Easy Camping Food Ideas

Warming up the morning with a hot breakfast in northern Norway. Photo by Ryan Creary

Sure, a taco truck at your campsite sounds great, but what are the odds? We’re here to suggest good camping food ideas that are so fast to make—as in, 15 minutes or less—that they’re just as easy as rolling up to a food truck. Plus, they’re fun to prep are and, hey, everybody loves the camp cook. What’s more, they’re all responsibly produced and sourced, packed with high-quality nutrition, and taste great.

Camping Breakfast Food

Camilo Boyd gets the heat just right for a pot of Breakfast Grains. Rangerly Lake, Maine. Photo by Sofia Aldinio

Easy camp breakfasts can be as simple as instant oatmeal or as luxurious as smoked salmon paired with soft, velvety eggs. Either way, waking up outdoors in the fresh air is a joy—and your first meal of the day should be too.

 

Breakfast Grains Pancakes

These whole-grain flapjacks provide plenty of morning energy, great for starting a day of butt-kicking adventure in the backcountry. Tip: Mix in a handful of freeze-dried bananas for a sweet potassium boost.

 

Organic Red Bean Chili with Eggs and Tortillas

Simmer up our chili and top it off with a scrambled egg and sliced jalapeños, with fresh tortillas on the side. Tip: Fresh eggs can be scrambled and poured into a water bottle at home for easy use in camp—keep them in a cooler and they’ll last for a few days. Powdered eggs work fine if you’re backpacking.

 

Organic Tart Apple Breakfast Grains

These pre-cooked mixed grains take only a few minutes to prepare and are delicious by themselves, but to kick them up a notch, sprinkle in some cinnamon and sugar. Even better, sauté a handful of fresh apple slices with the cinnamon sugar in a little coconut oil and add to the grains. Satisfying and fiber-rich.

 

Wild Sockeye Salmon and Egg Scramble

Rich salmon flaked into soft scrambled eggs is breakfast heaven and a great protein source. Add freshly chopped chives and a dollop of sour cream for truly luxurious camping breakfast food.

Camping Lunch Food

Preparing lunch for a crew of hungry boys on the last leg of a Marble Canyon float trip. Photo by Sofia Aldinio

Whether you eat your camp lunch out of a backpack with messy fingers or at a campsite with a plate and fork, these lunch ideas work great after a morning on the trail.

Wild Pink Salmon and Breadfruit Crackers

Simple and elegant. We like to top our crunchy breadfruit crackers (gluten free!) with flakes of tender, lightly smoked salmon. A squeeze of lemon, a crumble of goat cheese and some sliced apples elevate a quick snack into a substantial meal.

Charcuterie Board

A spread of our Buffalo Jerky, Venison Links, slices of Chile Mango and a few hunks of a hard cheese like parmesan or aged gouda (any cheese that won’t easily melt or soften on a warm day is fine) makes for a leisurely lunch and a favorite on any camping food menu.

Organic Mushroom + KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat Savory Grains

These nutritious and easy-to-prepare whole grains are great as a filling side dish, but they shine when topped with sliced almonds, sundried tomatoes and shreds of savory parmesan cheese.

Camping Dinner Food

Wild Salmon Bowl — a camp dinner in 15 minutes. Photo by Thomas J. Story

It’s the end of a long, gorgeous day, your stomach is rumbling and the vistas are stunning. Sure, you could boil some instant ramen, but you deserve a meal that matches the beauty of the surroundings.

Organic Tsampa Soup with Fresh Spinach and Herbs

Our hearty, nutritious Organic Tsampa Soup is already bursting with flavor and loaded with fiber from whole-grain barley. Stir in chopped fresh spinach and herbs and drizzle with olive oil for a complete, restaurant-quality dinner. Want protein? Add smoked tofu, a fried egg, grated cheese or tinned fish.

Organic Green Kale and KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat Savory Grains with Seafood

Open a tin of our smoked mussels or a pouch of our wild salmon and add it to a bowl of nutty, fluffy Organic Green Kale Savory Grains, made with khorasan wheat, an ancient strain that many find more digestible than modern wheat. Then toss in a handful of slivered toasted almonds for a quick, simple camping meal.

Soba Noodles with Wild Salmon

Sound too decadent and complicated for camp? Think again. This dish, full of bright, tangy flavors from ginger and red chiles, can be made in minutes for some easy camping food goodness. Bonus: It’s packed with protein.

Organic Black Bean Soup

Pack some avocado, a flavorful, crumbly cheese like cotija, fresh cilantro and soft tortillas to make this a hearty, soul-warming soup to ward off the evening chill.

Easy Camping Snack Ideas

Alfonso Boyd snacks on buffalo jerky late in the afternoon on Day 3 of paddling through Marble Canyon, AZ. Photo by Sofia Aldinio

Lightly Smoked Venison Links

Meaty enough to hit the spot if you’re mired in a mid-ride or mid-hike bonk, and portable enough to bring on any trail. Made from invasive, rapidly multiplying Hawaiian axis deer, so every bag of links helps protect fragile native landscapes.

Chile Mango, Regenerative Organic Certified™

Sweet and savory; pairs great with blissed-out exhaustion. These chewy slices are great as a standalone snack or sliced and tossed into salad.

Buffalo Jerky

The traditional camp snack is even better accompanied by a handful of almonds and dried cherries. Our jerky is made from free-roaming buffalo whose grazing habits restore the prairie.

Aji Molido Breadfruit Crackers

Crunchy, slightly spicy, addictive. Enjoy these crackers on their own, with a black bean dip or with cheese and fruit.

Camping Food Standbys

Camping time is family time. Norway. Photo by Lars Schneider

It helps to have your own little larder of camp food that can add to or round out a dish, regardless of your meal planning. We never go camping without these crucial standby ingredients:

  • Avocados: They store well and add oomph to almost any camp meal.
  • Lemons: Use to brighten the flavor of any dish; can be added to drinking water, and crucial if you’re fishing for dinner.
  • Tortillas: Flour or corn are both great alone; use to roll leftovers into a burrito.
  • Dry salami: Great diced into pastas and always snackable on a cracker.
  • Good olive oil: A small jar of extra-virgin olive oil is a crucial flavor source for any camp kitchen.
  • Sliced toasted almonds: Add to oatmeal and rice dishes.
  • Vinegar-based hot sauce: Sharp, tangy, and shelf-stable, it adds gusto to eggs, sandwiches, soups, pastas and whatever’s coming off the grill.
  • Coconut oil: Easy to store; adds a sweet, nutty flavor to sautéed foods. Or pancakes.
  • Honey: Great with oatmeal, pancakes and hot tea.
  • Spice blend: Our Taco Seasoning, Chimichurri, or Aji Molido are crazy versatile notch-kicker-uppers.
  • Bonus Tip: Make packing easier (and more lightweight) with a few of our Reusable Bamboo Utensil Sets.

Essential Camping Drinks

Christy McLean finds the warmth, Salt Spring Island, BC. Photo by Ryan Creary

In some states it’s technically a crime to arrive at camp without coffee. For barista-level goodness, bring a bag of whole-bean roast, a hand grinder, a pour-over filter and the MiiR Flora and Fauna Travel Tumbler, which will keep your coffee hot for hours.

Beer’s great after a long day on the trail, but we love kicking back with a glass of natural wine, too. Pouring from a shatterproof MiiR Flora and Fauna Wine Bottle means no glass in camp, and the double-insulated bottle maintains the wine’s temp.

Sisters catching up over happy hour, Idaho. Photo by Woods Wheatcroft

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Food tastes better when you’re camping. Surely science will prove this one day. And although it’s tempting to reach for junk food when you’re charging through the wild, camping food that’s nutritious is better fuel for climbing that peak or swimming that lake.

Plus, connecting with nature reminds us how important it is to eat in ways that help protect that beauty—by choosing foods that rebuild topsoil, capture carbon, ensure a healthy fishery, and respect and value those who produce the food. We hope this pack of camping food ideas make your next camp trip a little easier to plan, more fun, and of course, more delicious. Bon Campétit.

A person cooks at a campsite with deep blue water in the background

Pack Up and Get Outside

Christy McLean enjoys dinner with a view. Salt Spring Island, BC. Photo by Ryan Creary