Where do we even start when it comes to the best camping foods? There are so many savory and delicious camping recipes to choose from, our mouths are already watering! Even if you don’t plan to bring a cooktop or cooler, there are a number of yummy backpacking foods that are quick and easy to eat on the go.
How Do You Plan To Cook and Store Your Camping Foods?
Are you going on a backpacking adventure where you have to pack light? Or are you going car camping? In which case you can bring a wide assortment of foods and cooking tools that make camp food very similar to home cooked meals. If you plan to bring a cook top with you as well as a cooler to store perishable goods, your options are virtually unlimited.
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The most important cooking tools for camping include:
- A can opener
- Tin foil
- Zip Lock bags
- A cooler to store perishable goods
- Utensils (forks, knives, plates, spatula, etc.)
- A cutting board
Additional cooking tools that’ll broaden the types of foods you can eat include:
- A fire starter
- Pots and pans
- A burner table or outdoor stove
Backpacking Food: No Cook Camping Foods
Packing light and leaving your cooktop at home? No need to worry! You can still eat a number of delicious foods, such as:
Peanut butter and banana sandwiches: Bread, peanut butter, and bananas require no refrigeration and can quickly be slapped together into a delicious and nutritious sandwich.
Tuna sandwich: Reuse your bag of bread and add a can of tuna on top. Sprinkle in some crackers or celery for a nice crunch.
Tuna salad: Mix tuna with celery, onions, or anything else you have on hand to make a tuna salad.
Nutrition bars: Healthy nutrition bars are easy to bring along on your camping trip and make good snacks. Some bars even serve as meal replacements.
Carrots: Most veggies only make it a day or so without refrigeration but carrots tend to last a little longer and make for a healthy snack.
Premade burritos: Whip up your favorite burritos at home and then wrap them in foil and place them in your cooler. When it’s time to eat, simply heat burritos up over the fire in their aluminum wrap and it won’t be long before you’re sinking your teeth into deliciousness.
Ramen noodles: All you need is hot water to make most packaged ramen noodles and remember your college days.
Other popular backpacking foods include:
- Instant hot cereals
- Breakfast bars
- Dry cereal
- Powdered milk
- Fresh dried fruit
- Fresh fruit
- Dehydrated eggs
- Fig bars
- Energy bars
Camping Recipes That Require A Cooktop & Cooler
Your options for camping foods shoot through the roof if you have a cooktop and a cooler to store perishables. Don’t forget to bring spices like salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, cayenne pepper, and anything else you typically cook with.
- Pasta with Sauce & Cheese: Cook some pasta on the stovetop and then add your favorite canned sauce and cheese for a delicious comfort food meal.
- Tacos: Warm tortillas and add cooked beans along with your favorite vegetables and meat toppings. Grab some cilantro, parsley, avocado, salsa, lettuce, and cheese from the cooler and sprinkle on top.
- Mediterranean Sandwich: Fill a pitta wrap or piece of bread with tomato, feta cheese, olive, cucumber, and hummus. Just like that you have a delicious Mediterranean-inspired sandwich.
- Pancakes: All you need is pancake mix, eggs, oil or butter, milk, and honey and you can make some delicious pancakes on a portable cooktop. Add chocolate chips, blueberries, or anything else you’re craving. Don’t forget to pack the maple syrup!
- Egg Scramble: Chop veggies, cilantro, onions, etc. at home before you leave and place the ingredients in a zip lock bag. When you’re ready to cook, add the pre-chopped ingredients to your eggs and fry it all up on the stovetop.
- Rice Stir Fry: Cook instant rice using hot water, then add vegetables, butter, soy sauce (or your favorite stir fry sauce) and meat to the pan to sauté.
- Guacamole & Chips: Bring avocados, tomatoes, limes and anything else you need to make guacamole. You can freshly prepare it on site, then set out some chips and let everyone dig in. Extra guacamole can be added to sandwiches, tacos, etc.
- Cheese Board: Throw some cheese varieties into your cooler and then set them out with chips or crackers for a yummy snack. Simply add sliced meats, veggies, and hummus and you’ve got an entire meal ready to go in minutes.
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