The Ultimate Camping Food List

Do you struggle to come up with satisfying and fun camping meals? Take the guesswork and stress out of your camp cooking with this simple and practical camping food list.

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Wondering what food to take on your next camping trip?

You’re in the right place! In this guide, we will be covering the following:

    You’ve come to the right place! In this guide, we will be covering the following:

    • Camping menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • A printable camping food checklist
    • Meal planning tips and guidance
    • Our favorite camping menu and meal ideas
    • One-dish dinners and easy lunches

Whether you’re RV camping or tent camping, when hunger calls in the great outdoors you’ve gotta’ eat. But coming up with filling and nutritious meals to feed hungry campers isn’t always as easy as it sounds.

Cooking delicious meals at camp starts with a printable shopping list and meal plan. We’ve done all the legwork for you by creating a camping food list filled with all the essentials you’ll need to create satisfying meals for all the campers in your crew.

Remember, you don’t need to bring all the food on our list. Use our meal ideas below and check off the ingredients you’ll need as you go!

Camping Food List: All the Essential Items for Tasty Backcountry Cuisine

Camping food checklist
Click here for a downloadable pdf version.

Breads, Cereals, and Grains

  • Sandwich bread
  • English muffins
  • Pita bread
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal 
  • Cream of wheat
  • Rice
  • Pasta 
pasta cooked on camping stove
Cooking pasta in the great outdoors is easy!

Pantry

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Pancake mix
  • Maple syrup
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Soup mix
Pancake batter on camping stove
Don’t forget your pre-made mix to enjoy great pancakes in the morning.

Dairy

  • Milk
  • Plant-based milk
  • Powdered milk
  • Eggs
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Yogurt
raw eggs
Eggs are great for camping since they can be cooked in so many different ways!

Meat

  • Grilling meat
  • Hotdogs
  • Sandwich meat
  • Bacon
  • Jerky
Cooking sausages on a long fork over a campfire
Any meat tastes even better over an open flame.

Canned Products

  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Soup
  • Tuna
canned corn
Canned corn is an easy and tasty addition to any meals at camp.

Fruit and Vegetables

  • In-season fruit of your choice
  • Lemons or lemon juice
  • Corn on the cob
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes 
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Garlic
strawberry and grape
Camping needn’t be without fresh strawberries and grapes!

Spreads and Sauces

  • Oil
  • Ketchup
  • BBQ sauce
  • Mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Salad dressing
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam
  • Hot sauce
  • Salsa
jam
Jams are ideal for sprucing up more bland foods.

Herbs and Spices

  • Salt & Pepper
  • Onion and garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne 
Man cooking food over propane gas stove in the snow
Adding herbs and spices is an easy way to make any camp meal tastier.

Snacks

  • Popcorn
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Trail Mix
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate 
  • Graham crackers
  • Hummus and pita chips
  • Pretzels 
  • Granola bars
  • Protein bars
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Pickles
marshmallows
Marshmallows are the quintessential camping snacks.

Beverages

  • Bottled water
  • Soft drinks
  • Coffee
  • Instant coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate 
  • Juice boxes
  • Beer/wine
drinking beverages during camping
Nothing beats a hot coffee in the morning.

Camping Meals: Breakfasts, Lunches, and Dinners

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day!

Families:

  • Banana Bread: You can premake banana bread at home but it’s surprisingly easy to make in a dutch oven over the fire. Be sure to spread some peanut or nut butter on the top to boost the protein and make it more filling. 
  • Pancakes: It’s hard to beat the convenience of pancakes. To make this classic camping meal, simply buy premade mix or make your own at home. If you use a plant-based milk, you won’t even have to refrigerate it until opening (just double-check the packaging). 
pancake
Pancakes are an easy-to-make camp food, as long as you remember the pancake mix!

Healthy Eaters:

  • Oatmeal: Oatmeal is energy-boosting and nutrient-packed – perfect for fueling a long day of outdoor activities. You can either buy instant oatmeal packets or make overnight oats right at your camp. Don’t forget to bring healthy toppings like fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and granola. 
  • Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits: Prepare these at home and pack them in the cooler. Simply layer low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit, nuts, and granola. If the fruit gets brown (like apples) dip them in orange juice first. 

Everyone Else:

  • Scrambled eggs (or tofu): This breakfast of champions is so easy to make at camp. It’s a nice way to pack in your veggies too – just throw some chopped vegetables in the pan before adding your eggs or tofu. 
Scrambled egg cooked on camping stove
Simply scrambled eggs.

Lunches to Satiate that Midday hunger

Families:

  • PB&J Sandwiches: Peanut butter and jam sandwiches are classics for a reason. They also make a great lunch of non-perishable staples in case you don’t have a cooler or stove. Live a little and throw in some nutella or sliced banana for extra flavor. 
  • Walking Tacos: Kids will go nuts for this flavor-packed lunch. Grab your favorite bag of potato chips, roll the sides of the bag down to make it sturdier, then add nacho toppings like cooked meat, cheese, or chopped veggies. Top with sour cream, grab a fork, and dig in!

Healthy Eaters:

  • Veggie Wraps: Pack some deli meat, chopped veggies, and your favorite dressing and you can whip up on-the-go veggie wraps. They’re both nutritious and filling, and you can use the same ingredients in other recipes like scrambled eggs and grilled kebabs. You can make life easier by making aluminum foil root vegetable packets at home.
  • Pasta Salad: If you can boil water, you can make pasta salad. This one-pot meal is better when made ahead of time to let the flavors marinate. You even can make a pretty decent pasta salad from just tinned foods like tuna, chickpeas, olives, and artichokes. 
Person eating pasta in front of a waterfall
Pasta salad can be adapted to anyone’s tastes.

Everyone Else:

  • Fancy Mac and Cheese: Looking for a quick lunch without the fuss? Try spicing up your usual boxed mac and cheese. Cook your pasta according to the package and then add in extra toppings like grilled sausage, green onion, or jalapenos. 

Dinners for Hungry Campers

Families:

  • Pizza: After a long day of outdoor fun, pizza for dinner hits the spot. It’s surprisingly easy to make in a dutch oven, just make sure you bring premade pizza dough. Don’t forget tomato sauce, cheese, and other toppings! 
pizza
If you have a dutch oven at camp then pizza is a dead cert winner all around.
  • Chili Dip: Chili is a traditional campfire recipe, but it’s even better as dip for chips. Place your pan on a grill, add in the chili of your choice and top it with lots of cheese, green onions, and sour cream. Serve with chips while still warm.

Healthy Eaters:

  • Cajun-Style Foil Packets: Fill a foil packet with shrimp, diced potatoes, corn on the cob, and creole seasoning. Tightly seal your tin foil packet and grill over the stove until your potatoes are cooked through for a Cajun-inspired feast. 
  • Grilled Flatbread: Enjoy all the flavor of pizza without all the calories. Slightly warm flatbread and top it with ingredients like deli meat, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and serve. A simple dish that the whole family will love!

Everyone Else:

  • Grilled Kebabs: Grilling kebabs at your camp might take a bit of work but it’s definitely worth it. You’ll have a hearty and nutritious meal that is easily customizable to fit all diets and preferences. If you’ve got some vegetarians in your mix, just swap out the meat for cubed tofu. 
grilled kebab
Kebabs are so versatile you can please both meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best food for camping?

The best food for campers is a mix of food items that can be cooked over a camp stove or campfire and some on-the-go meals and snacks. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, franks and beans, grilled fish, or corn and baked potatoes are popular camping foods.

If you do not have access to a heat source, bring only food items that don’t require cooking like sandwich bread, PB&J, fresh fruit, and trail mix.


How do you keep food fresh when camping?

Letting food get too warm while at camp is not only unappealing, but it can also have serious health consequences. If you’re car camping, the easiest way to keep food fresh is to bring a cooler packed with ice. Pack your cooler tightly, keep it out of direct sunlight, and only open it when necessary.


Bon Appetit!

Worked up an appetite? Then stoke the fire, print off our ultimate camping food list, and get ready to enjoy all that food! From backcountry getaways to camping out in your own backyard, we’re sure these meal ideas will please your entire camping crew. 

Did we miss any of your favorites? We’d love to hear all about them in the comments below! And if you’d like to share this post with your friends, please do!

Last update on 2022-10-05 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Jolanda is a full-time writer and life-long outdoor enthusiast. Growing up on a small island off the Eastern Canadian coast, she spent most of her childhood hiking, swimming and fishing in the Atlantic ocean.

After a short stint in the corporate world, Jolanda quit her day job to write full-time and check out what lies beyond the Canadian shores. Ever since, she’s been hiking, biking and kayaking her way across 11 European countries and counting.

Jolanda currently lives in the beautiful, Tuscan countryside. When she isn’t hanging out in the woods or at the beach, you’ll catch her foraging for mushrooms and truffles with her truffle-dog, Red.

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