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Are you counting down the days until your next camping trip?! Me too! We are always looking for awesome adventures on a budget, so we love camping. There is simply no other way to experience so much fun without breaking the bank. Let’s face it though, camping does not always go smoothly. We have had what some might call epic failure trips in the past, but even those trips are some of our favorite family memories. My favorite ever camping advice is this, the more organized you are, the better your trip will be.
I have created this free printable camping food list for you to ensure that the whole family has the best trip ever! I will also be including a list of camping essentials too! With these lists on hand, you can be sure that you will have everything you need whether you are heading out on a weekend camping trip or if you are planning to stay gone even longer! As long as you remember the most important things, your trip can go more smoothly.
This Camping Checklist Will Help Your Fun-Filled Camping Trip Get Off to a Great Start
At the bottom of this post, I will be attaching a free printable PDF camping list packet, but let’s talk a little bit about what you should be bringing to the campsite with you first. Whether this is your first time camping or you are an old pro, a checklist can still help you remember everything you need for your trip. Let’s face it, we all forget things sometimes, right?
Best Camping Food List
Here are some of the food supplies that we have found get used most often while camping:
- Sandwich meat
- Granola bars
- Cheese strings
- Brown Sugar
- Quick Oats
- Instant Coffee
- Pancake Mix
- Maple Syrup
- Hot Dogs
- Olive oil (or other cooking oil)
- Peanut Butter
- Potatoes, sweet potatoes, or potato packets
- Fresh Vegetables, canned vegetables or root vegetable packets
- Fresh fruit
- Sausage links
- Black beans
- Chicken, Steak, Ground Beef, etc (your protein of choice)
While our camping meals always change a little bit from trip to trip, these are the items that I shop for at the grocery store before our trips.
Essentials Needed for Your Camp Kitchen
Also, don’t forget all of the tools and supplies you need to cook said food!
- Camp stove, grill, bbq, etc (we love bringing our Blackstone Griddle with us on camping trips)
- Kitchen tools
- Spatulas and other cooking utensils
- Eating utensils and dishes
- Aluminum foil
- An ice pack or ice for the cooler
- Large container of water (or many smaller bottles of water)
- Re-useable water bottles
Camping Gear Packing List
Now that you have your food packed up and ready to go, let’s move on to the non-food items that you are going to need for your camping trip:
- Sleeping bags
- Extra Clothes
- Swimsuits (for summer)
- Layering clothes (for cooler months)
- Air mattress
- Camp chairs
- Hatchet for cutting firewood
- Newspaper or firestarter
- Matches or a lighter
- Plastic garbage bags (for bringing home wet or dirty laundry)
- Cards, dice, board games
- First aid kit
Obviously, these are just general ideas for camping gear, food, and supplies, but I have found these to be our go-to’s when it comes to creating the most fun, successful camping trip.
Even if you are the type to keep your camping gear in one location packed up and ready to go all the time, it’s a good idea to double-check your gear before each trip to make sure nothing has gotten left behind.
If you are new to camping, check out these posts for great camping tips for beginners!
Ultimate Camp Set-Up Tips for Beginners
Making Delicious Meals While Camping
I used to be the type that had just sandwiches, pre-made burritos, etc while camping. After a while though, I learned that you can have the same kind of delicious foods while camping that you can have at home. All it takes is knowing how to do it.
If you are looking for ideas for delicious meals on your camping trip, check out these posts. I assure you, these are amazing and super easy to put together while you are camping!
Camping Pressure Cooker Recipes
As long as you have the right tools and the right ingredients, you can make sure meal time at the campsite is amazing! We always get compliments on meals when we are camping with others and I love it!
If you feel like you are ready to go have a blast camping, be sure to grab this free camping planner before you start packing up! This planner includes the following:
CAMPING MEAL PLANNER PRINTABLE
CAMPING PACKING LIST PRINTABLE
Have a great next trip, my friends!