Camping Gear – Food and drink

Prepare at least one meal for when you arrive, something you can easily heat up once you’ve pitched the tent. You can try some of my recipes for Just Pitched Dinners.

cath beside tent and camping with water bag

Cath demonstrates the camping water bag

Basic cooking ingredients
Olive oil, salt and pepper, butter and some tinned food. Amounts really depend on what you have to store it all in. Tea bags, coffee, sugar, of course.

Carbs and protein
I pack plenty of pasta, rice, couscous and even my campfire bread mix. Then some easy-to-store proteins like beans, chickpeas, halloumi cheese, tinned tuna, houmous, saucisson and anchovies.

Sauces etc.
My camp kitchen also includes tinned tomatoes and coconut milk, onions, carrots, garlic, chillies and fresh tomatoes. Prepared spices, flavourings and dressings such as salsa romesco, mustard, french dressing, garlic and ginger paste, garam masala and chermoula. I also stuff fresh herbs into one of my lock-and-lock containers.

Something that is calorific and won’t melt in the sun.

Collapsible washing bowl
In which you can wash the dishes and the baby.

Ice is hard to come by at campsites, so you want a tipple that doesn’t require it, such as whisky or red wine. My friend swears by mead. Remember the trip to the toilet is further than the short hop across the landing, so don’t go overboard. The warming effect of alcohol quickly wears off, and leaves you colder afterwards.

Hot chocolate
The effort involved in making hot chocolate at night ensures it will be the finest experience you and chocolate will ever share. Don’t skimp on the cocoa and melt real chocolate drops in the milk for added pleasure.

Cool bag or box
Boxes take up space, but keep food safe from wildlife and leaks. Many sites let you chill ice blocks in their freezers, sometimes for free, sometimes for a price.

Frozen milk
Put milk cartons in the freezer for a few days before you go. Pop them in your cool bag and not only will they chill the rest of the bag’s contents, they will also thaw in time for you to drink.

Water carrier
A collapsible one with a tap. You want water to hand for drinking, cooking and light washing.

Water flasks
Bottled water is over. Refillable flasks are where it’s at, and you’ll need them as being outdoors all the time will make you much thirstier than usual. Make sure the kids have their own flasks.

Cath’s camping gear checklist:
Camping Gear – Tent and the basics

Camping Gear – Camping cookware

Camping Gear – Food and drink

Camping Gear – Hygiene

Camping Gear – Sleeping bags and camping lanterns

  2 comments for “Camping Gear – Food and drink

  1. August 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Cath
    Great list. Hot chocolate and Just pitched dinners. Now that is what we have been missing! Hot water bottles (my top tip), big rug and hot choc- what a treat. For some reason we have to have popcorn too.

  2. Sophie
    July 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Chocolate fingers and port… best late-night snack in the world. Bite the both ends of the chocolate finger, dip into the port and suck. As soon as you taste the port, eat the chocolate finger. Sounds weird but, trust me, this is one of the greatest mouth joys in the world

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