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A Beginner’s Guide to Vegetarian Camping: Food and Meals


Not many people know this about me, but I am, in fact, a vegetarian. Let me tell you. I have not regretted it one bit. I very much being able to know my diet minimizes the environmental impact I have on the planet. It can be a struggle to make meals at times, but I make it work. Without further ado, I give you A Beginner’s Guide to Vegetarian Camping: Food and Meals. Since you will be vegetarian camping, you will have more energy than your non-vegetarian peers.

Let’s get started.

My Top 5 Tips for a Splendid Trip

1. Focus Only on Bringing the Essentials.

One of the many mistakes beginners make is that they end up bringing too much stuff. I encourage you to guard yourself against the temptation. It can be tempting to over prepare and go with the flow, but this is camping. You are meant to live off only essentials for a bit. It won’t last long, just a few dayds or so.

2. Plan Out Each of Your Meals So You do not Betray Your Diet (and Check the Ingredients).

This is key. You do not want to be caught out on a camping trip with a day before you are about to leave and you do not have any food left. That would be a tragedy. Instead, take the time beforehand to think through and write down all your meals. It makes life a lot easier, so you can focus your energies on enjoying nature.

You also want to check the ingredients on everything you bring. It goes a long way to ensuring you are adhering to your vegetarian diet.

A little extra thought and effort goes a long way.

3. Keep Some Quick Snacks at the Ready.

One of the most important things to do as a vegetarian is to keep plenty of food in case you want to indulge your stomach. Since you are camping and probably also hiking, you will be exercising a lot, enjoying nature, kayaking, mountain biking, and doing all manner of outdoor activities. As a result, you burn a lot of calories. You need food to appease your stomach. If you’re not a happy camper, it’s probably because you do not have any food in your belly, nine times out of ten(t), :).

4. Research Your Campsite Beforehand to Get the Lay of the Land.

Not all campsites are built the same way. At some places they will provide barbecues where you can throw on some coals and get going with your meals. At other places you will have to build your own campfire or use a stove or barbecue you brought along with you. Feel free to call park ranger beforehand. They do not get many calls (because most people do not research) and would be more than willing to answer all of your questions. It shows you care.

5. Make Sure to Pack All the Gear You Need.

The most important aspect of vegetarian cooking while camping are the proper kitchen supplies. You cannot cook that well if you do not have all the spoons, utensils, pots, pans, and skillets to fry up the meals you have in mind. It makes the trip a lot easier.

Below you can find a link to one of my previous articles. It is printable checklist of all the camping gear you will be sure to need to bring along with you. A little preparation goes a long way. It will be sure to make the journey a lot easier. Check it out and save yourself a lot of headache down the road.

Where Can I Find Recipes?

You might be wondering. Well where can I find delicious recipes to cook my meals off of? Do not worry. This article has got you covered. Below you can find a link to a helpful article I found. It gives you plenty of ideas to get the ball rolling. Cheers.

I especially like the look of that dutch oven lasagna. Since I do not like to spend too much time cooking and instead prefer to do other things, I like meals where you can “set it and forget about it.” That is my motto with camp cooking. It makes life easier so you can spend the time looking up at the stars.

Also, be sure to keep this tab open while you explore the recipes the article lists because I am not done with all the helpful information I list here.

If you want more recipes for vegetarian camping, then I suggest you check out your best friend Google. You can be sure plenty more recipes will pop up to get your mind going with ideas.

What if I am a Terrible Cook?

Woah, woah, slow your horses there partner. I am not so great either. Cooking is an art, not a science. If you are really bad though, then I suggest you bring your own prepared food at the ready. This includes the items listed below.

  • Canned food
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fruit
  • Veggie burgers and tofu dogs
  • Veggies
  • Trail mix
  • Oatmeal
  • Soy/almond milk

You do not need to be a chef to be able to go vegetarian camping. All you need to do is put a little extra thought and care. Since I am going to university right now, I do not have much time to cook, but that does not stop me from being vegetarian. I have plenty of canned beans, rice, and frozen vegetables to keep me going!

It’s Not Just about the Food

When people think about vegetarian camping or veganism for that matter, all they think about is food, food, food! You need to go beyond just meals with vegetarianism and adopt a total lifestyle. This means examining everything you use. For camping this means looking at the gear you bring along with you, the tent, sleeping bag, trekking poles, tarp, boots, and even your socks.

Now I understand this is a more difficult challenge. Many products would not exist without their animal source, but that is the great challenge of vegetarians, to live a healthy life and not kill any animals in the process.

What Exactly Does this Mean in Terms of Gear?

At the most basic level, this means you have to look at the product’s ingredients. You need to keep a sharp eye on the stuff you bring along with you.

For some products, you can get an idea with cruelty-free sunscreen, vegan bug spray, plant based hand sanitizer, synthetic fiber sleeping bags, vegetarian boots, and the like. I am not going to link to any product in particular. You will have to search on your own, but you get the idea.

If vegetarian or vegan camping gear is not something you can afford, that is alright. I cannot afford the gear right now either. Vegetarian camping gear is a long term goal to aspire to and keep in mind.

Are You Going to Get Outside this Week? A Call to Action

Well you should now all be set to go. You will have to do some extra research, so I guess this article was not completely cruelty-free. Lol!

Anyway, since you are planning out your vegetarian camping trip, I have one small call to action for you because you probably need some ideas of places to go. My go to site is, hands down, AllTrails.com. It is a splendid resource to help you find a trail near you. I could not recommend them more. Please join me on a weekly hike as I do every Saturday (in spirit of course). So what do you say? Are you going to get outside this week? It will be sure to be a splendid adventure. You will be a better person because of it.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please share the article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!


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