Camping Trip Foods

Camping Trip FoodsCamping is a time to enjoy the outdoors and a good meal around the campfire or grill. Camp cooking allows us to try our hand at roughing it and being one with Mother Nature. While many of us still want to eat regular foods from home, some food choices may take a little longer to prepare because of the lack of appliances and conveniences of home.


Bringing along non-perishable food items is an important part of keeping hungry campers satisfied. Non-perishable items mainly include food items that are not likely to spoil immediately. These can include canned goods, such as green beans and potatoes, or dry goods, such as pastas and beans. Anything that can remain on the shelf is often considered non-perishable, although it still may have a best-if-used-by date. Canned spaghetti, soups and other non-perishables can be heated over a fire and then served for a quick meal.

Pre-packaged Snacks

Pre-packaged snacks, such as granola bars, trail mixes and cereals, are great foods to bring along on a camping trip. They are resistant to spoilage and are great fill-in foods between larger meals. Peanut butter and cheese crackers, pretzel rods, popcorn and wheat crackers can all be purchased prepacked in individual serving sizes or bought in large bags and separated before leaving on the trip. Snacks are great to pack when hiking, bike riding or spending a day at the beach.

Breakfast Foods

While boxed cereals, granola clusters and diced dried fruit are an option, some campers still prefer traditional breakfast food. For those who have an adequate cooking space, raw breakfast meats, such as bacon and sausage, and hash browns can be brought along if they are kept refrigerated until use. Easier methods may include premixing scrambled eggs at home before the trip for convenience. Shake-and-pour pancake mixes are also convenient and easy to use for those who enjoy a hot breakfast.


Desserts are enjoyed by many while camping. Aside of the traditional s'mores, there are other ways to have a hot desert on a camping trip, including cookie with pie irons. A pie Iron is generally made from cast iron and has two sides that hold together the food. Small pies can be made by using a cooked biscuit or bread buttered on each side and adding ingredients such as honey, cinnamon, chocolate chips or cherry or apple pie filling. The iron is then placed over hot coals or wood until heated through.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

As long as fresh fruits and vegetables are kept preserved, they can last a few days into the camping trip. For convenience, having them cut up, separated and stored in plastic food containers will keep them fresher longer and make them easier to grab and eat. Vegetables such as green peppers, mushrooms, squash and potatoes can be brought along to grill over the fire for a stir fry or to add to a breakfast omelet.

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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