Going camping is a fun way to spend quality time with your friends and family. But after obsessing over where to go, the best clothes to wear, and what gear to take, many people forget one key thing – food! Even if you’re only staying one night it’s still very important to bring filling food on your trip to keep the tummies from rumbling in the tents. Below we have listed three of our favorite fun and easy camping food ideas that just about anyone can enjoy.
1. Trail Mix
It’s not called “trail” mix for any old reason! Now, we don’t mean just pick up bags of trail mix at the store and call it good. That’s easy, but not very fun. Instead we suggest you go to the store before your trip and pick up multiple bags and boxes of dried snacks. Not just pretzels, but chips and cereals as well. Before you leave for your camping trip, mix your dried goods together in containers for easy snacking. It’s a fun twist to foods that will give you much needed energy boosts while you’re out enjoying nature.
2. Breakfast Like The Pioneers Used To Make
Anyone can make a hearty and healthy breakfast pioneer style. You’ve got a campfire, or perhaps an outdoor stove if your campground provides it, so you should use it! Bring eggs, sausage, and bacon in a cooler to fry up in a pan over a roaring campfire. The great smells will be sure to rouse your fellow campers in the morning to start their day with good food around the campfire.
3. Desserts To Tell Stories With
No camping trip is complete without some great desserts to go with your stories, whether ghostly inclined or not. The most classic camping dessert is the S’more, a delicious delight that requires only chocolate bars, marshmallows, and graham crackers. Roasting these marshmallows over a fire is a time honored tradition that dates back generations.
But if you’re looking for some other ideas, consider taking popcorn kernels and cooking them over a fire. Create a communal bowl for your party to share while you sing songs or tell stories.
Camping out in the wilderness is a great opportunity to let your food imagination soar. If none of the above ideas do anything for you, remember that whatever you can cook in a pan on the stove back home can pretty much be cooked over a fire. This includes canned soups and vegetables, which can offer variety and needed nutrients if you’re going on an extended trip.
Dried foods are perfect for storing and using to snack on while you set up camp and enjoy the area. Go fishing and pick the local berries, if they’re okay, to fully enjoy what nature has provided and to teach your children about how their ancestors once lived. No matter what you decide to do, you are creating great memories that will last a lifetime.