Camping Food List
Check, Buy and Pack

The camping food list is sorted in categories to make your packing and buying easier.

Once again leave out what you feel is unnecessary or add your favorites.

This is just to give your creativity a jolt and get you going.

Before we start with the official list, always make sure to have plenty of drinking water especially if you don't know what the quality of the water will be where you're going.

Take plenty of healthy snacks like nuts, dried fruit, granola bars and some others like chips/crisps, biscuits, etc.

Here is a 7 day camping menu all worked out for you.

food to take camping

canned Food List

Great Tip

Put bottles of cooking oil and condiments into individual Zip-lock bags, seal properly. If the bottle opens while traveling at least it's doesn't a mess up everything.

Canned foods are easy to add to any meat dish or use as a side dish. Available in a wide range of products and easy to transport. The only downside is that it takes up a lot of space.

  • Beans
  • Vegetables
  • Chickpeas
  • Sweet corn or whole kernel corn
  • Ham
  • Tomato and onion mix
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomato paste or tomato product
  • Tuna or other fish
  • Anchovies
  • Fruit
  • Condensed Milk
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Tinned meat
  • Soup
  • Olives

Dry Foods

Carbohydrates is great for energy and an important part of everyday diet. Useful to have all purpose flour to bake a quick bread, scones or pancakes.

  • Flour/Self raising flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Dry yeast/instant yeast
  • Polenta/Cornmeal
  • Milk powder/Coffee creamer
  • Noodles/pasta
  • Thai Noodles
  • Chinese rice noodles
  • Instant noodles
  • Rice
  • Couscous
  • Sugar
  • Custard powder
  • Herbs and spices
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Soup/Instant soup
  • Dry vegetables
  • Cereals
  • Oats
  • Tea Bags
  • Coffee/Instant or Ground
  • Cocoa/Milo or Hot Chocolate powder

Pickles, Preserves and Condiments

Chutney, pickles, soy sauce and general condiments are great for adding flavor to any dish. Preserved salads like bottled beet root and the handy pre-made salads such as three bean and carrot salads are convenient side dishes for any meal.

  • Pesto
  • Pasta sauce
  • Gherkins
  • Pickled onions
  • Beet root salad
  • Olives
  • Chutney
  • Tomato sauce/Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Tabasco
  • Olive oil/cooking oil
  • Vinegar
  • Salad dressing
  • Soy sauce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Spreads for toast/bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam/preserve
  • Syrup


Prepare small zip-lock bags or any other small containers with tight fitting lids for in between snacks. Fill with a mixture of nuts, raisins, pretzels, dried cranberries or any other dried fruit add some jelly beans or small chocolates and dish out whenever anyone needs an energy boost or a snack in between meals.

  • Potato Chips
  • Peanuts/nuts
  • Raisins
  • Sweet biscuits
  • Savory biscuits
  • Rusks
  • Popcorn
  • Sweets/chocolates
  • Dried fruit sticks
  • Granola bars
  • Sliced jerky/biltong

Long Life Products

Long life products have a long shelf life and handy to have when fresh milk and yogurt is not available.

  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Custard
  • Yogurt

Fresh Food to keep Refrigerated/Cool

Always find out if fresh products are readily available at the camp grounds or if there are shops nearby.

  • Butter/margarine
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Cheese
  • Fresh Vegetables, Tomatoes, lettuce etc
  • Fresh Fruit

This camping food list is a broad outline and should be adjusted to your personal needs and preferences.

More lists to view

List of clothing, First Aid and Toiletries

List for Shelter, Sleeping and Eating

Odds and Ends, like games, bird watching etc

Additional camping gear

Camping Food Ideas

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Camping Food List