Who doesn’t want to make easy camping food when you don’t have the luxury of a kitchen and sink?! If you feel the same, you’ll love these ideas. Here are my top tips for storing and making the best campfire meals and beyond for your next great family adventure.
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1. Use a shower cap to keep all your camping food cold while you’re eating.
Add ice to a shower cap then place a bowl filled with cold food like pasta salad in the cap, allowing the elastic to stretch over the sides to create an ice-box effect. Your food should stay cool for hours!
2. Cook cinnamon rolls over the campfire.
Add cinnamon rolls to your camping food list!
Skewer pre-made cinnamon rolls and cook them over your campfire. It’ll take about 15 minutes for them to fully cook through, and then just drizzle on that icing.
3. Use a Dollar Tree mesh bag to dry dishes.
Instead of worrying about drying all your dishes by hand, bring along a large mesh bag, and hang them from a tree or from your camper.
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4. Keep camping food flavorful with spices stored in empty Tic-Tac containers.
Stop taking those bulky spice containers camping with you. Instead, store just enough spice for the weekend in Tic-Tac containers.
5. Make camp coffee using dental floss and coffee filters.
Place a scoop of loose leaf tea or ground coffee into the center of the coffee filter, and tie it with dental floss.
When you’re ready for camp coffee, just use hot water to brew!
6. Pack salt and pepper in a contact lens case.
7. Add s’mores cones to your best camping food list.
Fill sugar cones with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips (or whatever else you like), wrap in aluminum foil, and grill over the campfire for about 7-10 minutes (but keep the cones away from open flames). Unwrap and eat!
8. Use shower caps to keep bugs off your camping food.
9. Make foil pack meals — the options are endless.
There are so many different meals you can make wrapped in aluminum foil over a fire. Barbecue chicken, fish, or ribs are just a few camping food ideas.
I like making barbecue chicken with this recipe, because all I need are some chicken breasts, pineapple, bell pepper, sweet onion, and barbecue sauce. It’s super simple: just throw it all together and cook on the grill or over the fire.
10. Make tacos in a bag for an easy campfire meal.
Prepare and cook enough taco seasoned ground meat for your family before leaving for your camping trip, and store in a cooler. It’s also helpful to prepare your toppings ahead of time too, like:
- chopped lettuce
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
When you’re ready to make them, warm the meat over the campfire, and scoop some into a Frito or Doritos bag along with your toppings. Shake up the bag and you’re ready to go!
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11. Use a craft box to organize utensils and silverware.
12. Keep bugs out of drinks with cupcake liners.
Keep bugs from flying into your drinks by using cupcake liners as a shield. This works on your wine glasses too!
13. Make ready-to-go s’mores kits.
Use a large plastic container like Tupperware to keep the chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers all together in one spot. Or, wrap each s’mores sandwich in foil so they’re ready to go!
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14. Light up your cooler with glowsticks.
When it’s dark and you’re trying to fish through the icy water for the right kind of juice, this will be handy.
15. Make several omelets at once in a Ziploc bag!
Dump your eggs and any ingredients you want to add, like cheese, mushrooms, and vegetables into a large Ziploc bag. Mush the bag up to scramble, and drop the bag into a pot of boiling water until cooked!
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16. Use oats, seeds, and dried berries to make your own granola bars.
Before you leave for your trip, it’s good to have some premade snacks in case someone gets a little hangry. Try making your own granola bars before you go, and have them handy for the kids.
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17. Make a banana boat dessert instead of s’mores.
These are super easy, delicious, and a perfect camping food.
Just cut your bananas down the middle (but not all the way through) and spread them open. Then fill them with your favorite ingredients like chocolate, marshmallows, and graham cracker crumbs. Wrap in a layer of parchment paper and aluminum foil.
It’s easiest to cook these on top of a grate to keep from burning. Heat until melty.
18. Make your own candle with an orange peel.
Cut an orange in half and scoop out or eat the fruit, leaving the center stem attached! Pour an oil like vegetable or olive oil into the peel and light the stem. Super easy!
19. You can also bake campfire muffins in orange peels over the campfire.
Premake the mix at home, and have it ready to go for your camping trip. Pour some batter into half of an orange peel, and cook over your fire on a grate.
Test the muffin to make sure it’s fully cooked by sticking a toothpick into its center. If it comes out clean and not sticky, it’s ready to eat.
20. Make baked apples with trail mix.
Carve out the middle of an apple and fill it with trail mix. Wrap the apple up in aluminum foil, and toss it on the fire for 5 to 10 minutes.
21. Put pancake batter in an empty ketchup bottle for an easy campfire breakfast.
Keep the batter in the a cooler or refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
22. Store cracked eggs in an empty creamer bottle instead of packing fragile eggs in shells.
As with the pancake batter, you’ll need to keep this refrigerated.
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