If you have diabetes, camping can still be a fun and enjoyable experience – you just need to be a bit more careful about what you eat. Many different types of food are safe for people with diabetes to eat while camping, and in this blog post, we will discuss some of the best options. We will also provide tips on how to stay healthy while camping and outline a few breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas that everyone will love!

In this Diabetic & Me article, you will learn about:

  • What can I eat on my camping trip?
  • How to prepare and stay healthy on my trip?
  • Are freeze-dried foods good for diabetics?
  • Can I enjoy a marshmallow at the campfire?

What to Eat While Camping?

Camping outdoors is a fantastic way to connect with nature and spend time with family and friends. But if you have diabetes, there are a few things you need to consider before heading out into the great outdoors. Things are just a bit more complicated when you have diabetes, but with a little planning, you can still enjoy all the fun camping offers!

What you eat while camping doesn't only depend on what kind of diabetes you have, but it also depends on what type of trip you're taking. If you're car camping, for example, you'll have easy access to all of your supplies and can prepare meals in a way that works best for you. If you're backpacking, however, you'll need to plan a bit more carefully as you won't have the same level of access to food and cooking supplies.

Generally, it is always best to pack plenty of non-perishable food items that can be easily prepared. This includes rice, pasta, quinoa, oats, granola bars, trail mix, peanut butter, etc. It is also a good idea to bring along some fresh fruits and vegetables (depending on how long you'll be camping), and some protein-rich foods such as nuts, seeds, tofu, tempeh, and beans. And, of course, don't forget to pack your favorite diabetic-friendly snacks!

Many different types of food are safe for people with diabetes to eat on a camping trip. For a healthy breakfast, try oatmeal with fruit or eggs (hard-boiled eggs) and toast. Grilled chicken (lean meat) or fish, salad, and vegetables are always good options to prevent a blood sugar spike for lunch and dinner.

How to Stay Healthy While Camping?

You can do a few things to stay healthy while camping, even if you have diabetes. First of all, it is important to make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. This is especially important if you are hiking or participating in any other physical activity – be sure to bring along a water bottle and drink often!

Blood sugar management and diabetes management are essential while camping. If you are using insulin, make sure to pack extra supplies in case of an emergency. It is also a good idea to bring along a glucose meter and test strips, as well as some fast-acting sugar such as glucose gel, candy, or fruit juice in case of low blood sugar levels.

How Do You Eat Healthy While Camping in a Tent?

Camping in a tent is very different from car camping, as you must be much more careful about food preparation and storage. When packing food for a tent camping trip, choosing non-perishable items that can be easily cooked over a campfire or stove is important.

Some good breakfast options include oatmeal, pancakes, or eggs. Grilled chicken or fish, rice or pasta dishes, and vegetables are all great choices for lunch and dinner. And don't forget snacks! Nuts, seeds, granola bars, and fruit are all perfect for munching on while you're enjoying the great outdoors.

There is nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned hot dog or a well-deserved BBQ after a long hike, but when it comes to eating healthy while camping, you should focus on whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible.

What Foods Are Good for Camping?

People with diabetes can eat a wide range of healthy and delicious foods while camping. Here is a list of popular camping food:

As you can see, there are plenty of healthy and delicious camping food options! Just remember to pack wisely and always to have your blood sugar levels under control.

If you are unsure, you can always contact your doctor or a registered diabetes nutrition expert for more tips on what to eat while camping.

Is Freeze-dried Food Good for Diabetics?

Freeze-dried foods are well-known among hikers and campers as lightweight and easy-to-prepare meals. They don't need to be refrigerated and only need boiled water and a cast iron skillet to prepare, so they are ideal for backpacking trips. However, many freeze-dried foods are high in sodium and sugar, which can be a problem for people with diabetes and can't always be classified as good camping food for diabetics.

While freeze-dried foods may be convenient, it is important to remember that they are often high in sodium, carbohydrates, and sugar. Therefore, reading the nutrition label carefully before purchasing or consuming any freeze-dried food is important. They often contain a high amount of calories, but of course, they are made for people who are very active during long walks and hikes. If you are going to eat freeze-dried foods while camping, it is important to choose wisely. These products tend to be more expensive, but they are easier to carry and prepare when you are hiking.

As a general rule of thumb, try to choose freeze-dried foods that are high in protein and fiber and low in sugar and sodium. You can also find freeze-dried fruit and veggies.

I was on a hike and rafting trip in the Netherlands and bought a few freeze-dried food packs to test them out. The packs came from a store in Belgium but in general, they are the same that you can find at any online store or on Amazon. They contain around 600 calories, 99 grams of carbs where 16 grams of sugar, 12 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, 20 grams of protein, and around 3 grams of salt. Not all too healthy, but when hiking for more than 20 km per day and rafting, you will need the calories and energy. Keep tracking your blood sugar levels because these foods might cause a blood sugar spike if you don't exercise enough after your meal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best energy food for diabetics?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the best energy food for diabetics will vary depending on the individual's blood sugar levels, activity level, and personal preferences. However, some good options include nuts and seeds, granola bars, fresh fruit, and hard-boiled eggs. It is essential to choose foods high in protein and fiber and low in sugar and sodium.

What are the best energy bars for diabetics?

The best energy bars for diabetics are those high in protein and fiber and low in sugar and sodium. However, it is important to read the nutrition label carefully before purchasing or consuming any energy bar. The list of best snack bars for diabetics holds a nice selection of energy bars, granola bars, and snack bars for any occasion.

Can diabetics eat marshmallows?

Regular marshmallows are high in sugar but contain very little fat or protein and are therefore not suitable for diabetics. I'm not going to lie, and when I'm camping and relaxing at the fire, I occasionally roast a marshmallow above the fire. The good news is that there are sugar-free marshmallows available that are safe for people with diabetes to eat.


Last but not least, don't forget to enjoy yourself! Camping is all about relaxing and having fun, so make sure to take some time for yourself amidst all the planning and preparation. Sit by the campfire, go for a hike, read your favorite book – do whatever it takes to relax and recharge. Don't forget to regularly test your blood sugar levels and always have your supplies with you.

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Ely Fornoville

Hi, I'm Ely Fornoville, and I am the founder of Diabetic Me. Being a type 1 diabetic since 1996, I developed a passion to help people learn more about diabetes. I write about diabetes and share stories from other diabetics around the world. I currently use a Medtronic Guardian 4 CGM and a MiniMed 780G insulin pump with Humalog insulin.

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