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What food to take on a camping trip

Updated: May 1, 2023

Are you tired of eating bland, boring meals on your camping trips? Well, it’s time to step up your camp kitchen game! knowing what food to take on a camping trip can be a daunting task, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. With a little planning and creativity, you can enjoy delicious, satisfying meals while camping. From protein packed options to carb choices, fruits and veggies, and even non-perishable snacks, we’ll cover all the basics of what to pack for your camp kitchen. So, whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-timer, grab your camping gear and let’s get ready for a mouth-watering adventure!

When it comes to camping, there’s nothing quite like sitting around a campfire, sharing stories and enjoying a delicious meal. But, with so many options for food to take on a camping trip, it can be difficult to decide what to pack. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you plan your camp kitchen, inspire some meal planing creativity, and ensure you have everything you need to make your camping trip a delicious and satisfying experience.


Protein

When it comes to protein, you’ll want to pack options that are easy to prepare and don’t require refrigeration. Some great options include: jerky, canned tuna or salmon, canned beans, and protein bars. If you’re planning on doing some fishing, bring along some worms or lures and you’ll have fresh fish for dinner. If refrigeration is available, some great options would be fresh meats such as chicken, beef, or pork, and deli meats.


Fruits and Vegetables

While fresh fruits and vegetables can be difficult to pack on a camping trip, there are plenty of options that will keep well. Dried fruits, canned vegetables, and fruit cups are all great choices. If you're feeling fancy, bring along a small container of honey to add a touch of sweetness to your meals. If refrigeration is available, some great options would be fresh fruits and vegetables, such as berries, apples, lettuce and cucumbers.

Carbohydrates

Carbs are essential for providing energy, so you'll want to pack plenty of options. Some good choices include: instant oatmeal, granola bars, crackers, and rice or pasta. If you're feeling adventurous, try making your own trail mix with nuts and dried fruit for a tasty and healthy snack. These options are also perfect for those nights when you're too tired to cook up a fancy meal, but still want something that will fill you up. Plus, who doesn't love a good campfire-cooked mac and cheese?


Snacks

Non-perishable snacks are a must-have for camping. Pack a variety of options such as: trail mix, granola bars, crackers, and jerky. And don’t forget the marshmallows for s’mores! If refrigeration is available, you can also pack perishable snacks such as cheese, yogurt, and hummus. I’m a sucker for Tim-Tams, and chocolates, I always find a way to sneak the sweet treats in.


Camp Pantry Staples

It's important to have a variety of pantry staples on hand. Here are some essential items I always include in my camp pantry are, instant coffee or tea bags, instant oatmeal or cereal, peanut butter, canned or dried beans, spices and herbs, salt and pepper, cooking oil, bouillon or broth, powdered milk or other non-dairy milk, flour, sugar, and baking powder, hot chocolate or cocoa mix. These items will provide a solid foundation for your meals, and can be used to create a wide range of dishes. So, don't forget to pack these essentials and you'll be sure to have a delicious and satisfying camping trip!

Not satisfied yet?

To make your meals more interesting and flavourful, consider pre-making marinades and sauces at home. This way, all you have to do is toss your protein in the marinade and let it sit for a few hours before cooking. Additionally, bringing along some spices and herbs can add a lot of flavour to your meals. You can also try Dutch Oven cooking, which is a method of cooking that uses a heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid, placed in a bed of hot coals. You can make a variety of meals like stews, casseroles, bread and even desserts using this method.

With these tips, a little planning and creativity, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying delicious and satisfying meals on your next camping trip. So, pack your bags, grab your camping gear and get ready for an adventure filled with delicious food and unforgettable memories.


Happy camping!

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