Fuel your outdoor adventures with delicious recipes and simple ideas for camp cooking:

Make Meals in Advance

Make casseroles, soups, stews, and other one-pot meals — and freeze them in waterproof, heavy-duty plastic bags. Bake and freeze muffins and cookies, too. When it’s time to load up for the trip, pack your frozen foods strategically into the cooler so they’ll keep neighboring foods cool as they defrost.

Keep It Cool in Coolers

Backpackers hiking to campground on South Manitou Island. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI.

Bring two coolers. Pack one with your perishable foods. And dedicate the other cooler exclusively for drinks. That way, you don’t open the food cooler so much and the food stays colder longer. Pre-chill all the foods and drinks so they go into the coolers cold. And, of course, keep your coolers out of the direct sunshine.

Pre-Prep for the Win

Before the trip, prep as many ingredients at home as you can. Wash and chop all the veggies, marinate meats, skewer your kebabs, make dressings, and pre-cook sauces and soups at home. Scramble eggs with a whisk and freeze them in plastic bags. Shred cheeses and store in plastic re-sealable bags.

5  Favorite Camping Recipes


Whether you’re backyard or backcountry camping, you’ll love these easy, camping delicious recipes.

Kielbasa with Peppers and Potatoes
Simple one-skillet dinners are the way to go when camping. This quick dinner cooks in one pan and is ready in no time.

Eggs on the Grill
Use a muffin pan to cook eggs on the grill! Just spray the pan, crack the eggs, and place the muffin pan on the grill. Try adding some chopped peppers and onions or anything to your liking.”

Campfire Foil Packs
“These are easy to make for camping,” says Michelle. “We prepare them at home and then leave them in the cooler until we are ready to cook. You can use any combination of meat and vegetables that you like.”

Campfire Pepperoni Pizza
Bring some refrigerated pizza dough, a jar of pizza sauce, pepperoni, and you’ve got all the makings of a quick skillet pizza. “The smokey flavor from the wood fire puts a great twist on an old favorite,” says gonefishn.

Banana Royale
It’s super-easy to make this campfire dessert! “It’s a caramel-nougat candy bar stuffed into bananas, wrapped in foil, and roasted in the coals for a super-rich camping treat,” says Bethany.

For more simple tips and recipes for summer adventures, check out Camp Out!