A good camping trip, as we all know, is an experience that is full of delights.
From trudging through your favorite hiking trails and stumbling upon unknown treasures to having a hearty dinner over an open fire, there are not many limitations on what you can do with your camping trip.
However, while camping gives you the opportunity to have an adventure of a lifetime, there's also something that fuels the entire process that can't be ignored.
And no, I'm talking about gas in your car. (although that's very important)
Seriously though, while gas is important for your beloved vehicle that will carry all your stuff, the gas that fuels your body is essential.
There's nothing worse than camping on an empty stomach, or a stomach that isn't satisfied with what it's been given.
In fact, there's nothing worse than doing anything on an empty stomach!
So that's why I've made this comprehensive list for you to take on your next camping trip when you head out into nature.
Get yourself these ingredients for some camping dinner ideas (french dip sandwiches anyone?)
Food For Thought
Before you go picking any foods, there are a few qualities that all the most effective camping foods list will have.
On your next trip, when you make your meals for dinner, breakfast, or lunch, cooking over the campfire, it will serve you well to eat camping meals that are both nutritious and delicious meal that is a joy to cook.
They are pretty important, so here they are:
Resistance to Elements and Pressure
Now everybody likes a bit of ice cream, but it's not exactly renowned for its structural integrity. If you had the option of taking an ice cream cake or some trail mix, you're going to go with the trail mix as it can handle a bit of rain, hail, and shine.
All the food you take doesn't have to withstand an explosion but bring items (like muesli bars or nuts) that can withstand heat, cold, or pressure. You don't want a bag full of things that will crack (or melt) under pressure from the elements.
This is really really important, especially if you're going on a camping trip that stretches out longer than the weekend.
Food that lasts a long time will not only save you space, time and energy as you don't have to bring facilities that will need to keep food cold, but also you'll be able to store them a lot easier. Think of things like cereal and long-life milk.
As much as smores are a staple of the camping canon, it's going to be pretty unpleasant and quite difficult to survive on smores for a 3-day camping adventure. In the outdoors, you're going to want to have food that will be highly nutritious.
Think of healthy foods that aren't high in sugar and saturated fats, such as fruits, vegetables, and wholemeal bread.
Your body and camping recipes will thank you.
Something that has a firm place in the hearts of people around the world, pasta has built itself a deserving reputation as an easy to prepare, incredibly versatile food that will slip very easily into any meal schedule.
Supremely convenient, there are many options you have to choose from when it comes to what pasta to take with you. If you're looking to save space in your bag, pasta such as spaghetti and linguine will serve you well for this.
However, if you decide to take bigger kinds of pasta such as penne or rigatoni, they will hold up well and tend to do better in the colder temperatures.
A timeless classic that's been seen on kitchen and dining tables the world over, you can't go wrong with starting your day with a bowl of cereal.
It really is the quintessential easy camping breakfast.
It's quite easy to transport as well, if you take it out of the box and store it in a bag or food container you can also save quite a bit of space.
Buy cereals that are rich in whole grains and provide a lot of nutrition, as these will be much better over time than the usual sugary suspects for your camping food list.
Like cheese, pasta, or cereal, there are tons of bread in all kinds of shapes and sizes. While you should try as many of them as you can in your lifetime, some bread is definitely better than others when it comes to the campgrounds.
Get flatbread or wraps that take up little space in your bags. These types of bread are also super versatile, as you can use them for wraps, dipping, or toasting in the morning.
It's a camping food that is a great staple and an essential part of many recipes.
While this camping food option might not be for everyone, it is a very useful option to have with you on your camping trip as this stuff lasts for ages, is highly resistant to the elements, and can be used for a huge amount of dishes.
It also doesn't take up a ton of space in your bag and they usually stack on top of each other, which is great if you're like me and pedantic about having a well-organized bag.
Therefore, it's one of those camping foods that can really perform well.
Pack a healthy seafood option such as tuna or salmon that has high amounts of omega 3 and protein.
Pre Made Meals
Another handy option is to simply plan ahead and get in the kitchen before you adventure out into the great outdoors.
Some foods do fantastic when packed correctly and will definitely save you a lot of time if you're outside your campsite or you're in need of a quick, easy meal.
There are a lot of great recipes out there too.
Suggestions for good pre-made options are spaghetti bolognese or a big chili with lots of beans and vegetables. Just remember to bring a fork!
Let's face it, you're probably not going to want to spend a ton of time preparing intricate, highly complex dishes while you're out in nature. You're going to want something that comes together easily, but is still nutritious and filling, right?
This is where canned fruit can really shine.
You can throw canned fruit with basically anything you want to add a nutritious twist to your meal. Make an impromptu fruit salad, mix it with your cereal or add it as a side to your dinner. The possibilities are endless.
It really is a great idea. Whoever invented canned fruit, I hope you're having a nice day.
Ah yes, the old trail mix. One of the great advantages of the trail mix is that you have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to making it.
You can buy a premade one from your local supermarket or you can make your own in bulk, which will work out to be a bit cheaper.
Stack it up with healthy items such as sunflower seeds, dried fruit, almonds, walnuts, granola, etc.
While eggs may not be as durable and will require a bit more tender love and care than our other camping food ideas, they are fantastic camping food.
Eggs are incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of easy camping meals and are one of the best camping food ideas out there. There are many camping recipes that will benefit from eggs, and you can have them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Omelettes, scrambled, sandwiches. It's all possible with eggs.
An essential part of your next camping trip if you're looking for some top-notch camp cooking (you're gonna need it for camping pizza).
One great cheese to take with you is halloumi cheese. It has a very high melting point, it holds it shape very well and it honestly goes with basically anything.
For easy camping breakfast or easy camping dinners, it's very hard to ignore halloumi cheese. It's a wonderful idea.
Cheddar cheese, shredded cheese, melty cheese, feta cheese are also easy camping food ideas to bring with you
Feeling Hungry Yet?
There's many more options you can choose for easy camping food, but these are some of my favourites and with these foods you'll have a ton of recipes at your fingertips.
Most importantly, stay well fed and hydrated and enjoy your next camping trip!