Perfect foods for camping trips must be both tasty and lightweight, and these five ideas fit the bill nicely. As any camper knows, the less you have to carry in your pack, the happier you'll be; however, subsisting on dehydrated meats and energy bars is enough to make anyone cranky. By planning ahead and getting a bit creative before you set out, you can pack in treats worthy of your trip, without weighing down your pack.
Whether it's cherries, apples, pineapples or apricots, dried fruit makes a great snack. It's high in fiber, so you're destined to feel full just a bit longer, and removing the water makes the fruit light and easy to manipulate. If you have a sweet tooth, a bite of dried fruit can quell your craving without giving you a sugar rush in return. Make a mix of fruits for the most variety in each bite.
If your camping trip includes long hikes, protein is a must. For a quick burst of protein energy that can propel you over that last grueling hill, toss a can of tuna in your pack. Most tuna comes in tiny cans you can open without utensils, and you can eat the juicy meats with your fingers. If you hike with your dog, you can share your snack without guilt and give your dog an extra treat in the process.
Vegetarians who might cringe at eating tuna still need a bit of protein power. Peanut butter can provide that boost, and it contains no animal products. Rather than bringing along an entire jar of peanut butter, scoop out your bites into smaller containers. Make sure you can dip into the bottom of the jar with your fingers, so you don't have to bring along a knife. Alternate a scoop of peanut butter with a scoop of apple for a perfect combination of sweet and salty.
Many manufacturers provide pesto in jars, making it easy for you to whip up a quick dinner. In most cases, you can simply heat the sauce, cook the noodles and serve your dinner without any more fuss or preparation. The flavor is strong and nutty, which is perfect for an evening spent around the campfire. If you're hiking into the campsite, consider transferring your pesto to a plastic container, so the glass won't shatter in your pack.
It might seem counterintuitive, but salad makes a lightweight and tasty food, and it is refreshing at the end of a long day. You can prepare the salad before you leave for your trip, and pack it in a basic plastic bag with a tight seal. The vegetables are incredibly light and very good for you. Add a few sunflower seeds and cranberries for extra texture, and bring along a tiny bit of dressing to add right before you serve. Shake up the bag to remix the salad before pouring it onto plates.