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.
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

As we mentioned earlier, there are some important things you need to take into consideration when deciding what food items to carry along when you are camping. The foremost thing would be the duration of camping. Your list should ideally include foods that would stay fresh for a while. If the duration is more than two days, it would be wise to carry a cooler along with you.

Remember that a cooler is a must when you plan to carry meat or poultry items. You will also have to decide how you will be cooking, this will help you choose the cookware you will need to carry along. Water is yet another important component. Carrying cooking equipment will help you boil water. You can also carry water purification tablets with you.

Camping Food Checklist

Don't forget that there is some difference between hiking and camping. Hiking is relatively short in duration, so you can afford to sustain on frozen and canned food. However, when it comes to camping, the duration is relatively long and thus, you will have to prepare your food checklist wisely. Given below are some food items which will make your camping food healthy and tasty.

Basic Food Items
These are the basic food items which are required to prepare a decent meal.
  • Water
  • Instant rice
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Edible oil
  • Cornmeal
  • Potatoes
  • Fresh fruits
  • Onions
  • Lemon
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Lettuce
  • Hot cereals
  • Bread
  • Dried fruits and vegetables
  • Spices
Beverages and Drinks
Beverages and drinks are important, as they keep us hydrated.
  • Water
  • Juice/Lemonade
  • Coffee/Tea powder
  • Milk/Powdered milk
  • Electrolytes
Canned Foods
These easy-to-cook foods should be carried along to sustain emergency requirements.
  • Beef stew
  • Vegetable protein
  • Baked beans
  • Instant soup
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Spaghetti sauce
Condiments
They will add flavor to your healthy camping food.
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Spices
  • Butter
  • Mustard
  • Pickle
  • Ketchup
  • Sauce
Meat and Fish
Important sources of proteins and hence, should not be ignored.
  • Salami/Sausage
  • Tuna/Salmon
  • Ham
  • Chicken
  • Ground beef/Ground turkey
  • Bacon
  • Hamburger meat
  • Hotdogs
Other Foods
Other foods such as snacks will allow you to refresh yourself in between meals.
  • Noodles
  • Jelly/Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Cookies
  • Pancakes
There are several recipes which can be prepared with the items in the list of camping foods given above. More importantly, it will just take a few minutes to prepare these recipes, thus leaving you with ample time to enjoy being in the vicinity of nature.

Ideally, you should carry food which will stay fresh throughout the camping period. If you plan to include perishable foods in your list, do make sure that you are carrying a cooler along. Food is cooked well at slow heat, so it is better to use gas, instead of charcoal. And lastly, don't forget to add disposable waste bags to your camping supplies list. You wouldn't want to spoil things for people coming after you.
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