A spice kit is a necessity you don’t appreciate until you don’t have one. You can assemble your own DIY spice kit inexpensively and to your acquired taste. Most spices keep for years (the only real concern is a loss of potency, but this also, takes time). Here is a list of what I keep in my spice kit:
Like the spice kit, condiments are nice to have on hand when you need them. They can make an easy camping lunch taste like a home-cooked meal. Bring condiments that suit your taste and meals you have planned for your camping trip. Keep in mind you need to refrigerate most condiments. Good condiments to bring are:
Granola bars are great to keep on hand for any camping adventure. They last a long time, have good nutritional value and are durable enough to fit easily into a backpack for day hikes.
Dried fruit is the perfect thing to have on your camping food list. It’s a healthy snack that doesn't need to be refrigerated and can easily be stored to take with you anywhere. I prefer to bring dried fruit over regular fruit because of the minimal cleanup and preservation of the fruit.
Trail mix is a staple for any camping food list. It’s the perfect snack to hang out with at camp or take on the trail with you. The glory of trail mix is you can make it however you want, add in different spices and mix together different kinds of nuts, dried fruits, and candies. If you have a grocery store that sells food in bulk I recommend building your trail mix this way.
Beef jerky is another great snack to always have on your camping trip. Like the dried fruit, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and is a good compliment to the sweetness of dried fruit.
When camping it’s easy to eat all the delicious foods and forget about being healthy. A veggie platter is a tasty way to get all of your vegetables.
When dinner goes wrong, it’s always nice to have a backup. I bring boxed mac and cheese on all my adventures because it’s delicious, filling, and doesn't go bad, so you can bring it on all your adventures until you need it! If you want more camping dinner ideas, check out some of our other articles here.
Camping wouldn't be camping without roasting something over the fire. Hot dogs are a classic snack or meal while camping. Bring along these toppings for a delicious twist on hot dogs:
To celebrate the end of another great camping trip it’s always best to top it off with a gooey treat. When I think of camping; I think of curling up by the fire with delicious s’mores in my hand. If you’re not a fan of the traditional milk chocolate and marshmallow there are ways to switch it up!
Chocolate Lover S’mores
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Hailey Light is an experienced outdoor guide and aspiring steward of the natural world. When she's not skiing, climbing, backpacking, canyoneering, or white water rafting you will find her trying out new recipes to share in her articles.