If you’re planning a family camping trip you’ll need to think a bit about what kinds of food to take with you. Not all food keeps as well as others, and not all are easy to carry either. So here are a few ideas to consider
Fresh or Dried Fruits
These are especially useful if you have children camping with you. Orange sections, sliced apples, and dried fruit are a nutritious way to have food on hand at all times. Pack the dried or fresh fruit in resealable bags so that you can enjoy it for several days of your trip. Don’t pack soft fruits that bruise or spoil quickly. Some types of apples, for instance, are only good for a day or so before they get too mushy. Strawberries and bananas are also not good portable foods.
These are also quite useful for family camping or hiking trips because they can be cut up in advance, and put into easily carryable plastic bags. They’re also easy to hold and eat sitting by the campfire. Favorite veggies that pack well include carrot sticks, celery, raw broccoli and raw cauliflower.
Easy things like saltine crackers, cheese crackers, graham crackers, peanut butter crackers, and various types of chips or pretzels are excellent for taking on your camping trip. These foods keep well without spoiling and they’re relatively lightweight. Be careful about not eating too many salty foods if you’re spending a lot of time in high heat because you can become dehydrated more quickly.
These are excellent for taking along snacks. Kids love them, but they’re great for adults too. Often you can put some dried cereal into a plastic bag or container, and it’ll keep for the entire trip. Try packing a few different kinds. Fiber squares are good for quick breakfasts to get you going in the morning, and choose some other low sugar options to have on hand.
All the running and playing you’ll do with the kids will have you all feeling hungry more often. These ready snacks will be welcomed by your hungry little campers and you won’t have to spend time preparing them.