One of the best parts of camping would be the food you need to pack along for you and your loved ones! But before whipping out the yummy eats, you'll need to make sure that what you bring is appropriate and cookable when in the campsite.
After all, you won't be able to pack your oven and stove with you! So it's best to create a camping food list to stay organized and make sure that what you're packing is easy to cook and eat.
Read on as I show you delicious meals you can bring when going camping today!
The Importance Of Creating A Camping Food List
You're probably wondering: Isn't it easier to bring your favorite snacks or whatever food you have in the house?
Camping isn't just about sleeping in a tent, but it's about survival and knowing what to eat. Creating a meal plan based on what you can cook (and what's nutritious) is vital when outdoors because it will be a bit tricky to cook on your own, especially when without a fridge or stove.
It's also important to pack with the right food so you can avoid it from spoiling too quickly. Plus, it will prevent you from bringing inedible food you can't prepare when in the campsite.
Having a list will enable you to pack light, but with the possible meals you can easily cook and enjoy with your loved ones. Just like creating a list of the survival kits you'll need to pack, creating a camping food list will help you remain organized and without worries.
The Only Camping Food List You Need
Wondering what you should pack for the weekend camping trip? Here are the absolute essentials (and other yummy staples for a fun and memorable trip!):
Fruits And Vegetables
These are important as they provide the nutrition you need to stay energized. As much as possible, pack in the following:
- Canned fruit
- Canned vegetables
- Dehydrated vegetables
These fruits and vegetables can last for a few days. You can mix these in with food you'll be cooking (such as scrambled eggs and meats), or you can slice them up and use them as a side for your snacks and meals, such as sliced carrots and celery.
Grains have the enough carbs to provide energy while walking up to the campsite. Here are the following healthy grains to bring:
- Brown rice
- Biscuits or crackers
I recommend bringing cereals and instant oatmeal for breakfast, as these are very easy to prepare and require minimal to no cooking at all.
Meats And Protein
This is another essential, as it provides the required energy and muscle-recovering nutrients to keep you well enough for the next camping activities to come. Bring the following:
- Hotdogs or Sausages
- Ham or bacon
- Canned meat, such as meatloaf or tuna
- Pork and beans
The number one essential drink to pack would be water. Pack at least two gallons of water; this will last for a day or two. You can also invest in filters, and environmental-friendly bottle stat that can filter any water into something drinkable to save up on space and weight.
Other essential drinks include energy drinks or coffee. If you happen to bring coffee, it's best to use the instant packets as they are easier and lighter to pack in. Same would go for powdered juices. If you are with your children, bring powdered milk.
These are the absolute essentials to carry, either for the trip itself or any emergencies. Non-perishable foods will last longer and still give you the energy you need just in case you decide to extend your stay for a few days. Under this would be the following:
- Energy or cereal bars
- Canned goods (preferably protein-packed, such as tuna)
- A jar of peanut butter (Be careful with the weight!)
- Instant noodle packets
- Potato chips
- Trail mix
I recommend you to bring jarred spreads and condiments, as they last longer. Bring peanut butter and other healthier spreads for a protein-packed sandwich.
These are a camping staple, so if you have the room and time to create some s'mores after dinner, pack in the following necessitates:
- Graham crackers
Tips When Bringing Food For Camping
Now that you know what you can bring as good food, what else should you know about storing or cooking your camping food? Here are some tips you can follow:
- Make sure to store food in the proper bags. Pack in a cooler for perishable or cold items, and make sure to bring an airtight container for other ingredients to avoid spoilage and spills inside your bag.
- As much as possible, do not leave leftovers or any food lying around outside the campsite. Make sure to put them inside containers and your tent. This will help prevent any small creatures from coming in and stealing your food.
- Always clean up after eating. Many campsites have rules and regulations if you choose to cook and eat in the area. Be sure to respect the environment and clean after yourself, may you be starting a campfire or throwing trash. Pack garbage bags with you if ever.
If you're wondering how to begin packing for food for your next weekend trip out, then you should stay organized and know what to bring. This will help lessen the hassle and keep your trip memorable. With the proper food and meals, you'll be able to have fun creating new dishes for you and your family to enjoy while outdoors!
I hope that this article on the best camping food list helps you become more knowledgeable on what to pack. So what are you waiting for? If you have a camping trip coming up, then use this list as a basis for an even easier time planning.
If you enjoyed the article or have any other tips when camping and bringing food, then comment down below! I would love to hear what you have to think.