Three Great Cooking Ideas to Try During Your Next Camping Trip

Wisconsin camping

There are tons of activities to do and sights to see at any of the country’s thousands of camp sites — and this means there’s truly something for everyone in your family to enjoy. That’s why going camping with the whole family is one of the most popular pastimes for Americans today.

No matter what your family decides to do on your next camping trip, one thing will be certain for everyone — the need for delicious, yet filling foods that provide enough energy to take on all that the outdoors have to offer.

Want to make your family camping trip even more exciting with some delicious campfire-cooked meals? Here are our three favorite foods that are just begging to be cooked at camp sites and campgrounds everywhere:


Few things are more versatile — or tasty — as a meal option than a big pot of chili stewing over the campfire. Pretty much every ingredient required to make chili comes from a can, making them easy to pack and transport. However, if you plan to make your chili with beef, venison or turkey, be sure to cook it on your first night; a cooler can help keep the meat cool for a short time, but it’s not as effective or safe as a refrigerator.

Hot dogs

The campfire is the perfect place to grill meat — and few things are more fun for kids than roasting their own hot dogs on a stick over the fire. Hot dogs are inexpensive, come in family-friendly packs of eight, are easy to make and only need minimal refrigeration.


Need we say more? No family camping trip is complete without some freshly-made s’mores! This timeless treat requires only three ingredients — graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate — none of which require refrigeration. In addition, everyone gets to make their own, so everyone in the family can toast their marshmallows as much as they like.

What are your favorite recipes and foods that are perfect for cooking during a camping trip? Share your ideas with us and your fellow readers in the comments below!

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