Best camping food

Best camping food

Having a good camping menu is an essential part of preparing for camping.

When you have a good list, planning and packing is easy!

What is the best camping food?

  • It is strong enough not to be crushed in the food bowl.

How to use this camping menu

Browse the list and remove items you know you’ll never use.

There’s no point packing canned oysters if no one in your family eats them!

Add your basic elements.

Maybe you crave pickled carrots when you go camping. You probably sprinkle wheat germ on your breakfast cereal. Your child may not want to eat oatmeal without brown sugar. Put everything on the list!

Use the list every time you go home .

I love stacking all the food on the dining room table. Cross it off the list while I store it in a sturdy, washable food sink. We are using a 14 gallon rhubarb tub.

For a backpacker , of course, you’ll pack a lot lighter. Calculate exactly what you will eat each day and only pack these items. Here are some ideas for backpacker food.

Pack all the items on the menu, even if they aren’t on your meal plan.

It is always helpful to have extra food
on hand in case an unexpected situation occurs:

  • It rained the night I planned to cook it on the campfire.
  • You just don’t feel like eating spaghetti the night you planned to eat spaghetti.

You can never eat too much on a camping trip, especially when camping with the kids !

Take any extra food home with you. Leave non-perishable items in your lunch box next time.

Speaking of your meal plan…

in the lunch box



  • biscuit
  • Bagel
  • Round bread, Arabic bread, kamaj bread
  • rice cakes
  • canned tuna
  • canned salmon
  • canned sardines
  • canned oyster
  • mayonnaise
  • canned beans
  • canned soup
  • Dry soup mixes
  • Peanut Butter
  • jam

I think this set is great! The cup, saucer, and bowl fall apart so they take almost no packing space, and they even have their own storage bag!


  • macaroni
  • canned pasta sauce
  • jar of pesto
  • Potato

These are just for those nights when I didn’t plan anything in particular. To see my collection of camping dinner recipes, click here.


  • juice
  • coffee
  • tea
  • hot chocolate
  • Bottled lemon juice or lime juice (add to water)


  • Salt and Pepper
  • Spices
  • garlic
  • mustard
  • ketchup
  • tasting

In the fridge or freezer

  • egg
  • Cured meat
  • Hot dogs we cook in marshmallow roasting sticks over a campfire.
  • Fruit (apples, oranges, pears, berries, watermelon)
  • Vegetables (carrots, onions, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes).
  • Yogurt
  • cheese
  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • leben

Now that you have your basic camping food menu, visit this page for camping food ideas and get ready to make your own meal plan.

When you have a good list of camping foods, prepare delicious camping food. It’s easy!


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