Food and water are as essential as the right clothes, sleeping bag and tent. Without food you’re going to struggle and your wild camping trip will be short lived. In this post I’ll assume you have no knowledge of foraging for food and you’ll be packing your own meals.
Bearing in mind you want to keep your pack light you won’t be carrying tins of food. That’s ok if you’re going on a standard camping holiday and have a car but as you’re on foot, tins will be too much weight to carry.
As a vegan I obviously don’t discuss meat either.
You need to focus on energy foods; things like nuts, seeds, berries, fruit, spinach, avocados and of course water is equally important (I allow roughly 1.5 litres per day). For longer excursions brown rice is a good choice although is slow to cook so make sure you have a full canister for your stove if you’re packing one. I have a design for a portable stove which uses dry kindling and is an excellent option for longer trips although you’ll need some cotton wool and alcohol to fuel it.
Nuts are a great source of protein and are excellent for your active periods (when hiking). Obviously berries are a good source of vitamins and anti-oxidants while fruit such as apples and bananas are a good source of fibre and carbohydrates, as well as pectin, tryptophan (promotes endorphins), sulphur, vitamin A, vitamin C and zinc.
Avocados are good for essential fats, vitamin E, omega 3, folate acid, potassium and is also a very good anti-inflammatory.
Brown rice is good source of carbs as well and helps greatly with digestion. It is also quite filling which means you won’t feel dissatisfied with your meal. You could add some bouillon and spinach with a few nuts and seeds sprinkled in for good measure.
Seeds (especially sesame or flax) are very good provider of calcium and the spinach is a good source of iron.
These are the foods I always pack (along with a batch of decent teabags) on wild camping trips as they’re easy to store, last a few days and cover all the basic dietary needs without weighing my pack down too much.
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