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Top 10 Foods to Bring Tent Camping

Updated on October 25, 2014

10 Quick & Easy Foods to Bring Tent Camping

One challenge that tent campers face, as opposed to those who own RVs, is that all food that is packed must both fit and survive in a cooler throughout the duration of your trip. Sometimes it can be a struggle when planning out meals and deciding what types of food to bring and not to bring.

I would like to say that I have menu planning for tent camping all figured out, after some trials and tribulations. Which is why I decided to share my list of the 10 best foods to bring along on your trip. These foods are all about keeping meals and snacks simple, yet tasty, and utilizing cooler space properly with foods that don't spoil easily.

The list of foods is in no particular order, as no food really ranks any better than another. With that being said, all I have left to say is....Happy you...until we meet again...!

Image Appears Courtesy of...Myself! (Taken at Spearhead Point Campground near Westboro, WI)

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1. Eggs

Eggs are a must have on your grocery list when you go tenting. The great thing about eggs is that they are a versatile food and easy to make!

Nothing makes a tastier or easier hot breakfast than throwing some eggs, veggies, and any kind of meat, in a skillet over the fire. Meat and veggies to go in the skillet can be chopped up before you leave home and kept in sandwich baggies in your cooler, which makes for a simple, yet tasty breakfast!

Fried eggs and toast are also an easy and yummy option, just cook the toast on a grate over the fire or put the bread on a hot dog roasting stick.

Image Appears Courtesy of Creative Commons: Eggs for Breakfast

Coleman Egg Container

Coleman Egg Container (12 Count)
Coleman Egg Container (12 Count)

If you store everything in a cooler during your camping trip, I would highly recommend purchasing a plastic Egg Container.

I personally own the Coleman Egg Container and it works fabulously. I have never had a single broken egg during any of my camping trips and never have to contend with a soggy egg carton that falls apart.


2. Pudgie Pie Ingredients

Some of you may be wondering, "what exactly is a Pudgie Pie?" Others may be wondering, "what exactly would constitute a 'Pudgie Pie ingredient'?" If you would like to familiarize yourself with the great world of Pudgie Pies, see my lens below on How to Make Pudgie Pies. (As a side note, Pudgie Pies also go by the names: Pudgy Pies, Jaffles, or Honkers.)

For those of you who are familiar with Pudgie Pies, packing these ingredients are a camping essential. Ingredients to make sure you bring along are: bread, butter or margerine, and your Pudgie Pie fillings. I know Pudgie Pie fillings is a pretty broad term, but it all depends on what you like!

Personally, my Pudgie Pie fillings consist of eggs, cheese, and ham, but there are many, many different options for fillings. Again, I will direct you to my How to Make Pudgie Pies lens below, if you are looking for some yummy new recipes to try.

Image: Pie Iron from Amazon

Rome Industries Pie Iron

Rome Industries 1705 Pie Iron Sandwich Cooker
Rome Industries 1705 Pie Iron Sandwich Cooker

I would recommend the Rome Industries Cast Iron Pie Iron because this is a durable, quality product and will last your family for years of camping fun. This is the Pie Iron I use myself and I have nothing but good reviews to give it!


3. Hamburger Patties

Hamburger patties or ground turkey patties make for a simple meal, cooked over the fire. You can purchase pre-made hamburger or turkey burger patties, which is what I do, to make your meal even simpler!

There is the obvious option of throwing some burgers on a grate over the fire but I found another great option for burger patties as well! I have featured a lens below that gives a great recipe for Hobo Packets. A Hobo Packet consists of meat, usually potatoes, and veggies, all packaged in tin foil, and put over the fire or in the coals, to cook.

The reason I think Hobo Packets are so great is because each person can customize their packet with their favorite ingredients! Not only are these packets easy to throw together, they make for super easy clean up.

Image: Hobo Meal from Photo Bucket

4. Hot Dogs

Whether you prefer hot dogs, beef franks, turkey dogs, or veggie dogs, add them to your grocery list! Hot dogs make a simple lunch or supper over the fire or on the grill. All you need are the hot dogs themselves, buns, and condiments. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

Not only do hot dogs make an easy meal, there is also something about that smoky campfire taste that just makes my mouth water. For kids, they may find it fun to roast their own meal before eating, so mealtime becomes fun and interactive.

Image Appears Courtesy of Creative Commons: Wiener Roast

Hot Dog Roasting Fork

Camp Chef Extending Safety Roasting Fork 30" (Single)
Camp Chef Extending Safety Roasting Fork 30" (Single)

For roasting hot dogs over a campfire, I have found that the Camp Chef Roasting Fork works the best as compared to other styles. I think the reason that this particular style of roasting fork works better than others because the prong goes through the hot dog lengthwise, rather than through the sides of the hot dogs.

I don't know about you...but before I bought this style of roasting fork...I had a few hot dog casualties that ended up in the fire. The Camp Chef Roasting Fork makes it nearly impossible for a hot dog to fall off.


5. Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is so refreshing and tasty after a hot day in the sun. It also makes for an easy side dish or snack!

Choose fruits that you can chop up at home, ahead of time, that won't turn brown after spending a few days in a plastic container in your cooler. Some great fruits to use in your fruit salad are: watermelon, honeydew, blueberries, and pineapple, just to name a few.

The beauty of fruit salad is that you can pull it out of the cooler and place it on the table to accompany any meal. I bring a container full every time we camp.

Image Courtesy of Creative Commons: Fruit Salad.

Set of Chiller Bowls

Fit & Fresh Chilled Serving Bowls, Set of 3 Freezable Bowls with Lids (3-Cup, 6.5-Cup, and 10-Cup Capacity), BPA-Free, Perfect for Party, Gathering, Food Storage
Fit & Fresh Chilled Serving Bowls, Set of 3 Freezable Bowls with Lids (3-Cup, 6.5-Cup, and 10-Cup Capacity), BPA-Free, Perfect for Party, Gathering, Food Storage

I simply MUST have this set of Chiller Bowls! This set of three bowls each have freezer gel embedded in the walls to keep your fruit salad or any other food for that matter, cold while it's setting out during your meal..

This is especially beneficial when you are serving fruit salad outdoors and it's warm outside. One of these bowls would fit in a cooler perfectly and guarantee your fruit stays fresh and doesn't get mushy.


6. Sandwich Ingredients

Sandwiches are a great "go to" meal for a quick lunch. Lets face it, nobody wants to stop their fun to cook an elaborate meal!

The other great thing about bringing ingredients for sandwiches is that you and your posse can have lunch together, if you choose. Or if everyone is on the go and enjoying the great outdoors, everyone can make their own sandwich at the time of their choosing.

I recommend keeping the sandwiches as simple as possible, otherwise, the reason sandwiches make such a great camping meal goes out the window. Bring pre-packaged lunch meat in a ziplock bag, bread, cheese, and any condiments of your choice.

Tip: If you eat out every now and then, instead of throwing away the individual ketchup, mustard, and mayo packets, save them for your camping trips. This saves room in the cooler!

Image: Sandwich from Photo Bucket.

Buddeez Bread Dispenser

Buddeez Sandwich Size Bread Buddy Dispenser
Buddeez Sandwich Size Bread Buddy Dispenser

I would recommend the Buddeez Bread Dispenser to store your bread in on your camping trip. I bring along my bread dispenser every time! The reason this is such a great product is because it prevents your bread from getting crushed among your other camping gear and it also keeps the bread fresh.


7. Baked Beans

A can of baked beans makes a yummy and easy side dish for supper while on your camping trip.

If you have outdoor cookware, you can pour them into a pot and put over the fire to cook. If you don't have specialty outdoor cookware, just open the can of beans and place the whole can on a grate above the fire to cook. Either way you choose, EASY is the operative word here!

Beans are a great source of protein and a great way to sneak an extra vegetable into your family! I usually buy Texas Ranchero flavored Bush's Grillin' Beans not only because they taste amazing, but also to avoid the higher sugar content that a lot of the other flavors have.

Image: Bush's Best Texas Ranchero Grillin' Beans from Amazon

8. S'mores Ingredients

Lets face it, it just wouldn't be a proper campfire WITHOUT S'mores! There's nothing like ending a fun day by sitting around the fire, roasting marshmallows, and making S'mores. All you need are marshmallows, graham crackers, and a Hershey's bar!

One of my favorite movie quotes of all time explains exactly how to make a S'more and I couldn't describe it any better myself. So, courtesy of The Sandlot, here is the quote!

Ham Porter: Hey, Smalls, you wanna s'more?

Smalls: Some more of what?

Ham Porter: No, do you wanna s'more?

Smalls: I haven't had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing?

Ham Porter: You're killing me Smalls! These are s'more's stuff! Ok, pay attention. First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the 'mallow. When the 'mallows flaming... you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover with the other end. Then you scarf. Kind of messy, but good! Try some!

Image Appears Courtesy of Creative Commons: S'more

Hog Wild Reel Roaster

Hog Wild Original Reel Roaster
Hog Wild Original Reel Roaster

Want to add some fun to your marshmallow roasting? Try this Reel Roaster skewer! I can honestly say this is one of the neatest camping gadgets I've seen! By cranking the handle, the end of the skewer rotates, allowing you to get all sides of your marshmallow perfectly toasted. You can roast hot dogs on this skewer as well!

Trail Mix
Trail Mix | Source

9. Trail Mix

Trail Mix is a great food to bring along on your camping trip for an easy snack. Before you leave home, you can mix up a big bag or bowl of this yummy treat or even create individual bags for an easy snack to grab while on the go.

Trail Mix is great on so many levels. Depending on what foods are in your Trail Mix, it can be healthy, and also can give you that extra boost of energy during your day time activities.

Usually Trail Mix consists of a variety of nuts and dried fruit, however, you can add just about anything you want to this lovely mixture!

10. Granola Bars

Granola Bars are a great addition to your menu because they're small, don't need to be refrigerated, and they're easy! A granola bar can serve as breakfast or even as a snack. Another perk is that these bars are portable! You can pack them for a day trip or send them along with your kids as they go explore.

I personally prefer to buy my granola bars because I'm better at cooking than I am at making sweet treats, but there are a number of great recipes out there on how to make your own granola bars.

I have featured a lens below with a recipe for Healthy Granola Bars for all of you ambitious folks out there who want to give it a try!

Image Appears Courtesy of Creative Commons: Apple Granola Bars

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    • Aladdins Cave profile image

      Aladdins Cave 

      5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      PROTEST !!!! In the highest order. Your Pie Iron is a Jaffle Iron.


      That's what they are called DOWNUNDER

      Thanks for lens. Some great ideas

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      5 years ago

      Eggs and granola get my vote. between the two your body gets most of what it needs, even for longer stays.

    • DreamingBoomer profile image

      Karen Kay 

      5 years ago from Jackson, MS

      Great ideas and so true! Something about cooking over a campfire makes everything taste good!

    • espio007 profile image


      5 years ago

      Last time we went camping we took eggs, bought a brand new egg container for them as well but the case broke along with the eggs inside. It was very disheartening because we were all looking forward to our bacon, egg and mushroom sandwiches for breakfast that day. Of course it was still delicious but the egg would've adding something extra to it.

      Next time I'm going to try Hobo packets, it so simple it you wonder why you never thought of it before.

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      6 years ago

      'Tis many a year since I;ve been sleeping under canvas! Great lens.

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      6 years ago

      Love the Coleman egg container! What a great idea! My son is a reluctant camper, and I bet some campfire eggs would go a long way toward sweetening the deal for him.

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      6 years ago

      A great lense


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