Camping Gear: Meals – What Food to Pack

Coleman Two Burner Liquid Gas Stove

You have the choice of cooking for hours to have the most exquisite meal in the campground or preparing quick meals that are less time consuming. We prefer to prepare quick meals that are nutritious and tasty. This way, everyone eats well, and there is more time to enjoy the camping trip. Here is a starter list of meal items that you may want to consider for your camping trips. If the meal choices listed here are not appealing to you, then revise the list and bring what you like:  


  • Bacon, sausages, eggs, toast, and jam
  • Cereal, fruit, and vitamins
  • Coffee, tea, and cream
  • Milk bags and plastic milk container
  • Pancake mix and syrup


  • Bread, cheese, cold cuts, and peanut butter
  • Fruit and vegetables


  • Canned meats, pasta sauce, soups, stews, and vegetables
  • Dehydrated noodles, meats, rice, and soups
  • Hot dogs and buns, Kraft dinner
  • Meats: Sausages, chicken, steak, and hamburger
  • Fruit, vegetables, and potatoes


  • Cooking oil or butter
  • Ketchup, mustard, relish, salad dressing, and other sauces
  • Salt, pepper, spice shakers, and sugar
  • Snacks
  • Candy, cereal, chocolate, and fruit bars
  • Chips, cookies, crackers, popcorn, pretzels, and trail mix
  • Juice boxes and pop

Backcountry Camping: If you are planning a backcountry camping trip where you will be hiking or canoeing in to your campsite, you may want to consider freeze-dried meals instead. Freeze dried meals are lighter, more compact, do not spoil and are great when you have limited cooking facilities in the backcountry. The following link will display some samples:

Cooler: If you need to purchase a cooler to store all of your perishable food items on your camping trips, this link will display various sizes and brands of coolers:

Stove: If you are in the market for a stove, this link will display a broad range of cooking options:

Dinnerware: If you are short on dinnerware for your camping trips, see this link:

Check out our Camping Recipes page for camping meals that can be prepared in under 30 minutes:

For more details on camping see The Camp Tripper. The Camp Tripper includes: trip planning, reservations, gear, meals, setting up camp, activities, breaking camp, maintenance of gear and many tips for memorable camping trips in Ontario. The book is very reasonably priced and small enough to fit in the glove compartment of your vehicle. Here are four reasons why you might prefer to order it in e-book (electronic book) format:

  • The e-book price is 37% less
  • No shipping costs, which saves you even more
  • Instant delivery to your computer or hand-held device
  • Eliminates paper and saves trees

This book is currently only available in online bookstores.


About Patrick Dzieciol

I have authored and published "The Camp Tripper - The Secrets of Successful Family Camping in Ontario" If you want to get in touch with me, please drop me an email at:
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