camping food ideas

camping food ideas

After a long day of exploring, there is no better feeling than coming back to camp for a relaxing evening around the campfire and a warm meal. Whether you are car-camping for a night or backpacking for a week, camping food can easily make or break your trip. With technical factors to consider such as a stove, weather complications, and the weight of the food, having pre-planned meals will make your camping experience much more enjoyable. Make sure that you are a happy camper on your next trip with these easy camping food ideas. Continue reading for food camping tips!

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When the sun creeps into your tent and the birds begin to sing, you know it is time to greet the day and hit the trail. In the morning, we often want to get a quick start with our camping meals in order to take full advantage of the daylight and enjoy a peaceful morning in the great outdoors. And you know what they say—the early bird gets the worm! However, for those of us who do not want worms for breakfast, try coming prepared with a few of these camping food packs and recipes.

For the sake of time and simplicity, it is easiest to eat a pre-prepared breakfast. It is important that your breakfast is hearty enough to kick-start your day, but you do not want to waste hours cooking and cleaning. Oatmeal is a great breakfast staple because it fuels your body with fiber, whole grains, fruits, and omega-3s. From Blueberry Acai Flax to Maple Pear Quinoa, our Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze packs are the perfect balance of convenience and nutrition. And for those of us without a big appetite first thing in the morning, these oatmeal packs come with a resealable top for added convenience. Enjoy your breakfast on-the-go or while soaking in the sunrise with this backpacking food.


While camping, most lunches will be enjoyed on-the-go. In other words, you do not want to have to come back to camp for lunch if you are out on the trail, lake, mountain or wherever your adventure takes you. Ensure you are prepared for lunch by packing ahead of time. Often times, the best lunches are a collection of simple, yet satisfying camping snacks. Since you most likely will not be carrying a cooler with you, packing non-perishables is essential. Additionally, you want to ensure you have a balance of protein and fresh foods to keep you going throughout the day.

A camping favorite is none other than the classic sandwich and granola bars. These easy to transport lunchtime staples can be protein-packed with peanut butter, antioxidant-rich with a delicious jelly or fruit, and complete with whole grains. Try an almond butter and banana sandwich sprinkled with cinnamon over whole grain bread for a lunch that is as filling as it is tasty.

No lunch is complete without a side of snacks and a satisfying dessert. Pair your sandwich with snacks such as pre-chopped veggies to add some savory crunch into the mix or even some dried fruit. Trail mix or fruits such as apples, tangerines, and oranges are great snack options because they will not bruise in your backpack. Finally, swap out the usual granola bar and finish off your lunch off with a delicious Protein Cookie to keep you full for hours to come. This tasty treat will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but it will also give you energy for the rest of the day with 18 grams of vegan, plant protein. These camping meals require very little cooking and are still incredibly nutritious to keep you going.

easy camping foodCAMPFIRE DINNERS

A warm meal after a full day of exploring can be the most rewarding and relaxing part of camping. If you are backpacking, the best way to get the satisfaction of a hot meal is by packing a mini burner and dehydrated meal. You can dehydrate your own grains and veggies at home; however, this can be a complex process. If you are not quite ready to undergo DIY dehydration, check out your local outdoor retailer for a number of meal options. Just add hot water and your camping dinner is ready to go.

For car campers with access to a stove or grill, treat yourself by going all-out for dinner. Just like all other camping meals, do as much preparation ahead of time so that your clean-up is minimal. Prepare seasoned skewers of your favorite veggies and proteins at home. Then, when you are camping, all you need to do is fire up the grill. Veggie burgers are another camping crowd pleaser. At home, pre-slice vegetables, lettuce, onions, and whatever other toppings you enjoy. Then when you are at camp, just throw the patties over heat and your gourmet camping dinner is ready! From pasta to chili, any delicious dinner can be pre-made at home and heated over the fire for a warm, satisfying meal.

When thinking about camping food ideas and camping recipes, consider storage, how durable the food is, and how much preparation you can do ahead of time. The more steps you can eliminate at home, the more relaxing your camping trip will be. Try to pack a balance of protein and fresh produce to maintain balanced nutrition as you explore the great outdoors on your family camping trip.