Packing for a camping trip can be stressful. After all, if an item is overlooked, there aren’t exactly bodegas in the wilderness for you to run to. Instead, the best course of action you can take is to plan ahead and prepare yourself for any and all levels of hunger and of course, any dietary preference. Let’s say you’re trying to avoid eating meat and dairy on this particular camping trip. No problem! There are plenty of products for easy breakfasts, protein-packed snacks for hiking, a simple but hearty dinner that tastes like it was made at home, and of course some campfire desserts. You may be surprised at the number of veg-friendly products out on the market nowadays!
The question is, how do you know which ones are tasty, the best bang for your buck, and relatively healthy? Well, you can certainly scour the Internet and find all the information you need or you can let One Green Planet be your guide! That’s right. We’ve amassed 20 camping trip essentials available online right now – check it out!
Nature's Path Organic Instant Oatmeal
Mornings are rough even when you’re in the comfort of your home. So, the chances that you want to cook a full-blown breakfast while out in the wilderness is pretty slim. That’s where products, like Nature’s Path Organic Instant Oatmeal, come in handy. This oatmeal contains just two ingredients: rolled oats and a sprinkle of sea salt and only needs a bit of hot water to make. While some other oatmeals pack in a bunch of sugar into their mixture, Nature’s Path does not. Instead, reviewers say they top their oatmeal with fresh fruit, like blueberries and bananas, if they want a bit of sweetness. You can get six boxes of this oatmeal for a little over $22.
Raw Revolution Spirulina Dream Bars
Be prepared for when hunger strikes with these Raw Revolution Spirulina Dream Bars. These gluten-free bars are made from organic cashews, dates, sunflower seed kernels, agave, almonds, spirulina, and flax seeds. While all of the ingredients are definitely on the wholesome side, spirulina is what makes this bar particularly attractive. Spirulina is a superfood that is an excellent source of vegetable protein, multivitamins, minerals, and Vitamin B12. Additionally, reviewers comment that compared to other spirulina bars, it’s definitely one of the better tasting ones with the spirulina adding a fresh, clean, and pleasantly subtle taste. Get a pack of 12 bars for a little under $20.
Good Bean Chickpea Snacks
Instead of packing greasy chips or candy, get your snack fix on with Good Bean Chickpea Snacks. With this particular bulk option, you get to try all four flavors – Sea Salt, Cracked Pepper, Smoky Chili and Lime, and Sweet Cinnamon. Each pack contains about two ounces of chickpeas which are roasted and then tossed in a bit of sugar, coarse salt, canola oil, vitamin E, and then depending on the flavor, different spices or sweeteners. Reviewers report that these roasted chickpeas have all the crunch and savory goodness you want but are much healthier since chickpeas are low-fat and high in fiber. There are a couple of things to note before you hit the order button though. Some reviewers have found these chickpeas contain too much sodium and are overly dry. Everyone has different tastes, though, and one Amazon reviewer even points out that dryness should be expected from dried beans. We see her point. If you want to give these a try, you can get a pack of 12 (three of each flavor) for a little under $30.
Justin's Maple Almond Butter Squeeze Packs
While having fruits and veggies on hand is sure to keep you nourished and full during your trip, adding a little protein-rich nut butter to the mix can take your snacking to the next level. Instead of carrying around a bulky jar of almond butter, maybe try Justin’s Maple Almond Butter Squeeze Packs. Each little pouch contains two tablespoons of almond butter, which has six grams of protein, three grams of fiber, and 16 grams fat, many of which are considered “heart-healthy fats.” Reviewers report using this product while camping, when traveling by plane, in hunger emergencies, and picnics. Reviewers also recommend massaging the pouch to mix the oil and nut butter together before enjoying it. You can get ten of these squeeze packs for a little over $7.50.
Trader Joe's Simply the Best Trail Mix
If there’s one snack that’s a camping trip must-have, it’s trail mix. After all, what better snack to bring on the trails than one that literally has the word trail in its name? For an eclectic mix of nuts and fruit, try out Trader Joe’s Simply the Best Trek Mix. This one-pound bag includes cashews, almonds, pineapple, cranberries, and tart cherries. Since this bag contains both sweet fruit and a salty mix of nuts, some reviewers point out that the salt from the nuts runs off onto to the chunks of fruit. Other than that, the main issue with this trail mix among reviewers seems to be that it’s “too good” and that it’s easy to eat the whole bag in one sitting. Not too terrible of a problem to have… You can get one of these one-pound bags for a little under $14.
Just Tomatoes Just Veggies Mix
Having a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables on a camping trip is the ideal situation. However, the reality of the matter is that carrying fresh produce can be a huge burden. As an alternative, consider buying Just Tomatoes Just Veggies. Made with vine-ripened tomatoes, peas, carrots, corn, and bell peppers, this mix is all dried and ready to be snacked on. Just Tomatoes even suggests adding this gluten-free mix to soups, baked potatoes, and sauces for some extra flavor. Reviewers have enjoyed this mix on backpacking trips, as a way to get picky eaters to eat vegetables, and even as pet food! You can get two eight-ounce packages for a little over $13.50
So Delicious Almond Milk
Whether it’s for your morning coffee, your bowl of oatmeal, or simply to enjoy a glass, bringing along almond milk, or any non-dairy milk to your camping trip is worth considering. So Delicious Almond Milk does not need to be refrigerated until opened and this particular bulk package is made up of four eight-ounce containers so that you can gauge how much of the supply you want to use. Try it out a pack of four eight-ounce packages for $7.
Fantastic World Foods Original Hummus
Fantastic World Foods Original Hummus is similar to your typical garbanzo bean hummus, except for the fact that you can keep this one out of the refrigerator and whip up however much you want, when you want. As the company explains, simply add warm water, a bit of olive oil, and blend with a fork. Pretty easy! You can get six six-ounce boxes for about $20.
Backpacker’s Pantry Marconi Olive Oil Packets
When packing for a camping trip, there are certain things that you need, but are a little harder to pack. Take olive oil, for example. Usually sold in a cumbersome glass bottle, it’s not exactly an ideal take-on-the-road item. Backpacker’s Pantry Marconi Olive Oil Packets were made with this situation in mind. Reviewers report bringing these packets for some added flavor for salads, to marinate noodles, and to grill sandwiches. For $5.50, you can get a pack of six 11-mililiter packets.
Mamma Chia Squeeze Packs
If you don’t feel like stopping for every meal and snack, consider buying some Mamma Chia Squeeze Packs. These pouches are three and a half ounces, combine chia seeds, fruits, and veggies, and contain 1,200 milligrams of omega-3s. While these can be refrigerated for a cool treat, they’re also perfectly fine at room temperature straight from the pouch – very convenient, as one Amazon reviewer pointed out. You can get 16 pouches for $26.
Cook Simple Cowboy Chili
To make Cooksimple Cowboy Chili you need three things: a can of tomatoes, a pot, and a fire. Considering you’re likely to have all of these items while camping, this product makes for an easy dinner. The gluten, corn, nut, and soy free mix is made primarily from quinoa, black beans, zucchini, and spinach. Reviewers report adding extra protein to it, adding a bit of seasoning to spice it up, and even cooking it with beer. If you want to try putting your own culinary flair to it, you can purchase one six-ounce box for $9.
Seitenbacher Veggie Burger Mix
Think the only veggie burgers on the market are in the freezer aisle? Think again. Seitenbacher Veggie Burger Mix is made with spelt oats, onions, soy kernels, sea salt, paprika, carrots, chives, and spices and comes in a convenient package that does not need to be refrigerated. As Amazon reviewers relay, this product is healthy and convenient. They also share that all you need is a pan and water to make patties, and each package comes out to about three burgers. You can get seven of these pouches for about $21.
Rudi's Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns
While it is an extra item to carry, hamburger buns are a nice touch with veggie patties, and help to make it feel like a full-fledged meal. Rudi’s Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns are made primarily with organic whole wheat flour and contains five grams of protein per bun, that means ten in total for one top bun and one bottom bun. Not too shabby! With this seven-pack bulk order, you can get each four-burger package for a little over $8.50.
Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup
After a long day of hiking, a comforting meal is a must. Dr. McDougall’s Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup contains noodles, carrots, onions, and corn, in a savory low-sodium broth similar to those made with chicken stock. Each 1.4-ounce package is 140 calories, six grams of protein, and four grams of fiber. If you’re used to a high-sodium soup, this healthier alternative may not seem as tasty, but many Amazon reviewers seem to like it. If you want to try it for yourself, this six-pack bulk order costs just $10.
Earth Balance Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese has been considered an easy dinner option for a long time now and it’s not different when camping! Earth Balance Cheddar Mac and Cheese is made with bite-sized macaroni pasta and a creamy lactose and casein free cheese sauce. Each box contains eight grams of protein and is made simply by boiling the pasta and then mixing in the sauce. If the Amazon reviews are any indication, it seems like this mac and cheese is definitely worth a try! Some even say that it tastes just like the traditional dairy kind. You can get 12 boxes of the cheesy pasta for $34.
Yves Veggie Dogs
Hot dogs around the campfire is a tried and true favorite. And Yves Veggie Dogs are one darn good veg-friendly option. Some reviewers even say these veggie sausages, made from a mixture of soy protein and vital wheat gluten, are the best on the market! Right now, they’re only available for bulk purchase, so you might want to taste them elsewhere before dropping a hundred on this 12-pack.
Nabisco Graham Crackers
While graham crackers can certainly be a nice snack on their own, during a camping trip they are usually known for the delicious part they play in s’mores. Unlike most other graham cracker brands, Nabisco doesn’t include honey in their recipe, making Nabisco Graham Crackers a product everyone can enjoy. Reviewers, particularly those who want a vegan-friendly option, have been using them for cheesecake crusts and s’mores. You can get one 14.5-ounce box for $9.50.
Sweet Chocolate Dream Bar
When eaten in moderation, chocolate can be a deliciously healthy treat. Consider bringing along a Sweet Chocolate Dream Bar on your camping trip for when that sweet craving strikes. This bar is free from dairy, gluten, and artificial flavors and colors, instead using cocoa butter, soy flour, and vanilla for creaminess. Amazon reviewers share that this chocolate bar doesn’t just “pass as chocolate” it excels at it! Sweet and smooth, just like the traditional kind, reviewers share eating this chocolate by itself, throwing it in their baking goods, and of course, using it to create some s’mores! You can get a pack of 12 three-ounce bars for a little over $46.
Dandies Vegan Marshmallows have gotten some rave reviews from Amazon buyers. In fact, many reviewers have proclaimed that these are the “best marshmallows ever.” Made primarily from tapioca syrup, cane sugar, tapioca starch, and potato starch, reviewers are also saying these have an almost identical consistency to traditional gelatin marshmallow and that they work great in s’mores and hot chocolate! Dandies Marshmallows are definitely on the expensive side at $10 for one ten-ounce bag, but if Amazon reviews are any indication, they are worth it!
Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate
And what could be more comforting after a long day of camping than a warm cup of hot chocolate? Ghirardelli Cocoa Powder is made with a few simple ingredients including sweet ground chocolate, cocoa, and soy lecithin. Amazon reviewers are using this powder for chocolate-flavored coffee drinks, baked goods, and of course a killer hot chocolate using coconut milk. Many are even saying that this is the best hot chocolate on the market! If you want to see for yourself, you can get one 48-ounce canister for about $17.
Ready to hit the trails? Let us know which product you’re most excited to try in the comments!
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