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    There are two trips where instead of sleeping and eating in a cosy house, we go out camping; the trad trip and the gola trip. One of the things I always struggle with on these trips is food, which is why I thought it might be nice to exchange some ideas, especially so that people who are (quite) new to this, have something to go on. (Yes, I’m doing this early but I’m just well-prepared and this also gives other people time to share their recipes.)

    First of, always bring something to snack, and aside from things you like for yourself, bring something you can share. On trips there’s generally a lot of sharing of snacks and it’s nice if you can give something back. If you know that a certain mr. C. is going on your trip, try to bring something dairy and gluten-free as well, like rice-crackers or pompadoms. (Most crisps that are gluten-free are natural and he doesn’t like those, so no need to buy them, unless you like those yourself.) It’s worth to see the smile on his face that he can steal something off you, and it’ll make you feel less guilty for taking something from him.

    Some great snacks are cookies, chocelate, crisps, nuts, cucumber and apples. A mixure of sweet and salty is nice to have.

    Then, generally when you go camping, you’ll have one or two stoves. Adjust your dinner to this. You can also agree to cook together with others, generally two or three works alright.

    For one-stove dinner, I mostly have some easy, ready-made-canned-food-ideas. There are lots of these in Tesco. You could take soup or even chili con carne (which Bruce told me wasn’t too bad, though that just might’ve been his starvation mode talking). You can also make two-stove dinners on one-stove, but you’ll just need to be either patient or eat it after one another instead of together.

    Other than canned food, I’ve learned couscous is easy to make with one stove, as well as most indian mixures involving rice with stuff and sauce. (Did I mention what a wonderful chef I am?)

    If you have two stoves things become a bit easier as this is what you use for a lot of home-made foods, like pasta.

    As you can see, we need lots of more tips and recipes, so please share your wonderful food tips for camping!

    • This topic was modified 5 years, 11 months ago by Lili.

    I (when not fecking injured) spend just about every other weekend camping. I’ve tried a lot of different ideas and setups and it ultimately just depends on where you are and what the weather is like. In winter I’ll happily take pre-chopped raw meat into the mountains for multi-day treks but in summer I’ll rely on tinned meat or a cool box if I’m car camping.

    Lili, I assume you’re referring to situations more like the trad trip on a camp site rather than in the mountains?


    For you newbies out there I’ll give you a crash course in Conor Cadden camping cuisine! I’m not dead yet, therefore it must be good for me.

    Breakfast- x2/3 cereal bars, varying flavours.

    Lunch- Beef jerky, packets of dried fruits, cashew nuts, bread “things” (often brioches, but could just be bread).

    Dinner- Couscous (in huge quantity sealed box, then scoop out as needed), packets of tomato sauce (normally individual ones for ease of use/storage), and some “meat” often cured (salami, chorizo or pepperoni).

    Snacks- Tinned rice pudding, lots, like 6 tins.

    This diet can be cooked on a single gas stove I got for like £15 in cotswolds, with a single small pot.  Currently looking into buying a small coffee maker yolk to make life worth living.


    Id try keep the ‘tinned’ food to the minimum as i realised them tins are heavy in small quanties.



    Forget warm food for breakfast, usually you want to get up and start the day fast so you can get climbing. Cereal bars are good for this


    2 Nature Valley cereal bars (I find hem to be the best)


    It depends on how lazy/quick you want to be. If you are camping then sandwiches are a lot of hassle really and bread won’t survive your rucksack unless it is a hard loaf. I prefer a crag snack where you cut up a block of cheese into strips and then open a pack of ham, and make a wrap with the ham. If you need some carbs you can crush some crackers into a bag and its quite nice. If not you can just eat Soreen


    1/3 block of Mature Cheese, 6-8 slices of ham or salami, 4 cream crackers


    2 Scotch eggs, 1 pork pie


    You got to have 1 warm meal in the day, and you’ve earned it! Pasta is a good shout, it has a lot of carbs and calories and remains light in your rucksack. Carry  pasta sauce and split it over 2 dinners. Quick meats are good, so chorizo and bacon are best. Chicken requires you to have a cutting board or a bit more patience to cook everything.

    Super noodles with bacon are also a good shout and very easy to make, usually you can boil the bacon with the noddles.


    1/2 Tomato sauce, 100g Pasta (you earned it!), 110g Chorizo Ring (fry it 1st until dark brown)

    2 Packs of flavoured super noodles, 4 rashers bacon

    1 flavoured rice pack, 4 rashers bacon


    Things shared easy are best, and that you can quickly whip out. Skittles, Minstrels, and M&Ms are my favourites. I prefer to carry a lot of calories per gram weight, so I tend to not bother with much fruit


    Pete, don’t be a pansy. There’s nothing better after a shit nights sleep than a bacon butty and a proper coffee :p



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