Food is a big part of everyone’s life. And that doesn’t change just because you’re on the road. When you go on a camping trip, you and your family will want to know that you have access to great food at a moment’s notice. Otherwise, you might find yourself limited to eating fish and chips, or worse, petrol station sandwiches.
If you’re ready to hit the road, here are some easy camping food recipes and advice on storing, packing, and cooking your food.
In this article, we cover:
- How to cook while camping
- Tips for making really good camping recipes
- Breakfast recipes
- Healthy, delicious lunch recipes
- Dinner recipes
How to Cook While Camping
First, you need to decide how you’re going to cook your camping food recipes. You have a few different options here:
- A camp stove
- Camp kitchen
Basically, you need to know what you’re going to have to cook with first. Then you can plan your meals accordingly.
Just don’t rely on barbeques or campfires in campsites. You don’t want to get there and find out that they’re broken, and you can’t cook a thing.
Tips for Making Really Good Camping Recipes
Organising your cooking method first and planning your camping food recipes second will save you a lot of time and trouble. Save even more with these tips:
Prep Ahead of time
There won’t be much room in your camper van, caravan or camping set up to prepare food, so make sure that you prep as much as possible before you leave. You can make soup, sauces and marinades and store in the fridge, freezer or coller; and cut up vegetables ready to use. This will make food preparation much easier and faster.
Choose Old Favourites
Don’t wait until you’re camping to try new and complicated recipes. Your trip will be smoother if you choose the recipes you make at home and have perfected.
Cook Outside Too
If you have a good caravan then you’ll probably have a kitchen, a stovetop and maybe an oven. But you won’t want to use these all the time. If you’re cooking summer camping recipes on a sweltering day, the caravan will heat up fast. The smells of your cooking will linger. And the lack of room just might drive you crazy. So, plan to cook outside sometimes and pack accordingly.
Learn to Pack
Packing for cooking on camping trips is a whole different beast to packing for other types of holidays. Learn to pack your cooler and anything else you bring tightly and so nothing rattles or breaks. Your whole family will thank you for it.
Breakfast is probably the easiest meal when it comes to camping food recipes. No one really likes to cook first thing in the morning, so you can focus on fast and filling ideas like:
- Oatmeal in a jar
- Pre-made muffins
- Pre-made slices or biscuits
- Pancakes, pre-made and frozen or kept in the fridge
- Yoghurt parfaits
- French toast
You can also be more ambitious and try some cooked meals that are still simple but will give you a warm boost in the morning. Some breakfast options are:
- Toast with eggs, cheese, or anything else you like on it
- Bacon and eggs, which is easy to cook on the grill or any other cooking appliance you have available
- Breakfast burritos, which can be made fresh or wrapped in foil and frozen
Healthy, Delicious Lunch Recipes
Lunch is another meal that you probably won’t want to spend much time on. You’ll be too busy driving or exploring the land around you! If you want a quick but filling lunch, try:
- Canned or packet soups
- Packet noodles with added vegetables or meat
Dinner is the big meal when it comes to outdoor camping recipes, so you’ll want to do it right. Of course, you can still bring frozen meals to reheat or eat meals from packets if you don’t like to cook. But if you want to experiment a bit, here are some more good choices:
- Have a BBQ, just at your campsite rather than at home
- Food on sticks
- Pasta with a bottle sauce and any vegetables you like
- Pizza cooked on a skillet over the fire
- Food in foil packs like chicken or prawns
And of course, on hot nights you can always eat sandwiches, salads, or eat throw together meals where you see what you can make with what you have leftover in the fridge.
Desserts are a much-loved part of camping, so you might want to have a few recipes up your sleeve like:
- Fruit with melted chocolate for dipping
- Campfire roasted fruit
- Apple crisp cooked in foil packets
- Fruit and marshmallow kebabs
- And of course, ice cream!
There are lots of fast, delicious camping food recipes to try while you’re exploring Australia in your van. Just start with simple things to build up your confidence and know-how and don’t be afraid to experiment if you’re feeling brave!