Get fresh ideas for healthy camping food with this big list of yummy foods that are portable and easy to prep when you’re on the trail!
Planning a family camping trip? There’s a lot to look forward to! But you might NOT be excited about eating lots of packaged, processed foods on the trail.
No fear! This list is meant to provide you with healthy camping food ideas that combine fresh fruits and veggies with healthy pre-packaged foods and even a few simple recipes that are optimal for making ahead and taking along with you on your family adventure.
The list is divided up by shelf-stable foods (first) and foods the need to be kept cool (second.) Check them out and get packing!
Healthy Camping Foods (Shelf-Stable)
These foods give you and your kids energy for any adventure, and they can last for days (or much longer!) in your cabin or tent– no refrigeration necessary.
- Trail mix
- Whole melons like watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew
- Whole wheat bread, buns, pitas, tortillas, or English muffins
- Homemade granola bars
- Canned lentil soup
- Brown rice
- Beef jerky
- Rolled oats
- Whole ears of corn
- Applesauce cups or pouches
- Canned tuna
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dried fruit like raisins, cranberries, or apricots
- Peanuts, almonds, or cashews
- Sweet or white potatoes
- Olive oil
- Whole wheat spaghetti with jarred marinara sauce
- Pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- Whole grain crackers or pretzels
- Bell peppers
- Canned black beans, kidney beans, or baked beans
- Soy milk or tofu (choose shelf-stable tetra-pack containers)
- Whole grain cereal like Cheerios
- Jarred salsa
- Peanut butter or almond butter
Healthy Camping Foods to Pack in Your Cooler
If you’re bringing a cooler on your camping trip, you have a lot of additional options for eating great in the wild! Add these nourishing foods to your “foods-to-pack” list.
- Cheese sticks and/or grated cheese
- Ground turkey or beef
- Chicken breasts (try marinating them before you leave)
- Carrots (baby and or regular)
- Yogurt cups
- Frozen salmon, white fish, or shrimp
- Whole fresh green beans
- Snap peas
- ANY frozen fruit or veggie (they can double as an ice pack in your cooler!)
I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.Learn More about Natalie