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    • Got any insights into what makes good eating while camping?

      I look for canned food I can warm up easily in the JetBoil. I always check for pull-tops so I don’t have to remember to bring a can opener...

    • I just found a new favorite “energy snack” (yeah, that’s it—energy snack!) 😆

    • I have to admit about the only thing I carry is ground coffee for my Turkish coffee morning fix. But now this timely conversation prompts me to plan for this spring motorcycle camping trips. One thing I'd love to prepare is my trusty morning bowl of cereal using bob's red mill 10 grain.

      I just need to find some dry fruit to go with it, that hopefully lends itself to easy packing for travel.

      Another item I really like to snack on, which would fit quite well here are these excellent quality sardines:

    • Oh, just in case you missed it, on AVD front page there are quite few articles on camping food & cooking. Yet discussing it on here has such an exotic air of exclusivity, it almost makes me blush! I hope this site doesn't become "crowded" in a less desirable sense, hahahahaaa.

    • I am huge fan of keep it simple. I just do quick oatmeal in the morning with a splash of extra brown sugar, try and eat lunch locally or with some fruit and then at night....if not a local eatery then I am actually a big fan of most of the Mountain House meals.

    • I like when possible to have a grilled dinner for the first night. It really boosts morale after a long day’s drive to the campsite. When I was in Alaska, we bought fresh Halibut and it was the best grilled meal ever.

      Spices are a nice thing to bring to doctor up a canned meal. Red pepper flakes, oregano and Coriander are good staples, although curry powder or grilled steak seasonings mix are a one size fits most solution. I am planning to bring Italian seasoned bread crumbs to this summer’s camping vacation for that reason: they also absorb excess liquid in a pot.

      And if you got kids, or kids-at-heart, s’mores are great if you can keep the chocolate from melting during the day.

    • Spices are for advanced cooking campers. Now you are talking “camp cuisine.” 😉

    • Speaking of oatmeal, I really like these measured pouches. You can even mix it up right in the pouch!

    • I try to get low sugar oatmeal with a handful of dried cherries and fresh bluberries with a teaspoon of cinnamon each morning, along with a caffiene beverage of some sort. Maybe a small piece of toast too. I usually add a large tablespoon of organic ground flaxseed to my oatmeal too - good to keep one healthy.

      For lunch I try to bring a banana and a good sandwhich - lately it's been sourdough bread heated in a microwave, or a flour burrito, with smoked turkey slices and a nice slice of cheddar cheese. If in season, I would add a slice of fresh tomato too. More caffeine beverage of some sort, tea, coffee, or Crystal Light.

      For supper spaghetti is always an easy thing to prepare, or cook a steak over a nice campfire or charcoal grill with a nice salad.

      My camping vehicle is a bit larger than just an SUV with a tent, although I have travelled that way often too. My RV is called a Tiger and it has a refrigerator and a nice butane stove and a small microwave. It has taken me from Indiana to White Sands, and to Alaska and Yukon Territory, and to North Carolina for the Overland Expo. In a few weeks it will take me to Big Bend for a few days. In good sunlight can camp without power for several days.

      We always try to bring a gallon freezer bag of frozen home made chili also, made with ground bison, fresh tomatoes and spices - easy to heat up in camp, keeps your refrigerator cold for several days, and makes enough for several meals when its cold outside. We prefer freezer bags to cans if we have a choice.

      Should I add an electric bike of some sort like the RadRover or something? to do my grocery shopping maybe?? 😇

    • I somehow always crave a good sourdough-turkey-cheese-pickle sandwich for lunch when I’m camping. But bringing along all the fixings just doesn’t seem very practical when I’m packing.

      Now, if I had a fridge like @Pathfinder...things would be different. 😁


      (I heartily recommend getting an e-bike, btw. I love mine.)

    • Do you wear a helmet with your e-bike? I have used my bike helmet a couple times, so I'm pretty convinced that two wheeled vehicles require their riders to be helmeted.... I wish it wasn't so, but having slid along the highway with my head, I am glad it was protected by a helmet both times.

    • Have you been spying on me???

      I do not have a bike helmet right now—the one I ordered from Amazon came in the wrong size and model (an Amazon screw-up), so I sent it back. I need to go through the whole shopping/buying process again and I’ve been putting it off.

      I ALWAYS wear a helmet when I’m on my motorcycle (known as ATGATT: “All the gear all the time”), but compared to motorcycles, bicycles seem so very tame...

      I need to get past that idea and get a helmet.

      Thanks for the nudge, @Pathfinder.

    • Oh, please get a helmet!

      I had a very bad bicycle accident many years ago, flipped the bike over and landed on my head. I shouldn't be alive, and if I hadn't been wearing a helmet I don't believe I would be here now.

    • OK. Order attempt #2 placed. Let’s hope I have better luck this time. Helmet should be here in a couple of days. Thanks for the kick in the butt, everybody! :)

    • No, no spying on anyone, but just personal experience on bicycles and motorcycles that heads and asphalt don't play well together unless they are separated by an appropriate helmet...

      ATGATT. I do get that yes. I do! And from what I read, speeds on electric bicycles can frequently exceed that of self propelled bicycles on level ground.

      Descending on bicycles can easily reach highway speeds greater than 45 mph and that seems scary fast on two tiny wheels to me wearing nothing but a tiny helmet and some nylon shorts and a t shirt.

      Now back to eating while camping or vice versa.

    • The biggest enemy of proper camp eating for me is time. I need to be properly relaxed and not pressed for time to really cook something nice and not just quickly refuel for the day and get going.

      That being said, my motorcycle camping set has everything for haute cuisine approach if I want to :) I carry a small Bialetti espresso-maker (there was a separate post here on Cake about coffee on the go), a MSR Whisperlite multifuel stove and and MSR cooking kit, not as posh as this one but similar and a compact set of Tatonka pots/pans, stainless steel very easy to clean and also has a long collapsible handle which allows cooking on campfires. For condiments, I carry a small plastic bottle of olive oil, a small bottle of either soy or fish sauce, a small bottle of Tabasco if space permits, and whichever salt/pepper packets that were lying around from air or train travel or takeout foods when I was leaving for the trip. For actual food, I try to rely on local supplies as much as possible, but I always have an emergency package consisting, roughly, of a couple small blocks of "ramen" noodles, a small tin of sardines or similar (tuna will do in a pinch, though not as nice), a small (100-to-200-ish grams) bag of dry rice, another of buckwheat, another of raisins and another of walnuts or similar. Tea packets, ground coffee, an occasional packet of sugar of the same train/airplane variety. A bar of real dark chocolate (I also tend to have several Mars or Snickers bars tucked away in tank bag and elsewhere, for quick energy top-up on a long haul). If I'm going somewhere where I know it might get really cold, I reuse an old alpinist staple - fill a narrow tall tin can with honey, and then stick as much (wal)nuts as you can fit in there. That's a real emergency energy bomb.

    • The biggest enemy of proper camp eating for me is time. I need to be properly relaxed and not pressed for time to really cook something nice and not just quickly refuel for the day and get going.

      Good point. This applies to “normal” life, too. I often have to make a conscious effort to change my mental approach to cooking...

    • That sounds awesome! You've put a lot of thought into this.

      I'm so eager to see things on my trips I tend to just grab ready-made snacks or a loaf of fresh whole grain bread from a local bakery, if I can find any. I don't mind just grabbing stuff but it makes for miserable traveling companions who want to eat real food, something yummy and satisfying.

      Enter Kylie from ADVrider. Her cooking I can handle because it's practical and it's so worth it because yum!