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Happy camper enjoying Kate's Real Food bars on a sunny hiking trail.

Going Camping? Must-Have Camping Snacks for Every Adventure

We love camping at Kate’s Real Food! It’s a fantastic way to spend time in the great outdoors while escaping the daily grind. It’s an opportunity to disconnect from technology (yay!) and reconnect with yourself and loved ones. And whether you are hiking, fishing, or just hanging around the campfire, having the right snacks is an essential activity for any camping trip.

In this article, we’ll offer fun and healthy snack recommendations to help you make better decisions around snacking for your next camping trip. That way you’ll also be better prepared for your next grocery haul.

Things to Consider When Buying Camping Snacks

Not all camping trips are created equal. You’ll want to consider the environment, amenities, activities, and snacks you need to pack. If you're sitting around a campfire, you want to bring snacks that are easy to eat and relatively mess-free like roasted marshmallows, chocolate-dipped bananas, fruits, popcorn, and s'mores (yum!).

If you don’t plan on having a campfire, you can also bring pre-made shareable snacks, such as nuts, granola bars, and trail mix. You’ll also want to consider shelf-stable snacks, unless you’re bringing a cooler. Lastly, you want to pack snacks that offer nutritional benefits for a nice balance. 

What are the Best Camping Snacks?

The best camping snacks are easy to pack, don’t require refrigeration, and are so delicious that you keep reaching for seconds. Some of the best options include trail mix, protein packed beef jerky, granola bars made with nut butters, and dried fruit. These snacks are great because they’re high in protein, carbs, and healthy fats, which are essential for keeping you fueled and energized throughout your camping trip. Plus, they’re easy to grab and eat on-the-go, making them perfect for hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

Group of friends taking a break to savor Kate's Real Food bars during their camping trip

Fun Camping Snacks

Traditionally camping snacks include s'mores, popcorn, and hot dogs.

S’mores are a classic camping treat that everyone will love. All you need are graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate.

Popcorn is another fun snack that’s easy to make over a campfire and a great way to satisfy salty cravings.

Hot dogs are another favorite camping snack that can be cooked over the fire with just a few ingredients such as ketchup, mustard, relish, and buns. You’ll have a delicious, convenient snack that everyone can enjoy.

Although these snacks are camp-fire friendly and are guaranteed to please any crowd, don't underestimate the joy that convenient granola bars can provide like Kate’s Real Food bars.

Sitting in a camping chair and refueling with a Kate's Real Food bar

Healthy Snacks to Take Camping

As mentioned previously, it’s great to bring fun foods and those that will help keep everyone full, energized, and happy. Achieving a consistent state of joy and energy is attainable with the appropriate nutritious snacks. These snacks should contain whole food ingredients, proteins, grains, and other healthy elements. 

Some of the best healthy camping snacks include:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Vegetable sticks with hummus
  • Nuts
  • Trail mix
  • Granola bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Beef jerky

Trail mix, beef jerky, and non-GMO granola bars are a few of our favorite healthy snack choices. Trail mix is a classic camping snack because it’s easy to pack and provides a good mix of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Beef jerky is another go-to that’s high in protein and doesn’t need to be refrigerated. And you will never tire of a classic, nutrient-packed granola bar that comes in multiple flavors like the 8 unique flavors from Kate’s Real Food.

snacking on Kate's Real Food bars around the campfire

To make the most of your outdoor adventure, it’s important to have the right snacks on hand. Whether you’re looking for something healthy, fun, or traditional, there are plenty of options to choose from and we recommend bringing a mix. When it comes to healthy, on-the-go, and tasty snacking, Kate’s Real Food bars are the ultimate choice. So, next time you’re planning a camping trip, be sure to pack plenty of Kate’s Real Food bars, as well as other tasty treats to fuel your adventures.