Next, plan your menu
- Sunscreen and good insect repellent are a must. Luckily, there are several good vegan bug sprays on the market, made with natural oils like citronella and eucalyptus.
- For cleanup, a small squirt bottle of natural, biodegradable castile soap can be used for both dishes and showers.
- Camping and hiking can really work up an appetite. Pack more than you think you'll need, and include calorie-rich goodies like nuts and nut butters.
- Purchase vegan instant meal packets and make your own gourmet camp food using lightweight staples like couscous, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, and instant flakes. A good camping cookbook like Simple Foods for the Pack by Claudia Axcell and Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Packpackin' by Christine Conners can help.
- Sturdy fresh fruits - apples, oranges, hard pears and under ripe bananas - and vegetables, such as baby carrots, travel well and stay fresh at room temperature.
- Powdered soymilk or single-serving size aseptic containers of nondairy milk are great for topping granola or mixing into instant oatmeal or pancake mix for breakfast.
- Good snacks for the trail include soy jerky, trail mix, toasted soy nuts, granola, food bars and dried fruit.
Finally, if you're dreaming of a traditional campfire roast and sing-a-long, canned vegan hotdogs don't require refrigeration and taste great roasted on a stick (we recommend Cedar Lake Deli-Franks). And what about marshmallows? Never fear! VeganSweets vegan marshmallows will keep your little campers happy.
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