My family has spent Memorial Day Weekend camping since before I was even born! Even though the tradition has changed over the years, we still spend the weekend together camping out in my parent’s back yard. This year was no exception! All those years camping has given me so many wonderful memories of fishing, doing puzzles, playing cards, going for walks, canoing and especially cooking over a campfire.
Although Memorial Day Weekend has past, there are so many more great opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors now that the weather is nice. To make the most out of a camping trip, I always try to plan ahead what meals to have so I know what food to bring along. The more homemade meals and snacks I can prep ahead of time, the better! I’d much rather spend my time on the lake catching sunnys than chopping up meat and veggies for lunch.
So, I’ve compiled a 3 day camping meal plan to help save you time prepping food and more time enjoying the outdoors! All of these can be either be prepared ahead of time and packed in a cooler, or they only take a few minutes to put together before going over the fire. If you don’t have a campfire going, you can always fire up the grill and cook on that instead. Just click the links to get the recipes for each day!
Nothing beats getting up the first morning of camping to the fresh air and dewy grass. Once you get the fire going the weekend has officially started!
These orange cinnamon rolls were just too fun not to try! Cooking them in the orange peel enhances the flavor and prevents them from burning.
Pizza is a family favorite which isn’t surprising when there are so many ways to make a pizza and endless combinations of toppings. This one is quick to prep ahead and keep in the cooler till you’re ready to cook it.
Most of my family is just as obsessed with Ranch as I am which means I have to make a double batch of this for our family get togethers. I like it can get stored in baggies and doesn’t need to be in the cooler!
This recipe takes a bit longer to prep ahead of time, but totally worth it! I would suggest keeping your prepped ingredients in separate baggies or containers in the cooler until you’re ready to cook this meal. Then just combine all the prepped ingredients in a bowl, put in foil and cook it up!
What camping trip is complete without S’mores? If traditional isn’t your thing… try mixing it up by using fudge striped cookies instead of graham crackers, or peanut butter cups instead of milk chocolate. The hardest part is not eating all the candy before it makes in into the S’more!
The second day of camping is probably my favorite. Everything is already set up from the day before so you can truly just enjoy the entire day and do whatever sounds like fun!
I was on the fence about this recipe, but I am so glad I tried it! Not only do these actually keep really well, they taste great! You could even freeze these if you wanted to make them a bit further in advance. They can thaw in the cooler for a day so they’re ready to go by the second morning.
This is another recipe you could do in advance and freeze. Or you can just prep the filling and assemble them right before you cook them too. Plenty of options here and all of them taste great! I might be a little biased though… this does have ranch in it after all!
I am so excited to repeat this recipe in the fall when our apple tree is ready to be picked! Cinnamon apples are amazing! Depending on the time of the year and what type of apples you use, you might want a little bit of sugar with the cinnamon to balance the tartness.
Plenty of options here as well. These can be made ahead if you’d like, or whip them together right before heating them up. You could just make the dressing mix ahead and pack that with the ham and swiss in the cooler to save space since the croissants don’t have to be kept cold before hand.
This is one of my favorite family traditions! I like mixing a couple different pie fillings together. I also love apple with a little cinnamon sprinkled in it! We also use our sandwich irons to make personal pizzas over the fire.
Day 3 is always a little bitter sweet… There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors and have fun, but I never look forward to packing everything up at the end of the weekend.
Monkey bread is really easy to prepare ahead and keep in the cooler. This one always seems to go over great with the little ones. Not sure if it’s because of the cinnamon sugar or because of it’s name!
I like the versatility of this idea. You could even add hot dogs or bacon bits to this for more variety. Or, if you already have a favorite mac and cheese recipe you can always use that and put it in the mini tins for reheating.
Not only are they incredibly easy to make, they taste awesome! You could even have your kids help you make them and freeze them before hand. I would suggest making plenty of these since they never seem to last very long!
Another tasty recipe using my favorite… Ranch! I like that this recipe has a bit of a kick to it with the sriracha, but you can always leave that out if you like it mild. I actually just buy a bag of frozen mixed veggies if I don’t feel like cutting fresh ones for this recipe. And you can also buy pre-cut chicken and keep it in the cooler to thaw until you need them. It doesn’t take long to put them in foil together when the time comes!
Who says waffle cones are just for ice cream? You can use up some of the leftover S’more toppings from the first night for these cones. They’re a nice little treat to have before you pack up and head home.
These are just a handful of some of my favorite ideas, recipes and traditions for camping. I love searching through Pinterest to find new recipes and ideas. There is never a shortage of them on there. Click here to check out our Pinterest page to find these recipes and many more.
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