One of the best ways to unplug and get outdoors is to go camping. Sleeping under the stars, making smores, and taking a break in nature can be incredibly refreshing. When it comes to planning the perfect camping trip, you want to make the process as easy and non-stressful as possible.
That starts with planning ahead, so you know what food and drinks you are going to bring with you. We have compiled this simple list for you of the easiest foods and drinks to bring to your next outdoor adventure, so you can enjoy nature with ease.
While most foods on this list can be made beforehand, it is still a good idea to bring a skillet or other cooking pots and pans to cook some proteins over the fire on your trip—it’s all a part of the experience.
What Cooking Tools Should You Bring Camping?
Here are some cooking staples we believe you should have at the ready for your trip.
- Cast-iron Skillet: A must-have for any outdoor trip, a cast-iron skillet can be used to cook many different meals over a campfire.
- Campfire Grill Gate: Another great option for cooking over an open fire, a grill gate helps keep you, your guests, and your delicious food from harm due to fire and heat.
- Cooler Storage: You can’t have food without drinks! Having a cooler handy is a fantastic way to keep not only beverages cold but perishable items as well.
Easy Breakfast Options for Camping
The most important meal of the day doesn't have to be a difficult one. There are tons of no-mess options for starting your day that can be prepared on the campsite or even cooked beforehand.
Here are some of our go-to breakfasts made campsite/skillet friendly.
1. Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are one of the easiest breakfasts for on the go or at home. All you have to do is grab a mason jar, fill it with some oats, your milk of choice, and some protein-packed toppings. You’ve got yourself an easy and hearty breakfast ready to go.
Breakfast Muffins are an easy and energy-packed breakfast that you could make beforehand that provides a good balance of nutrients and taste. These are great not only for breakfast but could be a tasty snack for later as well. We recommend these make-ahead recipes for breakfast muffins.
- Banana Dark Chocolate Chip
- Blueberry Bran
- Breakfast Egg Muffins (a great savory option if sweet isn't your thing!)
Breakfast sandwiches are always a safe and easy option for any event. Adding breakfast proteins onto some bread can be a surefire way to save time and money on your next camping trip. We recommend making and slicing some hard-boiled eggs, grabbing sliced cheese and ham, and enjoying it on a croissant bun. This is an easy and cheap breakfast for anybody on the go.
Easy Lunch Options for Camping
While breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, we don't want to neglect the importance of a balanced and delicious lunch, especially on a camping trip. Lunch is a meal often neglected, so we want to highlight our favorite convenient camping lunches for your next trip.
Whether you decide to cook these lunches or make them ahead of time, here are some versatile lunch options for camping or traveling.
Chicken Caesar Wraps
Packed with bold flavors and protein, a chicken caesar wrap is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger. Feel free to experiment with other flavors and proteins too!
For a good vegetarian option, try an avocado and hummus wrap. Regardless of the flavor profile you choose, a lunch wrap is always a good idea on the go.
Make-Ahead Campfire Queso
A great option for a large group, this make-ahead campfire queso can be cooked in just a few minutes if prepared beforehand. All you have to do is stick your pan over the fire, and you’ll have cheesy, gooey dip ready to go in moments.
Easy Dinner Options for Camping
At the end of a long and full day of campsite activities, the last thing you want to do is cook a big meal that requires lots of prep and clean-up. We’ve got you covered. Here are some mess-free, low prep dinner ideas that will keep you and your camping buddies fed and happy.
Pizza is one of the easiest and most classic meals you can make can easily be done at a campsite. No need to order in (or out!) All you have to do is prep your pizza dough and cook your pizza on an open fire with foil or a grill gate. This is a great option to feed lots of people and keep familiar food out in the wild.
Skillet Herb Bread
A fun spin on campfire cornbread, this Skillet Herb Bread is prepared and cooked right in the skillet over a fire. It’s a great side dish or full meal that stays true to the essence and spirit of camping while still remaining delicious and satisfying.
Beer Fried Fish Filets
An unconventional yet delicious choice, Beer Fried Fish Filets might seem a little obscure for camping. However, this is one of the easiest recipes you can make for your camping trip that uses basic ingredients that you will most likely already have.
While you can buy fish filets before your trip, we hope that you find a way to get these fish yourself on your trip. Plus, a little booze with dinner never hurt anyone! We say go all out and explore the flavors of this funky and fun dinner.
The Best Beverage For Your Camping Trip
Once all your meals have been prepared and established for the trip, you have to start thinking of which beverages you want to pair with all your yummy camp meals. Much like the food you prepare, you want your drinks to match the ease and convenience that your meals do.
The easy choice for this is Ohza! Here at Ohza, we pride ourselves on being the top choice for convenience, deliciousness, and ease. When you are out in the woods or high in the mountains, you don’t want to worry about carrying bottles and glasses and all the elements that go along with creating your own mixed drinks. We take care of all of that hassle for you by combining everything you love about cocktails and canning it for you so you can enjoy it anywhere at any moment.
Our mimosas take everything you love about a cocktail and convert it to an easy and mess-free experience.
The best part is that we’re not just serving you amazing flavors. Our mimosas also have cute, easy packaging that’s perfect for on-the-go trips like camping or hiking. No glasses required! The last thing you want to do on a camping trip is worry about glass breaking or cleaning up after enjoying drinks with friends. You can just relax, sip a few drinks, and enjoy being out there in nature.
Closing Out Your Campsite
At the tail end of your trip, you are going to be glad that you chose these easy and virtually mess-free options for your campsite.
Whether it’s cooking in foil over a campfire or cooking in your kitchen before you venture out, there are tons of delicious and sustainable options for camping and other outdoor adventures.
Enjoy making these tasty recipes at your campsite, relaxing knowing that clean-up and cook time will be minimal for your and your guests. You are getting away for a reason, so don’t let the hustle and bustle of life follow you into the peace and quiet that you deserve. Preparing easy and hassle-free meals is just one big way for you to do that.