How to Plan Food for Camping

How to Plan Food for Camping
There is something about food prepared outdoors that makes it taste better. Even the common hotdog can taste as good as an expensive cut of meat when grilled at a campsite. Creating a camping menu that includes what and how much food you need, is an integral part of trip planning.

By preplanning what foods you need, you are less likely to forget something at home. This allows more time to enjoy nature and less time spent on unwanted shopping trips. With all the cookware options available for outdoor cooking, most any dish prepared at home can be prepared at your campsite.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Draw up a plan of all the meals for your camping trip, including their ingredients. List the days you will be gone, across the top of a piece of paper. Write the words breakfast, lunch and dinner down the side. This will help in organizing your meals and the ingredients required to make them.
Step 2
Write down all the food items necessary to make each breakfast under the breakfast column. Consider how many people are eating, how much they eat, as well as any food preferences. Remember to list any extra ingredients required to make the dish such as milk, flour, butter, pepper, salt, cheese or syrup.
Step 3
List your meal plans for lunches and their ingredients under the lunch column. Write down the main lunch item such as hamburgers or sandwiches and anything else needed to complete the meal such as chips, condiments and buns.
Step 4
List your menu items for dinner including any side dishes. Consider the quantity of food needed to feed everyone. Write down items such as steak, chicken, salad, dressing, seasonings, and bread and butter.
Step 5
Write down a column labeled beverages and list all the drinks you will need. Consider how many days you are camping, who drinks what, the amount of people and any recreational activities. List items such as water, juice, soda, energy drinks, coffee, tea, milk and anything else your party requires.
Step 6
Make a category labeled snacks and list your food items under it. Write down items such as chips, crackers, cookies, pretzels, peanuts, trail mix and dried fruit. Consider what you will be doing while camping and pack your snacks accordingly.
Step 7
Write down a category titled miscellaneous and list your food product odds and ends. List the items that might not fit into another category, but are required. Write down vegetable oil spray, sugar, dip, pickles and condiments.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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