Bringing a cooler on a camping trip is sometimes impossible and if someone manages to carry it, it is difficult to keep it cold. There is a variety of foods that does not require any refrigeration. You need not to carry a portable fridge or cooler to keep your food fresh. The following foods don’t require refrigeration at all and make a perfect food option for camping.


Honey is one of the natural sweeteners that instantly adds a sweet flavour to the tea, coffee, toasts and other drinks and dishes. Pick a squirt-bottle honey for your camping.

Dried Herbs and Spices

On your camping trip, pack some cumin powder, oregano, pepper and other to spice up your dishes. You can use small airtight pouches to separately pack dried herbs and spices. Store these pouches in an airtight container.


With this staple food, you can prepare many different recipes like toast, French toast, or sandwiches. It is suggested for you to bring the bread in its original package to your campsite and open it at the time of eating or cooking. This will keep it fresh for longer.


Butter does not need any refrigeration, you just need to store it in an airtight container, so it becomes soft and easy to spread. You should store it in a covered container, otherwise it will turn mushy.


Muffins come in different flavours and shapes. They make a delicious breakfast and an evening snack. You can prepare chocolate chip, corn, or blueberry muffins for camping. They last for up to 4-5 days when packed in an airtight, plastic bag.

Energy Bites

Energy bites are small and round snacks which are rich in proteins and fibres. They are made from nut butter and oats, so they don’t need refrigeration. It is advisable to store them in a bag or box.

Coffee Cake

You’ll love this sheet coffee cake breakfast while camping. As the sheet coffee cake does not have icing on it, you need not refrigerate it.

Dry Lentils and Beans

Dry lentils and beans are the camper’s go-to foods. They are a great option for your lunch. You have to soak them in the water overnight and boil them the next day.


Bouillon is an amazing seasoning and ideal to make broths for sauces, gravies, and soups. It comes in different flavours like chicken, beef, and vegetable. The bouillon cubes need to be packed in a tight box to maximise their shelf life.

Oatmeal with Dry Fruits

Oatmeal is a tasty and easy breakfast during camping. For preparing oats, you have to boil some water in a saucepan and add oatmeal to it. Let it cook until the oats become soft and water is absorbed completely. You can add dry fruits to enhance its flavour. As both dry fruits and oatmeal are dry, you can keep them in a tight container or bag.

This is a list of food items that require no refrigeration. Apart from those listed above, there are many other non-perishable food items for a hassle-free camping experience.