|Nothing like good old hot dogs for a camping favorite!|
If you’re ready to stretch your camping legs like we are and eager to start getting organized, well, here we go! Let’s talk food and our Top 10 Must Brings for any camping trip. (BTW, we’re talking easy camping here, not backpacking into the wilderness of large animals and many miles o’ tromping with enormous loads on our backs….)
Top 10 easy foods to bring camping with your family:
1. Marshmallows. Sticky, sweet, jam them on a stick & roast ‘em over your campfire. If you and your kids aren’t covered head to toe with some sort of marshmallow goop-residue by the time you get home, you might as well not go in the first place. Marshmallows are a MUST, so turn around the car, find a 7-11, bribe the campers next to you. Your child MUST have a flaming black or melting brown marshmallow at a campfire each and every night.
2. Granola Bars. Crunchy, munchy. Not so popular at home for snack as they can taste sorta like like horse food, but in the wilderness, everything tastes better and it’s a great, healthy energy boost that can easily be tucked in a pocket or pack. Check!
3. Hot Dogs. Remember those Oh I Wish I Was An Oscar Meyer Weiners? Well, that’s what I’m talking about for the kids or some fancy sun-dried tomato with Gruyere sausages for the adults. You pick your level of tasty weiner. A hot dog on a hand-gathered stick is probably the second most fun thing to roast on the planet during an evening under the stars. And it evokes a Norman Rockwell-esuqe sense of nostalgia for us parental types. Try it!
|A ravaged bag of marshmallows from our last trip!|
5. Fresh, fresh something green, growing, fresh! Baby carrots, blueberries, small sized apples for a full crunch and go. Romaine lettuce: I tear off a spear and the kids eat it like a carrot. Crunchy, juicy, yum and we don’t have to feel AS guilty with all the marshmallow inhaling going on every single night.
6. Your Favorite Chili. Cook it ahead at home. Freeze it in pint sized ziplocks. Thaw it over your camp-stove or fire. There’s no happier camper than one with a warm belly full of bean and beef chili after a day of playing in the woods! (You can also prep a quick and easy veggie chili right at the campsite using canned veggies, beans, tomatoes and spices.)
7. Eggs & Bacon. You know that dream? That dream where you wake-up to bacon sizzling and a giant smile grows on your face? Now bump that dream a up notch where you are waking up in your TENT in the fresh, crisp, mountain air to the smell of bacon. Ooooh. Let’s give that lasting, bacon-y, olfactory treat to our kiddos like my folks did for me! (Or maybe it was the campsite next to ours that did it for THEIR kids and I sucked in the memory as mine? Hmmm. Must revisit in therapy tomorrow.) Anyway, we’re big into turkey bacon over here, much less messy and just as tasty.
8. This is a new, golden star: CAMPFIRE CONES! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better. Take a sugar, wafer ice-cream cone and fill it with marshmallows, semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped banana, and a dollop o’ peanut butter if you’d like. Roll it up completely in tin-foil. Put it onto the grill. LET IT MELT. Unroll and voila! Oohey, gooey deliciousness held together relatively neatly in a sugar cone. Wildly popular!!!
9. Speaking of Bananas. Bananas! They bonk and bruise easily, but they are absolutely worth treating like your first-born newborn for the trip. A fab, healthy energy hit for the kids when they’re acting like wild monkeys roaming the woods anyway.
10. Chicken & Veggie Kabobs. Prep at home and throw chunks o’ chick and veg into separate ziplocks. Skewer on site like a champion or skewer at home for even less camp-side work . And here’s the bonus: no forks and even no plates necessary. Woo hoo! Now that’s our kind of cooking!
And there it is, our Top 10. Do you have any other favorites or “musts”? Definitely share below -- as we need to share these vital tips amongst us campers to make our trips as smooth and easy as possible, no doubt!
Namaste & Happy Marshmallow Roasting to you! -OM