Group camping and cottage weekends with friends truly are the best; they’re filled with fun, laughter and memories that last a lifetime! Things change a little bit when you’re a vegan though. You’re not as easy to cook for or meal plan for so what do you do? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our top tips to Group Camping & Cottage Weekends away when you’re a vegan amongst non-vegans!
Top 5 tips to make the trip a success!
- Offer to meal plan – who wouldn’t love this? One thing we’ve learned is meal planning can sometimes cause a little bit of tension on group excursions. No one really wants to meal prep, but everyone wants to eat delicious food! Well vegans, this is your opportunity to shine bright and step up to the plate. Meal plan your favourite meals that will satisfy all of your friends and no one will complain. We suggest telling everyone the meal plan is vegan since people generally like a heads up, but this works wonders for us!
- Solo Vegan – Not everyone is down to eat vegan and that’s OK! We’re not about to push our agenda on anyone – that doesn’t help our cause. If you’re camping or cottaging with a group of friends that isn’t down to explore the vegan life, don’t let that get you down – just plan some meals for yourself. The beauty of camping or cottaging is you have access to a fire pit or a kitchen so your options are really endless. Meal prep ahead of time to make your life easier and whip up some tasty meals on your adventure. We recommend making your favourites so you can watch those non-vegan head turns when they smell and see how amazinggggg your food looks! Prepare for some taste testers, most people can’t resist!
P.S. Check out our S’Moreo recipe – it’s kind of epic and amazing for campfires!
- BYOM – Bring Your Own Meat! We’ve done this and it works! Truthfully, we’re super lucky and have a group of friends that consists of other vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters who are very open to the vegan lifestyle. When cottaging or camping for longer periods of time however, those meat-eaters want their meat! So we came up with BYOM so they can “meatify” the vegan recipes. How cool is that!? When people BYOM all of the groceries are shared, but the meat tab is kept separate (because it can get kind of expensive) and they can just add it to whatever meals they like!
- Be Flexible and Group Shop – we love group shopping and think it makes the whole experience that much more fun. A couple people take the grocery list and buy all of the groceries for the trip (hence why meal planning is clutch)! At the end of the trip, we split the costs and it’s totally hassle free. We love to volunteer to be on the group shop since we are a little more demanding in this department and most people don’t mind. When doing a group shop remember to stay flexible as not everyone is vegan! Look for ways to make vegan and non-vegan options of the same dish – buy both regular cheese and vegan cheese, almond milk and dairy milk, vegan sausages and regular sausages – we think you get the point. This makes it much more inclusive and gives options for everyone.
P.S. We love to use Splitwise.com it makes splitting up expenses so much easier! You can add in your groceries, alcohol, Air BnB or any costs that people pay for throughout the trip. The site allows you to split the costs amongst everyone on the trip or only select certain individuals. It makes life so much easier!
- Veganize the Non-Vegan – look for opportunities to “veganize” the meals everyone else is eating so you don’t feel left out! There are so many meals that are perfect on summer camping/cottage weekends that can be made both vegan and non-vegan.
The options are endless – these days everything can be veganized!
Camping and Cottaging with non-vegans and large groups doesn’t need to be intimidating and we hope with our top 5 tips we can help to reduce any stress you may have around this. Summer is for fun in the sun and memory making! Get out there and enjoy your friends and nature! With a little bit of forethought and preparation we promise you’ve got this!
P.S. Don’t forget to pack lots of snacks, especially if you’re camping.Cit Here are a list of our favourite go-to snacks!