“Menu” while Camping – Menu Plan Monday, June 23, 2014

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

We are off taking a much needed week together as a family.  About 3 weeks ago I mentioned to my husband that I would not be needed to watch our little visitor this week and next.  He informed me that he also would not be having classes this upcoming week.  Sounded like a good time for a family vacation.  We knew one would be coming, but had not set a firm date … or location.  🙂  After some thinking we decided to go camping, something the kids and I love doing, and which my husband is somewhat neutral about.  As long as there is decent food, he is up for it.

With that in mind, I set out to make a menu that would be flexible, yet still tasty.  There is an item (hot dogs) or two which I know he will not eat, so I will have alternatives … or he can get take out and bring it back to camp.  Since I was not sure of our activities, I really wanted this to be a list of things we could eat, not necessarily that we must eat.

We will be living out of a tent and cooler the next week.  My thinking is that we will use up the most perishable items, and those most likely to make us sick if they get warm, at the beginning of the week.  Later on, we can either eat out or eat off the list.

Taking some tips from The Family Camping Handbook, I precooked a few items and froze them.  I also froze as many of the other items as I could.  After all my years of camping, why had I not thought to precook and prep some of the foods at home?  Sometimes it is the simplest of things that escape us.  While I read this book to mainly find some recipes, it is FULL of other tips and suggestions.  There were parts I skimmed over, because as I said I am not new to camping, but these would have been great as a new camper.  She explained everything so simply and clearly. Not only that, she makes it sound very doable fun to go camping with kids And, Yes, there were a few recipes I am using from this book this time around.  I’ll let you know how they turn out … though if the smell from my kitchen is any judge, it should be a very yummy trip.

And just for the record, hot dogs are a very special treat at our house – I think I have made them only once or twice in the past several years.  While I love them, my husband doesn’t.  I still love him, even for his faults.

Without further adieu, the menu for this upcoming week in no particular order:


  1. Shakes
  2. Shakes
  3. Oatmeal (instant)
  4. Chocolate Chip Monkey Muffins, fruit
  5. Pancakes, fruit
  6. Eat Out
  7. Eat Out


  1. Salami/bologna sandwiches, chips/crackers, fruit
  2. Salami/bologna sandwiches, chips/crackers, fruit
  3. Eat out
  4. Eat out
  5. Eat out
  6. Peanut butter and jelly, apple slices, cheese slices
  7. TBD (eat out or a meal from camping that did not get used? We’ll be back home.)



  1. Hot dogs with condiments, carrot sticks, chips/crackers, fruit?
  2. Hamburgers, creek fries (fried potatoes and onions), tomato slices, onions, condiments
  3. Steak (pre-marinated), rice, steamed carrots/potatoes/onions
  4. Seasame chicken, rice, steamed carrots, peas, sweet potatoes
  5. Spaghetti with meat sauce
  6. Salad
  7. TBD (soup and cornbread?)

I am also taking two extra meals – pouches of dried soup mix from Abe’s Market that I got on a recent sale.  These would be eaten with toast.


  1. Nuts, canned and pouches
  2. Sliced Pears, canned
  3. Candy – gummy bears, sour worms – again, something out of our norm
  4. Banana Boats – though she may have called them something else, this name is left over from my scouting days.  This is something the kids have NEVER even thought of.  I’m wondering what their reactions will be.
  5. Pretzel bites (peanut butter filled pretzels)

Did you notice the lack of marshmallows?  Yeah, Jack likes to cook them, but not actually eat them.  I decided there were enough other options that we would all enjoy, so left them out completely.

ham melt spaghetti collage

In previous weeks this menu would have been linked up with OrgJunkie, April’s Homemaking, and/or Feeding Big.  Since we are in a place with limited internet availability and WIFI connection That may not be the case. However, if the opportunity presents itself I will link up there (and below).

For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s  June’s Monthly Meal Plan.

This post contains an affiliate link for The Family Camping Handbook.  I found it so useful and full of tips, suggestions and encouragements that I included it in the first draft of this post to share it with you, even before I signed up to be an affiliate.  She also has menu options for gluten free and Paleo diets.  🙂

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