To some, camping may be heading out in the RV to a campsite, plugging in and enjoying some time away in the outdoors, while to others it may be heading into the bush with a canoe and a backpack for a two week voyage.
If you're able to drive to your campsite and stay there with your car or RV it is likely that you can choose from a wide variety of foods as you may have access to a cooler or other refrigeration and be able to go to a nearby store for supplies. If you're looking for some classic camping foods to make your trip more fun, check out the "Camping Staple Foods" section below.
When heading into the great outdoors there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to what you are going to eat. Items which require refrigeration or which spoil easily should generally be forgotten and instead canned or dried foods become a better choice, along with other foods which can last a few days in a pack.
Even with this in mind, there are some great dishes that can be prepared away from the comforts of civilization. So get ready to dig in and eat like a real frontiersman with the right food for camping.
The campfire is the king of cooking when you are out camping. Sure you could bring a gas stove out and a pot and cook like you're back in the kitchen but you'll miss out on the real camping experience. This means that the camping staples are things that cook well over the fire or require no cooking at all. Here are some favourites
There are other great camping foods, like hotdogs roasted on sticks, and things that you might be able to take on short trips or if you have a cooler with you, but if you're roughing it or in the bush you'll find these are some foods you can take with you and easily prepare with no refrigeration or excess cooking gear.
Remember to pack out what you pack in. Don't leave your garbage in the wilderness. Speaking of the wilderness, it is also important to remember that wild animals may be around so make sure your food is all sealed up and safely stored, especially if you'll be in areas where bears might come to investigate.
Bring the tools you'll need to prepare your food as well. Canned food is great for camping as it is compact, easy to prepare and can usually be eaten cold if there is no fire available, but you will need to remember a can opener or you'll be out of luck.
Here is a basic checklist of some things you'll want to remember to prepare your food when camping.
The ideas above are some great classic camp food staples you should consider, but when preparing to go out it can help to have a list of good ideas to choose from. So here is a list of some other great foods that do well in the outdoors.