When you have decided to go backpacking or camping, there are so many things that you need to sort out.

From which backpacking stove to purchase, how much food you will need and where to get it from, what gear you already have, and if there is anything else that you will need.

One thing that a lot of people forget though is foil packets.

They seem like the kind of thing that you could just make on a picnic bench or a campfire right?

Well, actually it is possible to make them ahead of time so long as your store them correctly.

So, Can you Make Foil Packets Ahead of Time?

Yes absolutely! In fact, if want to be as organized as possible before you go camping, food prep and foil packets are the way to go.

What You Will Need

To Make Foil Packets Ahead of Time you will need:

  • Heavy Duty Foil
  • Parchment Paper (optional)

First thing’s first, get all of your ingredients together and chop them up accordingly so that they can fit into whatever size foil packet you want.

Remember though, bigger is not always better when it comes to this sort of meal. If you put too much in one foil package then it is highly likely that it will spill over onto the ground while cooking.  

You are better off dividing your ingredients into two or even three foil packets.

Once you have your ingredients prepared and divided up, the next step is to put them in a baggie if you are going to be storing it for a while just so they don’t get dirty. 

It is also a good idea to add in any seasonings that might not keep well – such as salt and pepper or sugar.

Next, take out your bags of food and make sure that all of your edges are sealed tightly together before putting them onto a baking tray (if using parchment paper) covering them with another sheet of parchment paper, and cooking at 375°F/190°C for 25 minutes.  

After that, you can eat directly from the foil or let it cool down.

Foil packet meals

The idea with these foil packet meals is to make them ahead of time so that you don’t have to worry about cooking when you arrive at your destination.

They are also perfect for camping or just having an outdoor party with friends and family.

And the best thing is, because they are made ahead of time, all you need to do is take them out of the cooler and put them straight onto the BBQ grill.  

Healthy foil packet meals

It is always a good idea to go with the healthy option when it comes to preparing for your trip.  If you eat healthily then you will feel good and have plenty of energy.

Foil packet sweet potato tacos

To prepare the foil, spray some cooking spray onto the foil and place a tortilla on top.

Next place your sweet potato, onion, and garlic on top of the tortilla as well as the chili powder, cumin, and salt.

After that drizzle, some water onto it (about 1/4 cup) then fold up all of the sides to form a pouch.

Put this into the oven at 375°F for 20 minutes before adding in half an avocado and cooking for another 10 minutes.

Indian spiced baked potato egg foil packets

Both gluten-free and paleo-friendly, these foil packets are perfect for taking out into the woods.

It is also a very kid-friendly option too which makes it all that much better!

First, you need to take 4 potatoes, slice them in half and then season with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder.

Then place each potato on an individual piece of foil before adding in one egg per potato as well as some black beans and cilantro.

Afterward, drizzle 1 tablespoon of water onto each potato before folding up the foil so that they are completely sealed off.  

Put these onto the grill to bake for 20 minutes – making sure not to open them afterward!

Sausage, green bean, and potato foil packets

Combine all of these ingredients in a large paper bag to make the foil packets – making sure not to break up or mash up the potatoes at all while doing so.

First add in your red onion, green beans, garlic, and sausage – along with some salt and pepper for taste.

Next, you will want to add in your potatoes lastly but only after they are completely mashed up.  

Then toss on some lemon juice before folding up into packets and cooking for 20 minutes at 375°F.

Chicken foil packets camping

Probably the most popular foil packets when it comes to camping.  They can be cooked on the grill or even over a fire, so there is no limit to how you cook them.

First add in your chicken and veggies together with some olive oil and salt, making sure that none of your ingredients are too close to the edge.  

Fold up all of the corners next before covering with another sheet of parchment paper and cooking for 25 minutes at 375°F or until done.   

Steak foil packet meals

If you are looking for a foil meal that’s a little different from the norm, you might want to go with these steak packets.

Prepare these ahead of time by adding in your onion, garlic, and mushroom – along with the salt, pepper, thyme, and oil.

Make sure that all of these ingredients are evenly distributed before placing them on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet.  

Cook it for 25 minutes at 375°F making sure not to open it during cooking time so that everything gets cooked properly.

Vegetarian foil packets

If there are any vegetarians among you, then this recipe will be perfect for them.

Prepare all of your ingredients together (except for the cheese) by mixing in some olive oil, salt, pepper, and spice.

Then place each one onto their own piece of foil before adding on the lid to make a packet – folding up all edges so that they are completely sealed off.  

Cook these packets at 375°F for 15 minutes or until everything is cooked through properly. 


How long to cook tin foil dinners in the fire?

It takes approximately 15-20 minutes depending on the ingredients inside of the packets.
The important part to remember is that you want to cook them just long enough so that everything gets thoroughly cooked through – but not too long where they get burnt.

What can I make with tin foil dinner?

There are many different things that you can make using tinfoil dinners, depending on what kind of ingredients you put inside of it.
For example, if you put potatoes and eggs inside then it would be more of a breakfast-style meal whereas putting in some pasta would be considered an Italian style.  

Can you cook foil packets on the stove?

Yes, you can cook foil packets on the stove and it is perfectly safe to do so. However, most campers cook them over a campfire or griddle as it is more convenient.

Yes, you can cook foil packets on the stove and it is perfectly safe to do so. However, most campers cook them over a campfire or griddle as it is more convenient.

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