Camping Food List

Food just tastes better out in the wilderness than anywhere else and this camping food list has all the basics you need to cook fantastic meals whether it's over a campfire, a camp stove or a stove.

Meal time is a big deal when we're camping and the laid back atmosphere and fewer demands leave time for us to plan and cook really great meals.

Add some of your preferences to the items listed here to personalize your menu. And speaking of menus it's a good idea to outline your meals and snacks and build your camping food list from that.

A cast iron frying pan is our favorite cooking implement on our camping trips and we use it for frying but also for roasting (meat, potatoes and vegetables).

We often use the pan in the  BBQ to roast a chicken or put another type of roast on to cook slowly while we visit with friends in neighboring campsites, we mosey back and forth keeping an eye on supper while playing Bocce ball, Mexican Train or the Washer Game.

Condiments, Toppings, Dips, Spreads & Seasonings

  • Salt, pepper
  • Sugar, brown sugar, sugar substitute
  • Herbs and spices
  • Cooking oil, salad oil (we use coconut, olive and sesame)
  • Mayo, mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, salsa
  • Bacon bits, parmesan, croutons
  • Cheese - cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, blue, cream
  • Salad dressing, dip
  • Pickles, olives, hot peppers
  • Peanut butter, jam, syrup, honey
  • Onion soup mix, taco seasoning
  • Bouillon powder or cubes

Grains and Cereals

  • Bread, rolls, hotdog/hamburger buns, muffins
  • Pancake mix, flour, breadcrumbs
  • Pasta, rice, KD
  • Hot cereal - oatmeal, etc.
  • Cold cereal/granola
  • Tortillas, taco kit

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  • Butter/margarine
  • Sour cream, yogurt
  • Cheese, milk, cream
  • Powdered whole milk - long lasting and easy to pack and store,
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Powdered whole milk stirs up into a delicious full fat milk for drinking or making hot chocolate.

I use it in recipes that call for milk (like pancake batter) add the powder to the dry ingredients and just add water, It helps to stretch the fresh milk supply.


  • Eggs
  • Hot dogs, hamburgers
  • Chicken, pork, beef
  • Fish, seafood
  • Ground beef or turkey
  • Bacon, sausage, ham
  • Sliced meats

Hot & Cold Beverages

  • Coffee, tea, cocoa, creamer
  • Soda juice, iced tea, lemonade
  • Drinkin' boxes
  • Beer, wine, coolers
  • Liquor, Bailey's, mix, ice

Canned Goods

  • Canned beans, soups, pasta sauces
  • Beans
  • Canned fruit
  • Tuna, ham flakes
  • Smoked oysters

Vegetables & Fruit

  • Lettuce, cucumber, green onion, celery, radish, jicama
  • Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower
  • Onion, garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes, colored sweet peppers
  • Corn on the cob
  • Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots
  • Limes, lemons
  • Watermelon, grapes, oranges, bananas, cherries, peaches, kiwi
  • Berries


  • Marshmallows, popcorn
  • Campfire food
  • Cookies, graham wafers
  • Granola bars
  • Chocolate
  • Crackers
  • Peanuts, chips, pretzels, nuts
  • Raisins, dried fruits
  • Unsalted peanuts (for the little critters like squirrels)

Pre-Made Camping Food List

  • Macaroni salad
  • Marinated vegetable salad
  • Potato salad
  • Bean salad
  • Coffee cake
  • Muffins
  • Soup or chili
  • Hummus

Build a menu from the items in this list. A breakfast lunch and supper for each day then tailor your camping food list by choosing items you'll need to make each meal plus snacks and drinks.

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