This will be our first long camping trip and we would love to know what everyone who has camped for a week at a time plans to cook for their meals.
Bring nothing from home. Set up then go to town. There is a Wal-Mart and a tops. Make your meals out of what’s fresh and on sale. Multiple farmers markets and roadside stands.
We create the menu at home and bring the condiments, salad dressings, etc from home. We don’t need another ketchup after the trip. Then buy the groceries local to the campground.
Lunch: We normally pick a few easy things with plans during the day or even meals we can pack to go. Lunch meat sandwiches, chicken or egg salad, soup, mac and potato salad, etc.
Dinners: I often pick a few things I can grill (less mess and fewer dishes). steak, chicken, fish, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, asparagus, green beans. Maybe rice, mash potatoes or noodles on the side.
We also have ziplock bags in the camp for leftovers.
What Joe said.
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For this trip I know that there is a grocery store that is 2 miles away (Tops, we have a store loyalty card, feel free to borrow). Walmart is 2.5 miles away. That makes keeping cold food cold much easier. We don’t have to buy much at a time. There are lots of restaurants in town too.
For the last long trip (Promised Land), I had everyone give me 2 days worth of meal ideas. They get to cook that meal, or at least help cook that meal. Then, the ones that don’t cook, clean up/do dishes when the meal is over. That way one person doesn’t feel like it’s always their job. It’s supposed to be vacation for everyone but, it’s just not feasible to go out every meal. And cold sandwiches at every lunch gets old.
So far our options that have been chosen by one teenager are:
Breakfast: french toast, eggs, bacon (can be done on grill)
Lunch: tomato soup/grilled cheese (probably on a rainy/cool day), tacos
Dinner: steak/potatoes, big salad w/ grilled chicken.
We grill a lot. We utilize the crock pot too. Make it as fancy or simple as you want. I tend to do simple at camp and order something complicated when we eat out.