Guest Blog Post by: Hillary Hope
Whenever you are camping or pursuing an outdoor adventure, you need some brain food to keep you energized and healthy food that will strengthen and revitalize you. Camping food does not have to only include protein bars or snack mixes. In fact, this article will help you take the best camping food with you, starting with some easy snacks to tasty meals that are simple to prepare.
"Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat." - Guy Fieri
Packing for a vacation can sometimes be intimidating with a bucket list of items and one car. When thinking about space note the camping chairs and tables that go into the dining experience. Blue Ridge Chair Works makes compact and portable camping furniture to easily slide into any car or small space. Chairs that fold completely flat, are comfortable and provide a great out-of-the way option for your next meal!
Here are some things that are great for your camping trip:
1) Fruits and Vegetables
Fruit is a great camping food and many fruits are fine being left at room temperature, so you don’t even have to carry a mini-fridge with you. The most popular camping food are bananas, which are high in nutrients like potassium, and are easy to carry around. Be sure to dispose and store fruit properly as the wrath of ants are no joke!
Keep the fruit off the ground and far away from those pesky crawlers by bringing along a Pisgah Forest Folding Table. This table folds down perfectly flat for easy transportation and it’s sturdy design can hold all the fruit, brews and cookware you need!
You can take bread with you – it can be used for a variety of meals and is shelf-stable. When you are outside camping, bread will come very handy when you need a quick bite, such as toast or a sandwich. Throw in some tasty Nutella, almond butter or other yummy spread for a quick option.
3) Dry Foods
Foods like pasta, instant rice and mixes for soups don’t need refrigeration. Moreover, all these items are light to carry around and will take little space in your bag. Feed an entire family or group of campers with this easy option! For backpacking trips pack in a portable stove and easily make any rice mixture. Add a small can of chicken to the recipe and wah-la, you have a delicious and filling meal.
4) Jelly and Peanut Butter
Making some peanut butter and jelly in the morning makes for a tasty and quick bite, and you can use them separately as well. You can even find those nifty cans in the super market with that PB&J already swirled together! Oh, the wonders.
Crackers have long shelf life and are a great snack you can take with you on your adventure. Throw in a can of hummus or some pre-made salsa for a great appetizer while those steaks finish on the grill!
6) Marshmallows and Chocolate
These are two ingredients, but we can all agree that they fit quite nicely! Add some s’mores to your campfire and have the best time ever with your camping companions! Bringing kids along? Don’t forget some wet wipes to clean those sticky hands afterwards. Sticky hands on your tent and sleeping bag is not a fun cleaning process!
7) Canned Foods
Canned food tends to take some space, but this doesn’t always have to be the case. Having some canned chicken, beans or beef can be life-saving in a situation where you need a quick snack or want to add something tasty (and filled with protein!) to your meal preparation. There are also canned foods that come in vacuum-sealed pouches, which are perfect for saving some room in your backpack. Rice and chicken may sound boring but after a long day but a warm meal can go a long way!
8) Dehydrated Foods
Dehydrated food packs are very convenient and extremely popular with campers. Light weight is the best reason and a simple ingredient such as adding water can have your meal ready in 4-5 minutes. No added ingredients and a simple clean-up process. Most dehydrated meals you can add hot water directly to the bag so the only cookware you need is a stove, pot for the hot water and a fork. Enjoy!
Never, ever forget to add some spices to your camping list. These will make all the difference between food without taste and some flavorful meals, so always bring some essentials for your food preparation activities.
Some salt and pepper are more than enough, but don’t be afraid to take a bigger variety of spices. If space is an issue simply pour what you need into a small plastic bag.
10) Powdered Drinks
Camping requires a lot of activity so naturally, you need to stay hydrated at all time. Drinking water is the best thing for you, but it is smart to take some electrolytes with you as well. Just add to your 16oz water bottle and enjoy something other than plain water for a change and stay hydrated at the same time.
Ideas for Camping Meals
Sure, you can have an energy bar to get that protein fix, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You may want to pack bread and spreads, eggs, instant cereals and powdered milk, pancake mixture, and coffee. A solid meal will keep you energized and ready for the long hikes ahead.
/ Dried fruits
/ Energy Bars
Award yourself after a strenuous day with a wholesome dinner. You can used prepackaged dehydrated meals or pasta and simply prepare them with some boiled water, or make a nice soup to keep yourself warm.
I hope that you like the meal ideas and that you’ll find the items on this list helpful! Have a nice outdoor camping experience!
Hillary Hope is a travel and adventure writer. She is an adventurer by nature – Hillary enjoys all kinds of activities such as sailing, mountain climbing, kayaking, water sports, just to mention a few. But, the best part of it all is – she enjoys telling people about her experiences!