If you love to go camping you know that food is an important part of your trip, you also know that if you are tent camping especially that refrigeration is limited to usually a cooler with ice. This is fine if you plan on camping just for a couple of days. However, if you are camping for a longer period of time you need to have some good food choices that won't spoil.
When you go camping, canned and pre-packaged foods are simply a must to have. Canned and packaged items such as baked beans, salsa, heat and serve noodles, dry cereal, chips, granola bars, bread, peanut butter, trail mix and of course beef jerky should all be on your list to take with you.
Make sure that the items you take are versatile and can be mixed and matched with other items to make more variety. An example would be to bring tortilla chips and salsa or bring canned marinara sauce with noodles. Also, make sure to bring along condiments like mustard, mayonnaise, butter and some spices like salt and pepper and other ones you enjoy flavoring your food with. Spices are lightweight and they help the flavor of your food immensely.
You also will want to bring along instant foods that can be made by simply adding water to them. These are ideal for camping. For instance instant oatmeal combined with some nuts like almonds or some dried fruit will make a very healthy and filling breakfast and will keep you going all day long.
When you go camping don't forget your fruits and vegetables. Not everything that doesn't need refrigeration has to be in a box or a can. You don't want all your food filled with preservatives. There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that don't need refrigeration. For instance stock up on apples, tomatoes, oranges, bananas, and pears. All of these handle quite well in the great outdoors. Make sure to also add potatoes, carrots and onions to the mix. This way you can make a nice vegetable stew as a meal.
Another thing to consider would be to bring a long a baking mix like Bisquick. This is great for making pancakes and biscuits to have as a meal or to go along with a meal. You also might want to bring some corn bread mix as well. You can cook these over an open flame too.
Always make sure that you bring along some protein when you go camping. You need this to keep up your energy for when you go out hiking or climbing during your camping trip. The hard meats like summer sausage or salami do quite well without refrigeration and are great to eat alone as a snack or use in a meal. You can also bring along canned tuna or chicken because neither one of these need any kind of refrigeration.
Finally, make sure to bring plenty of water which of course does not need refrigeration to stay good. If you want to keep it cool, just make sure it's kept in the shade or if you are near a stream, keep it in the water to cool it.