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It is camping season! Yay! No matter if you own or rent an RV or like to use a tent, camping can be a lot of fun! It is a time to get away from work, technology, and just anything. It’s also a great way to bond with the family and create memories! How fun! Now if you are renting or own an RV you know that you have a lot more options for food since there is typically a little kitchen-net. If you are going camping with a tent or will have little to no kitchen-net and want to still eat healthy keep reading!

When planning for a camping trip it can be easy to first go towards the convenience foods: hot dogs, sugary cereal, instant mac and cheese, instant potatoes etc. But never fear there are always health snacks and meals that can be brought to make a delicious campfire meal. But before we get into the food we need to talk about what needs to be brought regarding cook wear, utensils, etc.

First …

It is a whole experience to cook your meals over a fire. It also can be intimidating if you have never done it before. So, what kinds of kitchen tools do you need when you only have a fire.

Well…

You can put the cook wear directly on the fire.

But not any cookware will work because of the high heat and harsh conditions due to the fire.

  • Best cookware for open fire:

Even though a cast iron pot and pan is great for open fires, it may not be the best option for those looking to hike to their campsite. As many of you may already know cast iron pots and pans are heavy and when hiking it is important to pack light!

OR

You can use a rack to place on top of the fire for your cookware.

This is another option if you are not wanting to put the food directly into the fire. This type is great for those who like to sauté and not have the cookware directly in the flame. However, make sure you buy a rack that has heavy duty metal so that it doesn’t bend due to the heat and weight.

Now that you have good cookware what should you bring to the campsite?! There are all different kinds of options, but first you have to think what kind of camping you will be doing. Are you going to be driving out to the campsite or will be hiking out. Let’s say that you are going to be driving out to the campsite. If you are doing this you can really bring the healthiest of foods! Just make sure you bring a hefty cooler that can handle hot weather and keep foods cold. Check out come campfire recipes that are super nutritious!

If you are going to hike to your destination it gets a little more tricky. A lot more planning goes into the packing. Make sure you plan how many days you will be staying, how many meals you are going to have in a day and obviously how many people you will be hiking and camping with. Some hiking experts think that instead of having three meals a day it is better to eat more often throughout the day. For a longer hike some aim to pack 25-30 calories per pound of bodyweight, per day. For more of a shorter hike with less difficult terrain some aim for 21-25 calories body weight, per day. Take out the list below that will be helpful to use to make sure you  have all of the stuff you need for your trip!

 

  • Mugs / cups
  • Fuel (small propane tank)
  • Matches / lightener
  • Cooking pots (includes frying pan and pot)
  • Eating utensils
  • Bottle opener / can opener
  • Sharp knife
  • Plates / bowls
  • Cutting board
  • Camp sink
  • Cloth to wash plates & body
  • Soap (pure-castile soap can be used for the body and dishes!)
  • Trash bag

Checkout more to the list: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-checklist.html

Healthy and Lightweight Foods

When it comes to what foods you should bring, think about food volume and what you can afford to pack. If you are hiking to your destination, but it is a short trip then bringing bagels isn’t such a big deal. But if you are a hiking destination and your stay is longer you might want to try bringing something that wont take up so much space. If you are packing for a longer trip you can even look into freezer dried meals!

They can cost around $7-12 each, however make sure to look at the nutrition component and how much sodium it is per serving. It also helps to pre-packaged food on your trip because a lot of the time there is a lot of wasted space where you buy food in packages. Check out below some healthy food ideas for meals and snacks. They can be used interchangeably.