5 Day Camping Menu

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Preparing for a camping trip is a lot easier with a pre-planned menu.  The only food item we make in advance are usually Egg Salad Wraps, because check-in at most camping sites isn't until after 12pm.  By the time we're all set up, it's nice to not have to cook right away.  Having the wraps pre-made allows us to sit back, eat a little bit and relax while we plan our first activity.

The menu is structured so that some ingredients can be used for other meals, such as the Skillet Chili lunch where the chili is also used for Cheesy Chili Hot Dogs at dinner.  Since we're camping, we try not to use the camper's stove unless weather won't allow a camp fire.  So most meals are meant to be cooked over the fire pit.  We also like to throw some charcoal on top of the camp fire logs to give food that distinct outdoorsy flavor.

Here's the menu, along with a shopping list and some tips.

Camping Menu For 5 Days

Breakfast

  • (no breakfast on day of camp site check-in)
  • Cheesy scrambled egg wraps (toast extra tortillas for lunch)
  • Bacon, eggs and toast  (make extra bacon for lunch)
  • Omelets with cream of mushroom  sauce
  • French toast
  • Sausage Frittatas (before morning check-out)

Lunch

  • Egg salad wraps  (pre-made and served after camp site check-in)
  • Summer salad (topped with sliced grapes and cheese) served with toasted tortillas
  • BLT
  • Skillet chili (save extra for dinner) with crackers
  • Italian wraps or Foil Quesadillas

Dinner

  • Steak, grilled portabella mushrooms, and baked potatoes
  • Burgers, chips and beans
  • Chicken with zucchini steaks (cook one extra chicken for Italian wraps lunch next day)
  • Cheesy chili dogs and chips
  • Grilled seafood, corn on a stick and potato steaks

Snacks Or Desserts

  • Grapes
  • Chips and dip
  • Cookies
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Cinnamon Rolls on a stick

Shopping List

This shopping list represents 5 days worth of food for 2 people.  Just increase quantities if you are serving more.

  • Loaf of bread
  • Flour tortillas
  • 18 eggs
  • Bacon
  • Breakfast sausage links
  • Can Cream of Mushroom
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Head of lettuce
  • Cheddar cheese (1/2 block)
  • Monterey cheese (1/2 block)
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Steak
  • 4 Hot dogs
  • 2 Chicken
  • 3 Hamburger patties (one extra for chili)
  • Fish and shrimp
  • 2 ears Corn
  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1 large zucchini
  • Portabella mushrooms
  • Baked beans
  • Crackers
  • Potato chips
  • Chip dip
  • Cookies
  • Can of cinnamon rolls
  • 2 Onions
  • Coffee
  • Water
  • Beverages

Condiment list

If we can't find condiment packets for certain ingredients, we make our own.  See our Camping Hacks article for information on making your own DIY condiment packets.  It doesn't make sense to bring an entire tub of sour cream if you only need 2 servings for baked potatoes.  We store the pouches in a small, clear latching storage bin, which is kept in the refrigerator.

  • 2 packets syrup
  • 4 packets mayo
  • 6 packets ketchup
  • 6 packets mustard
  • 2 packets ranch dressing
  • 1 packet italian dressing
  • 2 packets sour cream
  • 1 packet hot sauce
  • Coffee Creamer
  • 2 packets each of peanut butter and jelly (just in case someone wants a quick PB&J sandwich)

Spices

Spices are kept in a clear, airtight storage container

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Oregano
  • Onion Powder
  • Sugar