Here Is The Best Camping Food List You Should Bring To Camping
Going camping? Make sure you have the right food in your bag.
For decades, camping and exploring the great outdoors has been a pastime enjoyed by millions of people. Albert Einstein, a brilliant scientist, provides an insight on camping, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Studies have shown that camping is a great way to cure insomnia due to separation from the day and lights of a city may cause a calm to come over you (per Colorado University).
Regardless of the reasons for camping, you must pack for the trip. Apart from the sleeping bag, the tent, and clothes, one of the top priorities on your list should be foods. But what should you pack? Here are a few suggestions and why we these foods are a good choice for your camping trip.
1. Dried Fruits
When you pack your foods, you should keep in mind that anything wet or containing juice can be subjected to leakage on your belongings. This means that most fruit in its traditional state should be avoided. Dried fruit, on the other hand, should be packed. The reason is due to the vitamins and minerals that are found in fruits. If you are camping and doing any form of hiking (as the two tend to go hand in hand), you will want to have the essential nutrients in your body. Apart from the health benefits, dried fruits serve as a form of a sweet snack.
When going camping, your body needs protein. A source of protein can be found in any type of meats or nuts. Dried meats which have a high concentration of salt should be avoided. For example, any commercial grade beef jerky should probably be avoided. Salt, though it is a preservative, is also a dehydration mineral. Consuming salt on a camping trip, especially if the temperatures are high, can cause you to become ill. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, salt can cause dehydration and heat stroke.
When packing your protein, look for low sodium or non-preservative meats. Unless you are planning on doing some heavy survivalist type of camping, the foods should not be past it expiration date before it is consumed. Do not pack raw meat in your backpack as the heat and elements could cause it to be spoiled and this could results in a case of food poisoning. Should you wish to bring some steaks and potatoes for your camping trip, cook the meat beforehand, package it in an air tight bag (using a vacuum sealer if possible), and then reheat it when you wish to consume it.
3. Pack Water
Often times, we remember to pack our treats and our meats for our camping trip, but fail to remember to pack enough water. While there may be water facilities at the place we choose to camp, it is not guaranteed that the water which is available will be safe to drink. As a general rule, you should pack enough water to last for 3 days. According to ready.gov, a person should have one gallon of water per every 3 days. Keep in mind that the average person consumes a gallon of liquid every day, it is always necessary to pack extra water.
When you pack water, consider packing one large gallon in a thermos water bottle rather than several bottles of water. This will cut down on the amount which is used in your backpack. You may need to carry the water by hand, but one gallon of water is far less bulky than 10 bottles in a cooler or a backpack.
4. Pack grains and oats for snacks
If you are like most people, you will require some kind of snacks while camping. It is advised that you pack natural grain or oats and mix them with your nuts and dried fruits. Store bought trail mixes should be avoided as the salt content tends to be way too high. When purchasing snack bars or mixes, try to stay in the organic section or find mixes which are not stuffed with candy, pretzels, and salt.
Oats can be serve as a two-way snacks. You can either add the oats into your trail mix or you can add water to the oats to make a quick meal. As oatmeal is heart healthy, you do not have to worry about harmful effects. Just ensure you eat in moderation.
5. What you should NOT bring.
There are a ton of foods which you can bring to go camping. The goal is to balance your consumption needs with health benefits. You do not want to pack foods that will drain your energy, dull you senses, or attract animals to your campsite. As such, you should avoid the following foods at all costs:
- Chips – There is no nutrition to be found. All you will be doing is pumping your body full of grease and salt. Depending upon the brand, you could see some unwanted wilderness side effects, just look at the cautionary note on lays max chips.
- Sodas- You may think that drinking a soda is a good way to quench your thirst, but you are making yourself thirstier. This is a result due to the high amount of sugars in soda.
- Beer – There are numerous studies on the effects of beer in the brain. Apart from being intoxicated, do you really want to be in the middle of the woods with no recollection of how you got there and how to get back to civilization?
- Foods with a strong aroma – Animals are attracted to things that smell good. If you have a bag full of meats and snacks that provide a strong aroma a mile away, the odds are that you will find a critter coming to investigate the smell. Keep strong scented foods in air tight containers or do not bring them at all.
6. A note on the foods that you bring for camping
Regardless of the food that you choose to bring for camping, you should take only what you will consume. When you settle into your campsite, look for a tree to hang your bag of foods onto. By suspending your foods away from the ground, you will deter animals from rummaging through your supplies at night or while you are away.