It is very important to have enough food and drinks to ensure you are well nourished during camping trips. These items should be non-perishable and easy to carry. Even if dry and non perishable foods are preferable, you can bring fresh foods as well, as long as you are able to keep them cool during the trip.
Some retail stores and discount stores even, carry meals that are especially prepared for camping. However, these items can be expensive. The meals are pre-packaged and freeze-dried. The food in the camping meals is bland in flavor and not too nutritious.
But, with a little preparation and creativity, you can prepare easy, nutritious meals you can bring along with foods you buy at the grocery store. You can find a large variety of foods that are easy to carry, store, and that will keep well throughout your trip. You can mix oats, pretzels, candy and nuts for a tasty homemade trail mix. All those ingredients are readily available in a grocery store and can be made up before leaving and stored in an airtight container. If you also prepare some small packets that you can eat on the trail, you should be set to go.
You should definitely make sure you have enough water for drinking and preparing meals. Remember that you’ll need water not only for these reasons, but also for cleaning dirty dishes. Drink mixes, hot chocolate, coffee and tea are great to bring along and mix in the mornings. The best foods to bring along are those that merely require water to be added. You will particularly enjoy cups of soup you only need to add water to, since they make an easy and nutritious snack or meal. You would particularly enjoy these in cold weather.
Canned meats and vegetables are great because they are nutritious and easy to prepare. You can use tuna fish and chicken in a large number of recipes. You can combine canned meats and vegetables to create a simple yet nutritious stew. Salami does not need to be cooked and is great on crackers for a snack. Beef jerky is a traditional camping snack that will provide nutrition and boost energy while on the trail. And of course, if you bring canned foods, make sure you remember to bring a can opener.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can bring along dried fruit and candy. And, how can we forget smores? All the ingredients such as marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, are easy to carry and store. Few things are as fun as sitting in front of a fire melting chocolate and marshmallows to make smores.
Don’t forget that you’ll be doing a lot of traveling during your camping trip. The food you bring shouldn’t be so heavy that it ruins your trip. Bring a variety of meats, cheeses, breads, snacks and sweets. You are not going to be at the campground forever, so getting ready for your trip should be easy and not too time consuming. Maybe you are not eating balanced meals, and certainly they don’t taste great, but who cares? There’s plenty of time for that at home. Enjoy the campfire, keep your energy level up and have fun.