Identified as one of the best and most pleasurable outdoor activities, people love to reserve their holidays and weekends to go on a camping trip either with friends, family or even alone. There is something exquisite about living on limited resources that don't seem so limited when enjoyed in the lap of nature with the cool breeze playing on your face and the stars shining brightly up in the bluish-black sky. Spending nights in sleep bags or tents and waking up to the bright yellow sun rays caressing your face is an out of the world experience. Camping is indeed an experience that once you spend your time doing it, you'll eagerly wait for the next time you get to go back again.
But to have the delineated camping experience you need to spend some time planning and preparing for it. In fact, preparations constitute the bedrock of having a great time out there, camping. Amongst variegated aspects of the preparations, one of the most important and slightly ignored is the preparation of food. People at times, while getting their hands on the right kind of tents, the perfectly sized sleeping bag, refueling their first aid supplies, etc. tend to overlook the gravity of planning for their food requirements. They just randomly bundle up all that they can find in their fridge with an insignificant fresh grocery supply and just stuff it up in their backpacks. This post is a wake-up call to realize that no matter how alluring the thought of living in raw nature seems, with minimized contact with the outside world and limited supplies you need to make sure you have everything you need.
Every meal you plan to have during your camping trip must contribute to keeping you fit, healthy and energized with the right dose of nutrition while not compromising on your palatial needs. This doesn't mean that you should bring your entire kitchen with you. You need to plan smartly. Here are a few tips on what food supplies you should take along with you for an amazing camping trip.
- Cooking Supplies: Irrespective of whether or not you have the plans to cook during camping there are some necessities that you definitely must take along. These include:
- A lighter or a matchbox and lighting fuel: These are necessary to start a campfire if you intend to cook in one.
- A lightweight pot that is medium to large depending upon the number of people who will camp with you
- Aluminum foil
- Portable grate so you can place it over the fire pit.
- Last but not the least, spatula and tongs because trust me, you don't want to take the food off the fire with your bare hands.
With these utensils, you can prepare dishes like bacon, beans, eggs, and pasta.
- Cooking Methods: Cooking methods are always undergoing a transformation especially when cooking in outdoors is concerned. Here are some of the simplest and most evolved campfire cooking techniques that you can follow on your adventure
- Wrap the food to be cooked in aluminum foil while you set up the fire. Place the foils on the hot coals and let them cook. You need to keep checking regularly to ensure proper cooking. This is an effective method for cooking foods that need high temperature.
- Light an open fire and place a grate over it. This way you can grill your food.
How you cook upon what you cook which depends upon the kinds of cooking utensils you have brought along with you.
Once you have prepared yourself with the above, here is a list of some additional camping food tips that will prove to be quite helpful out there.
- Take a block of ice instead of cubed ice as the former will last longer
- Take a cooler with you where you can store meat, chicken, soups, stews, etc. and then reheat them before consuming
- You must place every food item in zip-lock pouches.
- While collecting the cooking equipment make sure they are fire proof
- Bring along snacks that boost energy for consumption between meals such as granola bars, dried fruits, trail mix, beef jerky
- Coal offers more steady heating of food instead of wood and charcoal. So prefer coal over them.
- While cooking food in aluminum foils add some ice cubes inside the foil. These cubes will add the necessary moisture while cooking and also prevent the food from burning.
Alternative choices for food on camping: If you are the kind of person who doesn't like to cook food then or you are going to a place where the campfire is temporarily or permanently prohibited don't be disheartened. There are amazing alternatives that you can take along with you. They include camping food that require no cooking, preparation or heating and are ready to consume right out of the packaging. They are high in nutritional value and are similar in taste to what you would eat when at home.
You can get these ready to eat meals from stores that specialize in offering premium outdoor foods. They have the following features:
- Home style: They constitute delicious gourmet meals that are dripping in flavor.
- Convenient and portable: They are light in weight, take lesser space and, therefore, are very convenient to carry around
- Balanced nutrition
From hash browns and bacon, chicken pesto pasta, vegetable lasagna, beef to cheese bites and coffee beans these stores provide you any and every kind of food you want for your camping trip and what more, they're ready to eat.