Ideas for the best dehydrated camping food

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Dehydrated meals are the way to go if you want to pack lightly and eat healthy on your next camping trip.

Imagine spending all day in nature, hiking and exploring, then coming back to your tent and having to prepare some 5-pot 2-hour recipe. Doesn’t sound good, right? That’s why freeze-dried meals are a great solution when camping — not only are they easy to pack, but are also quick to prepare and can be as healthy and nutritious as any other meal.

Vegetarian dehydrated camping food

If you want to enjoy warm and tasty meals while sticking to your vegetarian diet and wasting as little time as possible on preparation, all you need to do is pack these dehydrated foods for your next camping trip!

1. Dehydrated vegetables

This dehydrated camping food will make your meals nutritious and colourful. You can take dried tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and a medley of yellow, green and red bell peppers.

2. Soup packets

Freeze-dried soup meals are available at every supermarket and you can choose between a variety of flavours and brands. 

3. Ramen noodles

The recipe for this well known freeze-dried food doesn’t have to be basic. Mix it up with vegetables and spices you took on your trip and you’ll get one of the best tasting dehydrated camping foods.

4. Dried fruit

When packing for your next trip, think about getting enough dry food containing nutrients, vitamins and minerals. We recommend dried fruit such as grapes, apples, apricots, dates and bananas.

5. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the most nutritious dried foods. Choose a type that is less processed and has limited added sugars, mix it up with fruits and enjoy your healthy breakfast!

6. Couscous

The best dehydrated camping food needs to take up little space. Couscous is great because you’ll get a serving for two from a half a cup of the ingredient.

7. Spice powder packets

You don’t want your camping recipes tasting like cardboard, right? To create yummy camping combinations take garlic, onion, basil, rosemary and cumin powder.

Dehydrated camping food recipes

Cooking dehydrated meals while camping doesn’t have to be boring. Sometimes it means putting a little more effort while shopping for ingredients, but it all pays out when you’re on your trip and enjoying something easy-to-prepare and, at the same time, exotic.

Not your average ramen

The real dehydrated camping food magic comes from using a lot of vegs and spices!


Boil two cups of water, add ramen, a bouillon cube, crumbled toasted nori, dehydrated corn and soy sauce. Simmer for about five minutes, then garnish with green onions and chilli flakes — and voila, the not your average ramen is ready!

Coconut curry soup

For this recipe, you’ll need coconut cream powder. It’s a bit hard to find, but it should be available in Asian grocery stores and online.


Boil the noodles and dehydrated vegetables. When the veggies are rehydrated and the noodles are cooked, stir in the coconut cream mixture, a bouillon cube, curry powder and cayenne pepper.

Once you have boiling water, you can prepare most of these freeze-dried options in less than 10 minutes. On the other hand, it’s totally understandable that, while on a camping trip, you want to take a day off from cooking. If you’re staying in Šimuni, you can try delicious Mediterranean cuisine in Šimuni restaurants.