Camping Food Essentials

Weekend Camping Food Essentials & Meal Planner

November 16, 2017shesoutside

Eating al fresco is one of the real joys of camping. Even if you’re staying near a town or in a campsite that has a shop or even a restaurant, it pays to bring some food along so you can prepare your own meals if you need to.

It’s also pretty cost-effective and reduces the risk of a hangry discussion in the wilderness on where your next meal might come from. Let’s save all those pennies for a fresh pint at the local.

Amateur Tip: Create a meal plan and go food shopping before you go. It will save time and ensure you get what you need in case local shops or supermarkets are closed.

Food Essentials To Take On A Long Weekend Camping


  • Cereal bars
  • Tea or coffee – I like to take lose tea leaves in a small reusable sandwich bag. Don’t forget your tea strainer.
  • Dried fruit such as mango, apricots, bananas
  • Porridge


  • Pitta bread and bread rolls.
  • Your favourite sandwich filling
  • Oranges and apples


  • Rice
  • Wraps
  • Lemons for drizzling on salads and marinading
  • Bag of pre-mixed spices packed in reusable sandwich bags or tupperware to add to veg or meant.
  • Vegetables – peppers, potatoes, courgettes and carrots
  • Burgers buns
  • Potatoes


  • Chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Bananas

Related Post: You must try these banana boats for dessert. As in MUST!


  • Chocolate
  • Crisps
  • Hummus
  • Cereal
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Celery

It’s important when hiking to keep plenty of water and snacks on you. Seeds, nuts, cereal bars and dried fruit are all great to have as well as your prepared packed lunch in case your walk is longer than planned.


  • Ketchup
  • Honey
  • Canned fruit

A note on why I haven’t mentioned dehydrated foods: I have never tried them! It’s on my list to do so let me know if you’ve got any recommendations.


  • Milk
  • Meat – sausages, bacon, chicken, burgers, ham, pork chops, chorizo
  • Halloumi or cheese alternative


Now you’ve got your food essentials sorted you’ll need your camping cooking equipment. It’s worth finding out before your trip if your campsite has a built-in BBQ area as well as an onsite freezer so that you can easily swap your ice packs around during your stay. If you’re wild camping you’ll need to be fantastically more prepared.

If you’re not sure where to start, check out my complete guide to camping cooking essentials to take on your next trip. It might seem daunting to cook on a single stove or small BBQ for the first time but stick with it and get creative!

Weekend Camping Meal Plan

If you’re feeling pretty prepared but still need a bit of inspiration for daily meals I’ve pulled together a 3-day meal planner for your next long weekend away. This has got me through many bank holidays. Let me know how you would adapt to your dietary requirements and to include your favourite camping recipes.

Day 1

Breakfast: Cereal and tinned fruit

Lunch On The Go: Ham and cheese sandwiches with crisps for snack

Dinner: BBQ Kebabs

Mix up chicken, peppers, courgette and halloumi

Day 2

Breakfast: BBQ bacon sandwich

Lunch On The Go: Leftovers from Day 1 dinner in a wrap with hummus and carrots for snacks

Dinner: Pre-marinated pork chops and spinach (#lemondrizzle)

Day 3

Breakfast: Sausage sandwich

Lunch At Camp: Jacket potatoes with cheese

Dinner: Burgers with cheese and bacon

What are your go-to meals when camping?

(Images: Photo by El Chefo on Unsplash)

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