Prepping meals and packing food ends up being the most stressful part of camping, especially for beginning campers. What do you make? Which snacks should you bring? What can you make over a campfire? Nobody wants to spend hours cooking while they’re camping! Here are some easy meal ideas and a simple stress-free camping food list.

Camping Food List

Tent vs. RV Camping

The first thing to consider is if you’re going tent or RV camping. Obviously if you’re camping in an RV you’ll have access to a fridge, oven, and stove. This opens up your options. Our advice? Keep it simple even if you’re camping in an RV. Camping is about being outside, not worrying about what you’re going to make for dinner. You don’t want to stress about a recipe or getting back to camp early enough to prep your meal. Just plan on making easy, quick, and filling meals that everyone will love.

Camping Food List

Easy Camping Snacks

  • S’mores
  • Beef jerky
  • Nuts
  • Protein bars
  • Cut-up fruit and veggies
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Trail mix
  • Chips and dip

Quick Camping Meals

  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Deli meat and cheese sandwiches
  • Pancakes and syrup
  • Eggs and bacon
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (the power and ease of the PB&J should not be underestimated)
  • Foil dinners (just check Google for easy recipes)
  • Hot dogs
  • Yogurt and granola
  • Chili
  • Quesadillas
  • Meat and vegetable kabobs

Drinks to Bring Camping

  • Water bottles or a water filter
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Instant coffee or tea
Plan Food for a Camping Trip

How to Plan Food for a Camping Trip

Just write out each meal, make a shopping list, and go to the store the day before your trip. Prepping for a camping trip doesn’t have to be stressful! Simplify as much as you can, then plan. You’ll have an easy, stress-free trip—and you won’t have to spend hours cooking.

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