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Vegan Camping: What to pack (Food w/recipes, supplies and more!)

Vegan Camping: What to pack (Food w/recipes, supplies and more!)

Going camping doesn’t mean you have to partake in the hot dog and hamburger cookouts or even eat s’mores. In fact, there’s a much more delicious way to enjoy camping, and that’s camping vegan style. If you’re planning your next camping trip, listen up! You are about to learn how to camp while eating vegan and staying healthy without sacrificing flavor. Here is the ultimate vegan camping guide.

Before we went camping we created a checklist of what we needed, a list with recipes we wanted to cook, and a list of the ingredients we needed. Feel free to check here the recap of where did we go and more details.

Number one tip: Make a list of what you need and do your research of where you are going, and check the weather!

We are super lucky that Matt has a degree on Outdoor activities, he has done tons of hiking and camping trips, so he really knows what we needed to take with us. This year we had everything we needed, except for Tarps. Matt got some from Amazon and got delivered in a day. But last year, we didn't want to invest that much money so we borrowed a few things from friends. 

It is really important that you know where you are going and you are prepare for the weather. New England weather is crazy, so it might be super hot in Boston but can be freezing up in Vermont, so we knew we needed to bring a few extra layers. 

Below is a list of everything that we packed on our trip! I am not saying that you need to bring all of this, or that you won’t need anything else, but I want to give you a good idea/base for your trip as a vegan camper  :)

to pack, no matter what:

  • Waterproof tent and a an outside shell 
  • yoga or camping mats to sleep on
  • sleeping bags
  • pillows
  • extra blanket (I am always cold)
  • two tarps (we only used one but just in case) 
  • cooler bag 
  • water bottles
  • daypacks
  • Folding chairs (we use Kilty chairs)
  • head torches 
  • lighter 
  • toilet paper

Clothing and Footwear:

  • pair of shorts
  • leggings or hiking pants 
  • Socks! (can get cold at night)
  • running or good hiking runners - we were ok with running shoes. 
  • pair of sandals 
  • beanie or hat (depending on weather)
  • a light sweater, a jacket and a rain jacket 
  • warm sleepwear. I up for leggings and hoodie, every night. Even in summer

Cooking Essentials:

  • Pot and pan that you don't like. (it will get dirty and dark with the fire, super hard to clean after)
  • Firewood– if allowed. 
  • Cooking pan & pots– we forgot their lids so be sure to bring them! It will decrease cooking time.
  • Aero press
  • Bottle opener
  • 1 large food-storage tupperware or jars (to store leftovers for the next day)
  • Pre-made food– Matt and I cooked beans and chickpeas in advance to bring with us. 
  • Trash bags
  • Coolers + ice
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Bowls and utensils (we brought the ones we use to not create waste and save money)
  • Knife
  • Spatula
  • spiralizer
  • Cutting board or surface
  • Foil
  • Soap
  • Sponge
  • Wash bin
  • Towels

Groceries

  • Apples
  • bananas
  • bag of mix cereal
  • Chipotle vegan sausages
  • Zucchinis
  • Cooked beans and chickpeas
  • Snacks: Almonds and Health Warrior bars
  • Tortillas
  • Pita bread
  • Falafels
  • Hummus
  • Produce: Avocado, Kale, Onion, sweet potatoes, cilantro, tomato, bell pepper, corn
  • Chocolate bars: Alter Eco
  • Seasonings: Salt, pepper, nutritional yeast & any additional spices
  • packaged soup from Engine 2 diet. 
  • extra food, always. 

 BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER IDEAS (pretty much what we cooked)

Breakfast:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day even when you’re camping. Chances are you will be participating in some strenuous outdoor activities (or not) on your trip, so you want to fuel your body right first thing in the morning. Here are some great vegan camping breakfast ideas.

  • cereal (here the recipe we use)

Lunch:
By lunch time you are probably starving and taking a little break from your camping activities. Or you simply want to a quick bite before you head out. Here what we had:

• Hummus and falafels pita bread. We added some veggies (kale, cilantro, onion).
• Soup, like the one from Engine 2 (pic below) 

Dinner:
At night we had more time to cook different meals, and is when we sat down to chat and just unwind from the day. We had:

• Loaded sweet potato (cook a sweet potato in the fire and add legumes and veggies on top)
• Zucchini pasta served with marinara, nutritional yeast, veggies and Field roast chipotle sausages.
• Vegan tacos (sweet potato tacos)

I hope you find this helpful, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to us :)

-Ana

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