Before you leave on your camping trip, it’s good to prepare and decide on what kind of easy camping food you should bring for your trip. The main things to remember are you want food that will be easy to eat and make, but also foods that will nourish you. Canned foods, freeze dried and dehydrated foods are best to take, as they stay fresh and cook fast and easily. However, if you have access to a refrigerator or have a cooler, your options are even greater on what types of easy camping food items you can bring and eat.
Breakfast: Having easy camping food in the morning will save time and energy. Instant oatmeal is a great way to start the morning. Just add hot water and you have a hot meal with carbohydrates to fuel your body. You can also add in fresh fruit to the mix. If you have a portable grill, you can cook up some canned or packaged ham or any other variety of meats that you prefer. If you bring some coffee and tea mixes, you can simply just add hot water and have an instant hot drink to start your morning. Foods that require just adding hot water are a quick and easy camping food that should be on your list.
Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a very simple camping food to take with you and to make. Soup packets are also easy to make. Just mix the packet with hot water and you have a quick and hot meal. Hot soup is great for colder weather trips. You can also make your own sandwiches with lunch meats if you have a cooler along with you.
Dinner: If you have a fridge or cooler, hamburgers and hot dogs are an all time camping food favorite. If you don’t have access to a fridge or cooler, you can still enjoy some delicious and hearty meals. Canned meats are an easy camping food and a must have because they stay fresh and don’t require any refrigeration. Canned food like chicken and tuna can be made into dozens of recipes. You can mix canned meats with canned vegetables to make a hearty and hot stew that the family will enjoy. Canned chili is also another camping food that should be on your list.
Snacks: Some simple foods like cereals, fruits, crackers, pretzels and nuts are quick items that can be used as snacks. Beef jerky and other dried meats also make great easy camping food snacks to have. Having graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate to make S’mores are a traditional campfire dessert that everyone will enjoy and will satisfy that sweet tooth.
Overall: When choosing easy food items, remember to have a list, use some creativity and choose food items that are lightweight and easy to make. Your meals should be simple, fun and nutritional. Those are just a few ideas when choosing easy camping food items.
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