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Make camping easier with a great food plan

Spend less time in the camp kitchen

by Angie Pitre
Photo of skewer with meat & red & green peppers.
Kebabs on the barbecue are a simple camping meal if the ingredients are prepared in advance. — Photo courtesy Angie Pitre

For my family, there is no better summer experience than camping together. The fresh air, the lack of a schedule, the slower  pace... it is the ultimate in fun and relaxation. One of the things that make our camping trips go peachy keen is if I have a food plan ready to go. Here is how I use a food plan to make our camping trips more enjoyable with an organized approach to feeding the family.

Plan the menu

Write down all of the meals that are going to be needed for the trip and then make a meal plan—no matter how simple or involved you would like it to be. This provides a blueprint for the groceries needed, and then you can shop and pack accordingly.

Prepare healthy snacks

Wash and cut up fresh fruit and vegetables before leaving home, and pack everything in Ziploc bags or plastic containers. This makes for healthy snacking on the road or at the campsite.

Containerize condiments

Save yourself time and money by packing small containers of condiments made up from the bigger sizes already in the fridge at home. This saves having to buy small sizes of condiments, therefore saving money. The smaller containers fit into a camper fridge better, too.

Label  food containers

This makes it much easier when searching the fridge looking for things. All you need for labelling is masking tape and a marker.

Have side dishes ready  

If a meal requires sliced onions or mushrooms, slice them before leaving home and store them in a plastic Ziploc bag in the fridge.

Pack a special lunch for set-up day

Make the day that camp is set up easier by having lunch already made. One of our favourite things to make for set-up day is a stuffed picnic sandwich, made the night before leaving home and stored in the fridge. My family loves this ritual and looks forward to this sandwich when we arrive at our destination.

Marinate and freeze meats

Once meals are planned, meats can be marinated with favourite flavours and frozen until needed.

Pack a great salad for travelling

Before leaving home, make a salad that travels well and can be a side to meals. A bean salad or a pasta salad works well for travelling without getting soggy. Our family loves a marinated bean salad that lasts for a few days.

Use camp cookers

These tools are perfect for making quick meals and snacks like grilled cheese sandwiches and dessert pockets with cream cheese and jam. Kids love them too! This makes for a mess-free kitchen, too.

Cook meals in tinfoil packets

Meals like this not only taste great, but cut down on dish-washing duty, which makes for happy smiles all around.

These tips may seem like a lot of work at first, but once the destination is in sight, the time spent pre-planning will be worth the effort with more time for fun and relaxing and less time spent organizing and preparing meals.

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