Camping Food List

The Perfect Camping Food List to Make it a Fun and Healthy Outing

If you have started taking interest in camping of late, here are some things that you need to take into consideration when deciding what food items to carry along.
ThrillSpire Staff
Last Updated: Jul 3, 2018
stove at campsite
Food is an important source of energy when it comes to any physical activity, and when we talk about activities like camping or hiking, those extra calories suddenly become all the more important. Some people feel that carrying a good amount of food will add to the load and make the trip tedious.
So they choose to carry packed or frozen food for their camping trip. They fail to understand that this frozen food is not a substitute for healthy food you require to energize your body on such rigorous outings. A bit of planning can help you include some healthy food items in your list and make your camping a joyful, yet healthy outing.
Camping Food: Things to Remember
Family toasting marshmallows
Remember, there is a difference between hiking and camping. Hiking is relatively short in duration, so you can sustain on frozen and canned food. But, the duration of camping is relatively long, so carrying food items that will stay fresh throughout the camping period is a must.
Camping food items
If the duration is more than two days or you are planning to carry meat, poultry items or perishable foods; carry a cooler along with you. Since water is another important item while camping; carry water purification tablets to purify it or cooking equipment will help you boil the water for sure. 
Frying pan and a pot
Deciding in advance the way you will be cooking will help you choose the right cookware to be carried along. Remember, food is cooked well at slow heat, so it is better to use gas or less of a charcoal.
Children happy outdoors
Here are some food items to be carried along while camping which make your camping food healthy and tasty.
Camping Food Checklist
Basic Food Items
List of the basic food items required to prepare a decent meal:
  • Water
  • Instant rice
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Edible oil
  • Cornmeal
  • Fresh fruits
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Lemon
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Lettuce
  • Hot cereals
  • Bread
  • Dried fruits and vegetables
  • Spices
Beverages and Drinks
breakfast in mountains
Beverages and drinks are important, as they keep us hydrated.
  • Water
  • Juice/Lemonade
  • Coffee/Tea powder
  • Milk/Powdered milk
  • Electrolytes
Canned Foods
Camping canned Meal
These easy-to-cook foods should be carried along to sustain emergencies.
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Baked beans
  • Beef stew
  • Vegetable protein
  • Instant soup and oatmeal
  • Spaghetti sauce
They will add flavor to your healthy camping food.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Spices
  • Butter
  • Mustard
  • Pickle
  • Ketchup
  • Sauce
Meat and Fish
Roasting meat and sausages
Vital sources of proteins should not be ignored.
  • Salami/Sausage
  • Tuna/Salmon
  • Ham
  • Chicken
  • Ground beef/turkey
  • Bacon
  • Hamburger meat
  • Hotdogs
Other Foods
Campfire Bread
Other foods such as snacks will allow you to refresh yourself in between meals.
  • Noodles
  • Jelly/Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Cookies
  • Pancakes
Making a barbecue in winter
Several recipes can be prepared with the items in the list of camping foods mentioned earlier. It will just take a few minutes to prepare these recipes leaving you with ample time to enjoy being in the vicinity of nature.
And lastly, do not forget to add disposable waste bags to your camping supplies list. You would not want to spoil things for people coming after you.