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There are a few things to consider when you are trying to decide what kinds of food to bring camping. Assuming you are not camping by the side of the road, anything you eat will have to be carried on your back, along with the cooking and cleaning gear, and the plate and utensils, etc.
For backpacking camping, plan to have one hot meal per day, usually dinner. You can survive without heat meals, but it is very psychologically beneficial to have one. There are many prepackaged just-add-water type backpacking meals available in your local camping store. These are great for dinners, and the choices vary from spaghetti and meatballs to beef stroganoff. These really taste excellent when you are in the woods after a day of hiking. Anything you make from scratch is either going to be very difficult to prepare in the woods, or is going to very simple and bland. Also, consider the cleanup. The prepackaged meals are the best for a hot meal.
For breakfast, lunch and snacks, choose foods that have a high calorie to weight ratio and don’t need any preparation. Examples are peanut butter, nuts, cheese, and dried meats. These contain a lot of energy for the amount they weigh. Avoid foods that have a lot of water as it is unnecessary weight that doesn’t add energy. Examples of this are fresh fruit, pre made soup, and pre made stew. These foods don’t make a lot of sense to include when backpacking. Don’t worry about getting a balanced diet, unless you will be camping for an extended period of time, just focus on adequate caloric intake. And save time, space, and money with these 580 easy camping recipes.