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Healthy & Easy Camping Food That Don't Need Refrigeration


Camping is a great way to take a break and enjoy quality time together or solo. Food is what we first think of while packing for camping. Although having a functional refrigerator along with your ride is one of the most attractive aspects of traveling. If you think it's impossible to go camping without one, then you are wrong!

There are times when you may not add a refrigerator to your space during camping. But that doesn't mean you will resort to Slims Jims and potato chips during your stay- although you will have junk food. It is camping, after all.

You can easily make a few delicious yet healthy easy meals with no refrigerator. Here are a few ideas to help you craft delicious meals which require no refrigeration.

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Premade Non-refrigerated Camping Foods

Our first list of food you can add to your camping trip is premade foods. These don't require a refrigerator and are easy to carry. 


These basic and essential foods will fill your in-between hunger activities. You can't go wrong choosing your favorite cookies for to whole snack day.


If you are not fond of sweets, then what about crackers? These salty crackers are great on their own. You can pair them with other items for a nice snack.

Are you gluten-free? There are plenty of gluten-free cracker options out there. These quick snacks have a combination of carbohydrates mixed with some sodium to help you retain some water during your camping days.

Potato Chips

Although premade food requires no cooking, potato chips are an excellent option. 

Their rigid, cylindrical containers protect these chips from becoming a smashed mess during outdoor travel.


If you love sweet and salt both, you can add s'mores to your lovely list. Marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers are some of the essential food ideas when it comes to camping. But remember to keep your chocolate out of direct sunlight so it doesn't go messy.


These are packed with carbohydrates and protein to keep you energized and productive throughout the day. These are excellent to fill if you have a lot to pack and space is limited and tight.

Meats to take camping without a fridge

Ground Beef And Potatoes

Delight your friends and family with delicious ground beef and potatoes meal. The "Honeymoon Delight" is an easy camping meal. Add some sauce to it, and the mouth-water appetizer tastes Yum! Beef dried into jerky is a no-brainer for backpackers that acts as a good source of protein.

Chicken Cubes

Skinless barbecued chicken is just what camp lovers need. Cubed, chopped, or shredded, tucked between two slices of bread, and you're good to go for your next adventure. 

Chicken Tzatziki Skwers

Who doesn't love skewers? The chicken pieces cooked with tzatziki sauce are a go-to appetizer for your camping dinner. They are perfect with the no-fuss meal. Bit pieces of veggies and chicken prepared using stick are a great recipe to try out. Make the sauce before-hand at home and enjoy the skewers.

Shrimp Packets

The summertime favorite campfire meal is perfect for your next trip. If you are a lover of campfire foil packets, then it's the meal for you! Just assemble your ingredient and put them on fire. You don't need any dishes to eat or wash for this meal.

Sausage Sandwich

Breakfast sandwiches are perfect for camping. These are easy to eat and fill your tummy for a full-day adventure. You can make these sandwiches at home and store them in a container, so you have them ready in the morning. Try out this delicious recipe with fried egg and hot-honey sauce for your next camping.

Grilled Denver Sandwich

The Denver is a classic breakfast recipe that tastes as good as it looks. Egg with toasted bread and grilled bacon will please everyone on the trip.

Vegetable to take camping without a fridge


It is a healthier choice when taking kids camping, and adds crunch and color to any meal. The vegetable has low calories but contains high moisture to keep you hydrated during physical activities.


How can you leave tomatoes? These large chunks of red vegetables are suitable for roasting in kabobs or tossing with salads and boast a healthy dose of vitamin C. Chop them roughly and serve them with bread or mixed into salsa for your extra amount of vitamin C.


With little to cry about with this vegetable, onions work well in all the same situations as tomatoes. You can add chopped raw onion to salad or salsa or skewer in larger pieces for shish kebabs.


These root veggies are great snacks. Bite a few sliced sticks when you get back to the campsite after a busy day. You can eat these alone or dipped in dressing and serve with another veggie. 


Are you thinking of baked potatoes? When you are hungry and nothing much left in your bag, baked potatoes are a better option. A pat of butter or Greek yogurt will add taste to your potato. Try this simple yet delicious recipe on your camping days.

Drinks to take camping without fridged

Camping in summer with your old school friends will create memories you will keep reminiscing for the rest of your life.

From beers, spirits, and ready-to-drink, cocktails are the best drinks to take camping without a refrigerator.


You can't think of anything like the taste of the Caribbean to quench your thirst in your summer camping days. While you're there, fusing your camp stories with reminders of the beach is a great idea. Pack light with mini bottles of rum to enjoy with your friends.


The rough and rugged edges of the traditional Russian spirit perfectly match the wild backdrop of your camping. Try a Stoli or Smirnoff with soda while chilling with your friends.


Cold nights spent in the mountains call for a drink that helps your body fight the chilly winds. You can pack your Jacks or Johnnies in a flask to save yourself from trouble. Lightweight Johnnie Walkerkeep your spirit 100% intact.

Red Wine

A bottle of red wine can fix your desire for under $5. If you plan to head out to go winter skiing or for the Grand Canyons, pack your favorite spirit to toast to your most epic summer ever!


If you want to pack something special than ordinary, that's the job of a brandy! Stash away small bottles of brandy to enjoy with anybody and any day, especially when you're up and taking the mountains' marvelous view.

Easy camping food, no refrigeration

Chopped Veggies

Carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, beans will last a few days without refrigeration. Just chop them to add to sandwiches or salads. All you can do is leave them in an excellent spot, out of the sun. 

Grilled vegetables

Grilling some veggies over the campfire is an easy meal for the end of your day. When you are outside, pre-package some veggies, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and olive oil before grilling them over the fire.

Instant Potatoes

Instant potatoes don't need a fridge to store them. All you can do is cook them in water and bring them to a boil. Sprinkle some salt and pepper for extra taste.

Baked Beans

A can of baked beans is also a camping classic. Add some nachos or toast for a tastier and more filling meal. 


Another fast and easy food idea is oatmeal. Millions start their day with oatmeal. It is so easy to take on a camping trip with no fridge require at all.

Snacks ideas for camping that don't Need Refrigeration

Don't plan for your next camping without these make-ahead snacks.

Homemade Granola Bar

All the best things mix in a granola bar is a portable family-size snack. You can make these snacks thoroughly ahead and individually wrapped for camping hunger emergencies. 

Gluten-free cheesy crackers

These gluten-free crackers go well with beer around the campfire. Even little ones will nibble on these. Store these cheesy crackers in your camping bag to avoid crushing mishaps.

Hummus & Chips/Veggie

Your kids will love this quick and healthy snack, Hummus while camping. Buy them locally or make it at home; the choice is yours! You can eat them with blue corn chips along with chopped veggies.

Campfire Apple Crisp

Apple is a whole food, and the apple crisp is a quick recipe.  Just saute the sliced apples in some butter and brown sugar, or top with granola or a dollop of whipped cream, and your mouth-watering apple crisp is ready!

Roasted Nuts

Nuts contain loads of unsaturated fat, omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin E. Toss the choice of nuts in an iron pan for an easy, delicious evening snack. 

While our list of camping food ideas without a refrigerator has everything you need, it is hardly complete. There are plenty of other great ideas that can make a list better. Gone are the days with fridge on board, now you can put together some delicious pancakes for breakfast, a filling pasta dish for dinner for your next adventure vacation.


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