40 Great Hobo Packets for Camping

I have always hated the term “hobo packets” as it reminds me of a time in this county, about 100 years ago, when times were beyond tight and many of our country’s young men were forced to leave their families to try and find their fortune.

Great Hobo Packets for Camping

They were on the road for months, sometimes years, and if they were lucky enough to pull a few things together, they would enjoy a hot meal over a campfire.

Sitting by a fire under the starry night in a clearing next to the old train tracks, playing songs on a banjo or harmonica with trusty friends, these men added a layer to our history that is important to remember. Contrary to popular belief, tin foil WAS around back then – it was invented in 1910.

Camping is as close as we really want to get to those days of struggle, enjoying that camp fire experience under the stars with people we care about. To this day, foil packets are hugely popular as it is fast, free from mess and delicious.

You just need to put all the ingredients in foil, put on the fire, and have your meal without having to worry about cleaning the dirty dishes later on. We rounded up 40 great ideas for you to try, sure to help make those camping memories.

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Before you get started, I want to share one important tip if you are preparing for a camping trip: do not assemble the foil packs in advance. Things like potatoes don’t age well if you cut them a few days in advance, even if you freeze them.

You are better off bringing all the ingredients with you, having most veggies pre-cut, and then assembling the foil packs just before you grill. Trust me on this. I thought I was being smart planning for a two-week-long camping trip through Indiana. Epic Fail.

40 Great Hobo Packets for Camping

  1. Shrimp Foil Packets

This simple seafood dinner packs in a lot of flavor.

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  1. Campfire Apple Crisp Foil Packets

The apple crisp foil packet recipe is the easiest dessert recipe that you will ever come across.

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  1. Three Cheese Bacon Campfire Potatoes

You will get hot steaming pockets of potatoes and butter with three cheese and bacon.

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  1. Camping Foil Stew

The recipe is so tasty and delicious that you do not need to wait for camping to have the foil stew recipe.

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  1. French Toast Foil Packet

It is a super easy foil packet recipe that is packed with cinnamon, walnuts, and strawberries.

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  1. Campfire Zucchini Foil Packets

If you are into regular camping then you will love the Zucchini foil packets as they are a great side dish to be served with any kind of camping meal.

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  1. Garlic Steak and Potato Foil Packs

The garlic steak and potato foil packs are an easy family dinner recipe and perfect for a campfire.

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  1. Cajun Shrimp Foil Pack

The best part is that it can be made ahead and kept in the freezer.

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  1. BBQ Chicken and Veggie Packets

BBQ chicken and veggie packets are a fun and delicious way to prepare family dinner.

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  1. Cheesy Potato & Sausage Foil Hobo Packets

These cheesy potato and sausage foil packets help you to save a lot of time in the kitchen and are tasty for kids and adults alike.

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  1. Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

The keto chicken bacon ranch pizza is easy to make and has a crispy low carb crust. It is loaded with grilled chicken and bacon and tastes fantastic when you bite into a slice.

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  1. Grilled Sesame Shrimp & Veggies

The grilled sesame shrimp and veggies are a hot favorite among small parties. It is very easy to prepare, simple to cook, and involves minimal cleaning afterward.

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  1. Foil Packet Grilled Vegetables

The foil packet grilled vegetables are very flavorful and more comfortable to prepare. It is a healthy side dish, and although the foil packet ensures that there is no direct contact with the grill, the veggies still have a great grilled flavor.

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  1. Foil Packet Fajitas

It is an ideal dish for summer where slices of chicken, peppers, and red onions are cooked together to create these fantastic fajitas!

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  1. Easy Foil Pouch Seafood Boil

The easy foil pouch seafood boil is a minimum fuss meal; it can be made ahead of time too so that you can carry it on weekend getaways.

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  1. Easy Weeknight Salmon in Foil with Veggies

The individual salmon fillets are cooked in foil with bell peppers, carrots, and broccolini making it highly nutritious.

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  1. Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

If you are on a keto diet, then it is the perfect recipe to satisfy your pizza cravings.

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  1. Sausage Pierogie Campfire Foil Packets

If you want a whole meal in one small package, then the sausage pierogi campfire foil packets are a perfect choice.

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  1. Chicken Broccoli Yam Campfire Foil Pack Dinner

This chicken broccoli yam campfire foil hobo packet dinner is a superb one-dish dinner.

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  1. Grilled Stuffed Peppers

Grilled stuffed peppers have bright, Mediterranean flavors and are easy, gluten-free, and healthy dinner that everyone in the family will love.

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  1. Asian Butter Salmon in Foil Packets

It is light, easy, and nutritious and gets ready in just 20 min.

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  1. Sunset Picnic at the Beach

Did the name fool you? Well, it is actually grilled pineapple chicken and vegetable foil packets recipe.

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  1. Coconut Lime Shrimp Packets

You can add a bit of tropical flair to your next BBQ with these coconut lime shrimp packets.

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  1. Mediterranean Salmon Foil Packets

The Mediterranean Salmon Foil packets are a healthy and easy dinner that every family member will love, including the kids!

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  1. Shrimp and Scallop Boil in Foil Hobo Packets

If you are yearning for an easy dinner party menu, then you can consider the shrimp and scallop boil in foil packets.

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  1. Hamburger Foil Packets

The beef patties are marinated and seasoned with steak seasoning, cheese, butter, potatoes, vegetables, and the whole foil pack is then baked till perfect.

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  1. Quick and Easy Pork Tenderloin with Foil Packet Potatoes

The meal gets ready in 40 min and is a great dinner option for the summer nights.

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  1. Sausage Foil Hobo Packets

The sausage foil packets make a great dinner in the summertime.

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  1. Pot Roast Foil Packets

Every family will love this pot roast foil packet not only for its flavor but also because there are no pots or pans to clean.

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  1. Cajun Shrimp Boil Grill Packets

It tastes delicious when fresh lemon is squeezed over it and prepared with cocktail sauce.

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  1. Six Ingredient Grilled Basil Chicken Packets

The six-ingredient grilled basil chicken packets are a fresh and simple dinner that can be ready on the table in just under 30 min.

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  1. Foiled Potatoes – A Potato & Onion Recipe

It is a side dish, and basically, a potato and onion recipe put together that is so easy to make.

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  1. Foiled Lemon Grilled Salmon

Even if you do not like fish, you will find this dish to be pure heaven!

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  1. Easy HOBO Dinner

The hobo dinner is very delicious and an easy dinner cooked up in foil.

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  1. BBQ Chicken and Veggie Packets

The potatoes, juicy BBQ chicken breasts, vegetables are all wrapped up in foil and grilled to perfection…yum!

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  1. Grilled Wild Coho Salmon

It is an easy grilled salmon recipe that uses coho salmon.

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  1. Foil Packet Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa

It is a very healthy 20-minute meal that is very easy to make and kid-friendly too.

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  1. Herby Salmon Parcels

The succulent pieces of baked salmon are infused with an herby scent that makes it perfect for a midweek meal.

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  1. Zucchini Red Potatoes and Drumsticks Foil Hobo Packets Dinner

The recipe is a one-dish dinner that has zucchini, cherry tomatoes, fresh corn, squash, and potatoes.

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  1. Grilled Clams with Garlic Parmesan Basil Butter

It is the kind of summer dinner recipe that your friends and family will talk about for years to come. The clams cooked in hobo packets with garlic Parmesan basil butter brings out a different broth that is delicious!

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The Best Whimsical Campfire Cupcakes

My idea of roughing it is staying at Holiday Inn or Howard Johnson’s…so when I tell you that I am camping for a week, you know it might possibly be under duress. I did agree to the purchase of a pop-up camper and have been watching it eagerly be prepared for our first adventure.

This campfire cupcakes treat is in honor of our adventure…and while I make my cupcakes from scratch, you can easily start with a boxed mix.

Whimsical Campfire Cupcakes

This recipe of mine makes 12 cupcakes

You will need:

  • 1 box of French Vanilla cake mix
  • 1 C whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 C unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 1 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 bag of mini pretzel rods
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1 package of toothpicks

Directions for cupcakes:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  • In a standing mixer, combine cake mix, butter, milk and eggs and mix on medium speed until combined
  • Scoop batter 3/4 of the way into the cupcake liners and bake for 21 minutes
  • Once done, pull out and set aside to cool

Frosting ingredients:

1 C unsalted sweet cream butter
2 C powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-5 TBSP Heavy whipping cream
yellow and orange gel food coloring
1 large piping bag fitted with a medium star tip

Directions

  • Using a standing mixer, combine the butter, powder sugar vanilla and heavy whipping cream.
  • Mix until stiff peaks form
  • Scoop some frosting into 2 bowls, 1 for the yellow and 1 for the orange frosting, leaving some frosting in the main bowl to frost the base of the cupcakes

Directions on decorating

In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crust and coco powder, mix until combined.

Add 2 mini marshmallows to each tooth pick (about 12) and set aside

Using a butter knife, frost the top of the cupcake using frosting left from the main bowl

Once frosted, dip the cupcake into the coco and graham cracker mixture

Using a spoon, scoop some yellow frosting into 1 side of the piping bag and scoop the orange frosting into the other side

In the middle of the cupcake pipe a small star to create your flame

Cut the mini pretzel sticks in half and place around the “fire” about 4-5 sticks

Add your marshmallow sticks to the top and enjoy!

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Campfires 101: Everything You Need to Know from Fire Starters on Up

Fire Starters? How To Prevent Starting A Wildfire While Camping? Smoky the Bear’s famous catchphrase was right. Here’s a quick outdoorsman’s guide to ensuring the next terrible forest fire isn’t their fault.

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While working on Campfires 101: Everything You Need to Know, we wanted to cover the prevention of wildfires, how to make fire starters, and also important things like making the perfect fire. When you not only like to use your fire as a heat source but want to cook on it? There really are a ton of things to consider.

How To Prevent Starting A Wildfire While Camping

About 10 percent of wildfires are caused by lightning, according to the McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.

While there’s nothing that hikers and campers can do about the natural causes, it’s easy to avoid being part of the 90 percent caused either directly or indirectly by humans.

Accidental Wildfires are Easy to Prevent

While the most massive fire in Los Angeles history was ruled arson in September 2009, at least five of the 20 worst wildfires in California history were directly caused by humans in preventable ways, according to the Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention.

The most obvious ways of preventing wildfire on the trail are simple:

1. Pay attention to fire danger warnings, both on the trailhead and online.
2. Make sure cigarettes and matches are cold to the touch before disposing of them.
3. Burn brush only when the burn risk is low, in a clear area and, with water to smother the flames if they get out of hand.
4. Create controlled campfires and extinguish them safely.

Camping And Camp Fire Building Techniques

Building and Extinguishing a Safe Campfire

According to the Boy Scout Handbook, the first question is not how to build a safe campfire; it’s whether a campfire is even necessary. If cooking is the only need, the fire risk is high, and there’s no need for warmth, consider using a camp stove only and not lighting a campfire at all.

If lighting a campfire, choose a spot where nothing will catch flame except the fuel that’s intended to burn. If a campsite has a designated campfire area, use that area. If one is not available, choose gravel, sand, or non-organic soil (such as silt, clay, or sand found along riverbanks) to build a fire on.

Clear away all needles, leaves twigs, and anything else that could catch fire. Make sure that the fire is well clear of bushes, grass, and trees, including overhanging branches.

Do not use any fuel to light the fire (such as gasoline or lighter fluid). Once the fire is lit, make sure that someone is supervising the fire at all times and that a bucket of water is nearby to douse the flames if they get out of hand.

When done with the fire, douse the fire with water and stir it with a stick. Continue to douse and stir until every part of the fire is completely cold to the touch.

Easy Fire Starters for Camping

Yes, it is camping season, the weather is amazing, and it is the perfect time to get outdoors, but camping is not the same without a nice campfire to sit by through the night and roast marshmallows.

The only problem is, is not everywhere you go will have the perfect kindling to start your fire, you could try toilet paper, but that isn’t always going to work, and buying firestarters are just another expense you don’t need, so try these easy fire starters for camping. They require almost no work at all, and you can make or find them at home at no cost!

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Dryer Lint Fire Starters

Not everyone knows this, but dryer lint is HIGHLY flammable, and you have tons of it, assuming you do your laundry. Stop throwing it away and start saving it! Now you could use it all on its own, but that is going to be just like using toilet paper. So instead save a few egg cartons, cut the cartons up, and stuff some dryer lint into each individual pocket.

Next, you are going to want to meltdown some wax (you can go and buy some if you’d like or just use what you’ve got around the house). Dip the pocket from the egg carton with the lint inside it into the wax and pull out, let dry, and voila! Little fire starters for your next camping trip.

Chips as Fire Starters

Some may know this, but chips work great as a quick and easy fire starter. The trick is to pick the greasier ones, some of the best are Doritos, Fritos, and just plain old corn chips. They burn quite long, and you will have a fire in no time!

Charcoal and Egg Cartons Fire Starters

Now, this time, you want to keep the egg carton whole. You ant to take some charcoal pieces and individually place them into each compartment in an empty egg carton. Close it and then light the egg carton up and BAM!

It’s like a homemade firestarter log. Some people like to spray some bug repellent onto the egg carton before they light it to give it a little extra oomph.

Vaseline and Cotton Balls as Fire Starters

You can make so many of these and keep them for emergency use also. Just take and meltdown the vaseline dip one cotton ball in it at a time until you have as many as you want. The vaseline gets into the crevices of the cotton ball making it highly flammable.

Techniques

Hand Sanitizer as a Fire Starter

Almost everyone keeps this stuff handy, and it is probably a good idea too. For a quick fire starter (make sure the brand you use contains alcohol), just squeeze a good amount onto a piece or a few pieces of wood and light it on fire. It will burn long and dry things out, catching the log or piece of wood on the fire.

These are just a few simple and easy fire starters for camping. They are nice to have handy in any situation, easy and cheap to make, and work great. Stop buying fire starters and start making your own!

There are plenty of others out there too. Have you used any of these fire starters? Do you know of any that aren’t on this list? Share in the comments!

Building That Campfire

What you do today affects those who follow tomorrow — advice on camping and having campfires using good no-trace camping etiquette. That is why campfire building techniques are so important!

camping and camp fire techniques

Whether you are camping in a public park or the wilderness, a campfire can be a pleasant blessing, a comfort, and troublesome all at the same time. There has grown an unspoken campfire etiquette: keep it simple and keep it small.

Camping And Camp Fire Building Techniques

There are two camps when it comes to campfires. One side doesn’t see the need to have a campfire at all, especially in summer, when the evenings are warm. They are a hazard in the summer months, and the gathering of firewood can be a problem. The other camp sticks a tongue out at these fuddy-duddy party poopers and will not hesitate to

light a campfire at any time. Those who do choose the fire route often do things that don’t groove with proper fire etiquette. There are a few simple, common-sense rules to selecting a fire site, starting a fire, maintaining and caring for the fire, and what happens after you are gone.

Camping And Camp Fire Building Techniques

Building the Perfect Campfire

Now that you have the perfect fire-starters, you need to know how to build the perfect fire.

Tear off one cup and place it in the center of the firepit.
Using small twigs (kindling), erect a teepee over and around the fire-starter. Place a couple of the larger sticks of wood over the teepee.

Light the fire-starter by holding a match or lighter to the sides and top of the egg cup. Be sure there is enough space around the fire-starter and kindling to allow oxygen to fuel the fire.

When the kindling is burning well, slowly place larger twigs onto the teepee to keep it burning. As the pieces of wood catch fire and burn, add larger pieces of dry wood without smothering the fire.

Camp Fire Safety: Camp Fire Building Techniques

  • Only build fires in a man-made fire pit that has been dug out and lined with sand and gravel.
  • Keep children a safe distance back from the firepit and clear any debris or obstacles that could cause trip hazards.
  • Thoroughly extinguish the fire with water or sand. Never leave a fire unattended.
  • An impromptu campfire built on the ground is dangerous. Even when extinguished, underground roots may be smoldering and lead to a forest fire.
  • Never cut down live trees or branches. Not only is it destructive to the environment, but green wood doesn’t burn.
  • Never use combustible products (such as barbecue lighter fluid) to ignite a fire.
  • Keep a pail of water nearby to douse the fire in emergencies.

Now you have a pack of twelve fire-starters. When packing your camping supplies, take the whole carton or simply tear off one for as many campfires you’ll have. You’ll never look at dryer lint the same way again.

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A tip

When building a fire pit from scratch, a good method of no-trace fire etiquette is to create a fire platform. To do this, gather smaller stones of similar sizes and make a bed. Search out flatter stones and lay them on the foundation of smaller rocks.

Surround the platform if you can and build your campfire on the raised platform. The rocks will hold the heat in, so restarting the fire will be less effort. Before leaving camp, dismantle the platform (remembering the stones can be hot) and discard the ash carefully.

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