Camping Food: Trail Mix

One of our biggest challenges while camping would be snacks…
It’s super simple to head out for a day of hiking, or bike ridding, and realize you don’t have anything to munch on if you get hungry. Or in our case, when our three year old gets hungry.

So, before I left, I raided the pantry. I was looking for anything that would make a great ‘mix’ of sorts. What I found was a random combination of crackers and treats, but once combined made the ultimate on-the-go snack. My son told me that this trail mix was his absolute favorite thing about the whole weekend. And he loved that we had some left over for when we get home!

Trail Mix

{use cheez it’s, gold fish… whatever you have on hand}
{plain or yogurt covered}
{again, be creative. Use mini’s, sticks….}
Colored M&M’s
{these are optional}

THROWING THINGS TOGETHER: Raid your pantry. Find anything, and everything, that you thing would be good in a trail mix for you, or for the kiddo’s. Toss it together, and store in a bag. Whenever the time comes to break out the munchies, you are good to go!

I really love that this can be changed to fit your needs. You can use anything that you, or your family, enjoy. So don’t be afraid to follow your instincts! You can ditch the rasin’s, and go for a dried cherry, or throw in some nuts. Or try out teddy grahams and marshmallows? Let me know if you find a combination that is out of this world!

I also found a few other trail mix recipe’s to help you out… just in case you are looking for something a little different:

Chocolate-drizzled Trail Mix
(3 of 4)
Trail Mix Cookies from Edible Perspective

Smore Trail Mix from Mommy’s Kitchen

Trail Mix Bars from Eat, Live, Run

I hope this gives you some inspiration!!


  1. Mary Lou says

    We are retired and on a budget too, so all your ideas are great. After cooking all these years, (54 at last count) we love to try something different! The one we love is crustless pumpkin. We mix up the pie filling and bake it in a 9 x 13 pan. Serve with whipped cream and we don’t even miss the crust. Easier and healthier too. It’s one of our staples now !!!

  2. Jill says

    I’m always looking for healthy snack ideas for my 3 year old daughter so this summer I created a healthy trail mix. The whole family loves it and it travels well. I make a big batch in a large resealable container and then pour into a smaller travel container for quick outings (trips to the Zoo, amusement parks, etc.) I use the following organic ingredients:

    Unsalted Almonds
    Nature’s Path Blueberry Cinnamon Flax Cereal
    Naturally sweetened Cranberries and Raisins
    Soy Nuts

    Occassionally I also add:

    Banana Chips
    Unsweetened Dried Apple Rings
    Goldfish crackers

  3. Kristi Tyson says

    There was a recipe on the Golden Graham’s box years ago, for S’mores (Rice Krispie) treats. I’m sure it is still out there, but the gist of it is: melt the chocolate chips with the marshmallows and some butter, stir in the Golden Grahams, press into a buttered pan. Yummy!

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