Depending on the length of your trip, plan out how many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners you will need. Keep these meals separated in a shopping cart, so you can visually assess how much food you will be bringing. For longer winter camping trips, consider backpacking food. A two or three day mission might allow for oatmeal, sandwiches, and pasta, depending on how far you will be packing in the weight. Most importantly, don’t get groceries while you’re hungry. Chances are you’ll end up with unnecessary chocolate bars and trail mix.
Think of items that will supply the most calories—a.k.a energy—for their size and weight. Sticks of salami are ideal options, as they will provide protein and fat, without taking up too much space. Indulgences, such as chocolate and hot tea, will be appreciated after a few days of sleeping in a tent, so pick a few of your favorites. Also, foods that cross over into multiple meals, such as bread rolls for breakfast and lunch, are best.
Everyone requires different diets and enjoys assorted foods, so there is no perfect lineup of meals for winter camping. But, a hungry stomach will purchase more food than you need and once you begin slogging your gear towards camp, you’ll be wondering what you were thinking getting those extras items.