or chilli powder).
The Right Movie
Pick a movie the entire family or friend group will enjoy.
- Netflix / Stan / Amazon Prime
Most subscription-based streaming services provide offline viewing that enables users to legally download a movie from their library on the app.
When packing for your camping trip, bring along your personal favourite movies from home or buy from the DVD store.
If your laptop is not equipped with a built-in DVD-ROM drive, try getting an external DVD Drive that connects via USB.
Serve up a few beverages to quench the thirst during a long-stretching movie.
- Cold Beverages
- Soft Drinks
- Iced Water
- Hot Beverages
Hot chocolate or coffee can be made via instant sachets and be served with marshmallows.
Make a Sign
For a finishing touch to your camping offline cinema, write “Now Showing” with a movie title and finishing time on a piece of paper and stick up the sign on your tent or RV.