Tips for Paleo Campers

Yes, there are a lot of foods that are normally taken along on camping trips that are not necessarily meant for The Paleo Diet, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy camping and communing with nature. You just need to do it a bit differently, which means bringing along different types of foods and tools to ensure that you can stick to your paleo diet no matter where you end up. Today we’re going to take a look at some tips for anyone who is following The Paleo Diet and is fond of camping. Let’s get started.

Invest in Camp Kitchen Gear

If you plan on taking frequent camping trips, it’s wise to have a good supply of items for your camp kitchen. Preparing paleo meals while camping requires a few special tools, including these three basics:

Source of Heat – Are you going to be using an open wood fire, or do you plan on cooking with charcoal? If you are camping at State and National parks, you will need to find out if there are grills that are separate from fire pits, or if they have the type that hangs over an open pit. If you are going to other areas where there are no amenities, you will want to have a small barbecue with you, just in case.

Cookware – Make sure that you are well-stocked with basic pieces of all-purpose cookware, including a cast-iron skillet, and a stock pot with a lid if you want to cook soups. You should also have a pair of tongs, a spatula, and a long-handled spoon. Some campers also like to bring along a frying pan for cooking breakfast foods. You should also have a few storage containers to help keep foods fresh.

Cooler – The Paleo Diet requires that you eat animal foods and a lot of other proteins. These foods need to be refrigerated, so you will need to make sure that you have a good cooler, and plenty of ice. If you are going to be camping for several days, look for a cooler that will keep foods cold for a minimum of three days.

Cook in Large Quantities

If you plan to be camping for long periods of time, it is a good idea to cook large amounts of food that can be reheated. For instance, you can cook a huge pot of soup, store it in jars or other containers in your cooler, and have meals for a few days that you can reheat quickly. If you are cooking burgers or dogs, make enough for a couple of meals, and you can reheat them later. It is always quicker and easier to reheat things than it is to cook them from scratch.

Foods to Pack

Make sure that you plan to prepare foods that use common ingredients, so you don’t have to pack up your entire kitchen for your camping trips. One way to spice up your meals is to bring along a lot of different herbs and spices, which can be placed in small containers so they don’t take up a lot of space. When it comes to the types of food you will be taking with you, there are three main things to consider: protein; carbohydrates; and fats.


Make sure that you bring sources of protein that are easy to pack and just as easy to prepare. These should include items such as bagged or canned tuna and sardines. Bring along some deli meat, which will stay good for a couple of days in the cooler, along with hard-boiled eggs, chicken breasts, steaks, ground beef, and other meat. If you’re planning on camping for longer than three or four days, bring along dried or smoked meats, which will last longer. Other good sources of protein include nuts and seeds.

Fat and Carbohydrates

We need healthy fats in our diets, which can come from a number of paleo-friendly food sources, including nuts and seeds, nut butters, chocolate, trail mix, and granola. Avocado is another great source of healthy fats, but you need to make sure that it is packed and stored properly so it doesn’t end up getting crushed. You will also need to have plenty of carbohydrates, especially if you plan on hiking or doing other strenuous activities that require plenty of energy. Foods that are easy to take along and that are loaded with good carbs include dried fruit and chopped vegetables.

It is important to make sure that you get protein, good fats, and good carbs in every meal, whether you are camping or at home. There are plenty of easy ways to combine these nutrients, even when you have limited resources on a camping trip. It can be as simple as combining a couple of hard-boiled eggs with a half a cup of granola and a piece of fruit for breakfast, or something more substantial for dinner, such as steak with carrots and other veggies.

About Jane Dizon

Jane DizonJane is a health, fitness, and nutrition enthusiast and blogger. She is a nurse by profession and a writer by passion. She has a soft spot for macadamia chocolate and green tea.

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  1. I have been eating paleo for over ten years. I am also a five decades long avid backpacker with tons of remote back-country off-trail experience.

    Here’s my approach to paleo backpacking:
    1) After decades of backpacking with always the latest types of gasoline and more recently alcohol stoves, I now leave the stove at home.
    2) I carry dried meats, dried fruit, nuts, and coffee beans. No muss, no fuss. Everything goes in large plastic bags in my bear canister. I have smaller plastic bags I transfer the food into to be available for lunch.
    3) Benefits? No noisy stove at dinner, just the wind in the trees. No need for the extra weight of the stove, the fuel, the packaging, and the cleanup stuff. Who needs all that anyway?
    4) Ah, but morning coffee you ask, what about morning coffee? Easy, eat a small handful of coffee beans and then follow promptly with some dried fruit. The transition from the bright and delightful bitterness of the coffee as it is overtaken and finishes with the sublime sweetness of the fruit is a wonder of nature to behold. And you’ll get your coffee rush just as reliably, trust me.
    5) Water treatment if you can’t boil water? I have used iodine, Potable Aqua, various filters, Aquamira, and a Steripen. I prefer the Steripen when I can use it. But all work and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
    6) The point is that eating paleo while backpacking it easier than any other kind of diet. Just bring dried meat, dried fruit, and nuts. Oh, and coffee beans.

    • Awesome, just awesome. I backpack in Colorado over 10 times a year. I do a lot of backcountry fishing (yum) and off-trail travel. I’ve eaten a lot of crappy Mountain House in the past (always caused digestive issues after a trip).

      I’m been paleo for a few months and have been trying to sort out a good meal plan before the spring thaw. I didn’t even think about leaving the stove at home. I am liking the way you describe your meal process and can’t wait to do it. Loving paleo food and the entire lifestyle. Thanks and happy new year!

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