Choose the right food to take camping and you will have all the ingredients for some easy camping recipes. Some camping food ideas are pre-made and freeze dried.
Where you will camp, and your camping style, can determine what food to take on a camping trip.
If you will be at a remote campground, you will want to bring what you need for all of your meals; if you will be near a town, you may want to bring basic supplies and shop for fresh food every couple of days. Plan ahead with these easy camping recipes.
If you are a backpacker, and need to carry your camping kitchen, you will plan different types of easy camping recipes that use lightweight dehydrated and freeze-dried foods.Get a copy of Camping Minnesota: A Comprehensive Guide to Public Tent and RV Campgrounds
Think about how you'll be cooking on your camping trip and how many cooking utensils you want to pack. Some ideas are to:
Plan "one pot" meals
Plan meals that can be made in foil packets and roasted on a grill or campfire
Plan some "no cook" meals like sandwiches
Save space and weight by packing foods without their "water weight." Some examples include: dried beans, lentils, rice, dried potatoes and pasta (thin pasta cooks faster than thicker types). Pack dry milk powder instead of gallons of milk (add water at the campground as you need the milk...this also avoids spoilage.) Dried fruit for snacking or adding to cereal for breakfast is also a great way to save packing weight and avoid wasting fruit that "goes bad."
Prepackaged macaroni and cheese, instant soups, Ramen noodles, dried veggies and bullion are all great meal starters or additions to other ingredients. In many cases, just add water, heat, and lunch is ready.
Freeze dried meals can be somewhat costly however can be a great time saver as well as saving on the weight of individual ingredients. Think about adding some to your food to take camping list.
If you include fresh meats for some of your meals, be sure to use them early in your camping trip. Even in a cooler, they will not keep for long. Hamburger added to some of the items mentioned above can make a great dinner. Our kids always wanted to roast hot dogs over the campfire so we included those for at least one meal. A few cans of tuna, chicken or Spam added to your camping list will be welcome additions for meals or sandwiches.
Be sure to find out if your camp site has a convenient, and safe, water source. If not, be prepared to transport water in water containers made for campers.
You don't want to spend all of your time cooking and cleaning up. Meals should be easy to prepare so you can enjoy the outdoor activities and relaxation a camping vacation offers. Put some thought into the foods for your camping list that offer taste and nutrition without time consuming preparation. Here are some of our favorites:
Dinner is a great time to use the fresh meats and vegetables you decided were worth the effort to include on your camping list. If your camping kitchen includes a large soup pot or Dutch oven you can create some great one pot meals like chili, beef stew or chicken and noodles. Dinner is also a time to create those wonderful foil-packet meals. Here are some ingredients you want to be sure to have with you:
No list of food to take camping is complete without including your favorite items for snacking around the campfire, taking out on the lake while you are fishing or stowing in your jacket pocket when setting off for a hike. Just to get you started, here is what we love to include:
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