Cuisine en camping

Practical culinary tips for camping

07 July 2022

We all know that going camping requires a lot of organization and preparation. Planning the menus can be both enjoyable and challenging. You need to find simple yet nutritious meals that will keep you energized throughout the day without feeling hungry.

Here are several practical culinary tips and ideas for your camping trip this summer. You'll find advice for preparation before departure, cooking on-site, nutritious food ideas, and tips for reducing waste.

Preparation Before Departure

Marinate and Freeze Meat

Before heading out on your camping trip, it's a good idea to marinate and freeze your meat in a resealable bag and store it in the freezer. This way, the meat will last longer and help preserve freshness in your cooler. Additionally, by preparing meals at home, you won't need to bring as much cooking equipment.

Vacuum Pack

Vacuum-packing certain foods can be an excellent option for camping. In addition to extending the shelf life of the food, it also takes up less space in the cooler. Vacuum-packing is convenient for meats, vegetables, and even prepared dishes! Just place them in boiling water to reheat.

Prep Vegetables

Preparing and cutting all the necessary vegetables according to the planned meals is a good way to simplify things once you're on-site. It's also a great idea to cut a few extra veggies for snacking on raw.


Another good option is to precook certain foods when possible. For example, you can precook ground meat or chicken at home. If you plan to consume the meat later during your trip, you can always freeze it to ensure it stays fresh.

If you planned to have tacos, why not cook your ground meat and add the necessary spices before your departure! This way, you can save time once at the campsite.

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Don't Forget Essential Cooking Tools

In addition to plates, glasses, and utensils, gather the necessary cooking equipment for preparing your meals. Sharp knives, scissors, cutting boards, wooden spoons, metal tongs, etc. Make a list before departing based on the chosen meals and the preparation required. And don't forget to bring the necessary items for dishwashing (dish basin, soap, sponge, etc.).

Keep Beverages Separate

It's a good idea to keep all refreshments in one cooler and food in another. This way, the food cooler will only be opened during meal times, and the cool air that preserves the food will escape more slowly. You can also freeze all the beverages before your trip to keep them fresh as long as possible.

Filling the Cooler Wisely

It's important to strike a balance between the amount of food in the cooler and its available space. If the cooler is overpacked, air won't circulate properly, and some foods may lose their freshness. If it's too empty, its insulating capacity decreases, and the food may also lose freshness. A tip for food preservation is to place cold or frozen items on top of other foods. As cold air descends, it will spread throughout the cooler.

Camping Cuisine

Motto: Be Practical

To spend as little time as possible cooking, you can cook extra food during dinner that you can transform into tomorrow's lunch. The sausages you used for hot dogs can become an excellent sausage and vegetable rice dish for the next day.

Protein Ideas

Going camping doesn't mean eating less balanced or protein-rich meals. Some proteins are simply more convenient for camping trips than others. Here are some protein suggestions and nutritious meal ideas based on the selected proteins:


Chicken can be prepared as kebabs and marinated at home. You only need to cook them once you're at the campsite.

Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloins can be easily marinated at home and cooked on-site.

Ground Meat

An excellent source of protein and iron, ground meat can be cooked in advance and frozen. You can then add it to pasta or rice, for example.


Sausages are easy to cook and great in pasta dishes or for hot dogs.


Charcuterie can be convenient for a simple meal where you don't want to cook. They can be excellent for making subs, among other things.


Add some eggs and toast, and you have a perfect breakfast combo that will give you energy for your day.


Cooking fish in foil, served with potatoes and other vegetables, can be a quick and nutritious recipe.


Cooked legumes are also good sources of protein for camping trips. Beans, chickpeas, and lentils are easy to transport and incorporate into several recipes. Add these legumes to a meat dish, soup, rice, salad, or even spaghetti sauce to boost your meal's protein content.

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Reducing Waste While Camping

  1. By preparing as many foods and meals as possible at home, you'll have fewer products to bring and reduce waste.
  2. Prioritize reusable packaging and containers.
  3. Use reusable dishes and water bottles.
  4. Bring additional containers for leftover food.
  5. Utilize leftover food to make other recipes.
  6. Do not litter food in nature.
  7. Instead of using disposable single-use propane cylinders, use a larger refillable cylinder.
  8. Use two different bags: one for trash and one for recycling.
  9. If there are no recycling bins on-site, take your recycling bag home and deposit it in your recycling bin.

With all these culinary tips, you'll be well-prepared before departure and enjoy your camping trip to the fullest. You'll be able to savor delicious and healthy meals and know what to do with your waste to enjoy nature without leaving a trace.

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Happy camping!

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