Article courtesy of by CHLOE. Chef Contributor, Lauren Kretzer.
There are few things that we love more than the great outdoors, and what better way to spend quality time with Mother Nature than going camping? Spending a weekend under the stars requires little more than an adventurous spirit, some basic equipment and a little pre-planning. If you’ve never gone camping before, don’t be intimidated! We’ve gone ahead and done the pre-planning for you – vegan style, of course! You can thank us later after you’ve spent a whole restful weekend beneath the trees.
Where to go:
The Go Camping America website allows you to search for campsites by location, amenities, lifestyle, and recreation options, so you’ll find the perfect place to get away for the weekend based on your specific needs.
What to pack:
First things first – you’ll need fuel for all of that hiking, tubing, and lounging around by the fire, so it’s important to come prepared with plenty of delicious food to enjoy all weekend long – we’ve made your grocery list for you because we love you. Make sure you bring a heavy duty cooler and plenty of ice to keep all of your provisions fresh! Next, we’ve made a list of gear that will come in handy, ranging from the obvious essentials (a tent – duh), to the “nice to have but not necessary” category (camp friendly games!).
Done-for-you Grocery List:
- Ground coffee and tea bags
- Jugs of filtered water
- Old fashioned rolled oats
- Sliced whole grain sandwich bread
- Nut butter
- Non dairy milk
- Fresh Fruit (sturdy varieties that don’t require refrigeration like apples, bananas, and oranges are best)
- Ripe avocados
- Whole grain or gluten-free burger & hot dog buns
- Lettuce, tomato, sprouts, and onion (or whatever your favorite sandwich toppings are!)
- Veggie burgers, vegan hot dogs and vegan sausages (we love Field Roast brand for camping!)
- Vegan baked beans (Trader Joe’s makes a great organic version)
- Ketchup, mustard and vegan mayo
- Trail Mix or yummy travelin’ snacks
- Graham crackers (look for a variety free of honey)
- Vegan marshmallows (we love Dandies and Trader Joe’s brands)
- Chocolate bars (we love Endangered Species and Green & Black’s brands)
- Bagged snacks of choice – potato chips, pretzels, tortilla chips (don’t forget the salsa!)
- Percolator (for campfire coffee!)
- Mess Kit
- Camping Stove
- Cutting board and some basic cooking utensils (knife, spatula, serving spoon)
- Sleeping Bags – look for synthetic fill (no down) for a truly vegan product – we love the varieties by Marmot and REI
- Vegan (leather-free) hiking boots
- Waterproof wireless speaker
- Vegan bug spray
- Insulated water bottle
- Solar Charger
- Games to play fireside – we love Bananagrams, Cards Against Humanity, and old-school Mad Libs!