Healthy, Easy Camping Snacks
Heading out? Don’t forget the snacks.
But we’re talking more than just marshmallows and a bag of chips from the nearest gas station. With a little bit of prep, you can satisfy the whole squad with these easy camping snacks—all tasty, healthy, organic and responsibly sourced. Let’s get packing!
Camping Snacks for Kids
It’s not a camping trip until there’s a kid smeared in peanut butter and dirt! While the snacks on this list can be enjoyed by campers of all ages, we recommend you have a couple extra tricks up your sleeve for the kiddos. Crisp, fresh fruits and veggies like apples, celery and carrots go a long way when combined with nut butter. Dried mango, bananas and pineapple are tasty, naturally sweet treats (more on that below). Yogurt, granola, almond milk—arm yourself with whatever you need to keep the ankle-biters happy. You might have to pack a cooler, but anything is cooler than a meltdown.
Dried and Dehydrated Fruits
It might seem like a dry subject, but we consider dehydrated fruits to be the hard candy of the forest—some of the best camping snacks out there. Dates, prunes, figs, papaya slices, raisins, and more are well-established contenders. Here are a few of our favorites: Regenerative Organic Certified™ Chile Mango, Organic Honeycrisp Dried Apples and Sol Simple’s solar-dried Organic Pineapple and Organic Bananas.
One note with dehydrated fruits: Don’t turn into a prune yourself. Remember to drink water.
Savory Jerky + Links
Jerky is a healthy, protein-packed snack that’s deeply satisfying wherever you eat it. It can also be responsibly sourced. The same is true for meat links—not all of them are packed with fillers, mystery meat and preservatives.
Take our Buffalo Jerky and Lightly Smoked Buffalo Links, made from free-roaming buffalo that restore the Great Plains. Or our Lightly Smoked Venison Links, made from invasive axis deer that are overrunning Hawaii. All three are mighty tasty.
You heard it here first, folks. Tinned fish is a dynamite camping snack. If you haven’t munched mussels on a mountaintop or slurped sardines by the sea, you’re missing out! Canned seafood is an exceptional source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s drop-it-off-a-cliff portable. Just make sure you follow best practices for stowing your empty cans, especially in bear country.
Smaller fish are typically more ocean-friendly choices, because they live lower on the food chain and tend to be more abundant. Eating them eases pressure on larger, overfished species. The only watchword? Sourcing. Stick to tinned fish from responsible fisheries. We can vouch for our wild Spanish White Anchovies, line-caught wild Atlantic Mackerel and our Mussels, humble bivalves that actively restore the ocean.
What’s a chip or a cracker without a good dip? Fortunately, there are plenty of satisfying dips that don’t require refrigeration, and many more that you can quickly whip up on a picnic table.
Make quick-and-dirty guacamole with a couple of ripe avocados mashed into canned salsa—plus salt, lime and Organic Aji Molido seasoning to taste. Cook up some of our Organic Black Bean Soup to make a Spicy Black Bean Dip that’ll stick to your ribs.
Go Nuts (and Nut Butters)
Two things we love about nuts and nut butters: 1. They’re a delicious source of protein and healthy fats. 2. They’re sturdy travelers. Plain ol’ nuts are great; fancy nuts like Old Dog Ranch Golden Herb Walnuts and Smoked Paprika and Garlic Walnuts are even better.
Another fun option is PBJs, adding in anything you want! Example: Peanut butter (or almond butter or walnut butter) and jelly plus pretzels, chile mango, crushed walnuts, foraged berries and potato chips. You get the idea. Just remember to bring hearty bread.