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The GO Outdoors Guide To Camping Food Ideas

Cooking outdoors is one of the most fun parts of camping or travelling. While at first you may think that your small stove or lack of kitchen is a little limiting, it's really not and there are ways and means to create any level of food you desire when out camping.

In this guide we'll go over some ingredients that should be part of your packing, and what to avoid if you don't have the facilities to keep it fresh.

We will also introduce you to our blogger recommended camping cookbook, which is free to download and print off for your trip.

What Food Should I Take Camping?

Non-Perishable Ingredients (Or food that should last a few days) - Ideal for longer trips

  • Pasta
  • Packets of Noodles
  • Tinned Food
  • Dehydrated foods
  • Cous Cous
  • Eggs
  • Bread / Wraps / Pitta
  • Fruit
  • Jars (such as pasta sauces, pickles, spreads etc - not suitable for backpackers as quite heavy)
  • Cereal Bars
  • Crisps
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Halloumi (If you have a coolbox)

Perishable food that should be eaten within the first day or two - Coolbox/Fridge required

  • Meats
  • Salad
  • Milk

Food to Make at Home and Take with you

You can never really account for what might happen between leaving your home and having your tent pitched at the site. Delays, tent stress, hungry kids and more could mean that waiting for launch the camping stove or BBQ on the first night might be a stretch. As a tip, why not cook your first nights meal at home, and it's ready or just needs heating up when you arrive at the campsite. If it can be cooked and stored, it's probably an ideal first night idea. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Pizza
  • Pasta & Sauce
  • Lasagne
  • Chilli
  • Wraps/Sandwiches
  • Stew

Camping Recipes

If you're looking to spread your camp chef wings, then why not print out our FREE downloadable camping cookbook. We've sourced some fantastic recipes from some of our favourite outdoor bloggers for you to try out yourself.

FREE Downloadable Camping Cookbook