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Helllo,<br><br>
I've been missing from the boards for awhile, I had finals then went on vacation and now it's summer in NY so I'm hardly on the computer but I need some advice here. I'm going camping for a couple days and since I'm the vegan and have diet restrictions/I'm a decent cook I'm in charge of our food. It's going to be in the 90's the next few days and no one is going to want hot food except maybe for dinner (I was originally thinking stew/soups, breads, cobblers etc) and I don't know how well things will keep in our little cooler if it's 90 degrees out. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to pack? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br>
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yay for camping!<br><br>
first of all, what kind of cooking equipment is going to be available, are you bringing a gas stove, motorhome/trailer with kitchen, bbq, or open fire?
 

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canned food ftw. Beans, soups, vegan chilli, and fresh fruits that can keep for a while, like apples, oranges, bananas.
 

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If this is something you do a lot, or if you have time to wait for a shipment to arrive, I'd recommend <a href="http://www.harmonyhousefoods.com" target="_blank">www.harmonyhousefoods.com</a> as they have a nice backpacker collection of vegan veggies and beans. Their vegan instant soups are REALLY good!!!<br><br>
They have high quality stuff, and I've got a pantry full of their dried products. Its nice to have on hand for last minute recipes that "need" some ingredient you don't have fresh.
 

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Now that I think about it, and I almost hate to recommend it, but instant ramen noodles might be a good idea. They have little nutritional value, but they may add a "full feeling" to an otherwise healthy meal.<br><br>
They are lightweight, and water doesn't even really need to be that hot to make them. Cool/lukewarm water works fine, they just need to soak a bit longer.
 

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Gelatin Free marshmellows (Find them in the kosher section), dark chocolate, and honey-free grahms for smores!
 

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Dried fruits and nuts would be very handy to take, they will provide a lot of energy and nutrients, and are relatively light and easy to store.
 

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If it's car camping or you have an RV or something then it's just regular vegan food. But if it's backcountry type of stuff then you need lightweight food: dehydrated/dried/freezedried foods. So, you want stuff like TVP, vegan jerky, dried fruit, nuts, energy bars/packs, etc.<br>
At REI you can search by the term "vegan" and find stuff like this: <a href="http://www.rei.com/search?cat=4500001_Food&jxVegan=Vegan&hist=cat%2C4500001_Food%3AFood%5EjxVegan%2CVegan" target="_blank">http://www.rei.com/search?cat=450000...xVegan%2CVegan</a><br><br>
You can get tasty freezedried fruit at Trader Joes (I get it all the time for my toddler because it's less messy than fresh fruit when we're out and about). You can get nuts anywhere. Vegan jerky at Whole Foods or a specialty health food store. TVP is in some regular grocery stores but you can definitely get it at natural food stores or Whole Foods.
 

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Depends how picky you are. I tend to camp pretty deep in the woods. I just boil lake water, and bring dried legumes, grains, and fruits/nuts. For example; almonds, dried cranberries and dates, lentils, barley, pasta, rolled oats, brown rice, beans. That's about it.<br><br>
But like Elaine said, if it's "car camping" you can just eat what you normally do, just bring a large cooler with lots of ice packs.
 

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pasta salad is really easy to make and doesnt really need to be stored at extremely cold temperature, If you have a grill or open camp fire than Vegetable kabobs would work great, also you can easily throw together wraps with vegetables and hummus.
 
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