Make a game plan
Begin at home by creating a grid of the meals you’ll need for the duration of your trip. For example, Day 1: lunch, dinner; Day 2: breakfast, lunch, dinner; and so on. Start jotting specific meals into the grid, slotting recipes that use the most perishable ingredients (strawberries, tomatoes, salad greens, a fresh baguette) first, and those made up of hardier or shelf-stable ingredients (citrus, cabbage, tortillas, pita) later.
Divvy it up
If you’re traveling with a whole crew of people, it can make things more fun and less challenging if everyone works together. Some campers like to alternate dinner duty and leave everyone to prep their own breakfasts and lunches. Others put one family in charge of dinner, while giving dish duties to another family—perhaps one who feels less comfortable cooking. To make things even more interesting, you could make dinner a friendly competition to encourage people to up their culinary camping game.
Bring an easy plan B (or two)
Even if you have a full schedule of great meals planned, it’s always a good idea to bring an easy fallback: spaghetti and pre-made sauce, soup from the prepared section at the grocery store, or anything else that can be whipped up in no time. That way, if it starts raining, or you fail to catch that trout, or the fire is being stubborn, you won't need to stress—or go to bed hungry.
How to meal plan
Here's a three-step plan to get you and your crew cooking in no time.
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