Planning a trip to North America’s deepest river gorge is thrilling. However, packing food can be challenging. You won’t have a standard camp stove during your river trip. Still, you can cook up some mouth-watering meals by preparing well. Here are three great ways to meal plan and cook on a river trip.

Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch oven cooking might seem like a lot of work, but it’s an excellent way to prepare a hearty, delicious meal for your travel group. You can prepare anything in a Dutch oven, like casseroles, meat, bread, and even desserts!

To cook with a Dutch oven, you need to dig a shallow hole in a sandy bank and start a small fire. Next, fill the Dutch oven with the ingredients, then place it carefully in the hole, leaving the lid slightly open. Cover the Dutch oven with coals from the fire and let it cook for the time your recipe calls for. You’ll enjoy a comforting meal under the stars!

Tin Foil Cooking

These dinners are campfire classics; they are practical, delicious, and easy! To do some tin foil cooking, wrap your ingredients, such as vegetables and protein, in a double layer of heavy-duty foil. Remember to seal the edges tightly! Next, place the food near the embers and let it cook for about 30 minutes. Pick it out with a pair of tongs. The result will be a delicious, no-fuss meal that requires no clean-up. Perfect for a Snake River trip in Hells Canyon!

Jetboil Cooking

Jetboils are excellent for quick and easy river trip meals. A Jetboil is a lightweight, gas-powered portable stove that can boil water for coffee, oatmeal, or ramen noodles in just a couple of minutes. The compact design means it won’t take up too much space in your pack.

When packing for your river trip, include a Jetboil or similar portable stove on your list. Once you fire up the stove, you’ll have hot meals in no time!

Cooking on a river trip can be daunting. The good news is you don’t need to compromise on taste if you use one of these three best ways to cook and plan your meals accordingly. With some ingenuity and portable cooking equipment, you can whip up some delicious meals that your travel group will love.

You’ll also love the fun adventure of a Snake River jet boat trip. You’ll zip along the river, eat provided food, and have lots to talk about over the campfire that night. You can camp and cook around the Hells Canyon Recreation Area or any other nearby location as long as you have a permit to do so.