Are you planning a camping trip in the heat? Heading into the woods for longer than your cooler will keep things cool? Or if you just don’t want to bring the a cooler along for this trip, then a camping meal plan that requires no refrigeration is just what you need. I’ve put together a selection of some of my favorite, kid-friendly camping meals that can keep you in the woods for 3-4 days. Best of all, not a single meal will require refrigeration!
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Breakfast is perhaps the easiest meal to make. In our house, breakfast is a “grab and go” sort of meal. Camping breakfast is no different.
- Muffins – Costco muffins, bakery muffins, homemade muffins
- Cold Cereal – with or without milk
- Coffee/Juice/Milk – Horizon makes single serve milks that do not require refrigeration
For us, we are usually on the move during lunch time. Hiking, fishing, rafting, or road trips through your local state park make a picnic style lunch perfect. So how do you get a full meal without refrigeration? I generally create some sort of sandwich with a side of fruit or vegetable. The goal is to create a meal that is healthy yet filling. Here are my go to options.
- 1 Can or 2 Pouches of Tuna
- Mix in cut up cucumbers, tomatoes, or pickles (optional).
- 2 Slices of Bread
- Directions: Mix tuna with desired amount of mustard and/or mayo. I like to mix in veggies to add a little more crunch and health to the tuna. Placing the tuna mix between the two pieces of bread and enjoy. One can of tuna gets us approximately 3 full sandwiches.
Chicken Salad Wraps
- 1 Can of Chicken
- Bacon Crumbles
- Mix in cut up tomatoes, onions, celery, carrots (optional).
- Directions: Mix chicken and bacon crumbles in a bowl with the desired amount of mustard and/or mayo. Add in any optional veggies. Place chicken mixture in a tortilla and eat as a wrap.
Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Peanut Butter
- Jelly of Choice
- 2 Slices of Bread
- Directions: Do I really need to explain how to make a PB&J? Yes, this is a classic and if you haven’t had one in a while, it’ll be a delicious treat.
- Fruits – Apples, Oranges, Strawberries, and Grapes do not need refrigeration and travel well.
- Veggies – Carrots and Celery
- Drinks – Water, Juice, Tea
At the end of the day, you’ll be ridiculously hungry and a bit tired from the day’s adventures. Dinner is a bit more filling, but still simple to make. Using our full camp kitchen, these meals are quick, easy, and kid approved.
Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken
- 2 Boxes of Pasta Roni’s Angel Hair Pasta with Herbs
- 1 Can of Chicken
- Milk (for the angel hair pasta) – use a milk that requires no refrigeration such as Horizon
- Olive Oil (for the angel hair pasta) – use in place of butter
- Directions: Cook pasta according to the directions on the box. Add chicken before cooking time is up. You’ll be surprised at how delicious this is despite being so simple to make.
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
- 1/2 Box of Pasta of Choice
- 16 oz Red Sauce with Meat
- Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. In separate pan, warm up the red sauce with meat. Add drained pasta to the red sauce. Spaghetti is always a favorite.
Chili and Corn Bread
- 2 Cans of Chili
- 1 Box of Cornbread (make sure to get a mix that required only water)
- Directions: Cook cornbread in a skillet. Warm up chili. Pretty simple.
- 1 Can of Chicken (I use 2 cans for a family of 4)
- 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
- Optional toppings include olives, corn, salsa, peppers, onions – Corn, salsa, and olives can now be purchased in individual serving sizes much like plastic fruit cups.
- Directions: Warm up chicken in pot. Add taco seasoning to chicken according to the packet. Place warm chicken in a tortilla and add any topping you like.
What I love about all of these meals is that they are both filling and are great in all sorts of outdoor situations. Backpacking, multi-day river trips, and camping are just some of the places where this menu could be used. Where would you take these meals?