From soup to nuts, camping meals always taste more home-cooked when you do some of the preparation at home.
Step 1: Prepare a snack Fix up a blend of your favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruits, wheat crackers, and raisins at home. Store it in a zip-lock bag for snacks on the trail.
Step 2: Stir up oatmeal Combine a mixture of instant rolled oats and dried fruit at home. In camp, add the mixture to boiling water and let it stand until the oatmeal is cooked.
Step 3: Make stew or soup Cook up a stew or soup at home. Refrigerate it overnight, then transport it to your camp in a portable cooler.
Step 4: Bake a casserole Bake a casserole at home. Let it cool to room temperature, then freeze it. Carry it to your camp in a portable freezer, and thaw it out in time for your meal.
TIP: Don't pack food if it has just been cooked and is still warm. Refrigerate the cooked food overnight before packing.
Step 5: Pack ice blocks Remember to pack plenty of ice blocks or gel packs around any perishable food that you transport to camp. You can also use frozen drinks as cooling bricks. Now all you have to do is wait for mess call.
FACT: The first s'mores recipe appeared in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook with the title 'Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.'