Camping food list

Family camping with kids

Camping or simply spending time in nature means having a lot of fun in the fresh air. This also means that you need to adjust your own habits depending on the environment and surroundings. At the same time, you need to know that camping often implies lots of relaxation and also a great physical effort. That’s why you need to be prepared for every situation.

This guide will help you to combine and prepare your camping food list, in order to stay healthy and strong.

Family camping with kids

Camping food list

In the first place, your camping food list will depend on the time period you want to spend in nature. If you decide to spend the longer period of time in nature, you need to have stock of canned food.

This decision also depends on the season and your favorite location. If you’re about to spend your holiday beside the river, you can easily choose to spend your quality time fishing. This can be a great way to enjoy the nature and relax beside the water.

In order to keep your food fresh, don’t forget to bring your portable fridge or freeze. It is recommended to divide food from your drinks inside one freeze. Or you can bring two different freezes and separate them easily.

First Thing’s First

You need to have your own dinner set. These are some of the basic things you need to bring on your camping trip:

  • Standard stockpot or at least a cast-iron skillet
  • Cutlery (spoons and forks) – though eating with your bare hands can also bring lots of fun.
  • Can opener – don’t put yourself in a situation with lots of food, but no possible way to reach
  • Dishwashing liquid – on every camping you need to protect yourself from any possible infection. This is also very important if you’re bringing your kids on the camping tour.
  • Sponge – this item can help you in so many ways. It’s not just about hygiene, a sponge can help you with barbecue preparation too. So, bring lots of those.
  • A few kitchen cloths – while preparing your food, you need to be sure that you can cover it with some clean material.
  • Plates – you don’t have to bring a serving plate. You can bring a paper one and fold them. This will bring you more free time and little fewer distractions.
  • Knife – one of the most important items you need to bring. It’s not just about slicing your food. It can serve you for protection or for any other construction plans you wish to achieve.
  • Camping stove
  • Fry pan – if you get tired of barbecue, you can use your fry pan to make some cooked meal.

If you’re going with your family, don’t forget to add some of your children’s favorite additional accessories. That way you won’t have to deal with some unpleasant situations and you’ll have more free time for yourself and your family.

Food and meals

It’s important to have regular meals while camping because you need to keep your strength. Camping in nature means lots of activities. It can imply climbing, cycling or maybe swimming. These activities will depend on your surroundings.

This guide will help you to divide and plan your meals into three different parts – breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


    • Cereals
    • Cornflakes and oat meals – easy to prepare, it’s healthy and contains lots of minerals
    • Nuts, walnuts, peanuts, almond – this food will give you full energy time and you can also add it into your cornflakes and make a perfect meal.
    • Candy – it’s not so much about chocolate, it’s more about natural sugar.
    • Dry fruit – lemon, apricot, grapes, pineapples, bananas, plums, dates, figs…
    • Dehydrated ready meals – beans, mashed, peas, mushrooms, and much more
    • Ready meals – some people don’t like them but this can be an easy way to make meal
    • Eggs – will give you lots of energy during the day and at the same time will keep your strength still
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Don’t forget to bring some of your and your children’s favorite juice or some other fruit drinks. It can be a lot easier to divide them into two parts:

Hot drinks

  • Coffee – perfect for your morning in nature
  • Tea – if you’re not a coffee fan, you can make some tea in the morning. On the other hand, if you’re camping in the mountains a hot tea can make you warm during the day and evening.
  • Milk, cream – don’t forget about your children and their favorite snacks during the day. Combined with some of their favorite cereals or cornflakes can make a perfect combination.
  • Cocoa – if you don’t want to bring chocolate or some other snacks, you can make cocoa. Sugar is very important when camping because you need full energy time. Healthy and sweet.

Cold drinks

  • Water – if you decide to go camping outside some camping area, with no fresh water, this item is essential in your list.
  • Juices – kids like juices more than anything! This way you will give them more energy and keep them satisfied.
  • Energy drinks – it doesn’t have been some unhealthy drink from your local store. You can make them combining vegetables and your favorite fruit. You can also enjoy searching for some exotic fruit from the local area.
  • Smoothies- same thing here. Lots of color, health, and energy.
  • Beer – for many campers this is one of their favorite drinks.
  • Wine – perfect for some romantic situations.
  • Iced tea – to stay fresh is all that you need! Perfect for hiking or climbing
  • Mineral water – full of minerals and a very good solution for hydration.


The main part of the day should be marked with some barbecue or some other strong food so you can get your strength back

    • Ham – perfect for barbecue preparation. It doesn’t have to contain lots of fat, but it’s recommended for the best flavor.
    • Chicken – chicken wings or legs are healthy and at the same time this won’t make any additional weight in your car
    • Sausages – dry of fresh. If you decide to bring fresh sausages you can marinate them at home one day before leaving.
    • Steak – do we really have to add anything?
    • Onion – definitely unavoidable. One of the favorite things for campers.
    • Bread – you will need lots of bread and sometimes it’s the best to buy packed slices if you want them fresh.
    • Fish or tuna – depending on your landscape, as we said, you can choose to catch your own meal if you decide to go for fishing.
    • Rice- if you’re a fan of rice, you can replace it with bread. This way you can add some great spices and combine it with rice.
    • Salads – lots of vegetables will make your meal various and healthier
    • Tortillas – another great way to replace bread and to make funny and interesting sandwiches that are perfect for camping situations.
    • Hot dogs – fast food for true lovers. When this is combined with grill and barbecue, it if often one of the favorite meals for campers.
    • Corndogs – perfect for barbecue. You can leave the ears a little longer on the fire if you want to get that full color. Corn can be a perfect snack for your children between two meals.

It’s great a thing that during your lunch time you can combine some canned food and vegetables. For canned food, the only thing you need to do is to heat it in the boiling water for a couple of minutes. If you don’t have so much time for making preparations for your lunch, this can a perfect combination for you. Canned food mixed with some of your favorite vegetables- what more can you ask for.


One of the best ways to make your camping dinner is to use the remains of your lunch. For this occasion, recommend foil cooking.

What you’ll need:

    • Aluminum foil
    • Small fire
    • Chopped vegetables
    • Meat
    • Lots of spices

​The best thing about this meal is the flavor. All the ingredients are combined together, mixing all the flavor and juices together. You can even combine to wrap in the foil separated ingredients like tomatoes. You can even separate vegetables from the meat and cook them in the foil separately.

This way your meal will be served very fast because all these ingredients don’t take long to cook in the foil. This is a great solution because every day you will have another meal for your dinner. If you get bored with the same food every day, you can foil-wrap a food in so many different ways.

Safety tips

Be aware to keep you food away from bacteria. While you’re on your camping tour, especially during summer time, food can easily deteriorate. High temperature and moisture can equally harm. This can be especially applied on your meat supplies. This is one of the most important reasons to separate liquid from the meat in your freeze.


The best way to spend your camping tour is to enjoy the nature as much as you can. Preparing meals surrounded by some beautiful landscape can give you lots of inspiration. You can always check some recipes written especially for camping. On the other hand, if you want to extract all the beauty, be prepared to explore domestic ingredients and local food


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