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The Ultimate List of Camping Food

If you’re wondering what camping food you should take with you on your next camping adventure, we’ve compiled a list of all the staple foods you’ll need to whisk up an easy camping meal.

Many of these suggestions are cupboard staples and quick-to-prepare foods, so you can spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

Camping Food Tip: If you are tent camping and do not have access to a fridge, a cool box or an insulated cool bag is a great alternative. Many of our Club Sites have ice pack freezing facilities on site, so you don’t have to worry about your food going off quickly.

Fresh Foods | Dry Foods | Tinned Foods | Miscellaneous

  1. Bread
  2. Bread

    If you’re constantly on the go, sandwiches are an easy lunch to prep and take with you on your adventure. You can pack wholemeal bread, flatbread or fluffy bagels and fill them with whatever you fancy for a quick and easy lunch or snack.

  3. Eggs
  4. eggs

    If you’re not camping during a heatwave and the temperature is under 20°C, eggs are a great staple to have in stock. Boiled, fried, poached, scrambled, or incorporated into other recipes, eggs are a must. One large egg has 6 grams of protein, so they’re great fuel for breakfast on action-packed days.

  5. Fruit and vegetables
  6. fruits

    Any fruits you’d keep in a fruit bowl at home are great for taking camping. Apples, pears, kiwis, and bananas are a few options. Similarly, with vegetables. Hardy vegetables like carrots, onions, and peppers are great to have on hand for adding to dishes or simply cutting up for a healthy snack.

    Depending on the time of year you’re camping, you can visit a Pick Your Own farm near our campsites and pick fresh fruits and vegetables or try foraging and see what you can find in the beautiful outdoors.

  7. Cheese
  8. cheese

    Cheese is perfect as a sandwich filler, sprinkled on top of pasta or for making a tasty cheese omelette. It can transform any dish.

  9. Potatoes
  10. Potatos

    Potatoes are incredibly versatile and provide much needed energy on your camping adventure.

  11. Cereal
  12. cereal

    If you want to keep cooking to a minimum, cereal is an easy, lightweight option for breakfast. You can take several different cereals with you to change it up and never get bored by the same one.

  13. Oats
  14. oats

    Oats aren’t just a breakfast staple but a great addition to lots of recipes. Oats are a healthy, non-perishable fuel food that keeps you full for longer.

  15. Pasta
  16. pasta

    Quick to cook, filling and versatile, pasta is an excellent camping food. You can make tasty dishes like mac and cheese or a pasta salad, and it'll only take you minutes.

  17. Pot noodles
  18. A quick meal that only requires hot water. Pot noodles are easy to make and great value for money.

  19. Rice
  20. Rice

    Another hunger buster, rice is ideal for one-pot dishes and adding alongside meat and veggies for a healthy but easy camping meal.

  21. Packet rice and grains
  22. Pre-cooked packets are brilliant if you’re not planning on cooking at all but still want healthy grains to add to dishes.

  23. Nuts and seeds
  24. nuts

    Full of healthy oils and satiating fats, nuts are a camping must. A healthy snacker won’t leave the campsite without a packet of nuts or seeds to satisfy a hungry stomach.

  25. Crackers
  26. crackers

    Perfect for snacking and light lunches, crackers are great for those on the go.

  27. Rice cakes
  28. rice cakes

    Rice cakes are lightweight, filling, and great for spreading both sweet and savoury condiments on.

  29. Tinned fish
  30. tinned fish

    If you haven’t got a fridge or cool box, tinned fish like tuna, salmon, and mackerel are good sources of protein and can be added to endless dishes.

  31. Beans
  32. beans

    Whether it’s the baked, kidney or pinto variety, tinned beans are a staple. Add them to a cooked dish or use them cold in a pasta salad for an easy meal.

  33. Tinned fruit
  34. tinned fruit

    Fresh fruit won’t last long in warm weather, so tinned fruit can be a good substitute for camping trips.

  35. Tinned vegetables
  36. tinned veg

    Again, tinned veggies are an alternative if you’re worried about fresh vegetables not lasting the length of your camping trip. You can get most vegetables tinned, such as carrots, peas, sweetcorn, and mushrooms, which are all great to have on hand.

  37. Soup
  38. soup

    Tinned soup, along with baked beans, are one of those camping foods that’ll never go out of style.

  39. Sauces
  40. sauce

    Sauce up your meals with a selection of condiments. You’ll have your favourites, but mustard, ketchup, brown sauce, soy sauce and barbecue sauce are great options. Pasta sauces and pesto are a tasty staple too.

  41. Spreads
  42. spreads

    As well as sauces, spreads are a great way to add some flavour to bland meals. Accompany porridge or toast with your favourite variety of jam for a sweet treat. Peanut butter can be used in many recipes or spread on toast for a filling snack.

  43. Oil
  44. oil

    Unlike butter, oils will keep in all temperatures and come in handy for things like salads and to stop meals from sticking to pans.

  45. Sugar
  46. Sugar

    If you can’t enjoy a cup of tea without a spoon of sugar, make sure you don’t forget this one.

  47. Spices
  48. spices

    Camping doesn’t mean you have to eat bland food. Remember to bring your favourite spices along with you to transform your meals.

  49. Pancake mixes
  50. pancakes

    Ideal for both breakfast and dessert, pancakes are filling, satisfying and fast to cook.

  51. Drinks
  52. drinks

    If tea, coffee, or hot chocolate are a big part of your day, you won’t want to forget to pack some in with your food. Cordial and juice are other options, but make sure you use reusable cups and bottles.

  53. Long-life milk
  54. milk

    If you’re not taking a cool box and won’t be able to buy fresh milk, some long-life or powdered milk can get you through your trip.

  55. Marshmallows
  56. marshmallows

    Is any camping trip complete without a sticky marshmallow toasted on the barbecue? Bring your own alongside some skewers for a delicious sweet treat.

  57. Biscuits
  58. biscuits

    For sandwiching your toasted marshmallows or dipping in your cuppa, biscuits

  59. Cake
  60. cake

    For those with a sweet tooth, something like a fruitcake or individually packaged cakes will keep well.

  61. Ready-made camping meals
  62. ready made camping food 

    There are plenty of stores where you can purchase ready-made camping meals that require minutes to heat up, so you can tuck in and satisfy your cravings. Check out these ready-to-eat camping meals from Go Outdoors. Members of the Camping and Caravanning Club get additional discounts here. Not a member? Join the Club today and start saving.

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