Camping is an opportunity to become one with nature. It’s just you and the environment, just as it once was so many years ago. While you are planning that weekend getaway (and no, glamping does not count), you are probably storing away must-haves for your camping trip. While packing away the bug spray, sleeping bags, and more, don’t forget to bring food! Here is a list of ten food items that you are not going to want to forget next time you decide to go camping! Happy trails, everyone!
#1 MRE Meals
An MRE stands for “Meals, Ready to Eat”. Originating as meals for our soldiers, MRE’s are used for outdoor use. These dehydrated meals come in a sealed package and usually only require hot water to activate. Sometimes, all it takes is using your hands to loosen everything up. MRE Meals are perfect for your next camping trip so you can feel satisfied and not starving while on your hike.
#2 Protein Bars
While you are camping, you’re going to need a boost of energy throughout the day. Protein bars are easy to store and some of them really taste great. With all the protein you need packed into a convenient bar, never worry about nutrition on your camping trip again.
#3 Tail Mix
Just like protein bars, having a handful of nuts is good for you. By pre-packing a bag full of mixed nuts, raisins, and even chocolate, you can guarantee you will have a tasty snack that packs a lot of protein.
#4 Instant Soups
This is the same idea as the MRE Meals. You have dehydrated foods and all you need is hot water to cook them. Plenty of cup soups and even Mac n Cheese can be achieved with this method of cooking and comes handy in a pinch!
#5 Beef Jerky
Nothing makes you feel more wilderness than some beef jerky. Bring a pack with you that you either have bought from a store or made on your own. You will have tasty, chewable meat that will energize you and is durable and long-lasting.
#6 Dried Fruit
For our non-meat eating friends, dried fruit is the same concept as dried meat. This kind of food is well-preserved and you can travel easily with it. When you’re needing a snack after pitching a tent, grab some dried fruit and enjoy!
#7 Instant Coffee
Just because you are camping does not mean you have to give up your morning or afternoon cup of Joe. Bring a packet or two (or more) of instant coffee. All you need is a thermos or a cup with some hot water and you can enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the sun go down. Bring sugar packets and powdered creamer for taste preference.
#8 Construct a Sandwich
This is a really good idea because it doesn’t involve heating anything up. You can easily pack a loaf of bread from your supermarket and any other materials that go into a sandwich of your choosing. You can grab pre-packaged deli meat and a travel-sized jar of mayo and mustard along with a plastic knife. Make a sandwich and enjoy!
#9 Cut Up Fruit
With plasticware, you can cut up some fruit to pack away for a healthy snack while on your camping trip. Enjoy berries and cut up pieces of melon that will make you enjoy the outdoors more, since your stomach won’t be growling.
Is there anything that transports you back to being a kid more that a roasted marshmallow? You can use any stick you find outside and have toasted marshmallows in no time. Bring along graham crackers and chocolate for the perfect s’mores sandwich!
Camping can be fun, but you’re going to get hungry. Instead of worrying that you aren’t crafty enough to fend for yourself out in the wild, bring some of the foods listed above to make your experience something to remember.