happy campers

Hit­ting the great out­doors with the fam this sum­mer? Use these tips to keep your crew from get­ting “hangry” while out in the wild.

Allrecipes - - 4 Kids - By Les­ley Por­celli

PACK MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU’LL NEED

It takes en­ergy to hike through those woods, swim that creek, and chase down those fire­flies. All the in­creased ac­tiv­ity will mean that ev­ery­one is hun­grier than usual. For­get fear of bears: You don’t want to see the panic that sets in when (gasp!) you run out of ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite gra­nola bars.

IN­CLUDE SIT-DOWN AND ON-THE-GO SNACKS

Aim for a mix of hearty mini meal-type snacks that you’ll take a break and sit down to eat (such as PB&J sand­wiches or roll-ups, bagels and baby car­rots with hum­mus, beef sticks, chicken strips, and moz­zarella sticks), as well as snacks that can be eaten while on the move (think trail mix, gra­nola bars, nuts, ap­ples, bananas, crack­ers, and pret­zels).

PACK FROZEN WA­TER BOT­TLES AND BAGS OF FROZEN FOODS (LIKE GRAPES)

Re­plac­ing at least some of your ice packs with frozen things that you’ll even­tu­ally con­sume helps keep foods cold longer while light­en­ing the over­all weight of your cooler. Do keep track of how ev­ery­thing’s thaw­ing, though— you’ll have to eat per­ish­able things as they thaw or add fresh ice for longer trips.

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