Just being in the fresh air seems to double everyone's appetite whether your family is paddling, biking, or just relaxing around camp. So it's a good idea to have prepared some snacks prior to your trip. And doing so with the kids greatly adds to the anticipation and fun of the trip.
Whether you call it gorp, rabbit food, or trail mix, it's all the same---high energy food that can be eaten on the go. Offer each child a sealable plastic bag and let him fill it with a handful of his favorite dried fruits and nuts. Figure that you will need ½ cup to 1 cup of trail mix per person, per day. Here are a few of our favorites.
An acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts”, gorp is a camping trip essential. Offer your child a sealable plastic bag and let him fill it with a handful of peanuts, raisins, and M&Ms. Seal the bag and let him shake away.
Rain Forest Munch
Mix the fruits of the rain forest in a sealable, plastic bag.
Dried pineapple and papaya pieces, unsweetened coconut flakes, macadamia nuts, cashews, and chocolate chunks. Apportion to taste.
This bird food for humans includes hulled sunflower seeds, raisins, peanuts and dried dates (the pellet-shaped ones, rolled in dried milk). Apportion to taste.
Trail Mix Extras
In addition to raisins and peanuts, try sweet banana chips, dried apricots or apples, corn nuts, mini-pretzels, a favorite cereal, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and butterscotch or carob chips. Apportion to taste.