With autumn already in full swing, you may be scrambling to squeeze in your final summer adventures. There is perhaps no more vegan activity than camping. Camping is not only fun and relaxing, it can also be an activity that brings you closer to nature through interacting with the wonders of the great outdoors. Here are a few tips to have the ultimate vegan camping trip:
For breakfast, you want something hearty, fiber-filling, and packed with nutrients to keep you going for the day. Some examples of portable breakfasts that do not skimp on taste or nutrition are: oats, microwavable quinoa breakfast packets (fine cold, or can be warmed up by the fire), dry cereal and fruit.
Camping can expend a lot of energy, especially if you are hiking, climbing, or doing other outdoor activities throughout the day. Due to increased activity, you may need to snack more than usual. High calorie, nutrient dense, tasty foods will do the trick. Two classic camping snacks are granola bars and vegan jerky. Dehydrated vegetables and fruit are also a great option. Kale chips
are my personal favorite.
I like to keep lunch simple, like a peanut butter sandwich. If you want to jazz it up, however, and you have the option to stop and cook, you can whip up something fairly simple. Roasted peppers, mushrooms, polenta, and baked potatoes are all great plant-based lunch options.
Here is the meal that really shines on a camping trip. After a long day of swimming or hiking, fire-cooked food just seems to taste even more delectable. You can start off fairly simple with vegetable kebabs, or put a new twist on classic campout food with veggie dogs and veggie burgers. Bring some microwavable rice packets for a filling, whole grain side dish that is easy to prepare by a fire.
There is one dessert and one dessert only that belongs on a camping trip: vegan marshmallows and carob s’mores. Nothing tastes better after a long day than this warm, campfire-roasted treat.
I recommend sticking to water to rehydrate your body, but you can easily pack powdered hot chocolate and instant coffee if you are camping in the next few months. You will be thankful for a warm cup of joe on those cold October and November mornings.
I like to pack light, especially when hiking to a campsite; no cooler needed with these ingredients. Vegan camping trips are way easier than omnivore camping trips!