Camping Food Tips: The Quick and The Good
by Jeff Marshall
Every camper knows a good meal matters. Camping food has the ability to lift the spirits of everyone or dampen their morale. For this reason, it pays to know what works and what doesn't in the field. For our purposes, we believe the best camping food is food that is easy to make and pretty good eating. Here is a list of items that work well on camping trips:
1. Bring Dogs and Burgers. This is not an item that most would think of when they think of a camping trip, but it is a crowd pleaser with everyone. Because they are easy to make and are well liked, it is a good idea to add them to your camping menu.
2. MREs. You can get about 24 meals for around $85 to $95. These are relatively good to eat as they are similar to food in a can. Also, they are designed for traveling which works well for your backpack.
3. Food-Freeze Dried. Freeze dried foods works just like MREs: the same benefits and about the same prices.
4. Bring The Canned Chili. Canned foods are great because they are ready made and only require heating. Also, reasonable prices. The only downside is the weight of the cans. However, even the leftover cans may be used to store small items or for other purposes while camping.
5. Don't Forget The Boxed Rice. A number of boxed foods are good for camping too. Whether it be rice dishes, noodle dishes, or even mac and cheese, these are good camping food items to bring along. They work well because even if they get smashed, they tend to be spill resistant.
6. Breakfast bars. Whether it is a cereal, oatmeal, fruit or other type of breakfast bar, these are great for kicking starting your morning. No need for cooking and can even be carried with you on hikes.
7. Trail Food. There are plenty of options here. Choose ones that keep well. Beef jerky, granola bars, trail mix, and dried fruit (all types) work very well. They reduce your overall cooking and can be taken along on day hikes.
8. Snacks. Crackers are king in the woods. Match them with peanut butter, tuna, or cheese to have a nice treat. Crackers are great because they keep longer than bread.
9. Food Menu Dishes. These examples are great because everyone enjoys them.
a. Taco salad( chips, shredded lettuce, and pinto)
b. Pita Bread Pizza (Pizza sauce, cheddar or mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, pita bread).
10. Beverage Choices. All powdered drinks are welcome at camp sites. Avoid liquid forms, except for water. This will make your carrying load lighter and more convenient. The most common drink options are hot chocolate, instant, tea and coffee.
The camping food items are winners because they are easy on the cook and have a good enough taste for the crowd. Be sure to add a few of these to your next trip to make it a better trip for everyone.
About the Author
Jeff Marshall is a camping enthusiast who focuses on practical camping advice. To get more quality tips like the ones found here, select the link below: http://www.goingtentcamping.com/Tent-Camping-Tips/ or Tent Camping Tips