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A wide range of articles that makes camping life easier including preparing a camping food list, meals that require no cooking, food safety, using freeze dried foods like mountain house and various other useful tips and ideas.

When car camping, hiking, or family camping we can have different needs when it comes to taking and preparing food to bring and cook whilst outdoors.

For car camping weight is not an issue so we can bring whatever size stove, cooler and accessories we like. When backpacking everything has to be kept simple to keep weight down for obvious packing and carrying restrictions. Let's take a look at some ideas...


Camping Food Storage Ideas

If your planning to stay at a campsite for a week or two it's worth finding out from the campsite what nearest shops are available to check whether you can get more supplies or not, and how far you may have to travel.

I just google the address and then find out what is local, or you could call the campground office. This could prevent having to take a lot of food by buying it near the camp area if available, although in rural areas a lot of the local stores stock very few options and can be much more expensive.

  • Camping Cooler: Camping coolers will help with storage and keeping food fresh..... Stocking up a cooler before leaving home can save money and trips to buy food for the first few of days while out on camp.

  • Containers - Food bags: You may already have some containers you could use from home or they can be picked up from super-stores pretty cheap. Containers (or food bags) are going to keep foods like sugar, cereal, pasta, rice and other dried foods fresh, free from getting damp and clean. If hiking/backpacking there are still small tubs that can be used that pack well or using food/freezer bags will suffice.

  • Using the car: The car boot can be used for storage space during the night which is ideal if there is risk of mice, raccoons or bears trying to get at the food. Make sure the food is taken out of the car or protected from the heat when the morning sun rises to keep the food fresh and safe for eating.


Camping Food List

It helps by making a list of food to bring camping and what you may need to buy while your away. You can prepare a list based on what is needed for 3 meals a day (x how many days), breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Making a list will surely help you to be better prepared before you go.

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No Cooking Camping Food Ideas

Getting away on a camp out for a few days or so is an opportunity to not have to do all the chores we have to do at home so much. After all it's a vacation...

Anything that can lighten the amount of chores to be done, giving us more time to get away from camp or just chilling out is worth considering.

  • Canned foods: Fish, fruit, rice pudding, meats etc.

  • Packaged stuff: Meals that are made with rice or pasta can usually be eaten hot or cold which are great for a quick lunch whilst hiking or any other activity.

  • Breakfast Cereals: Oats is one of the best cereals for providing energy that lasts and can be made by just adding water (some need milk to taste good).
  • Fiber/Energy bars: Many different types that provide energy when needed are available on the market. You have try them to see if you like them because each type is not for everyones taste buds.

  • Self Heating Meals: These are another option that's quick and needs no heat. There's various ways that these work to heat the food and what they are heated in. I tried beef stew in a can and it was better than expected, although I wouldn't offer it to guests that come over for dinner at home.


Freeze dried

Freeze dried foods are a great option when backpacking and packing light, however keep in mind some brands are better than others. Some are so good that i'd use them when at a base camp for something quick and easy to eat.

Companies such as Mountain House (US leader) and others offer a good range of meal types to choose from, that taste good, while others just don't compare in quality, although they may be cheaper.

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Food Safety..cleanliness is next to godliness

Food safety when cooking outdoors is something we should keep in mind, especially when dealing with meats etc.

Most things we need to be aware of are similar to what we have do back home, although we are outdoors which makes food contamination a higher risk.

Points worth considering are making sure food is cooked well enough (red juice inside chicken rings a bell), preventing food contamination, keeping hands clean enough to handle foods, and having a clean water source.

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For The Kids

Having a few easy cook camping food recipes for the kids is a nice touch, just something that's fun and of course yummy...


Enjoy Your Camp food

Tip: Some of the most simplest methods and ideas usually work the best...

Some of the camping food ideas and tips provided will certainly help make camp cooking and preparing easier, practical and enjoyable.

If you have any ideas that you can share and think would be useful here, please do let us know. If they are suitable for this site then we can publish them on your behalf.


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