Thursday, April 11, 2013


 Camp Food Tips-Pack Smart and Safe

  • Non squish-able bread and snacks. Tortillas and bagels are great for quick & easy wraps and sandwiches, and don't take up tons of room because you don't have to worry about having to pack them on top. Brings apples instead of bananas.
  • Ziplocs are your best friend. Put snack, like goldfish crackers or trail mix, into individual baggies before you leave. This make getting ready for hikes easy, and allows your kids to pick their own snacks easily.
  • Fill empty/clean milk jugs with water and freeze.  This will give you clean-water as they thaw, and double as your cold source in your cooler. 
  • Bring about a half dozen frozen water bottles and refill with your water jugs throughout the week. Again, clean water source and cold course in cooler, making more room for other foods.
  • Keep raw foods separate from other foods. Never bring meat or poultry products without a cold source to keep them safe and in water tight packaging.
  • Freeze all cheese and meat individually before hand . It cuts down on ice/space you need in cooler and you can have "fresh" food the 1st and/ or 2nd night.
  • Don't bring anything in it's original packaging if possible.  Ziploc containers take up less space than bulky cardboard boxes,  and you only bring what you need. If you have frozen sausages for breakfast, they will thaw and make the cardboard wet. 

For camp Kitchen Organization and lists- See Family Camping Organization 
Unless you want to spend your entire camping week preparing or cleaning up food then be OK with some repeat and/or easy meals.   You will be happier to have time to hike and explore, than spending all your time cooking.

Day ONE Check in at 2:00pm
You don't want to have anything to complicated the first night.  
We are always tired from setting up the tent and the campsite, so simplicity is key. 

  • Dinner-  Hot Dogs over fire and Buns, apples
  • Snacks/Dessert- Smores

Day TWO-
This is our big fire-cooking food day because our "fresh" food is thawing and we have had time to tend the fire.  Since many campfire meals require hot coal beds instead of flames, you need to allow an hours or two tending the fire before it's time to cook.  We use up our frozen raw food that is thawing this day.

  • Breakfast – Use Gas Camp Grill so you don't have to wake up and build fire-shakeup pancakes,eggs and sausage patties (frozen in Ziploc) with syrup and milk (frozen in water bottles)
  • Lunch- Cheese, spinach & deli meat Quesadillas on Gas Camp Grill and apple sauce cups. You can also bring cooked shredded chicken that already has taco seasoning added (freeze beforehand)
  • Snacks- Apples and Trail Mix
  • Dinner- The fire must be a couple hours old with very hot coals to cook the hobo dinner.  Don't forget heat gloves or oven mittens when handing your pie-irons.
    • Hobo Dinner- Frozen ground beef patties (on bottom), cut up potatoes at home, baby carrots salt and pepper, dried onions, Cream of mushroom soup (on top).  Cook for at least half hour on HOT coals. You can add other veggies that your family likes, like zucchini.
    •  Campfire Pies for dessert- buttered bread with pie cooked in pie iron.
Campfire Pies with pie filling

Hobo Dinner-tastes SOOOO much  better than it looks.  Trust me.

This is usually the day we go hiking or bike riding, so we plan mostly easy and portable meals.

  • Breakfast – Fruit cups and bagels with spray butter (you can toast on fire or gas grill)
  • Lunch- Bagel or Tortilla Wrap Sandwiches with turkey and cheese
  • Snacks- Fruit snacks, goldfish, Animal Crackers
  • Dinner- Grilled Cheese and canned Soup (heated on gas grill or over flame)-With Corn on the Cob if time to tend coal bed (baked in foil)

Day FOUR-Check out at 11:00am-
 Since you will be packing up campsite today, keep it easy and simple.

  • Breakfast- Poptarts and Fruit Punch
  • Snacks-Whatever is left in snack bins
  • Lunch- Deli Meat Bagel Sandwiches with ham and cheese
Use Pie iron to warm up your Poptarts:)

GROCERY LIST-4 Day Camping Meal Plan

  • Empty Milk Jugs, clean & washed.  Filled with water and frozen
  • Water bottles (freeze and fill up through week with water from milk jugs)
  • Hot Dogs  (freeze hot dogs if not using the first night)
  • Hot Dog Buns
  • Apples
  • Graham Crackers
  • Hershey bars (freeze to avoid melting in heat)
  • Marshmallows 
  • shakeup pancake mix
  • Eggs (use first morning)
  • Sausage patties (frozen in Ziploc) 
  • Syrup
  • Half gallon of milk (you can freeze also)
  • Shredded Cheese (freeze)
  • Pam Spray
  • Spray butter (for corn and grilled cheese)
  • Apples
  • spinach or romaine lettuce for sandwiches
  • Tortillas
  • Individual Apple Sauce and/or pudding
  • Trail Mix (you can make your own and put in individual Ziploc bags before for easier access for kids while hiking)
  •  Frozen ground beef or turkey patties (at least one for each person)
  • Washed Baby Potatoes 
  • Baby Carrots
  • salt and pepper
  • Dried onions
  • 2 cans mushroom soup
  • Ketchup/Mustard
  • white bread
  • Pie filling
  • Lemonade Mix
  • Crystal Light Individual packets
  • Fruit snacks, goldfish, Animal Crackers
  • Frozen cheese slices (enough for at least 3 meals)
  • Frozen Deli Meats (gets individually wrapped in a variety of meats so you can mix it up)
  • Cooked shredded chicken that already has taco seasoning added (frozen)
  • Canned Soup
  • Corn on the Cob 
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil  
  • Pop-tarts
  • Bagels- plain for sandwiches, flavored for breakfast

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  1. Wow, that meal plan will come in handy during camping. It consist of meals that are convenient to prepare, but healthy and nutritious at the same time. It's a great thing to pack for a day or so of hiking, and rediscovering the beauty of nature. Thanks for sharing!

    Getawayaway Outdoors

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    1. Thank you! Happy it could be helpful!

  3. Wow! Was about to start my menu planning for a trip with 2 of my grandchildren. A little rusty and prayerful, I googled and yours is the first post to pop up! Grateful for the work and thought you have put in and God for leading me here. Many thanks! Grandma in Indiana heading to Smokey Mountains National Park in early June 2016

    1. I am so glad it could help, have fun in the Smokeys! That sounds wonderful!

    2. Trip was a success! Didn't have to buy ice or carry a camp stove. My nephew and his 2 teenagers came along. I switched up the hamburger hobo's a bit as they said they didn't like gravy or mushrooms. Mine were made with broccoli, baby carrots and hamburger topped with Italian seasoning mixed with butter. It was a hit and everyone pitched in on putting them in the coals to cook and deciding when they were ready. We had so much fun we will be going again! Grandma and Auntie in Indiana

    3. Sounds like fun, glad it was a success!!!

    4. Sounds like fun, glad it was a success!!!

  4. Definitely smart and safe; as far as the smart part is concerned I will go with the Ziplocs. The one thing that I am always reluctant to do is freezing cheese and meat individually beforehand. Great post, thanks for sharing. I also checked out a resourceful camping food list here: