There are many types of foods that are handy for camping, back-packing and even for RV’s like our minivan camper conversion, that have a long shelf life. Some are actually pretty good, but some are pricey, too, so shop and compare prices. If you’re headed out into the remote areas of the country for weeks at a time, then having some on hand saves weight, refrigeration, and waste from spoilage.

If you like to go out and hike, then dehydrated foods are definitely the way to go, because they are so light. You can carry a week’s worth of food in a back-pack with no trouble at all. Some companies provide “packages” where you can get a variety of meals all in the same package, or if you are a particular eater, you can buy the meals one at a time, and as many as you want. You can order a whole supply of food, store what don’t need to take with you immediately, and restock at camp for your next trek.

If you are going out in a vehicle to remote areas for awhile, and/or will be with a group, you can even get survival kits in 5-gallon buckets (or several of them), to keep everything sealed and fresh until you need it.  These are also great for storm shelters, too, in case you get trapped for awhile, it will give you something to eat until you’re rescued. Also, as was evident in the storms of 2011, many people lost their entire homes above ground.  But if they had a storm shelter well stocked with food, they can get by for quite a while until other aid comes. This type of food comes in handy for all sorts of things, so don’t immediately discount it as a “fad” or “junk food”.  This is serious stuff, and  definitely has its purpose!

And don’t think it’s just “emergency rations”. Camping and survival food comes in all types for all kinds of appetites, for picky kids

to grandpa

and from breakfast

to lunch

to dinner,

and anything in between. If you’re in a hurry you can often eat right out of the pouch, or you can get as fancy as you want. Sometimes they can even be warmed up in their own pouches, but always read the instructions first, just to make sure.

If you are into backpacking the remote areas of the country, then you’ll also need some way to heat your food. Sure, you can gather sticks and make a fire, but what happens if it’s raining and you’re stuck in a tent or a cave and everything outside is wet. If you were a Boy Scout, you would have been taught to “be prepared”. A small alcohol gel fuel can is about the smallest, lightest stove you can get for one-person meals.

But for our minivan camper conversion we plan to be on the go most of the time to see the country. We don’t want to park somewhere for weeks at a time. That’s our choice, but our mode of travel also allows us to afford to eat out a little more.

With being on the go most of the time, it’s more practical to just stop at grocery stores that we pass, or farmer’s markets and road side stands (which are also usually less expensive) when we can find them. Fresh is always better, and we stay well fed when traveling (probably a little too much so, but we’ll talk about that in the health and lifestyle section!)