4-Day Family Camping Food Menu

Family Camping Menu - First Night A family camping menu should be:

  1. Easy and quick to prepare.
  2. Requires only a few ingredients and
  3. Those ingredients are easy to store at camp (not prone to spilling, spoiling, space-hogging).
  4. Camping Food Menu Plan

    1st Night: Lloyds BBQ Ribs, corn, coleslaw and potato salad

    Wrap ribs in heavy-duty foil, heat, open a can of corn and serve with ready-made coleslaw and potato salad. First night is celebration night. You’ve put up the tent, you’ve build a campfire, you’ve unpacked your gear. So kick back and relax. By the way, Costco is my favorite place to get a big tub of potato salad and coleslaw.

      Day 1
    Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes, sausage and eggs
    Lunch: Chili dog and leftover coleslaw/potato salad
    Dinner: Grilled marinated steak tips, baked potatoes & camping onions. If no grill: Easy Pork Chops and bread rolls
    Dessert: S’mores

      Day 2
    Breakfast: Cereal and fruit, corny cakes
    Lunch: Tortellini and tomato sauce
    Dinner: Meat loaf sandwich & Italian Wedding Soup (canned)
    Dessert: Mini Camping Pies

      Day 3
    Breakfast: French Toast, sausage and eggs
    Lunch: Chowder in bread bowl or grill burgers and hot dogs
    Dinner: Ham, beans and baked sweet potatoes
    Dessert: Peach Mallows

      Day 4
    Breakfast: Pancakes, sausage and eggs
    Lunch: Foil-wrapped Surprise (Whatever’s left in camp kitchen)

    Do we stick religiously to this menu plan?
    Of course not. But being prepared gives me the freedom to be more creative and flexible.

    The recipes are pretty easy to guess. If you need the camping recipes, tips and shortcuts for this 4-day family camping menu, email here and it will be sent out to you automatically.

    The menu does require a camping stove. If you don’t own a camping stove, watch our video on the 4 criteria to look for in a camping stove.


  1. chris says:

    thanks for your great site. i have 3 kids 2 11 15 and this site is great again thanks

  2. We are brand new campers. :) I have found many easy recipes to use during our upcoming trips! Thanks for putting them together. :)

  3. Mechelle says:

    I wanted to share some of my camping foods.

    Precooked pancakes and sausage. Just heat on the griddle. Instant coffee and hot chocolate. Just heat water in a coffee pot so you can give both kids and adults a nice warm drink.

    Baggie Omelets. Crack a couple eggs in to a quart size heavy duty ziploc baggie with cheese and ham. Boil them in water to cook. They slide right from the baggie onto the plate.

    Fresh fruit like water melon and cantaloupe for snacking. Chill in fridge then put into the cooler. On the bottom. Cold melon is a hit at a hot campsite.

    Chili Dogs Canned Chili or homemade frozen in a baggie
    Manwich Sloppy Joes made ahead and frozen in baggie
    Spaghetti with meat sauce made ahead and frozen in baggie
    Burgers frozen raw in the tupperware burger keeper.
    Steaks, again freeze them with marinade in the baggie this is our last night meal so it has time to defrost.

    Our favorite go to salad is a chinese chicken salad.
    Chunked cooked chicken breast, 1 chopped head of cabbage, sunflower seeds, raisins, mandarine oranges and poppyseed dressing. The cabbage will go 2 days before getting soggy. Chop and combine at home all but the dressing. Keep in a cereal keeper, I like their shape better than a bowl in the cooler. Add dressing when you serve it.

    Canister Chips are great because they are crush resistant.

    Texas toast heats nicely on a griddle or in foil.

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