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Camping Food

      So, you're going on a camping trip and being the carbon based life form that you are, you think it would be good to bring consumables. Good thinking! So, that step done, what can you bring to eat that is camping compatible?

      Basically, when I plan my food list, I plan out meals and then stuff it all into my waterproof bag, but in all actuality, the food is probly the topic that gets the least planning on every trip. This is the reason I'm hoping that writing down all these thoughts may bring order to this mayhem and benifit the both of us.

      When you're planning what and what not to bring, you have to keep a few things in mind. You want food that:
  • isn't going to go bad (do you really want to carry a cooler around?)
  • isn't too hard to carry around(nothing says unhappy like a can of stew in your ribs during that portage)
  • won't be too much trouble too cook (Camp cooking can be fun.. but not that fun)

  • I used to try to pack individual breakfasts, lunchs and suppers, but the planning became awkawrd due to the amount of effort I put into my meals. On top of that, I always seem to bring far more food than I can consume. What I have started doing is twofold. First, I don't distinguish between the different types of meals. When I'm camping, my mealplan is rather whimsical and depends on what I feel like having at that time. I have on occasion just reached into the food bag and had what I pulled out.
    Second, I only pack two meals for each day, one for breakfast, and one for supper. For lunch, I use snack foods to hold me over until suppler. On top of all that, I pack one extra meal, incase of accidents or shortages.
    Possible Meal Suggestions
  • Bannock
  • Toast bagels and condiment of choice (Doesn't squash as much as bread does)
  • Cereal
  • Porridge

  • Noodles
  • Granola bars
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fruit Leather (Recipe soon to be added)

  • Stew
  • Corn (cooked in tinfoil, add butter, mmmmm)
  • Rice (with chopsticks?)
  • Soup (no cans!)
  • Panzerotti (think pizza pockets, but the real deal)
  • Hotdogs and/or Burgers

    Evening Snacks
  • Pretzels
  • Mixed Nuts (even better if they have shells)
  • Bannock Apple Pie

  • Iced Tea
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Tea
  • Coffee

    Misc Stuff (if you're going in a group, these are good items to pool)
  • Crackers
  • Biscuits
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Margarine
  • Sugar
  • Spices/Condiments
  • Salt & Pepper (premix these for ease of packing and usage)