Camping is a great way to get outdoors, especially with family and friends.
But you need to be prepared for it. Cooking meals isn’t quite the same over the fire and without a refrigerator it can complicate the entire experience. So you need to get creative and plan ahead.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure it’s nutritious and well-rounded.
Thankfully, there are many camping breakfasts that can be prepared in a small amount of time, and they are also really tasty!
But breakfast usually calls for eggs, how do you pack whole eggs for camping?
Unless you have a cooler or camping fridge, packing eggs can be tricky and even dangerous. Salmonella is a very real risk when it comes to eating eggs and chicken, so you’ll want to make sure they are properly stored and thoroughly cooked.
There are a couple of different options that we’ve found when it comes to packing eggs for a camping trip.
The first option is to crack open all your eggs into a Ziploc bag or into a plastic bottle. This will save space and give you some peace of mind. You can freeze them in the bag or bottle before you leave, which will keep them colder for longer. But you’ll want to eat these quickly, eggs without shells can be a breeding ground for bacteria.
Another option is to buy, or make your own, dehydrated or freeze-dried eggs. This is probably the better option for bringing eggs on a camping trip because they don’t need to be kept in the fridge and they just need a bit of water to bring them back to life. You also have a lower chance of getting salmonella poisoning.
If you do want to bring whole eggs with you, and you have a camping fridge, there are egg cases that you can use to keep the eggs safe. We also recommend going for farm fresh eggs because they have a longer shelf-life.
These 12 breakfast ideas are easy to make over a campfire and are perfect for individuals and groups. From French toast to breakfast burgers, you’ll feel satisfied and fueled for the day. So get cooking!
The breakfast burrito is a great way to start the day. It is easy to make and can be tailored to your liking. All you need is a tortilla, some cooked meat or vegetables, and cheese. We suggest cooking up some pork sausages the night before to quickly add to your eggs in the morning. If you are cooking for yourself, just heat the tortilla in a pan until it is soft, add the cooked meat or vegetables and cheese, and fold it up. If you are cooking for a group, lay out the tortillas on a table and let everyone make their own. Add whatever toppings you like – salsa, sour cream, avocado – and enjoy!
This is a recipe that can be prepared before you even leave your house, mix up the dry ingredients and seal them in Ziploc bags or plastic bottles until you’re ready to use them. All you have to do is add water and eggs. For this recipe you won’t even need to carry extra milk with you because it requires dry milk powder.
Bring a couple Ziploc bags or plastic bottles with you for different days!
You can get creative with this one, but who doesn’t love a cheesy grilled sandwich for breakfast?! This recipe requires pulled pork, which can be another dish prepared the night before to allow for minimal preparation in the morning. Toast the English muffins, add the egg, cheese, pulled pork, and wrap in aluminium foil to melt the cheese on the fire. Alternatively you can use bacon or a burger patty in place of pulled pork.
This will definitely leave you craving more.
These muffins aren’t necessarily something you can prepare while camping, but they’re an excellent meal to plan to bring with you. They are filling and highly nutritious, plus they’re easy to serve with jam, butter and some cream. You can eat them as a snack throughout the day and put some in your backpack for hiking, or warm them up over a fire and enjoy with a side of fruit!
French toast is a delicious meal that can be sweet and savory. The best French toast is crispy French toast which makes this the perfect camping breakfast meal.
There’s something special about cooking over an open flame. The process of flickering flames licking at food, sending aromatic smoke into the air, and creating a warm, toasty environment is one that never fails to tantalize the senses.
The bread can be easily toasted on both sides until it’s crispy, then topped with your favorite berries and syrup. Whether you’re camping in the great outdoors or enjoying a backyard barbecue, French toast is always a delicious way to indulge in some good old-fashioned comfort food.
These cinnamon rolls are perfect for those cool mornings when you need something sweet and warm to go with your coffee.
There’s something about the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls mixed with the fresh morning air. If you’re looking for an easy way to take your camping breakfasts up a notch, give dutch oven cinnamon rolls a try. The great thing about these is that you can prepare the dough the night before so that it’s ready to get fired up in the morning!
Hash is a simple, one-pan meal that can be made with any variety of ingredients. This recipe for breakfast hash in a skillet features sausage and potatoes, but you can use any meat or vegetables that you have on hand.
To make the hash, start by cooking the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until browned. Add the potatoes and continue cooking until both are golden brown and crispy. Serve hot with your favorite toppings, such as eggs, cheese, or sour cream.
This is an easy breakfast dish that can be made while camping or on a busy weekday morning. It's also a great way to use up leftovers. If you have some cooked ham or bacon on hand, feel free to add it to the skillet along with the sausage and potatoes.
Camping breakfasts don't have to be complicated. This easy fruit salad can be made ahead of time and is a great way to start your day. The combination of fruits provides a variety of nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.
The recipe is simple: chop up your favorite fruits and mix them together. You can use fresh or frozen fruit, depending on what's available. If you're camping, you can bring the ingredients pre-chopped, or just pack a knife and cutting board so you can do it yourself when you get there.
A fruit salad is a great way to start your day because it's filling but not heavy. It will give you energy for your day ahead, without making you feel weighed down. Plus, it's a healthy way to fuel up for your activities.
Oatmeal is a quick breakfast option, which can be paired with fresh fruit or dried fruit, as the recipe calls for. You can even leave the oatmeal soaking overnight to get them soft, without all the hard work, and even quicker for early mornings.
Add in some nuts for extra protein and serve with your favorite fruits.
This bacon and cheese pull apart loaf is simple to make and perfect for a filling breakfast on the go.
All you need is a loaf of bread, bacon, cheese, and an oven or campfire.
Cut the bread into 1-inch slices, and then cut each slice into 1-inch cubes. Cook the bacon until crisp, then chop it into small pieces. Mix the bacon and cheese together, then stuff the mixture into the bread cubes. Bake over the campfire until the bread is crispy and the cheese is melted. And Enjoy!
Egg-in-a-hole is a meal for the whole family to help prepare, and they’ll all love it!
The best part is that the hole doesn’t only have to be a circle, bring some cookie cutters along with you and make it fun.
Egg-in-a-hole is perfect for camping trips, as it doesn’t require any special equipment or ingredients. Just pack some bread, eggs, butter or oil, and a pan, and you’re good to go.
When you think of a burger, you might not think of breakfast. But there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a burger for breakfast! This one is a tower of a burger!
The best part about this burger is that it’s really easy to make. All you need are a few simple ingredients piled up into a powerhouse meal, that will fill you up for the day…or at least most of the morning.
It’s an easy meal to adjust and make your own, with what you have. But we do recommend adding it all!
Why not try these all at home, before heading out? You’ll then know what your personal preferences are and you can create a camping food list of everything you’ll need.
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Written by Caryn Mackenzie on behalf of Survivor Filter