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3 Food Ideas for Your Next Camping Trip

Updated on October 18, 2008

Are you planning a camping trip in the near future? Whether your idea of a fun camping outing is a tenting adventure or a enjoying the climate controlled comfort of an RV, you'll need to think about what you're going to eat during the trip. For many people, one of the best parts of a camping outing is enjoying cooking out over a grill or open campfire in a scenic and beautiful campground settings.

If you're getting ready to go on a camping expedition, consider taking along the supplies you'll need to enjoy some of the following tasty camping meal and snack ideas.

Poor Man's Dinner: This is a popular camping and cookout item that many people refer to as hobo stew. I first enjoyed this dish as a child, while vacationing in the Smoky Mountains with my family. You'll need a charcoal or gas grill to make this dish, which you can easily enjoy at home as well as during a camping outing.

Place the following ingredients, in the desired quantities, on a sheet of aluminum foil: crumbled ground beef, sliced onion, and sliced carrots. Sprinkle salt and pepper (to taste) over the top, seal the foil, poke a few holes on the top, and place over the fire. You can make one large foil packet for everyone in your group, or create individual packets so each person may enjoy his or her own serving.

Cooking time may vary based on the type of grill and level of fire. Check the inside of the packet after 15 or 20 minutes to see if the ground beef is cooked and the vegetables are soft. When it's ready, simply open the foil and dig in.

Toasted Marshmallows: These gooey, sugary delights are traditional camping favorites. There's something really comfort about enjoying freshly toasted marshmallows around an open campfire. No camping trip is complete without enjoying these goodies at least once!

Simply find yourself a long stick, use it to skewer a large marshmallow, and hold the candy over the campfire until the edges are crispy and the center starts to melt.

S'mores: If you ever went to Girl Scout camp, it's likely that you have enjoyed gooey delicious graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate s'mores melted over a campfire. You'll need to start by toasting a marshmallow. Once it gets hot and gooey, place it on a graham cracker, cover with a piece of chocolate candy bar, and top off with a second graham cracker. Squeeze the two sides together to flatten, and you have a delicious snack or dessert that you'll want to enjoy every time you take a camping trip.


If you have any favorite camping treats or recipes, feel free to post them in the comments section below.


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  • greenm50 profile image

    greenm50 5 years ago from California

    Another good camping snack is cocoa powder and peanut butter mixed together and put on a spoon. Kids love it. It is like eating a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Quick and tasty.

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    Mr. Smith 7 years ago from California

    As a wilderness ranger nearly 30 years ago, I learned a few tricks to make the cold nights in a tent warm and pleasant. My favorite is hot Tang. A couple of scoops in a mug or sierra cup full of hot water is a treat every camper should try.

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    Camping Dan 9 years ago

    We like to take the Lipton Spanish rice packet and add a can of chicken. We then put these in soft shell burritos and add some tomatos and other burrito toppings. They are really similar to Taco Bell Chicken Burrito Supremes. Of course the best part is it only takes one pan and nobody needs any dishes so the clean up is a breeze.

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    Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

    These sound good. I love camping. My dad brings his camping gear. He has a coleman gas stove that we cook breakfast and dinners on.

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    MM Del Rosario 10 years ago from NSW, Australia

    I remember when I was a girl scout we have boiled sweet potato, fried sweet potato or grilled. I think somebody have donated a sack of sweet potato to our Scout Master....But camping is great .. . .