At the end of summer and early fall, it feels really good to enjoy the last of the temperate weather by sleeping under the stars, stoking a campfire, and getting some quality time with the fam. Bonus is that last-minute camping is budget friendly and Vancouver has a ton of spectacular nearby options for quick getaways.
The trick to last-minute camping is having grab-and-go gear, a good shopping list ready, and your grocery shopping done. Here are some helpful ideas for your weekend camping shopping list with a few meal ideas thrown in for inspiration. Along with all the basics/essentials like coffee, tin foil, bread, and eggs, remember that the three cardinal rules for camping cuisine are: easy to pack, easy to prepare, easy to clean up.
Quick grab & go food
• Quick-cooking oatmeal
• Trail mix
• Hot chocolate
• Good quality jerky
• Dried fruits and coconut or apple chips
• Protein/health bars like Kind, Quest and other faves
Easy & tasty meal ideas
Breakfast: Breakfast burritos with eggs, salsa and tortillas, plus fresh fruit
Lunch: Quick & easy sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit
Dinner: Grilled sausages or chicken with veggie foil pockets (potatoes, onions, peppers, and mushrooms are YUM)
Dessert: S’MORES #duh
Oh, and don’t forget WATER! Pick up a few gallon jugs because it’s not only
for drinking–it’s for cooking, rinsing dishes, and brushing your teeth.
Shop online at Save-On Foods the week before and have it delivered to your home the day before camping. How easy is that? It’s also easy just to google grocery store locations near the area you’re camping and pick up food supplies before you head into the wild.
This post was sponsored by Save-On-Foods. Save-On is a great place to start for any meal. The best part is now you can shop online to save time, plan meals ahead of time, and easily stick to healthier options for your family. You’ll find everything you need there for healthy and delicious camping meals.
Heather Maxwell Hall is a Vancouver-born-and-raised writer and journalism school grad who loves the arts, her little family, and the Pacific Northwest. She cultivates good vibes by going on long walks, taking pictures, and discovering new things.