Pelican Flyer •
May 14, 2021
Following a paleo diet while camping can be tricky. After all, most of the foods in a paleo diet — lean meats, fish, fresh fruits and veggies — need to be refrigerated. So what’s a paleo camper to do? Temporarily give up on your diet and resign yourself to eating chips, hot dogs and s’mores?
Actually, sticking to a paleo diet while camping is easier than you might think. Eating paleo camping foods requires minimal kitchen gear and most of your food can be prepped in advance. If you’re going to be camping a lot in the future, here’s everything you need to stay paleo while exploring the great outdoors.
You don’t need any special kitchen equipment for paleo camping food. However, it’s wise to invest in quality camping supplies and items, especially if you plan to camp often. Here’s what you’ll need:
Investing in a proper camping cooler is key to staying paleo while camping — that, and knowing how to pack a cooler so that your food stays colder for longer. Choose a cooler that has a long ice life and is rugged enough to withstand the elements.
We also recommend having two coolers: one for food and one for drinks. Opening the cooler frequently will cause it to lose cool air. If your campsite is a distance away from where you parked, get a cooler with wheels so you don’t need to lug a heavy cooler around. All that paleo meat can get heavy!
Unless you plan on eating all of your paleo camping foods raw, you’re going to need some cookware. Invest in the basics: a cast-iron skillet, a stockpot with a lid (great for paleo soups), a frying pan, a grill gate, a knife and a cutting board. Don’t forget storage containers, utensils, drinkware, plates and bowls.
A heat source is essential to preparing many paleo camping meals. Will you be cooking over an open fire or using a camping stove? If you’re using an open fire, you’ll need a box of matches, kindling and wood. For a camping stove, you’ll need a box of matches, lighter fluid and a fuel container.
Remember to give yourself plenty of time to get a fire going. It’s a good idea to pack a LED headlamp in case you need to start a fire in the dark.
When it comes to paleo camping foods, simple is best. Whether you’re camping in a tent or an RV, it’s doubtful that you want to spend the majority of your camping experience preparing and cooking meals for everyone. With that in mind, here are some paleo foods we recommend for your next outdoor adventure:
Although camping on a paleo diet may sound like a pain, it’s really not as difficult as it seems. With some advance planning, a quality cooler and a few delicious recipes, you can have an amazing paleo camping experience.
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