55 Camping Foods That Don’t Need Refrigeration

Updated: May 31

One of the most important things to think about when making camping plans is packing shelf stable foods. There are some relatively easy means for keeping food cool while camping, but you’ll also want some easy go-to’s that don’t need to be kept cold.


Even though these items don’t need refrigeration, you’ll still need to have a stocked camping kitchen to get them cooked. But it will surely make your packing a lot easier if you can get to the campsite without needing refrigeration.


father camping with kids while kids roast marshmallows

Camping Foods – No Refrigeration

In a lot of cases, these foods are not only good at room temp, but they also don’t even require cooking. This is especially handy when you’re camping with kids and really want to focus most of your time having fun and making memories.


Take this handy camping food checklist with you to the grocery store, and you’ll be off having a great trip in no time.


Breakfast camping foods

  1. Oatmeal

  2. Bagels

  3. Cereal

  4. Powdered milk

  5. Fruit and Grain Bars

  6. Poptarts

  7. Fresh fruit

  8. Bread for toast and jelly

  9. Fruit cups or canned fruit

  10. Butter and jelly packs

  11. Farm fresh eggs (if they’re not washed or refrigerated eggs can last at room temperature)

  12. Muffins

No Fridge Lunch Ideas

  1. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

  2. Canned soups

  3. Tuna in cans or packets

  4. Boxed macaroni & cheese

  5. Spaghetti O’s and/or Ravioli

  6. Banana sandwiches

  7. Tomato sandwiches

  8. Bacon bits BLT

  9. Condiment packets


Toasting sandwiches over campfire easy camping meal idea

Easy Campsite Snacks

  1. Nuts

  2. Chips

  3. Granola bars

  4. Fruit

  5. Olives

  6. Vegetables with ranch dipping cups

  7. Popcorn

  8. Pretzels

  9. Beef jerky (or other jerkies)

Camping Dinner Ideas

  1. Noodles with spaghetti sauce

  2. Campfire baked potatoes (how to)

  3. Canned chili

  4. Canned soup

  5. Spamburgers (recipe)

  6. Canned chicken

  7. Baked beans

  8. Grilled veggies

  9. Instant noodles (think Ramen)


An outdoor grill at a State Park with a picnic table and camping trailer in the background.

Anytime Desserts & Sweets

  1. Chocolate

  2. Candy

  3. Smores

  4. Cake/cupcakes

  5. Donuts (let’s be honest, they’re dessert)

  6. Cookies

  7. Brownies

Beverages For Camping

  1. Coffee

  2. Tea

  3. Powdered lemonade or similar

  4. Water

  5. Hot cocoa packets

  6. Wine (Beer if you have a cooler at site)

  7. Caprisun or similar

  8. Gatorade or similar

  9. Sodas


Camping Food List

Surely there are many other non-refrigerated camping food options, but hopefully, this list gives you some ideas. Don’t forget to grab the checklist and check out our camping kitchen list so you don’t forget anything.

Have a great time!

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