We all know that kids can be picky eaters so we have made sure to include some of our favorite kid-friendly easy camping recipes.

Food is one of the most important parts of camping because you need to keep your strength up so that you can enjoy all the activities available at your campsite.

Here are 20 of the Easiest Camping Meals for Families

Genius Make Ahead Camping Meals

Some of the meals listed below are just genius. That is because they are easy to prepare and make ahead of time.

This is especially useful if you are camping out for several days it allows you to be stress-free during your trip because all the preparation has already been done before you leave.

Overnight oats

Overnight oats are exactly what they say on the tin. They are oats that have been prepared the night before so they can be eaten whenever you want to.

All you need to do is soak overnight oats in a mason jar with almond milk of your choice, some fruit and honey for sweetness overnight.

In the morning you just grab the mason jar from the fridge and eat on the go. It doesn’t get easier than that!

Don’t forget, you can also make them without Chia seeds if you have a child with nut allergies.


Wraps are perfect for camping because they are so versatile. You can pretty much pack anything inside them and that way your family gets to choose what they want.

This is great for picky eaters because they feel like they are in charge, which will make them more likely to try new things.

Don’t forget to pack yourself some dips like hummus or guacamole, to go along with the wraps!

Pitta pizzas

This is another brilliant recipe that saves time and makes it easy to please everyone at the campsite.

All you need is pita bread, sauce (ketchup) of your choice, cheese (shredded mozzarella is best), and any toppings your family fancies.

You can even get the kids involved in preparing their own pita pizzas so they feel like they are a part of everything.

Make-ahead foil packets for camping

On this blog, we have talked a lot about foil-wrapped food being easy to prepare in advance and packed in a cooler.

They are genius since they keep food fresh and they also allow you to throw them in a dutch pot or even directly onto a griddle over the fire.

Best of all, you can throw in any ingredients you like into foil packets and end up with a delicious meal that everyone will enjoy.

Easy Camping Meals For Large Families And Groups

The key to making meals for large families or large groups is to make them healthy, easy, and delicious!

You can do this by including a variety of vegetables, meat, and good carbs. Here are some great recipes that will keep everyone on the campsite happy:

Camp Cheeseburgers

Any sort of campfire burger wrapped in foil is easy to prepare and make, which is perfect for a large group.

Include some veggies, ketchup, and mayonnaise in each foil packet and you have a delicious meal ready to go!

Camp nachos

A favorite at lunchtime or dinner, camp nachos are versatile when cooking for a large group because you can mix the fillings to suit your tastes.

Just prepare some tortillas or even baguettes by cutting them into squares, and drizzling on some oil.

Next, sprinkle the toppings of your choice over the bread squares, warm them in the oven for a few minutes and you are ready to go!

Chunky chili con carne

An oldie, but goodie, it is really easy to make a large batch of chili con carne ahead of time and keep in the cooler. You can either use regular steak or brisket. It’s up to you.

Just make sure to use plenty of beans in it so there is enough protein!

Easy Camping Meals For Kids

Kids are normally our top priority when camping because they deserve treats as well!

Campfire recipes for kids are one way to ensure everyone in the family sticks to a healthy diet. Here are some awesome ideas:

Grilled mini pizzas

You can either use normal pizza dough or even flatbread to make these small pizzas, and then add any toppings your kids want.

Don’t forget to include some dips like ketchup or even guacamole.

Fried rice

There are several kid-friendly rice bowl recipes that make easy camping meals for your kids. One of particular dish that is quite popular is fried rice.

All you need to do is add protein, veggies and a sauce to the rice, mix it well in a bowl, and fry it with some oil in a frying pan over an open fire.

Camp omelette

One of the easiest meals to make for your kids is omelettes. You can make cheese and tomato, mushroom or even mini ones for babies.

Make a couple of omelettes and wrap them in foil, so they stay warm until lunchtime. Or even get store bought omelette you can boil in a bag.

Easy Camping Meals For Picky Eaters

The key to making camping meals for picky eaters is to keep things simple and also versatile. You also want to make them healthy and easy to consume for hungry toddlers and kids.

Campfire pizza

So versatile, it means you can add the toppings they like.

Grilled cheese sandwiches

Grilled meats can be turned into many different dishes for picky eaters, without any extra work. Just stick to the basics and let them select their own fillings if you are making a sandwich.

Campfire nachos

Similar to pizza, it means you can fill each nacho with the ingredients they like.

Camping recipes for picky eaters can be difficult but if you keep things simple and versatile, it will make the perfect camping meal.

Easy Camping Meals For Family Breakfast

The most important meal of the day means that they have to be tasty, filling, and nutritious.

Here are a few easy breakfast camping recipes for families.


Most pancake mixes just need water and will cook quickly on a pan or skillet. You can make many different varieties such as butter pancakes, beer pancakes (yes, this is a thing), and even vegan pancakes which are made from flour, almond milk, and maple syrup.

Breakfast quesadillas

Breakfast Quesadillas are a great campfire breakfast because they are very easy to make and cook quickly. You can add bacon, different sauces, and even make no egg Quesadillas for vegans.

Pre-Made Peach Breakfast Bake

Peach Breakfast Bake is sometimes called canned peach oatmeal bake, peach breakfast bread, peach dutch baby. It is a great meal to have for breakfast because it is very filling and easy to make.

You can pre-make these in jars, wrap them up in foil, and then warm them up over the campfire while you sit around waiting for your morning coffee to brew.

Easy Camping Meals For Family Lunch

Depending on whether the family a full from breakfast, you can also make some lunch easy camping recipes that will fill everyone up and provide enough energy.

Peanut Butter and Banana Wraps

These peanut butter and banana wraps are quite a healthy option, but also quite simple to make. You can dip them in honey or even sprinkle peanut butter over the wrap.

Foil BBQ Chicken

BBQ chicken is a great lunch camping recipe because you can cook it quickly and it will be enough for everyone’s appetite. Just make sure the chicken is fully cooked before you let anyone eat it!

Cold Pasta Salad

A great quick and easy lunch time fave. You can make it the night before and pack in a disposable container.

Easy Camping Meals For Family Dinner

Some of these meals make easy first night camping meals for families because they are filling and also quick to make. This means you are not spending hours cooking in front of a hot fire but instead can spend time around the campfire with everyone else.

Here’s a few easy camping meals for dinner:

Shepherd’s Pie

You can either prepare this as a make ahead meal and then freeze it down. Or you could just cook it quickly while camping and then serve with a fresh green salad or even some vegetables for a healthy option.

Lots of campers include some lovely Parmesan Potatoes with a nice serving of cheese, but you can also leave the cheese out if you want a vegan option.

Mac N Cheese

You can either purchase store bought mac n cheese or you can make it up yourself. Either way, this is a great meal for camping because it only takes minutes to cook and your kids will love it!

It’s one of those meals that can be a great make-ahead meal or even foil wrap it to reheat and cook later on in the fire.

Make Ahead Chicken Enchiladas

This one is particularly popular if you have a dutch oven. You can cook it at home, freeze it down, and then just place in the dutch oven to fully cook while camping.

Whether you are just looking for camping meals that are easy or even something fancy to wow your camping friends, you are sure to find something that will work well for the whole family.

What is your favorite camping meal?

Let us know in the comments below!

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