One of my fondest memories of my childhood are the summers we spent camping for weeks and weeks with my family. Having a family of my own, I have enjoyed being able to share camping traditions and experiences with my kids. Among all the biking, swimming and campfire-ing we do when we camp, camp food is definitely one of the things I look forward to preparing!
When we went vegan, I thought (as many of you might) that planning meals for a week of camping might be more challenging. I’m here to tell you that it is the LEAST stressful part about preparing to go away LOL! First off, the food spoilage/contamination issue is essentially a thing of the past. Because you’re mainly stocking up with fresh fruits and veggies, tofu/meat alternatives, most items can last without needing to be in ice cold temperatures.
I like to separate my foods into two coolers: a cold storage and a dry cooler. This keeps all of my dry goods in a contained place and only keeps the items that need to stay cold, cold. I also like to either bring smaller containers of spices or ziplock baggies that I reuse over and over to take up less space and I bring “Tupperware” to store leftovers so that there isn’t any waste.
I also have a basket that is specific to all of my kitchen ware. I just went to the dollar store and bought plates, mugs, bowls, prep bowls, metal cutlery, spatula, whisk, tongs, metal skewers and serving spoons. I really dislike needing to use paper plates or create more waste than I need to so this makes it so we have a dedicated set for camping.
If you’re new to The Cake Mama party, then you may not know that I’m ALL FOR comfort food LOL! I love a good pancake breakfast with fruit sauce and whipped cream and a burger with fries on the side- so know that those are definitely on the menu whenever we go camping. On the flip side, I do like to balance that with a delicious tofu scramble, black bean street tacos and veggies skewers.
When it comes to planning meals for camping I like to break them down each day so I have a rough idea of what each breakfast, lunch and dinner is going to look like. I also find this is helpful for creating a list of the things I know I have in my pantry/fridge already and what I need to buy. Here’s a list I created at our most recent camping trip:
Here are some links to recipes for some of the dishes we prepared:
- Sauce for Ginger Soy Curls
- French Toast
- Street Tacos
- Dry Pancake Mix – add all dry ingredients into a ziplock bag or container and add wet ingredients when you prepare!
Finally here is a printable grocery list for your camping adventure! I hope this helps you plan out your future camping trips and as always, find me on Instagram to ask any questions!