Good Foods to Take Camping

Good Foods to Take CampingCooking in the great outdoors over an open fire is one of the main joys of camping, but choosing the foodstuffs to take along is not. The main problem encountered by many camp cooks is how to create a variety of tasty meals out of foods that require no refrigeration. Even RV campers often lack the refrigerator space to bring along lots of fresh fruits and meats. This makes some food choices more useful and flexible than others.


The easiest meats to pack for camping are those that do not need refrigeration. You never need to worry about beef jerky spoiling. Packed with spices, it also makes a good source of seasoning for camp stews and soups. Canned meat is another possibility, especially for tailgate and RV campers. For backpackers, however, heavy cans are not a good option.

Fresh meat must be refrigerated. This is no trouble for an RV camper with a refrigerator, but tailgate campers would need a cooler. Fresh meat (unless it is from hunting or trapping) is not an option for backpackers.

Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts

Root vegetables, such as potatoes, onions and carrots, are great choices for tailgate and RV campers because they need no refrigeration. Campers can bring along some apples or oranges or other fruits, but unless they put them in a cooler or an RV refrigerator, they won't last more than a few days. A backpacker must pack dried fruit and veggies. Raisins, dried cherries and dried cranberries are great for trail mix, while dried tomatoes can add flavor to any pasta meal. Nuts are a great source of energy and don't spoil.

Processed Foods

Good Foods to Take Camping

Processed and freeze-dried foods are a favorite of campers and backpackers. These can provide an entire tasty meal in one lightweight, spoil-proof package. A wide selection of camping food packs is available. Canned meals are also popular choices for tailgate and RV campers, but they are too heavy for backpacking. Other good processed foods are peanut butter, pasta, corn chips and potato chips. They won't spoil and provide plenty of energy.


Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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