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The Best Foods to Take Camping

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For many, camping is enjoyable and relaxing. No matter if you are just going overnight or staying for a week or even two, there are some foods that have quickly been labeled as the best foods to take camping.

Finding the right location and getting all of your gear together can take some time. While you are getting your shelter together, it is also important to make sure that you have enough food packed for your trip. There are so many options and listed here are only a few ideas that you can use while on your camping trip. So pack up your camp stoves and get ready to go.

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Let’s begin with breakfast. Since this is known as the meal that is most important, it is a good idea to pack an ample of food for it. Finding foods like cereal and oatmeal, which are dry, will not only be fast in preparation, but you can eat them cold or hot.

Since you will need your water to initially be hot to cook oatmeal, you can go ahead and make some cocoa or instant coffee as well. For the milk needed for cereal, take time to buy small containers instead of a gallon. They will take up less room in the cooler. If you want to bring out the camp stoves, eggs are a great choice. Scrambled, over easy, runny or an omelet with ham and onions will make for a great breakfast.

When it comes to lunch and snacks, having your camp stoves heated and ready will allow you to make a warm grilled cheese. You can even add some of the ham from breakfast and make a grilled ham and cheese.

Keep in mind, you will always want to have some sort of cooking spray so that the mess to clean up is not too difficult. For lunch, you can even choose to have a cold sandwich as well. Snacks can be anything from beef jerky and nuts to fruit and trail mix. Just keep it simple.

In the evening when the stars are out and the air is cool, a hot meal is what you need. Heat up your camp stoves and get to cooking. Having canned soup or prepared spaghetti is a wonderful option during camping. You can also go with the hot dog on a stick and roast it in the campfire.

No matter what you chose to eat, make sure it is simple, easy to pack and fun.


Camping is a time to kick back and relax. Not having to mess with huge meals makes it a lot more fun since most of the time one person ends up cooking while everyone else has fun. Simple meals make it so that everyone can have fun and enjoy the camping trip.

One simple camping dinner idea is Dutch Oven Meatloaf. The meatloaf can be made at home using your favorite meatloaf recipe. Put it in the meatloaf pan and then in the cooler before you go camping so that it will stay fresh until you are ready to cook it. You can also wash and wrap some potatoes and wrap them with foil to make dinner much easier when you go camping.

When it is time for dinner put the meatloaf in the Dutch Oven and arrange the potatoes next to it. Put the lid on the Dutch Oven, put it on the fire and let it cook until the meat is done and the potatoes are tender. It’s always good to check it after one hour and then at half-hour intervals to prevent burning.

Pigs in a blanket are also an easy meal that everyone can take part in. All that is needed are hot dogs, canned biscuits and a stick. Put the hot dog on a stick, open the biscuits and let everyone wrap their hot dog with a biscuit. Once the hot dog is wrapped cook it over the campfire until the biscuit is golden brown. This makes a wonderful main dish. To add to this open a can of re-fried beans and heat them on the fire.

For fruit with any meal take the little pre-packaged cups of fruit. They are convenient, tasty and easy to open.

Tacos are also a delicious meal that can be prepared at home and make a simple camping meal. Just make the taco meat at home, put it in the corn shell and wrap in foil. Put the tacos in the cooler and take them camping.

When its time to eat just put the foil on the fire and let them heat up. Preparing garnish like tomatoes, onions, lettuce and cheese at home will make this a simple and great meal.

Hamburgers can be simple camping meals if you make the patties ahead of time and have all of the garnishments ready to serve when you get ready to eat. Just cook the hamburgers on a grill and serve with all of the garnishments and condiments that you bring from home. A cold can of pork and beans goes great with a hamburger and even some potato chips.

There are many ideas to make meals simple when camping. Doing most of the preparing at home will make almost any camping meal delicious and simple.