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Camping Menu


Here's a ready-made camping menu of easy and tasty meals for your next weekend camping trip.

camping food ready to pack

Follow this meal plan exactly - or modify it to suit your family's preferences.

 Meal planning tips

Bring lots!

Everyone eats a lot when they are out in the fresh air. Bring more food than you think you'll need. You can always take the leftovers home.

Choosing healthy, homemade foods rather than calorie-packed convenience items means that you can eat heartily and feel good at the same time!

Think ahead

If your meals are carefully planned, your trip will go smoothly. Here are some things to keep in mind.

First night at camp

You'll be busy setting up camp - and everyone will be hungry. 

picnic table and tent

Plan to have a cold meal so that you don't have to fire up the stove or build a fire.

cold chicken picnic supper


Breakfasts need to be hearty enough to fuel the morning's adventures. My family tends to eat more for breakfast when we are camping than we do at home. Plan something substantial - like Pumpkin Pancakes or French Toast.

French toast

Your last day

By noon, you'll probably be thinking about packing up - but you'll want to make the most of your last hours. You won't want to spend them at the stove!

Serve a big breakfast, and for lunch set out an assortment of "serve yourself" foods on the picnic table.

Arriving home

Be sure to make a plan about what you'll eat for supper when you get home. Make sure that all the ingredients are in the house before you set off on your trip.

Camping Menu

Here's a camping menu that covers all of those bases! The recipes in bold are in Good Camping Food.






(at home)

  • cereal with milk and sliced bananas
  • juice


(on the road)

  • sandwiches


  • Oven-Fried Chicken Legs
  • Quinoa Salad
  • cherry tomatoes
  • snap peas
  • Banana Snack Cake


  • Fancy Scrambled Eggs
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • orange slices
  • Pasta Salad with Tuna

  • Chili
  • Corn Muffins
  • Skillet Bananas


  • Pumpkin Pancakes
  • breakfast sausages
  • juice
  • bagels
  • cream cheese
  • cucumber slices
  • Hummus
  • Avocado Boats
  • hard-boiled eggs
  • leftovers

(at home)

  • Pita Pizzas

for the weekend

  • apples
  • oranges
  • grapes
  • Granola Bars
  • Slice and Bake Cookies
  • potato chips
Quinoa Salad

Packing List

In the vehicle

  • sandwiches
  • water (or your favorite drinks)

In the food box

  • mix for pancakes: 2 cups flour + 2 tsp baking powder + 1 tsp baking soda + 1 tsp cinnamon (multiply as needed)
  • canned pumpkin
  • Banana Snack Cake
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Corn Muffins
  • Slice and Bake Cookies
  • Trail Mix
  • potato chips
  • macaroni or rotini
  • canned tuna
  • turmeric and/or curry powder
  • eggs
  • bananas
  • cinnamon
  • bagels
  • salt and pepper

In the cooler

  • Oven-Fried Chicken Legs
  • Quinoa Salad
  • Chili (frozen)
  • Hummus
  • breakfast sausages (frozen)
  • tomatoes
  • avocados
  • cherry tomatoes
  • snap peas
  • cucumber
  • apples
  • grapes
  • oranges
  • bottled lime juice
  • mayonnaise
  • can of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • frozen peas
  • maple syrup
  • tetra packs of juice (one cold, and the rest frozen)
  • cream cheese
  • milk
  • butter

For even more help with your menu planning, check out Good Camping Food.

Are you planning a longer trip? Here's a menu for a week-long camping vacation.

Now that you have a good weekend camping menu, visit this page for even more easy camping food ideas.

Before you start packing, be sure to visit The Camping Family home page. You'll find lots of helpful ideas for making your trip a success.

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