When planning your meals for a camping trip, make sure to keep the food pyramid in mind. Water should be at the top of your list. Most days you are out you will want to drink at least two quarts of water in addition to having sports drink mix, tea or cocoa in camp. According to the fifth edition of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Cookery you should have one to three large servings of whole and processed grains and starchy vegetables per day depending on your activity, five to eight small servings of beans, nuts, seeds, vegetables or fruit and one to two servings of meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy. Fats and sweets should be used sparingly (though more of these may be used in colder weather).
Stuff That Lasts
Keeping in mind that you need a certain level of nutrition in your camp food, search for things to pack that also don't expire or perish quickly. Raw vegetables and fruit can be brought, but must be eaten within the first day you are out. Rice, pasta and oats, couscous, dehydrated hash browns, granola and dry baking mixes are all good things to bring. For your fruits, veggies and proteins, dried or dehydrated fruit and veggies are best, preferably ones that are unsweetened. Dried legumes, nuts, beef jerky and powdered items such as eggs, milk or falafel are also great. Cheese is great to have, but try to bring a hard kind like grated parmesan which lasts longer than some other kinds of cheeses. If you bring a soft block of cheese, you are going to have to eat it within the first 48 hours of your trip.
Camp Food That Will Never Go Out of Style
It's always fun to eat outside near a camp fire or over a camp stove no matter the time of year. After fulfilling your nutritional needs you may want to pack in a few more calories, especially if you have been hiking a lot of miles or if the weather is quite cold. Making dessert such as brownies, muffins, pancakes or yes, S'mores is always a fun and satisfying end to the day. There are easy recipes for making brownies and other desserts on a camp stove. If you do decide to bring marshmallows, grahams and chocolate for S'mores, bring bars of extra dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, as it is less likely to melt all over your backpack. Pack the grahams inside a cooking pot so they don't break.