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How to Plan Your Meals for a Camping Weekend

Camping can be a wonderfully relaxing activity, allowing you to unplug from the hustle and bustle of life. And while the weekend itself will no doubt be fabulous, you do need to put some time and effort into the planning stages. Here we’ll take a look at some tips that will help you with planning your meals for the weekend camping trip.

Create a Meal Plan or Schedule

You need to thoroughly plan each of your meals and snacks. It may be helpful to write them down to keep you organized. Once you plan all the food you need, you can then make a grocery and packing list.

Consider the Facilities at the Campsite

Choosing which meals to make will also be based on the facilities at the campsite and the equipment you plan on bringing with you. Not every campsite has the same type of offerings; some are quite well appointed with services, whereas others are as rustic as they come, with nothing more than a fire pit.

Use the Right Kind of Containers

Another part of meal planning is to make sure any of the items you prepare in advance or want to bring with you to the campsite are packaged in the right kind of storage containers. Glass is an eco-friendly option that is quick and easy to clean and is quite durable.

If you can pre-make meals and recipes and then store them in a container, all you’ll need to worry about at the campsite is heating it. This will drastically improve your mealtimes, as it will be no-fuss and very fast. Even if you don’t prepare the items in advance, glass can still act as the perfect storage vessel for all kinds of fresh and dry goods.

Stick to One-Pot Campfire Meals

Any seasoned camper will tell you that one of the best tricks is to stick to one-pot or one-dish meals. Campers also like the fact that one-pot meals are scalable in that you can make the meal as big or small as the pot allows. If you’re only going to pack one pot for cooking, however, make sure it is oversized so that all options are available to you.

Some great examples of one-pot meals include:

  • Pancakes
  • Chili
  • Frittata
  • Pasta (you can add protein, vegetables, and sauce to the pasta)
  • Stew
  • Sloppy joes
  • Cornbread
  • Fruit cobbler

What About the Weather?

It would be great if your entire weekend consisted of nothing but beautiful weather, but that’s not always going to be the case. You need to be realistic and consider how the weather may impact your ability to prepare and cook meals. If the weather will be humid and hot, choose meals that don’t need to be cooked such as cold pasta salad, tossed salad and cold meat sandwiches. If the weather will be cold, choose meals that are seen as hearty and warm. Also, have rain plans in case you can’t cook due to the weather.

Planning meals for a camping weekend is all about anticipating a variety of potential obstacles and issues. These tips will help you narrow down the perfect food to pack and meals to cook.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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