Did you see the Ultimate Campsite Packing Gear Guide? When it comes to camping and glamping, I like to plan out as much as possible to make the experience less stressful and allow myself to be more in the moment rather than scrambling…because I forgot to pack something.
That said, I also like to plan out meals so we don’t bring too much and we have adequate space for any perishable items!
Heads up, this list is for two people over the span of a 2-night weekend trip—so if you’ve got more folks joining you, you may want to double the necessary ingredients.
Here is my camping meal plan + packing list!
The Meal Plan
When it comes to camping, I want no-fuss meals that remind me of camping as a kid. So enter the cheeseburgers, pancakes, pizza, and s’mores galore!
For the most part, we typically eat pretty much plant-based. This works well for camping as some of the vegan goodies don’t spoil as quickly as non and can stay out a bit longer.
If you prefer non-vegan items, make sure your perishables will stay at the right temp to prevent them from going back!
Packing List and Meal Planning
After working up an appetite with fun and games, you’ll want a meal fit for an UNO queen. And there’s nothing better than making classic campfire comfort food then lingering over a long meal.
For me, it’s all about simple and healthy fixes. Here’s what I always bring with me along with a sample two-night menu.
These are the basics that I keep stored in my cub packs.
- Organic Hot Cocoa Powder
- Popcorn Kernels: Forget movie theatre popcorn! It’s all about the campfire popcorn.
- Condiments: Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Nutritional Yeast (for popcorn), Honey, Sugar, Maple Syrup, Chili Flakes, Hot Sauce
- Olive Oil for Cooking (only if you’ll have temp control)
- Vegetable Oil for Popcorn
- Truffle Oil for Popcorn and Eggs
- Ground Coffee (keep in an airtight container)
- Tea Bags
- 5.3-gallon Drinking Water: We always re-use the containers and refill locally. Generally, this is enough for two people drinking and cooking. BUT if you don’t have a water source at your campsite, consider bringing more for washing dishes.
- Rusks: These dry biscuits/twice-baked breads are a popular type of South African biscotti. People are crazy for rusks in South Africa and I’ve definitely taken to them. While they’re technically perishable, they last almost forever.
- Almond Milk (for coffee + cooking)
- Butter—We go vegan with this
- Condiments: Mustard, Mayo (again vegan, which is handy because you can leave it out longer), Ketchup
Sausage Rolls/Hot Dogs:
We buy pre-made refrigerated pizzas from our local store but you can bring all the ingredients and even bake from fresh dough with the COBB pizza stone, Salad for a Side Dish
Egg Croissant Sandwich:
Snacks + Drinks:
Kitchen + Cooking Essentials
While you are probably used to always having a backstock of food, it’s essential to ensure you don’t bring too little or too much when you are camping.
We travel with a Jetboil Mini Mo and a Cobb grill, it’s nice to have the option of a quick single burner if we’re just heating up a little bit of water or something small. But we absolutely love the Cobb for full meals and use it for pretty much every single meal.
Our Stovetop (1-2 people):
Our stuff is geared toward cooking for one to two people. Here’s what we use:
- Jetboil Mini Mo: An easy to transport burner.
- Pot Support: We pop one of these on top of the burner to support pots and pans.
- Small Fuel: Lastly, just stick one of these in to fuel the burner.
Stovetop Option 2 (3+ people):
If you tend to travel in a larger group, go for something a bit bigger:
- Jetboil Genesis Base Camp: For a bigger group, you’ll definitely want two burners.
- Large Fuel: Upgrade to a larger fuel container so you don’t worry about running out.
Coal Cooking (For Any Amount of People):
- Cobb: We love this for a good old fashioned BBQ!
- Cobb Coal: Opt for the eco-friendly option that fits into a cobb
- Pizza Stone for Cobb: While Italian wood-fired pizza is good, this is my new fave.
- Cobb Cutting Board: Bamboo keeps things hygienic and you can use it as a serving board too.
More Cooking Items:
Every true coffee lover knows that most of us have a coffee prep method very near and dear to our hearts. You’ll have a few good quality options while you’re camping. And, luckily, the Jetboil will boil water super quickly so you don’t need a big pot, even if you’re brewing for a few people.
Here are a few good options for brewing coffee:
- Pour-Over Coffee: This is an ultra easy-to-pack drip coffee option.
- Aeropress: A great option for ground coffee.
- Staresso: This works for both Nespresso pods or ground coffee.
- French Press: A travel-friendly French press.
And there you have it, folks, this is what I like to pack when going camping. Who doesn’t love pizza and popcorn?
What else would you make on a weekend camping trip? Let me know in the comments below!
And for the full camping setup—check out the Ultimate Campsite Packing Gear Guide here!