Planning out what you are going to eat while camping is very important. You don’t want to get to your destination only to find out you’re missing a crucial food element. For some reason, camping makes everyone extra hungry, too. I think it’s all the fresh air, biking, hiking, and exploring that goes along with camping. When we camp, I like to have meals that require as few dishes as possible and are easy and fun to prepare. Our camp cooking supplies kept us going for a 3-week camping trip we did several years ago and most all of the items were purchased second-hand.
Meal Planning for Campers
- Easy! An easy to prepare meal the first night you arrive is my biggest tip and this is the one time I purchase canned beans. I like Bush’s vegetarian baked beans. They’re warm in no time on a camp stove and not bad cold. (I only mention this because while camping in California last year, we didn’t realize you needed a permit to have a fire so we couldn’t warm them and had to eat them cold!)
- Fun! Fun to cook foods are always a hit. Grilled shish-kabobs, hot dogs cooked over a fire with a stick you’ve whittled yourself, popcorn and s’mores are always requested when we plan our meals for camping.
- Fish! Catch your supper – well, at least fish for it. While my anglers always try to catch dinner, good intentions don’t fill empty stomachs and so I plan for back-up meals. A can of tuna or a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a good fill-in when “slaying the fish” doesn’t produce desired results.
- Re-stock! As soon as we return from a camping trip, I re-stock our supplies immediately. I haven’t always done this upon returning from a trip. I used to think I could remember to do these things but really, who am I kidding? (Internet Girl has a lot on her mind!) Just re-stock before you put everything away and you won’t be cursing when the matches are missing.
Here’s a fun video filmed last summer with Fusion NW showing our camp cooking supplies and my camp meal planner. Yes, I keep it in a page protector.
My planner that I use for camping is available as a PDF here. Camping Meal Plan
Go Gingham related links:
Camp cooking supplies are here and why I like camping (but don’t love it)
Travel tips for a trip or stay-cation around the Northwest
Travel packing in a little suitcase and a chart
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