Project Camping: How to Plan a CampOut

camping meals

Today’s feature is good enough to be split up into several posts and made into a workshop! Angie has a whole series of posts on how to plan a campout. If you don’t have any camping adventures planned anytime soon, bookmark this page and come back to it next year. And if you’re like my husband and prefer to camp at the Holiday Inn, maybe these ideas will change your mind and you’ll find yourself longing to become one with nature in your sleeping bag just to experience the yumminess of the following posts! If nothing else, it could spark your creativity to plan an outdoor BBQ, picnic or Bon Fire with some friends. Take a look at this:

Camping Cuisine {Preparations}

Before I get to the recipe portion of this post, I want to mention how food prep for camping is a girl’s best friend. I start with a menu plan for each meal that will be required for our stay. And I create a grocery list based on my meal plan. Pretty basic planning…but it helps the trip go smoothly.

camping preparations


camping food

  •  I make sure to wash and prep all the vegetables and store in ziploc bags. On the left are vegetables for dipping for snacks. On the right are vegetables for chicken kebabs.
  • Here are onions and mushrooms prepped for our steak night.
  • I also take containers of other meal ingredients that we will need.
  • Fruit washed and cut up for quick camping snacks.

camping food preparations

  • I don’t waste money buying small sizes of condiments from the grocery store. I just scoop out different things from the big sizes already in our fridge and store in small containers to put in the cooler. And I am sure to label, label, label!!
  • One of my favorite things in our camping kitchen- a handy, dandy screen to keep those pesky flies off of the salads.
  • The other “must-have is our cutlery caddy to keep everything handy at the table, so I don’t have to get up a million times searching for things.
  • To be clear, we do have hamburgers sometimes….everyone in our family likes them. I just make sure that I make the burgers before we leave home so that my husband just has to put them on the grill.

Camping Cuisine {Recipes}

Along with our hamburgers and hotdogs (after all, what is a camping trip without roasting weenies on a campfire?) here is a list of a few other favorites:

Picnic Sandwich

camping veggies picnic sandwich

Not only is this a fabulous sandwich, but it is the ultimate in ‘make ahead’  food. It tastes better the day after it’s made….after the flavours have had time to mingle. This sandwich is the perfect lunch for the first day of camping. After arriving at the campsite and spending a few hours putting up tents, inflating mattresses and getting things in order, everyone is usuallly tired and hungry. That’s when I am so happy to pull out the picnic sandwich for an instant lunch. It makes 8 sandwich wedges and each piece is very filling and satisfying. This sandwich requires a filling, some meat & cheeses and a round loaf of bread. To see how to make it, click HERE.

Chicks on Sticks

chicks on sticks

(Seriously. That is the name of the recipe.) Simply gather your ingredients and do the preparations listed HERE and your meal is ready to go into the cooler for your camping trip.When preparing this meal, simply thaw the chicken by placing it on the top of the cooler. Thread the chicken pieces with the washed and ready-to-go-veggies on skewers. Grill each side about 5-6 minutes or until chicken looks cooked and juices run clear.

Blueberry and Cream Cheese Dessert

camping dessert

This is SUPER easy to make and you only need 4 ingredients and a fire iron or camp cooker. Get the recipe and step by step instructions  HERE It’s a pocket of warm, yummy & creamy goodness! You don’t have to limit yourself to blueberry jam. Here are some other suggestions: Strawberry jam & cream cheese, marmalade & cream cheese, peanut butter and banana slices, nutella & banana slices or any combination you like. For some meal suggestions for fire irons or camp cookers, try: pizza sauce, mozarella and pepperoni. Or how about smoked salmon and cream cheese? The possibilities are many!

For Goodness Steak

camping steak

This recipe requires you to mix up a quick & easy marinade to toss on steak in a ziploc bag to freeze for later use on the camping trip. Recipe and prep instructions HERE.

 Don’t Forget Your Veggies

camping veggies

On our last camping trip, I took along a bean salad which included lots of veggies. I chose this recipe because it’s a marinated salad and it only gets better with age, therefore, it makes a great camping recipe.  I modified the original recipe a bit because my husband is not crazy about too many beans. {And everyone has to sleep in a tent together…so enough said about that.}The recipe made so much that it actually fed 3 families and we still had some leftover! I served the salad as a side to our hamburgers one night for dinner. It was so good.  This salad travels really well. I highly recommend it! Recipe HERE.

Camping Cuisine {Wrap Up}

Of course, the whole reason for camping….the happy pink glow in the childrens’ cheeks. Here is my ‘sous chef’ enjoying his morning fried egg sandwich with bacon….made by Dad.

Did I mention that while I do all the food prep for camping, my husband then takes over and does all of the actual cooking while we are camping? Yes. I love him. Food eaten in the fresh air is so very good!  I like to think that I have inspired some campers to mix it up a little. I hope so. I hope on your next camping trip you feel inspired to try something new and fun!


About the Author: Angie is the creative mom blogging from Edmonton, Alberta. She has a passion for sharing ideas and inspiration for decorating, organizing ,crafting, cooking & parenting. She loves helping busy moms and families discover ways to make their home a wonderful place to be with simple, manageable projects & ideas. To see what else Angie is up to when she’s not around the camp fire, check out her blog Echoes of Laughter.

This post originally published on Crazy Domestic in August 2010.

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  1. Angie@Echoes of Laughter says:

    Thank you so much for sharing my ideas on 'Crazy Domestic' today. I am absolutely thrilled to be here and I hope your readers find some inspiration!
    Gratefully yours,
    Angie xo

  2. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    I love Angie's organization ideas for camping. I try to be organized but this takes it to whole new level. And I think that cutlery caddy is especially sweet – I just store mine in a plastic container.

    I'm going to give that bean salad a try – we are big fans of bean salad but usually just use cans.

  3. Bernadette Merikle says:

    wow that is some serious camping organization. Almost enough to make ME want to go camping. And we all know I'm not the camping type (smile).


  4. Great ideas! I will definitely be buying some small containers to take along for condiments on our next camping trip. I grew up camping a lot and finally convinced my husband to go camping last month for the first time! It was lots of fun. I took a small crockpot and cooked one of our meals in it which worked out great. I would like to try cooking some over the fire next time. Do you usually eat off of real plates? If so do you have any tips on washing dishes etc? Thanks!


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