28 Best Foods to Bring When You Go Camping

Taking a family camping trip? Keep everyone from getting hangry after a long day of outdoor activities by packing a few of these snacks!

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Homemade Guacamole

I always judge a Tex-Mex restaurant by its guacamole. And although it's simple to prepare, it can go wrong oh, so easily. I've spent many years perfecting mine, to the point where I think it's better than most restaurants. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

Pack your snacks up with these convenient camping food containers.

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Chocolaty S'mores Bars

One night my husband had some friends over to play poker and he requested these s'mores bars. They polished off the pan and asked for more! I shared the recipe, and now their families make them, too. —Rebecca Shipp, Beebe, Arkansas
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Campfire Hash

This hearty meal tastes so good after a full day of outdoor activities.
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Snack Crackers

Our 13-year-old daughter, Dana, loves to make this crunchy and flavorful snack for us. Her four older brothers finish off a batch in no time. —Sue Manel, Milladore, Wisconsin
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Cookout Caramel S’mores

These gooey treats make a playful finish to a camping meal and it’s a fun thing to do as a family.
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Justin’s Honey Almond Butter Squeeze Packs
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Justin’s Honey Almond Butter Squeeze Packs

For a quick burst of energy, turn to these almond butter squeeze packs. They’re made with all natural, non-GMO and gluten-free ingredients. Spread this easy-to-carry snack on crackers, or eat it as-is for a protein, fiber-rich snack.

Buy a 10-pack of almond butter here. 

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Campers Favorite Dip

Our family craves this cheesy chili dip so much we make two batches, especially for the guys. If you’re not grilling out, bake it in the oven. —Valorie Ebie, Bel Aire, Kansas
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Mary’s Gone Crackers

These crackers are perfect for any kind of snack. Spread your favorite nut butter on them, dip them in that cheese dip, or serve them with a side of sliced cheese.

Ready to go crackers, too? Buy a box here. 

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Fruity Pull-Apart Bread

Who doesn't love to start the day with monkey bread? This skillet version is packed with bright berries and dolloped with irresistibly rich cream cheese. A sprinkle of fresh basil brings it all together. —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas
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Granola-To-Go Bars

This grab & go goodie makes a hearty snack for a long day out. Chewy and sweet, these fruity bars that will have you craving more! —Sally Haen, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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PROBAR Meal bars

When you don’t have time to make your own granola bars, these PROBAR meal bars are the way to go. This tasty little package is made with all plant-based, gluten-free, non-GMO ingredients.

Buy a pack of the meal bars here.

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Apricot Leather

Since it's not sticky, this is a tasty, nutritious snack that's perfect to take along on whatever trail you travel. In pioneer days, fruit leather was made by thinly rolling fruit and drying it in the sun. —Patsy Faye Steenbock, Riverton, Wyoming
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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Whenever I make these zucchini chocolate chip muffins, I freeze several. As I'm leaving for work in the morning, I pull one out and enjoy it at the office with a cup of coffee. —Janet Pierce DeCori, Rockton, Illinois
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Nuts and Seeds Trail Mix

A filling blend of nuts, seeds, chocolate chips and dried fruit keeps you healthy by the handful. —Kristin Rimkus, Snohomish, Washington
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GourmetNut Power Up Trail Mix

If you don’t have time to make your own, this healthy trail mix makes a great alternative. It’s made with all natural ingredients and (as a bonus) it’s also gluten-free and vegan!

When you’re ready to power up, buy the trail mix here.

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Fudge Brownie Pie

Here's a fun and festive way to serve brownies. Family and friends will love topping their pieces with whipped cream and strawberries. —Johnnie McLeod, Bastrop, Louisiana
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Old Bay Crispy Kale Chips

Here in East Hampton, NY, harvest time means big bunches of kale from local growers. These crunchy kale chips are delicious, super healthy and easy to make. I make them with seasoning to take the flavor up a notch. For extra zip, add a dash of cayenne pepper. —Luanne Asta, East Hampton, New York
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SOGO Snacks Jalapeno Beef Sticks

Looking for an individually wrapped, on-the-go snack? These grass-fed beef sticks are perfect! They have a spicy flavor and boast grass-fed beef, no MSG, and they’re gluten- and soy-free.

Buy a 12-pack of sticks here. 

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Slow-Cooker Honey Granola

It's so simple to put this granola together, and it really helps with breakfast on busy mornings. Change up the fruits to fit your preferences or the seasons. —Arisa Cupp, Warren, Oregon
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Bear Naked Granola
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Bear Naked Granola

These re-sealable granola packs are perfect for camping. The banana chips are perfectly balanced by sweet honey, crunchy nuts, and a touch of coconut. Talk about the perfect snack!

Indulge in a 6-pack of granola here. 

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Spiced Nut Mix

One Christmas, my good friend gave me this recipe and a sack of ingredients. I think of her every time I stir up these pumpkin-spiced nuts. —Patti Holland, Parker, Colorado
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Biltong Grass Fed Beef Jerky

Some beef jerky is loaded with nitrites, MSG, and unpronounceable ingredients. That’s why we love this brand – it has a minimal ingredient list, so you’ll get a burst of clean protein energy without any of that other stuff.

You can get your clean protein fix here. 

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Healthy Party Snack Mix

Party mix has always been a tradition in our home. I lightened my mom's recipe, replacing margarine with heart-healthy olive oil. No one even noticed. —Melissa Hansen, Rochester, Minnesota
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Fruit & Almond Bites

With big handfuls of dried apricots and cherries, almonds and pistachios, we make dozens of no-bake treats you can take anywhere. —Donna Pochoday-Stelmach, Morristown, New Jersey
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Ranch Popcorn

Have a little fun with seasoned popcorn around the campfire. You can make the mix ahead of time and store it in an airtight container so the popcorn keeps its crispy texture.
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Karen’s Naturals Just Veggies

This healthy snack is the perfect way to sneak some extra veggies into your camping diet. You can reheat the package to add to campfire meals, but I love eating the freeze-dried veggies out-of-the-bag as a crunchy snack.

You can buy the veggie snacks here.

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Slow-Cooker Coconut Granola

Here’s a versatile treat with a taste of the tropics. Mix it up by subbing dried pineapple or tropical fruits for the cherries.

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Lindsay D. Mattison
Lindsay has been writing for digital publications for seven years and has 10 years of experience working as a professional chef. She became a full-time food writer at Taste of Home in 2023, although she’s been a regular contributor since 2017. Throughout her career, Lindsay has been a freelance writer and recipe developer for multiple publications, including Wide Open Media, Tasting Table, Mashed and SkinnyMs. Lindsay is an accomplished product tester and spent six years as a freelance product tester at Reviewed (part of the USA Today network). She has tested everything from cooking gadgets to knives, cookware sets, meat thermometers, pizza ovens and more than 60 grills (including charcoal, gas, kamado, smoker and pellet grills). Lindsay still cooks professionally for pop-up events, especially when she can highlight local, seasonal ingredients. As a writer, Lindsay loves sharing her skills and experience with home cooks. She aspires to motivate others to gain confidence in the kitchen. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her cooking with fresh produce from the farmers market or planning a trip to discover the best new restaurants.