For weekend camping trips within a few hours of our home base, I believe there's no reason to both overcomplicate and skimp on meals. All you need is a cooler with ice packs and you can bring just about anything, except ice cream I suppose. I'm also a big fan of doing as much prep work as possible at home to make meal preparation at camp much easier. This includes baking any goodies, washing all the produce, and preparing condiments and sauces.Read More
If you follow me around the web, you've probably seen mentions of an epic camping road trip that has been in the planning stages for months now. Since that trip is just around the corner, I've been diving into my packing lists for what to bring. To be honest, the thought of packing enough safe gluten free food for two weeks of camping was a bit overwhelming. With a wilderness heavy yet somewhat flexible itinerary - I don't want to be dependent on buying much on the road other than fresh produce.
To remedy my overwhelmed feelings, I put together a quick worksheet to break it down for me. I made a section for each day of our trip, where we would be, if it was a travel day, and included a line each for three meals and a snack. While I don't intend to bring the list with me and cook by it - it did help to get an idea of how much I need to pack. I also opted to repeat each meal at least twice, which I think will make both the purchasing of food and packing much easier.
I should also mention that we (my husband and I) are car camping. We'll have plenty of amenities available to us and packing space is not an issue. In my mind, that means there's no reason to eat freeze dried food for two weeks straight. I've tried to create a menu and packing list that reflects how we eat at home, albeit with less fresh produce (which during these high harvesting days is pretty much what we eat). We do plan to buy plenty along the way and will also keep one cooler filled with ice to keep special treats like cheese, non-dairy milk, and the occasional slice of bacon. Since we're driving over an international boarder, I'll be buying all the fresh produce and animal products after we're across to ensure we don't have any issues at the border.
To share with you, I've broken the list up by meal and also included the types of dishes we plan to make. The entire list is gluten free, there's only one optional dairy item, and with just a few little exceptions it's also mostly vegan.