Camping Checklist

Cheap and Quick Outdoor Food Ideas For Adults and Kids

Pre-packaged Foods

  • Beans – With a ring pull style tin or can opener
  • Spaghetti- With a ring pull style tin or a can opener
  • Packet soups to be mixed with water
  • Packet noodles
  • Meat ( To be consumed when cooked on a BBQ on the first day, without letting it warm or overheat first)
  • Cous Cous packets
  • Cereal bars
  • Milk for cereal - kept in a cool box for day one. This is a perishable that may need to be replaced.
  • Crisps- Multipacks
  • Chocolate bars – Multipacks
  • Sausage rolls/Mini pies - Any carbs which can be kept chilled and eaten without cooking
  • Cereal packs - Try mini packs which can be eaten direct from the packet, with milk or alone
  • Home made cakes, flapjacks or granola bars packed in foil or tupperware
  • Rice cakes with high energy toppings such as peanut butter and jam
  • Crackers with a variety of toppings
  • Biscuits in handy bags
  • Bagels for the morning
  • Travel size spreads such as mini jams and peanut butters
  • Apples and other non bruising fruit, or fruit kept in tupperware
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Precooked or pre-packed food – eg Pizza, sausage rolls, sandwiches that are ready to eat
  • Chocolate (kept cool)
  • Bread ( A small loaf as it may not keep)
  • Buns for hot dogs/burgers
  • Dried meats such as salami
  • Dairy products for day one only (eg cheese for use with BBQ food)
  • Sauces such as Ketchup or brown sauce

What to Take or Make Before You Leave To Save Time and Money

  • Home made granola bars, high energy cakes or muffins are all great in that they can be chucked in a ziplock bag for eating on the go.
  • Cook up some pizza before and wrap it in foil to be eaten cold. (Obviously this only works if you like cold pizza!)
  • Wraps and sandwiches are ideal for eating whilst on the move or travelling to the Outdoor.
  • Look for mini chocolate bars and cereal bars that won’t take up much space in your pack. These are great for kids as well.
  • Beans can be eaten cold and are inexpensive.
  • Also try All Day Breakfasts or cans with spaghetti, raviloi and other similar flavours.
  • Remember to use a ring pull style, or to take a can opener!
  • Cereal is enjoyable at any time of the day. Try small multi packs which can be eaten as a snack or for breakfast with milk from your cool box.
  • Snack food with plenty of carbohydrates like bagels or crisps can help keep you energized, even on very little sleep.
  • Packs of noodles are very quick, convenient as well as lightweight and don't take long to cook.
  • Avoid things that need to be chilled such as dairy past the first day as they may spoil in the heat.
  • Avoid taking delicate fruit and veg which can get bashed about and bruised unless you intend to eat it on arrival or store it in a case
  • Don’t reheat meat or rice as this could lead to illness.
  • Don’t forget that many campsites don’t allow glass- so check your food stash before you leave and make sure it complies with Outdoor rules.


  • Taps should be located all around the sites.
  • Check your Outdoor camping site for rules on glass and alcohol and adhere to these.
  • Drinks can be poured into bottles or jerrycans for transportation if glass if not allowed, which can be ideal with spirits.
  • Take your own refillable water bottle or flask that can be carried all day.

Motorhome Supply List:


  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Pancake mix
  • Cream of tartar
  • Raisins
  • Seasoning salt
  • Spice
  • Syrup
  • Jam
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter
  • Ice tea
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Coffee filters
  • Pop
  • Juice
  • Lard
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cream
  • Cheese
  • Miracle whip
  • Ketchup
  • Relish
  • Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Salad dressing
  • Ice cream
  • Revels
  • Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Meat
  • Bread
  • Buns
  • Macaroni
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Noodles
  • Chow mein noodles
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Nuts
  • Cookies
  • Tomato soup
  • Vegetable soup
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Fruit cups


  • Tea towels
  • Dish cloths
  • Pot holders
  • Coffee pot
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • First aid kit
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hand lotion
  • Towels
  • Shaving kit
  • Toiletries
  • Wash cloths
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Garbage bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Saran wrap
  • Tin foil
  • Wax paper
  • Flipper
  • Can opener
  • Knives
  • Big spoons
  • Whisk
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cutting board
  • Bowls
  • Frying pan
  • Pans
  • Square pan
  • Cookie sheet
  • Plates
  • Cups
  • Cereal bowls
  • Cutlery
  • Glasses
  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow cases
  • Blankets
  • Warm jackets
  • Clothes shoes

RV Packing list-

What to do days before departure-

Check weather reports

Put emergency contact in each persons wallet etc

Bring cash

Cell phone with extra battery

General camping equipment-

Maps, compass, gps etc

First aid kit with prescription medicine

Sunscreen and sunglasses

Folding knife

Camera and accesories

Flashlight and extra batteries

Lanterns, fuel for lanterns and candles

Bug spray

Alarm clock and battery

Bedding, pillows, blankets, sheets

Sleeping bags

Firewood and firewood cutting tools

Basic tools (hammer, screwdriver, etc.)


Warm and cold weather clothes


Sleepwear & slippers


Rain gear


Hiking boots & thick socks


Toothbrush & toothpaste

soap /shampoo



Shaving kit

Hair care products (comb, brush, hair dryer etc.)

Toilet paper

Contact lenses/ contact solution, prescription glasses)

Laundry bag



Detailed meal plan

Groceries (per meal plan shopping list)

Seasoning and spices (salt & pepper, steak sauce etc.)

Condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish)

Drinking water and containers

Utensils, cups, dishes

Can opener

Pots, pans, skillets

Oven mitts and hot pads

Airtight containers

Ice chest and ice

Camping stove and burner

Grill and fuel

Lighter fluid and charcoal

Lighter and waterproof matches

Ziploc bags

Aluminium foil

Dishwashing items (soap, sponge, cloth, drying rag)

Trash bags

Pet checklist-

Pet food


Food and water bowl


Pet toys

Leash and harness

Plastic bags to pick up after dogs

Blanket and bed

Coat and shoes for cold weather