The past few days I found myself Googling “what to bring camping” and “healthy foods for camping” several times.
Because this weekend, Dave and I are going on a camping trip in the redwoods with a group of friends.
We’re leaving tomorrow, and our detailed packing and planning has been last-minute because we weren’t sure if we could go until Saturday night. Sadly, the Golden State Warriors did not make it past the first round of the NBA playoffs, but that did free up our weekend to get out of the City.
My previous camping experience
I’ve been camping before, but it was an entirely different animal. Back in college, I went on an Outward Bound Appalachian backpacking and rock-climbing challenge, which required me to carry a big backpack, practice leave-no-trace camping and become “one with nature” in a small-group setting for eight days. I heard about Outward Bound from a friend-of-a-friend early on in my college career and was so intrigued by the challenge that I took it. My family and friends didn’t quite understand it, but they supported it, and I’m so glad I can recall that experience. It was extremely hard and something I’ll never forget. Especially the “solo night,” in which I had to go off and set up my own personal campsite and reflect on my experience. Scary, but pretty awesome.
However that was then, and this is now.
I’m a little more accustomed to urban comforts these days, so will be roughing it this weekend.
We’re going with a group of 15 people and one of them is celebrating a birthday, so it’s sure to be an awesome time. My girlfriend organizing the trip is a pro, so she has already sent out the list of who needs to bring what for our community meals. However, we’re on our own for most of the set-up.
Planning for a camping trip
I’ve created numerous lists, and last night Dave and I went shopping to get most of the things we’ll need. We’ve borrowed a few items and are going to rent a tent and sleeping bags from Sports Basement tomorrow on the way out of town.
By the way, if you’re ever in the need of equipment and live in the Bay Area, I’d highly recommend any of the five Sports Basement locations, because they make it very easy.
Now, let’s get to it. Most of the resources I found online were either too complicated or unhelpful, so I figured I’d make my own.
We’re bringing nearly every item above, except for some of the cooking devices, which we’ll share with the group.
Easy and healthy food for camping
I spent a lot of time looking around at ideas for foods that don’t need to be kept cold. Clearly, nuts, almond butter, sandwiches and packaged goods were the top recommendations. However, I wanted to make sure we didn’t rely solely on things that were packaged, but also didn’t bring anything that would be too much trouble to prepare.
I think we’ve put together a balanced selection. Some of which we’re freezing ahead of time, then keeping in the cooler until consumed.
Here are the food items we’re bringing.
- Greek yogurt (pre-frozen)
- Almond butter
- Trail mix
- Pita chips
- Baby carrots
- Pre-baked potato
- Bison burgers
- Wheat hamburger buns
- (We are sharing sides with the group, which will be salad, assorted fruit, etc.)
- Tons of water
- Coconut water
- Instant coffee for Dave
- Green tea for me
There you have it. Lots of preparation for a weekend in the great outdoors.
Tomorrow evening, after I teach BODYPUMP, we’re heading off on the one-hour drive to the campsite to meet the group. Even though there won’t be cell service, I’ll have my camera in-hand most of the time.
Saying goodbye to my Thursday sweat sessions
Today’s post is a little late, because I had a busy first part of the day. In fact, I taught my last ever Thursday lunch-time BODYATTACK class. While I’ve absolutely loved this group, I have to let it go in order to free up my days for my new job. I’m going to keep my other classes and will continue to sub as much as I can, so I can sneak in some more BODYATTACK every week.
Questions of the day
Have you ever been camping before? If so, what’s your favorite part?
Did I miss anything on my list?
What’s your favorite go-to picnic meal to eat outdoors?