Are you planning a backcountry trip in a wilderness area where you’d risk a mountain of fines for starting a fire due to fire bans? Or are you one of those dawn-to-dusk hikers who goes for miles and miles and doesn’t have any TIME to be messing around with cooking hot foods? Or are you just bad at cooking anything other than Hot Pockets? No matter the situation, don’t let the fear of food prep prevent you from adventuring: you can definitely still eat well outdoors without fire (or a microwave).
This is a fancy way of saying meats, cheeses, and olives. Hard cheeses do surprisingly well in the outdoors (actually maybe not that surprising…what do you think people ate before camp stoves were invented?) and salamis and summer sausages are great salty delicious protein. Add in some olives if you want to be super fancy, some crackers, bread, or pita, and presto: dinner gourmet. Feel free to speak in a French or Italian accent while consuming.
“Meal, ready to eat.” These are military-issue meals that actually cook themselves. Gonna be honest here, these are not something that you want to eat every day of your life, but in a pinch they do wonders. Though there has been criticism over the actual palatability of these meals, there has been a lot of improvement through the years. If you want to give these a try, head to your local army surplus store.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner—eggs are a superfood. They are literally a little package of protein. Boil a few pre-trip, and apply when peckish on a salad, in a sandwich, or just in their natural egg‑y state.
Hummus is yummus. You’ve never heard that before. No but really, hummus can pair up with a lot of simple foods to make an incredibly delicious and healthy meal. Bring a hearty portion on your next camping trip to enjoy with raw vegetables and pita, and reap the energizing benefits.
Prepping rice, pasta, or quinoa before heading out is not a bad idea. They can be mixed easily with other ingredients such as beans or chick peas to create a good protein punch. Quinoa is even a complete protein, a pretty impressive feat for such a little grain.