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Easy Camping Food Ideas for Families

Here are a bunch of easy camping food ideas for your upcoming camping trip. What to cook when you’re camping that is easy and tastes good plus other tips as well. Not only will you be happy but your kids will love these foil packet meals too and many don’t need to be kept cold if you’re in a tent.


If you’re planning to camp this Summer, part of the planning process is what you’re going to eat and cook!! There are some great camping food ideas out there that are easy to do, clever, and recipes your whole family will enjoy. Here are a few of the best recipes when you’re camp cooking this year! (originally published 5/16, affiliate links present)

Easy Camping Meals

If you’re planning a trip it’s important to start with your destination….did you know there are hundreds of places you can camp for free throughout the U.S.??!! Then you will need to make sure you have all your gear, and if you’re missing something look around for deals on camping equipment .

Once you have that set it’s great to find some easy camping meals to prepare when you’re out in the fresh air…here are a few of our favorites.


Camping food ideas

  1. Brad’s Ranch Beans
  2. Grilled stuffed peppers
  3. 5 ingredient chili (make it in a pot instead of a crockpot)
  4. Stuffed Onions with cheese and wrapped in bacon work great wrapped in foil
  5. Campfire Apple and Pork Packets

When it comes to foil packet dinners for camping you can make a ton of different things including the meat and vegetables inside. One of our favorites would be shrimp in foil packets. Use frozen or raw defrosted pieces.

Easy Camping Meals

Easy Camping Meals for Family

  1. Banana smores on the grill or over the fire
  2. You can easily make Dutch oven Stew over the fire
  3. Easy One Pot {Dutch Oven} Lasagna Recipe
  4. How to Make a Reuben Sandwich with a Pie Iron
  5. Foil Baked Salmon Recipe with Asparagus
  6. Campfire S’mores in a Cone
  7. Easy Sloppy Joes recipe here uses just 3 ingredients to make the sauce
4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Beyond this list we have compiled a much longer list of easy camping recipes and a free printable meal planning sheet that gives you ideas of what to take and cook if you are on a camping trip of up to 7 days and nights!

camping meals

Of course even if you are just out for a few nights it is helpful to find a few dinner ideas that everyone will love and are easy to prepare. If you haven’t tried camping before you really should, it makes for lots of memories and new fun experiences.

Here is a list of the best vacation spots for kids featuring places we have been as a family and some we have even been to more than once because they were so great.

Make sure you don’t forget anything when you’re packing either, this printable camping checklist should help in your preparations.

Want to see a few of my favorite things that I am totally obsessed with?? Take a peek and see how many you might already have…twinsies!

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Thursday 10th of January 2019

Hello Justine, Thank you so much for sharing such great camping food ideas. Can you recommend any specific recipes for camping foods?


Monday 1st of October 2018

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Friday 9th of February 2018

Thanks for these great idea's justine, I'll be going camping with my family this April and look forward to making some of these recipes.

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