Camping is supposed to be a chance to get away for awhile and relax. Yet every time someone gets hungry, you have to whip something up! Whether you need breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack, I have a ton of great make ahead options for your next camping trip. You can make these ahead of time to heat up over the fire or to snack on while you’re camping. Some of these don’t require any prep work once they’re made! Here are the best make ahead camping recipes for your next camping trip. These work for nearly any campground you might be visiting too!
These s'more cookie bars are perfect if there are no campfires allowed wherever you plan to go, but you don't want to miss out on s'mores! They can be made ahead of time and frozen till you're ready to use them!
This filling meal is great if you plan on hiking around or heck... just don't want to cook at camp! These chimichanges taste amazing, are easy to make, and you can just put them in a bag in your cooler and eat whenever you're hungry!
Who else loves lazy camp mornings? While I love making special pancakes for the kiddos at camp, I get kind of bored of eating pancakes everyday... so make some of these for yourself! They have meat in them so they should be fill you up for a full day of camp fun!
Some sort of trail mix is a must, especially if you're going out with kids! Buying trail mix everytime you go (especially if you forget and end up buying some at the gas station) can get expensive, so why not make your own! I love that it is encouraged to throw in whatever you have in the pantry... so it might be a great way to use up those bits of cereal that no one else does since it's not enough for a bowl of cereal!
These granola bars are full of the energy you need at camp, especially for kids who seem to be ALWAYS hungry! I also love the versatility of granola bars - grab one before a hike, or crumble it over yogurt.
These noodles only need hot water and they are ready! Put them in mason jars (or the adorable jars the creator used) and just take them out of the cooler and add the boiling water! I love that the creator tried to mimic the flavor of those microwave noodles we all love (but feel terrible after looking at the label!)
Chili sounds absolutely amazing for early and late season camping when the mornings and evenings are chilly (HAH, see what I did there? =P) This one is packed full of smoky flavor, and can be made ahead and stored in a container until you're ready to heat it up again and enjoy!
I mentioned earlier how after we get done making the kids special camp pancakes in the morning that we're too pooped to make our own food... well here's a solution! Make some of these pancakes muffins ahead of time and dole them out when everyone wakes up! You'll have a more relaxed morning and the energy to start the day right!
Stacy Bressler is an avid outdoorswoman, wife, and mother of three who lives in Jackson, Wyoming. She loves all things camping and enjoys sharing helpful tips, fun activities and laughable learning experiences she finds along the way! Navigating the outdoor life through the lens of humor and positivity, she chronicles it all on her website "The Crazy Outdoor Mama"
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