Camping Nostalgia & 10 Ideas for Yummy Camping Food

As a child, I spent most of my holidays with my grandparents, but whenever we went away with my mum, we would be camping. As a toddler, we had the comfort of my grandparents’ small caravan.

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When I was 11, my mum bought her first car and the following year, a large tent. Our tiny Peugeot 106 would be filled to the brim with camping gear, people – my mum, me, my younger brother and our dog.

We could really have done with tips for newbies. We had absolutely no idea what we were doing and I vividly remember our first time. After what seemed like a long drive with no air-con, radio or SATNAV but open windows, lots of chatting, singing, making keyrings woven from multi-coloured plastic threads and getting lost (those were the days!), we finally got to Longemer in the Vosges.

We were shown to a bare camping spot just a couple of metres away from the lake, with its uneven ground and yellowed grass. We proceeded to take the tent out of its bag for the very first time, following the instructions religiously as we were going along. My mum must have panicked when she realised quite how big our home for the next three weeks was. She was also juggling it all with an excited puppy, a toddler and a grumpy pre-teenager…

To top it all, the terrain was not ideal for pitching a tent. By that, read ‘more rocks than soft ground’ as we were desperately trying to get that monster of a tent up. By the time the sun started descending on the horizon, it was getting dark, the mosquitos were having a feast and the tent was nowhere near built. It started drizzling and my mum, on the verge of tears, mentioned retreating to the car for the first night.

Our camping neighbours, all seasoned Dutch campers, started helping and within an hour or so, we were all set. Panic over. Needless to say, if you get a new tent, I would strongly advise you to practise pitching it before your big camping adventure.

Amongst my fondest memories of our camping holidays are those extended shared aperitifs with camping neighbours all bringing nibbles, drinks and chairs for a large, communal pre-dinner extravaganza. On cold, rainy days, my mum would warm up a carton of soup and the warm liquid seemed like the best meal in the world with rain pouring down the sides of our tent.

Putting together a delicious meal outdoors is pretty special. Getting back to basics, focusing on great ingredients and being all together brought me so much joy, and so many special memories.

Whoops, I got a bit carried away, didn’t I? So, without further ramblings on my part, here are 10 ideas for yummy camping food. These are all meals and treats you can make with minimal equipment, a camping gas hob and / or a disposable barbecue.

1- A good old Fry up

2- Korma Curry With Rice

3- Boiled Gammon and vegetables

An Easy Way to Cook Gammon to Perfection & a Honey Glaze for Roasting - Gammon about to be boiled4- Sausages and Mash

5- Chorizo Pasta

Chorizo Pasta

6- No-bake Cereal Bars

No Bake White Chocolate & Cranberry Cereal Bars

7- Burgers

8- Jacket Potatoes on the Barbecue

9- Chocolate Bananas

10- Smores

A few of the tips above were inspired by Halfords’ Ultimate Camping Guide 2016. If you are going camping this year, you can download it for free here!

Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Halfords. All opinions and photos are my own.

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Comments

  1. Christina Bennett
    16/07/2016 / 7:53 am

    Whenever we went camping my dad would make what he called campfire stew. It would be beans with smoked paprika and corned beef, and then anything else he could find that could go in it, such as peppers or onions etc. He always made it on the camping stove and it always went down a treat!

    • 16/07/2016 / 7:19 pm

      That’s the sort of improvised meal my husband would put together!

  2. karavk2014
    16/07/2016 / 9:39 am

    Omg! I’m just getting into camping myself so this was the perfect post to stumble across I will be saving a few of those dishes. k x

    • 16/07/2016 / 7:21 pm

      Brilliant! I’m glad it came in useful.

  3. Julie
    16/07/2016 / 4:43 pm

    Gosh I have so many memories of camping in the years gone by, this food certainly looks nicer than anything i remember!

    • 16/07/2016 / 7:20 pm

      He he, thanks lovely.

  4. Reclusive Fox (@ReclusiveFox)
    16/07/2016 / 5:33 pm

    We always just had fry ups and beans on our camping trips. And loads of sandwiches!

    • 16/07/2016 / 7:17 pm

      Sandwiches are definitely ideal camping food!

  5. Anosa
    16/07/2016 / 8:03 pm

    Ah what wonderful memories of your childhood, I love reminiscing about my childhood. I am loving the camping food ideas, burgers always wins for me

    • 16/07/2016 / 8:44 pm

      Me too! Homemade burgers are such a treat.

  6. Melissa ⚡️ (@melissazia)
    16/07/2016 / 10:35 pm

    these sound like amazing camping foods. I have never been camping but maybe one day 🙂

    • 18/07/2016 / 8:36 pm

      Camping is one of those things you’ve got to try at least once in your life!

  7. Jessica Ayun
    17/07/2016 / 7:51 am

    I love camping and we normally bring pasta and energy bars. 🙂

    • 18/07/2016 / 8:34 pm

      I couldn’t live without pasta!

  8. fashionandstylepolice
    17/07/2016 / 9:32 am

    Great post. Going camping next year so will bookmark this.

    • 18/07/2016 / 8:33 pm

      I’m glad it comes in handy, lovely!

  9. The Indigo Hours
    17/07/2016 / 1:55 pm

    I love camping! Noodles are my go-to camping meal because they cook so quickly and I’m impatient! Haha 🙂

    Jess xo
    http://www.theindigohours.co.uk

    • 18/07/2016 / 8:32 pm

      Good point! Noodles are yummy too.

  10. hannahhowell912
    17/07/2016 / 8:20 pm

    I have never had Smores before – I need to try them!!

    • 18/07/2016 / 8:30 pm

      I love Smores! Once you have them, you can’t have a camping trip without Smores. They’re addictive.

  11. laurahartleyy
    18/07/2016 / 12:18 am

    These all seem like very nice options for camping xD When I did DofE we were packing light so it was just pasta every day!

    • 18/07/2016 / 8:31 pm

      There’s nothing wrong with pasta! I’d just pack a couple more ingredients to liven it up, but I love plain pasta with butter too!

    • 18/07/2016 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks Harriet!

  12. Claire'scomfycorner
    18/07/2016 / 7:25 pm

    I haven’t been camping in years! Sandwiches are definitely a must, oh and popcorn 🙂

    • 18/07/2016 / 8:27 pm

      Yes, popcorn!!!

  13. Lifestyle
    21/07/2016 / 4:12 am

    Camping is one of those things you've got to try at least once in your life!.

    • 21/07/2016 / 1:13 pm

      Definitely!

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