10 Tips for Family Camping Meals


Food to Fuel the Day Ahead

Can you smell the bacon sizzling and coffee percolating?
Can you smell the bacon sizzling and coffee percolating?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should be a hearty dish served hot. Around the campfire, fry bacon, eggs and sausage in a skillet, and enjoy grapes and bananas from the cooler. Cereal, bagels and English muffins are other filling breakfast items that will stay with you and give you energy throughout the morning and early afternoon. Instead of bringing sticks of butter or margarine to camp, try squeeze bottles for easier use. On the last day of your trip, use leftover meats and vegetables to make omelets for the whole family.

For meals in the middle of the day, eat lightly to keep from feeling lethargic during activities. Pack energy-boosting snacks like nuts, dried fruit, trail mix and granola bars. Hard cheeses don't need to be refrigerated and are convenient to pack in lunches with fresh fruits and sandwiches. If you're considering different types of sandwich bread to bring on your camping trip, we recommend pita bread; it packs well and keeps its shape. Also, be mindful that bread will mold after several days, especially if condensation forms inside the bag and the weather is hot.