Are you looking for the perfect vegan camping adventure? You’ve found the right place. Vegan camping presents its own challenges but it is easy once you understand what to do and how you can prepare.
You’ll need to plan ahead and find plant-based products that don’t go bad. Additionally, you will need to pack camping supplies that fit your ethical standards. This guide will help you find the best vegan-friendly camping products and easy camping meals
Step 1: Find the right campsite
You should consider where your campsite is located before you begin shopping for and preparing for your vegan camping trip. Do you want to stay in an area that has plenty of amenities like water, electricity, and firepits? Do you plan to go completely off-grid and fend for your own food every step of the journey? Are you travelling in an RV or campervan with a lot of cooking utensils?
Each of these options will require you plan differently. So think about what you need for food, shelter, and sleep.
Step 2: Plan Your Meals
A great way to have a successful vegan camping trip is to plan ahead. Following the suggestions below, I suggest that you prepare your meals the day before leaving for the grocery store.
Planning your meals is all about simple food you can make in a matter of seconds. It’s easy to plan meals ahead for one person, but it can be difficult to plan for multiple people with different tastes. You should know exactly how many of each item you will need before you start planning your meals.
Overeating can lead to food poisoning, while too much food can cause a food crisis. Use high-quality containers that can be reused, coolers, and lunch bags when storing food. Don’t forget to take any supplements – they are just as important camping than they are at home
Here are some easy vegan camping breakfast options:
- Chia oats, soaked in water with raisins or walnuts (these mason jars with wide mouth are the ideal size to prepare ahead)
- On whole grain bread or gluten-free bread, sliced bananas or apples with peanut butter
- Add single-serve protein samples to your oats and water
- Granola without sugar added
- Your favorite instant tea or coffee
- Simple vegan camping lunch and dinner ideas
- Amy’s lentil vegetable soup (or any easy-open Amy’s low sodium soup).
- Hot dogs and burgers made from plant-based ingredients (available in stores or homemade)
- Skewers: Other than meat, vegetable or plant-based skewers (if you’d prefer tempeh or other tofu, you can also use it).
- Frozen quinoa and kale and beans are easy to heat on the stove or fire.
- Burritos: Bring wraps, vegetables, refried beans and hot sauce.
- Roasted “carrot dogs” Use carrots in place of hot dogs, and then fill them up with all the fixings
- Corn on the cob
- Vegetables wrapped in foil Wrap your favorite veggies in tin foil and add olive oil and spices. Then grill.
Ideas for vegan camping snacks:
- Bag of power greens
- Mary’s crackers
- Fruit on fruit Apples, oranges and bananas, kiwi, peaches, plums, dried fruit, as well as dried fruit
- Avocado and whole grain bread or gluten-free bread
- Boil sweet potato (prepared ahead of time and packed in a bag).
- Veggie crisps (gluten free vegetable crackers) or kale chips
- Forager vegetable chips
- Larabars or something similar
- Mixture of nuts, dates, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds for a trail mix in a ziplock bag
- Corn thins, brown rice rice cakes or brown rice cakes with peanut butter.
- Quinoa/black bean soup
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Vegan camping desserts:
- Smores: Dandies vegan marshmallows and vegan chocolate.
- Campfire banana: boats with bananas and vegan dark chocolate, peanut butter and maple syrup
- Grilled fruit: Brush brown sugar on pineapples or peaches and grill them over the fire.
- Apple crisp: Cover apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and granola. Wrap in foil, then grill on the fire.
Step 3: Find your Gear
Once you have an idea of the facilities at your campsite, and a plan for meals, it is time to begin compiling vegan camping gear. Although it can be difficult to find animal-free camping gear, there are many options available.
Avoid down and wool bedding and choose synthetic fibers when you are looking for bedding that will keep your backcountry adventure comfortable. The Coleman sleeping bag is 100% synthetic. It will keep you warm and dry. I recommend that you bring a hand warmer if you live in colder climates, as well as a pillow made without cruelty.