Fast, Quick, and Easy Meals for Camping

January 9, 2016

There are times when you need to feed your family quickly, and you’re not ready to cook a full meal at camp or you have limited equipment, and perhaps can only boil water.

Here are some ideas of easy meals for camping…

Quick and easy meals for camping

We love doing a good cook-up at camp but there are sometimes when you need to cook something warm, quickly, and with minimum hassle.

For that by far the easiest are those meals that you just add hot water to.

Quick and easy meals for camping (with no pans)

Here’s a few ideas that you just add boiling water to.

Just heat up water in your whistling kettle on your camping stove. No pans required, and no washing up.

  • Porridge pots for breakfast. There are lots of different toppings and flavors to try. Even non-porridge lovers may enjoy some flavors.

  • Pasta pots, rice pots, and pot mash. Flavors and quality vary, but it’s something quick.

  • Pot noodles.

  • Cup of soups.

Easy one-pan meals

If you want something a bit more substantial but are stuck with just a single ring on your camping stove, there here’s some other easy quick meals.

They simply involve boiling and heating.

  • Pasta with a stir in sauce. Boil the pasta, drain, then stir in the sauce and warm.

  • Risotto with a stir in sauce. Boil the rice, drain, then stir in the sauce and warm.

  • Simple Noodles. Cook the noodles with a tin of sweetcorn. Add soy sauce if you have some.

  • Couscous (the type you just add water to). Again, adding a tin of sweetcorn can help bulk it out a bit.

An idea from Moveable Feasts is to cook instant mash potato with a packet of Cup-of-Soup to create a flavoured potato meal.

We wouldn’t class any of the above as proper meals, but if you need to recharge your family quickly, such as when setting up camp and you’re not yet setup for proper cooking, then they are some ideas to make things easier.

One pot camping meals for when you need to keep things simple

Cook at Home and Bring to Camp

Another thing you can do is to cook something at home and just reheat it when at the campsite.

If you freeze it first, then it can even act as a large ice block in your coolbox.

We’ve found Chilli is good for this. It will slowly defrost over a few days, and then all you need to do is reheat it, and makes an easy meal a few days into your camp.

Ready Meals for Camping

Of course you can get many. Simply boil in the bag or you can even get some that cook themselves without a stove.

They can be expensive, but a solution if there’s just a few of you hiking and you can’t stop or in an area where you can’t use a stove.

Is this cheating too much?

So if you think this is cheating a little too much, watch this video below where Dave Canterbury uses some packet mixes and supermarket ready meals, some tin cookware, and a campfire to cook up a meal.


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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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