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The Best Camping Foods

Today I am going to talk about camping food. There are all kinds of camping food out there, but some are more time consuming then others. So today I am going to try to break down the different types. I am hoping that I can help you save time and money when its all said and done.

Things to consider

  • The size of your group
  • Where you will be camping
  • What type of cooking equipment you will be bringing

What Considerations To Think About

Once you set up your camping trip, you need to figure out the size of your group. Obviously your not going have the same amount of food for two people that you would have for a large group. If its just you and your spouse that will be going, you both should sit down and figure out how many days your trip will be, so you can figure out how many meals you will need to prepare for. Once you have that figured out, decide what you will be having for each meal. You could look into foil meals which are easy to cook and are a lot less messy. You won’t have a lot of waist as well, cause these are prepped ahead of time.

If you are planning a trip for the whole family, try to prep meals that everyone would like to eat. That way you will be able to cut down on waste or leftovers. You might want to try easier and hassle free meals. You look up some make ahead camping meals.

Once you start adding addition families to the group meal planning could get a little more difficult. Something to think about when having multiple families going, is to try is to assign a couple meals for each family to responsible for. They probably should think about doubling or tripling the recipe amounts to make sure there is enough food for everyone.

You should put out some snacks so people can graze between meals that way everyone isn’t so hungry when it comes time for dinner.

You’re Camping Spot

Where you will be camping will depend on what you will bring for food. Will be able to drive right up to your camping spot or will you have to hike to your spot. So think if you have to hike to your spot your not going to be able to hike in all the food that you would if you were able to drive up to your spot. If will be hiking to your spot you will need to think about trash and how you will dispose of it. You should also think about the weight of all the food you will be bringing, so try to find foods that light in weight like dehydrated foods.

You want to make sure that none of your foods need to be refrigerated and can be self-contained. Also, foods that pack a lot of protein, like protein bars and snacks.

Cooking equipment

If you plan on cooking over an open fire you want to make sure the fire pits at the campgrounds have a cooking grate. If they don’t you can always purchase to bring with you. There are all kinds of different little cooking gadgets like pie irons and grilled cheese irons. You can also bring propane stoves and/or grilles. Make sure you have plenty of propane so you don’t run out.

If you are back country camping its pretty obvious that you can be packing a grille or stove. So your selection is limited to lightweight portable stoves. There are lots of recipes out there for dehydrated meals that you can make beforehand or you can purchase some as well.

Camping Foods

Now that you know where you will be camping and the size of your group, it is time to figure out the food. So depending on the size of your group is going to depend on the type of food you will be getting.

For just you and your spouse/partner


  • Parfait
  • Pancakes
  • Lumber jack packets


  • Sandwiches
  • Salads
  • Hotdogs


  • Salmon
  • Steak
  • Burgers

Meals for the Family


  • French toast
  • Fruit and yogurt
  • Eggs and bacon


  • Fruit and veggies
  • Lunchables
  • Sandwiches



  • Hotdogs
  • Ribs
  • Fish

Desserts for everyone

  • S’mores
  • Dutch oven pies
  • Roasted waffle cones with your choice of goodies inside

These are just a few choices for all meals and desserts for all sizes of camping groups.


To sum up everything there are a lot of variables to look at when trying to decide what kind of foods and how much to take on your camping trips. Just remember to make sure you give yourself enough time to plan everything. If you have any questions or comments just leave them in the comment section below and I will get back you.

















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