Food To Take Camping On Your Camping In Australia Holiday

Deciding what food to take camping is a challenge especially if you are new to camping. Use this list as a guide as everyone has different tastes and dietary requirements.

As a campfire is not always available or practical, most meals will be cooked on a gas or fuel stove or a barbecue. Fortunately most foods can be cooked on a hot plate, frypan or in a saucepan.

Using a Camping Kitchen Equipment Checklist will help you decide what to take and to help you prepare and cook your meals.

Sitting around a campfire is great fun and cooking with a camp oven is interesting to try if you can.

Also a jaffle iron makes quick snacks like egg and bacon, cheese or anything else that takes your fancy.
A slow cooked roast with vegetables is especially good, there is nothing like eating campfire food in the great outdoors.

This list of foods to take camping will give you some camping food ideas and suggestions so you can start your own camp food list.

Below I have also included a suggestion for how to make a camp food shopping list. This idea will help you meals organised and your shopping done easier.

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Fridge Food To Take Camping

  • Meat - steak, chops, mince, chicken, hamburgers, kebabs, bacon, fish, seafood, hot dogs.
  • Cold meat for sandwiches.
  • Cheese – any variety, slices, grated or block.
  • Yoghurt, dips, butter, mayonnaise or other dressings, eggs (eggs can also be stored in a cool place).

Fresh Food To Take Camping

  • Sliced bread and rolls, muffins, fruity bread, crumpets.
  • Fruit - apples, oranges, bananas etc .
  • Vegetables – potatoes, pumpkin, celery, onions, carrots, tomatoes, lettuce etc.

Beverages To Take Camping

  • Milk, soft drink, juice, cordial, beer, wine etc.
  • Take plenty of drinking water.
  • Hot drinks – coffee, tea bags, Milo.

Pantry Food To Take Camping

  • Rice and pasta.
  • Flour and sugar.
  • Long life milk and custard.
  • Salt, pepper, herbs and spices.
  • Sauces – tomato, soy, mustard, etc.
  • Butter or margarine.
  • Breakfast cereals.
  • Cooking oil and spray.
  • Packaged food - pancake mix, scone mix, soup, dried vegies, jelly. Instant noodles etc.
  • Tinned food - baked beans, spaghetti, soup, fruit, puddings, salmon or tuna etc.
  • Gravy mix, cornflour and bread crumbs.
  • Pasta or spaghetti sauce.
  • Mountain bread, wraps, tacos.
  • Dry biscuits – like Saladas, Vita Weats and crackers.
  • Toast spreads - Jam, honey, Vegemite, peanut butter.
  • Snack packs and snack energy bars.
  • Dried fruit and nuts.
  • Snacks and sweets - chips, biscuits, cakes etc.

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Tips For Creating A Camping Food Shopping List

An easy way to work what food and how much food to take camping is to first workout how many days you are going for. Then what time in the day are you arriving and leaving.

Also it would help to know what type of cooking will you be doing - using a gas stove/barbecue or will you be able to have a campfire. It is usually best not to assume you can have a campfire as it can be a fire risk in dry conditions.

When you know the above information then you can work out how many meals you need to cater for.

For example - We are bush camping on the bank of the Murray River for a long weekend - Friday to Monday. We are arriving after lunch on Friday and are leaving before lunch on Monday.

  • Breakfast for 3 days - Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
  • Lunch for 2 days - Saturday, Sunday.
  • Dinner for 3 days - Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Then work out what you are going to have for meals.
  • Breakfast – toast, muffins, cereal, pancakes, eggs and bacon etc.
  • Lunch – Barbecue, hamburgers, steak sandwich, home made or tinned soup, salad roll or sandwich etc.
  • Dinner – BBQ, camp oven roast, kebabs, pasta and hopefully fish etc.

Make a list of ingredients you need to buy.

Pack the items you have and purchase everything on the your list and pack them. Cross any items that you double up on when you make your ingredients list.

Making a camping food shopping list will make organising a little easier and hopefully you will have everything you need for some great meals in the great outdoors. Happy Camping!

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