Easy Camping Food Ideas [What I Eat Video]

When I was a kid, my family went camping to Lake George in New York.

One of the things I remember the most is how prepared and creative my mom was when it came to the camp food.

One time, she baked me a birthday cake at camp in a tin foil dutch oven that she made!

This was before Pinterest, and before main stream Internet and blogging.

Camp cooking seemed like a fun and creative challenge for her, and she always impressed everyone with the food she managed to put together while camping.

Turns out, I think it’s a fun and creative challenge too!

I love sharing these easy camping food ideas and showing you exactly how to make delicious meals at camp.

Car camping meal ideas by Amanda Outside. Discover how to cook while car camping - meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. www.amandaoutside.com

In this video, you get a peak into my life while car camping in Southern Utah.

Watch to see what I ate for an entire day of camping and hiking.

Then, check below for even more easy camping food ideas for your next trip!


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Easy Camping Breakfast Ideas

Really quick and easy car camping snack ideas to pack on your next camping trip. www.amandaoutside.com

Easy Camping Lunch and Snack Ideas

  • For lunch, I love to keep things simple and pack a bunch of sandwich stuff: lunch meats, cheese, a loaf a bread, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and mustard.

    Put it all in the cooler, and you have lunch that’s quick and crowd-pleasing.

  • I also love to wash and chop some carrots at home and pack them in the cooler with hummus for a quick snack, or as part of a lunch.

  • For snack ideas check out this post: 11 easy hiking snacks ideas

  • Peanut butter and jelly is always a great lunch idea when camping!

    Pro Tip: Try using reusable bags for camping and hiking snacks. These are my top picks:

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Easy Camping Dinner Ideas

  • I have a full blog post on 3 super easy camping dinner ideas:

    • camp tacos

    • camp quesadillas

    • simple Indian food.

    They’re all so good and really simple to make at camp.

  • The recipe for the grilled chicken fajitas I showed you in the video above can be found here: Simple Camping Dinner Idea - Grilled Chicken Fajitas.

  • Another healthy camp dinner idea that I make a lot is a salad. Sometimes when you’re camping and eating lots of packaged foods and snacks, it’s nice to have some fresh veggies.

    I pack chopped and cleaned lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and any other salad toppings in the cooler with some dressing. At camp, all you have to do it assemble.

    If you have a fire, you can even grill some chicken and throw that on the salad for a complete meal.

    Sometimes, I bring the pre-cooked chicken sausages, fry them in a pan at camp, and add them to my salad from some quick protein.

Easy Camping Dessert Ideas

  • Of course, smores are on this list! In the video above, I did a little twist on classic smore and used a chocolate peanut butter cup instead of plain chocolate. It was awesome!

  • I pretty much always bring bars of chocolate car camping for a quick dessert.

    Keep them in the cooler during the day so they don’t melt in the sun.

  • Another classic camping dessert: easy campfire banana boats

Easy car camping meal ideas. Amanda cooking outside on a cast iron pan. www.amandaoutside.com

That wraps it up - easy camping food ideas for your next adventure!

Out of all the experiences I was lucky to have as a child, it’s the ones outdoors that I seem to remember the most.

Outdoors, time seems to slow and my senses are more alert.

I’m more present, and maybe that’s why I remember a birthday cake I had when I was 12, better than the one I had last year.

I hope you have fun getting creative with your camp food and enjoying time outdoors with friends and family.

See you out there,


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