Camping and I have an…interesting relationship. We’re cool as long as certain amenities are in place:
– a bathroom (hole-in-the-ground below toilet will do)
– easy access to my (LARGE) cooler
– extra ice available for purchase
– shade over my tent
I’d say my requirements are midway between “glam”ping and camping. I’ve heard my type of camping referred to as “car camping.” Not really back-to-the-basics but also not in a cabin. So, you may be wondering: what do you get out of this half-A “fake” camping? Well, I’m glad that you asked. This is what I get out of camping:
– A renewed connection to nature (we’re all animals after all)
– A better understanding of what I actually “need” –> I always pack 3 outfits but end up maybechanging my shirt. Once. I go a weekend without a shower and I live. I get away from technology and don’t feel horribly lost or something. Camping could also be a good time to experiment with a special “diet” (as in vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free) because you can only eat what you pack.
– A break from the busy-bee-increase-productivity-decrease-costs world (even if the campsite doesget cell reception)
– A never-ending party! –> OK maybe not “never-ending” and maybe not always a “party” but the people you go with are your entertainment, so you end up spending a lot more social time with them than you might under other circumstances.
So now that I’ve convinced you to go camping, here’s the special…
EatMyBeets Goes Camping
What is a food blogger to eat in the wilderness for 2-3 days??
Back-in-the-day, when I first started camping, (last year) I was really concerned about the whole food situation. Most of the stuff I eat is perishable, so I was worried that I’d be stuck eating trail mix all week. But have-no-fear. This was not the case. There are some key things to keep in mind about camping now-a-days:
1. If you go to campground, they most likely will have a place to buy stuff – like ice. So you can keep your cooler cold! (And you can pack perishable goods!)
2. You don’t have to cook anything via campfire if you don’t want to. Sure, it’s cool to eat hot food, but let’s be real: it’s not a necessity, and cold foods can be just as delicious.
What to Eat (aka – what I eat when camping.):
Breakfast: I’ve done cereal in past years and simply brought a box of cereal and a box of soy milk (since it’s smaller/OK in water when the ice melts). But this year a lightbulb went off in my head and I thought: Overnight Oats!
Left = 5 grain Hot cereal + 1 tsp chia + 1 tsp flaxseed meal + 1 tsp almond butter + frozen mango + frozen wild blueberries + warm spices
Right = 5 grain + 1 tbsp wheat germ + 1/2 tbsp tahini + 1/3 cup frozen cherries + warm spices
Snacks: Trail Mix-type things are great! I’m not huge into trail mix, but I am huge into nuts, so this is what my snacks typically look like:
I love eating bread-type-products with peanut butter. (Naturally – who doesn’t) And lucky for me it’s a great, easy/portable snack for camping!
You all know how much I love my cocoa-peanut flour -cereal- yogurt combinations! And this is a perfect way to pack it. I packed a 2 cup container filled with my cereal, stevia, cocoa, and peanut flour. Then, I tossed a yogurt in my cooler. Simply mix the yogurt into the cereal, and you have splendid deliciousness! (Though I would recommend using a thinner yogurt if you’re going to pack as much mix-in as I did)
Main Meals: Pretty much anything you would pack in your lunch, you can pack for camping. I went the pre-portioned meals route this time, and I’m super glad that I did! You can pack a big container with several portions, but I find it becomes too cumbersome and messy (especially when you don’t have the most sanitary setting). So basically, I just portioned out each meal into a storage container and also packed some veggies to go along with it.
You might wonder how I was able to prepare such variety for the weekend (and if you aren’t wondering, I’m going to tell you anyways). Well, in the week-and-a-half leading up to the event, I froze portions of some of the meals I made and then brought them down to the fridge the day before I left. This way, I felt that I had a good variety and didn’t get bored of my food one bit on my trip!
If you’re wondering how it all fit in a cooler, this may explain some things:
Enough room for my food, the boyfriend’s food, and other camping essentials.
OK, more to come tomorrow on my camping adventure this weekend.
What are your favorite camping stories?
Any camping advice?