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Camping Menu Ideas

Are you looking for camping menu ideas? Here is a complete menu of healthy, easy and delicious food for your next family camping trip.

small boys at picnic table

Recipes in bold print are in my ebook, Good Camping Food.






(at home)

  • cereal
  • toast
  • berries


(on the road)

  • submarine sandwiches


(at camp)

  • Coconut Fried Chicken
  • Potato Salad
  • bell pepper slices
  • Cranberry Yogurt Cake


  • granola
  • yogurt
  • berries
  • Banana Muffins
  • juice

  • bagels
  • cream cheese
  • Veggie Pâté
  • deli meat
  • cucumber slices
  • apples

  • Tinfoil Dinners with Ground Beef
  • Banana Boats


  • French toast
  • orange slices
  • juice

  • Taco Salad

  • Balsamic Beans
  • cherry tomatoes
  • Chocolate in a Bag


  • Fried Eggs
  • bacon
  • juice

  • Salmon Chowder
  • crackers
  • pickles
  • carrot sticks

  • Sloppy Joes
  • Skillet Bananas


  • Oatmeal
  • raisins
  • milk

  • Citrus Black Bean Salad
  • crackers
  • snow peas

  • Salmon Patties
  • nugget potatoes
  • peas
  • Maple Popcorn


  • Toad in the Hole
  • juice

  • Squash Soup
  • breadsticks
  • apple slices

  • Mozza-Chickpea Pasta
  • carrot sticks
  • Smores or canned peaches


  • Pancakes
  • sausages
  • juice
  • Avocado-Salmon Spread
  • crackers
  • leftovers
  • carrot sticks

(at home)

  • Baked Omelettes
  • frozen vegetables
  • ice cream

French toast

Snacks for the week



  • coffee
  • tea
  • hot chocolate
  • your favorite beverages

Camping Menu Ideas Tips

Bring lots.

I don't know about your family, but we always eat a lot when we go camping. Being active in the fresh air all day works up an appetite!

Bring more food than you think you'll need. You can always take any leftovers home with you.

(This doesn't apply if you are backpacking! You won't want to carry any extra weight, so you'll need to calculate exactly how much you'll need.  Click here for more backpacking tips.)

Packing healthy meals and snacks means that you can eat lots and still feel good!

ingredients for Balsamic Black Beans


Use this menu as a starting point. Remove any items that you know your family won't eat, and add your own camping menu ideas.

If you are short of time, substitute some prepared foods for the homemade suggestions. Instead of making Taco Salad, buy a salad from the deli. Instead of making Homemade Brownies, stop at the bakery.

If you do have the time, use my recipes and make your food from scratch. You'll save money - and you'll have the added benefits of knowing exactly what is in your food. Homemade usually tastes better than store-bought, too!

Plan a campfire meal.

Just as everything tastes great when it is eaten outdoors, everything tastes even better when it's cooked over a campfire! Cooking over a fire makes great camping memories, too. Click here for campfire cooking tips.


Be flexible.

Be prepared to change your plans as needed.

If you have leftover Salmon Chowder, heat it up for lunch on Friday and save the Citrus Black Bean Salad for another time.

If it is raining on Tuesday, save your campfire supper for the next day (as long as you can keep the foil dinners cold until then). Heat up Sloppy Joes on the stove instead.

Pack carefully.

Using a good camping food storage system means that your food will arrive at camp intact. You won't waste anything, and you'll be able to bring home any leftovers. Here are my camping food storage suggestions.

Are you going camping for the weekend?

 Here are camping menu ideas for a 3 day trip.

Now that you have some great camping menu ideas, check out this page for more delicious camping food ideas.

Good Camping Food is full of recipes, hints, shopping lists and worksheets that will make your food planning enjoyable and easy.

Planning a camping trip can be fun - and easy! Visit The Camping Family home page for all the help you need to make your next trip and success.

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