Camping Food Guide For The Wild (Vegetarian Friendly)

Marshmallows and hot dogs on a campfire are typically what come to mind when I think of camping food. However, I can’t live off that for multiple days in a row. Plus, this camping trip is vegetarian friendly! I’ve recently been exploring British Columbia’s great forests and have had to think outside the box for what to eat on my adventures! I searched the web for a good camping food guide but ended up coming up with one on my own. Having hearty meals that don’t need to be refrigerated was a bit of a challenge. Luckily, I’ve come up with the ultimate camping food guide and go-to grocery list to help you enjoy your trip into the wilderness with a full belly!

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EQUIPMENT

cooking gear

Kettle

When camping it’s good to pack light! So only the necessary equipment is best! A great tool to have is a kettle. This is amazing for coffee, tea, and “just add water” meals. Oatmeal, instant noodles, and dehydrated meals are all examples of foods that just need hot water and are easy to pack!

Portable Propane Stove

Now, this depends on where you are camping out! Currently, in BC there is a fire ban so a portable propane stove is a necessity. However, if you are able to have a fire you can also use an over-fire camp grill

Camping Cookware Kit

If you can, leave your pots and pans at home and get a portable cookware kit. If the kit all fits into one it will save space and will be easier to carry if you have to hike to a camping spot. 

Rope

Depending on where you camp you need to be super careful of having food around to prevent animals. As much as I think bears and wolves are beautiful animals I don’t want them coming to visit me in my sleep. So for that reason, all groceries stay in the car. If you don’t have a vehicle nearby your camp out you can use a rope to hang food up high from a tree when not being 

GROCERY LIST

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When purchasing groceries it is important to consider the shelf life of the produce. Aim to buy fruits, veggies, and food items that don’t need to be kept in a refrigerator to last. It also helps to pre-plan meals to ensure you are buying too many or too few items. Below I have created a grocery list to go along with a 3-day meal plan!

VEGETABLES

Carrots

Cucumbers

Tomatoes 

Mini Potatoes

Onion

Garlic 

Ginger

FRUITS

Apples

Avocado

Bananas

Mangos

Nectarines 

Pineapple

Strawberries

GRAINS

Bread

Instant oatmeal

Instant noodles

Pasta

Rice

Dairy

Almond milk ( if you can find it in juice box sizes is ideal…Organic produce store is best place to look)

Free Range Eggs

SAUCES & SPICES

Butter

Brown Sugar

Cinnamon

Peanut Butter

Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper 

Garlic powder 

Chilli flakes

Soy sauce 

Hot sauce 

Try out this incredible Fire Roasted Cinnamon Apples recipe!

Stay safe, enjoy the wilderness and eat good baby!

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