What are some cheap, easy vegan foods that work for camping?
Oatmeal: If you’re only planning for a few days, oatmeal packets are convenient because they come in a variety of flavors. For a longer trip or more people, though, buying instant oatmeal in bulk saves money. Try adding peanut butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and/or dried fruit.
Soy milk: Since most soy milk only needs refrigeration after it’s been opened, two or three people should be able to finish a carton before it goes bad. You may also want to try powdered soy milk, which is fine as an ingredient but tastes grainy and watery to me if I just add water.
Bread: My trail crew baked sandwich bread each night for the next day’s lunch. If you have time and a small oven-box that sits on your camp stove, this is a fun way to save money. We used a simple yeast bread recipe—just yeast, sugar, water, flour, and salt—and sometimes mixed in ingredients like cinnamon and raisins for pizzazz. Of course, store-bought sandwich bread is an option as well.
Gorp: A camping classic, gorp technically stands for “good old raisins and peanuts,” but often refers to a delicious mixture of nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, and anything else you’d like to add.
Fruits and vegetables: Some types of produce, like apples, citruses, onions, potatoes, and carrots, seem to hold up better than others. My group also ate blueberries, cherries, watermelon, celery, broccoli, corn, and bell peppers. Canned and dried fruits and veggies are great, too.