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Hey guys! I recently went camping and hiking in the Grand Canyon. I bought and planned most of the food and realized that most people don’t know what food to bring, let alone know of what healthy food options to bring, so I am providing a list of ideas of food to bring for your next trip! What are your favorite healthy foods to bring on trips?

Foods that do NOT require refrigeration or a cooler with ice:



  • Instant coffee

  • French press (tea kettle to make hot water) and coffee grounds to make fresh coffee

  • Powdered Creamer or individual creamers

  • Coconut Coffee – used as a creamer (I get it at costco)

  • Sugar or stevia for coffee


  • Plant based milk – non-refrigerated

  • Cereal

  • Pre-made muffins (Such as Healthy Banana Bread Muffins )

  • Whole wheat or gluten free Pancake mix that only needs water – Kodiak Cakes brand protein pancake mix is my favorite, its whole wheat, loaded with protein and fiber, and tastes delicious! (I ate this with turkey sausage in the middle and dipped them in maple syrup, soooooo amazing!)

  • Instant oatmeal


  • Chocolate, haha I need my chocolate!!

  • s’mores

  • fruit


  • GRAIN: Whole wheat or gluten free Bread OR crackers OR whole wheat tortillas, etc


  • Peanut butter & Jelly

  • Nutella & Peanut butter or nut butter

  • Canned tuna with Mayo, mustard or desired toppings

  • Canned salmon with Mayo, or desired toppings

  • Canned chicken with Mayo, mustard or desired toppings

  • Canned beans

  • Dried meats such as Salami or Pepperoni

  • Smoked Cheeses

  • Canned Chickpeas

  • Canned Chili

  • Veggies: lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado

*Olive oil Mayo has half the calories and fat*

  • Can buy individual packets of mayo to avoid refrigeration problems


  • Madras lentils (pre-cooked) 

  • Pre-cooked rice

  • Canned beans

  • Baked Beans

  • Anne’s Lentil soup or lentil and veggie soup

  • Canned soups

  • Baked potatoes – only need to reheat


  • Beef Jerky

  • FRUIT – grapefruit, oranges, banana, mango, papaya, apple, mandarin oranges, grapes, tangerines, blood oranges, fruits with natural “wrappers” (fruit peel), pears

  • VEGGIES – carrots, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, avocados, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, Zucchini

  • Protein bars

  • Granola bars

  • Trail mix

  • Power Balls

  • Healthy Banana Bread Muffins

  • Protein shakes

  • Celery with peanut butter

  • Dehydrated veggies or fruit

  • Veggie chips

  • Nuts/Seeds

  • Kale Chips

  • Healthy Cookies

  • Dried Seaweed

  • Dehydrated Fruit bars



  • Water filter if fresh water isn’t accessible and backpacking

  • Coconut water (If it is really hot out, this is a great way to get hydrated and restore electrolytes)

REQUIRES refrigeration:

  • Pre-cooked Turkey Sausages

  • Veggie patties

  • Eggs/Hard boiled eggs

  • Hummus (eat with pita bread chips, on top of chicken, with salad or to dip veggies in are some examples of ways to eat this)

  • Breakfast sandwich with egg and veggies

Don’t forget a can opener!

I would LOVE to hear what healthy foods you love to pack for road trips or camping or backpacking or traveling! Share below! =D

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