4 camping cooking tips that make outdoor dining even more enjoyable

Kitchen resources are limited in the great outdoors. However, there are still possibilities to prepare great dishes with these 4 tips for the camping kitchen.

from Martin Gebhardt | Camping | reading time 1 Min
Updated on 22 September 2023 5.628 views 100% found this guide helpful
4 camping cooking tips that make outdoor dining even more enjoyable

Martin Gebhardt

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👉 The key facts from this guide

  • Plan meals in advance and prepare ingredients at home
  • Store dry and wet ingredients separately in resealable containers
  • Bring a cast iron skillet for versatile cooking
  • Bring aluminum foil for easy cooking and storing of food
  • Use squeeze bottles for liquid ingredients to save space
  • The simpler the outdoor cooking, the more fun you will have

A satisfying meal at the campsite is much more fulfilling because of the beautiful view and fresh air.

The camp is your home, and that's why you can enjoy delicious meals there, just like you do at home.

Even though kitchen resources are limited in the great outdoors, there are still many ways to prepare hearty dishes that will satisfy your appetite.

With these tips for camping cuisine, outdoor dining becomes even more enjoyable.

Plan and prepare meals at home

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It's easier to plan meals for the entire trip in advance, so write yourself a list and stick to it.

Prepare the ingredients at home by measuring and chopping them so that you can easily prepare them at the campsite.

Store dry and wet ingredients separately to avoid leakage and contamination.

The best options are reusable plastic bags and lightweight containers with tightly sealing lids.

This way you save a lot of time and avoid chaos at the campsite.

Pack a cast iron skillet

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When your food is ready and well packaged, it's time to think about the cookware.

To save space in your luggage, it is advisable to only bring tools that you will actually use.

A cast iron frying pan is ideal because it is durable and holds up well over a campfire.

Furthermore, it is very versatile, so you can easily prepare many dishes with it, whether as a soup dish or fried.

Take aluminum foil with you

If you have limited kitchen resources, durable aluminum foil is great for easy cooking, especially if you don't have heavy cookware with you.

You shape the aluminum foil into bags and with these bags, you can easily prepare delicious meals with meat and vegetables over the campfire (without making a mess!).

Furthermore, you can use them to cover food leftovers or to keep your food warm.

Use squeeze bottles


When camping, you always have to manage with little luggage. But if you want to prepare delicious meals outdoors, you will probably have to bring many ingredients.

Here's the beauty of squeeze bottles - you can store your liquid ingredients like pancake batter, dressings, oils, spices, etc. without taking up too much space.

The simpler and less complicated cooking in the great outdoors is, the more fun it will be. Take note of these useful tips for cooking in the camp.

Take care, Martin
Martin Gebhardt

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Martin Gebhardt

Hey, I'm Martin. On my blog, you will learn the basics and numerous details about living in the wild. I think survival, bushcraft and the good life in nature are the keys to happiness. Find me here on Instagram or on YouTube. You can find more about my mission on the About Me page.

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