How Can I Eat Cheap While Camping?

If your like me the two things you love is camping and eating. But you don’t want to spend your life savings to enjoy both. How can you eat cheap while camping?

How Can I Eat Cheap While Camping? How Can I Eat Cheap While Camping? Organize your meals ahead of time. Make a camping shopping list and stick to the list. Use Coupons at the store. Buy in bulk. Use left overs so you have no waste. Cook nutritional meals that keep you full longer.

See it’s that simple, but let me give you some tips. That you can try on your next camping trip.

Preparation is the First Step to a Cheap Camping Meal

What you want to do is make a camping list. And it is also going to be your shopping list. Your going to sit down and figure out how many meals you are going to need to make.

After you figure out how many meals your having. You need to sit and make a list of everything that it will take to make those meals. Write everything down, salt, pepper, condiments, everything. Also put on the list how many snacks and beverages.

Never drift off from your camping list. Unless, when you get to the store you notice you forgot something. That there is a product, that should have been on your list. And you forgot to add it.

But don’t start buying unnecessary items that are not on the list. For two important reasons. First you are camping and you don’t have a lot of room for any extras. This is one of the reasons you have made a list.

The second reason is you are on a budget, and you want to stick to the list. Which is basically a plan to get cheap meals for camping.

After that consider where you can buy the products. For example; Walmart may have coffee cheaper than the grocers. But maybe you can buy in bulk and your shopping will be even cheaper.

Don’t Discount Discount Stores: Buy in Bulk

For example toilet paper. Not that your going to take it all with you, on one camping trip. But if you have a member ship to Costco’s, or Sams, BJ’s any of the discount stores. You can get things cheaper. When you buy in bulk.

Like my example, you are always going to use that toilet paper. So might as well buy it in bulk. Another example is cereal, paper towels, and there are a lot of things that you use at home and for camping too.

Another way to save is the old fashion way. That’s right a good ole’ coupon. Find some coupons and get it on sale. But be careful you might find yourself buying something, just because it’s on sale. When really you don’t need it.

Create Zero Waste by Using Left Overs

Okay you made a camping list to help prevent buying in excess. But even then when you cook some meals. You end up with left overs. Well if you throw out the food. You are wasting dollars. What I say is eat it again. Warm it up and eat it again. If there is not enough there to make a complete meal. Maybe you can keep it. And eat it for a snack, later that day.

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Eating Healthier to Keep Yourself Full Longer

Have you ever noticed when you eat certain foods. 30 minutes later you are hungry again. That happens to me too. This happens when your not eating enough protein and good nutrition.

What does this have to do with eating cheap? Well if you eat enough nutritional food you won’t need as many extra’s. Extra food for snacking on. Or food that you need to eat, right after you just ate. I’m not a nutritional expert, but nuts, beef jerky, beans, all have protein and this keeps you full longer. But don’t forget your fruits and veggies.

If you want some easy cheap meals to make. That taste delicious, then check out these recipe’s.

Try these Cheap Nutritious Camping Meals

Potato Foil Pack for the Grill $6.97

This meal will feed four people at the time of this article the cost $6.97.

4 large potatoes, 1 small bag baby carrots, 1 Yellow Onion. You need to cut up all the ingredients. And place them on the tin foil.

Use two pieces of tin foil. Lay one on top of the other. One going horizontal and the other lay vertically. Like a plus sign.

After you have cut the vegetables place them in the center of the tin foil. Add butter, salt and pepper. Fold the top layer of the tin foil so that the two ends meet in the middle and close the ends. Then take the bottom layer of tin foil and do the same.

When you are done you should have a some what square foil pack. Place the potato foil pack on the grill for 20 min per side and serve a delicious side order of vegetables.

If you like darker potatoes cook them a little bit longer on each side.

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Pasta Salad Recipe

This one is a little more expensive but worth every penny. What makes this a really good choice. You can make it ahead of time and take it with you. It lasts a long time and it can feed 4 people for several days. And you can eat it for a snack.

The ingredients are:

  • 1 lb Tricolor Pasta ( Spring Shaped)
  • 1 bag baby carrots
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 head Broccoli
  • 1 small can Black Olives
  • 1 large bottle Italian Dressing

Boil the pasta and let pasta cool to room temperature. Cut up all the vegetables. Discard the broccoli stem. Mix vegetables in to the bowl with the pasta. Add Italian dressing to desired taste. You can eat it or keep refrigerated or in a cooler.

Does it Get Any Cheaper Than Hamburger Helper?

That might seem obvious, but maybe you haven’t thought of it. Hamburger is pretty cheap. If you want to have something other than a hamburger on a bun. Hamburger helper comes in a variety of Different flavors.

Make a Cheap Breakfast Casserole

This is another meal that you can make ahead of time if you choose. And it makes more than one meal. It too is easy to make inexpensive, and tastes delicious.

  • 1 lb Ground hot pork sausage
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 5 Large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup all purpose Bisquick 1/4 tsp salt

Toppings – Picante sauce or green hot sauce, sour cream.

Garnish – fresh parsley springs.


  1. Cook sausage and onion in large skillet over medium – high heat for 5 minutes. Or until meat crumbles.

Stir in hash browns and cook 5 to 7 minutes. Or until sausage is no longer pink. And potatoes are lightly browned. Drain mixture on paper towels; Spoon into a greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

2. Stir together eggs, cheese, Milk, Bisquick salt and pepper. Pour evenly over sausage mixture. Stir well.

Cover and chill for 8 hours.

3. Bake covered with nonstick foil, at 350 for 45 min. Uncover and bake 10 – 15 minutes. Try putting a toothpick in the center. To test if its completely baked. if the toothpick comes out clean its ready.

Remove from the oven and let stand 5 minutes. Serve with desired toppings and garnish.

This would be a perfect dish to prepare ahead of your camping trip. And then just warm it on the grill or camping stove.

French Toast a Quick Easy Breakfast that is Cheap Too

This makes a serving for 2 to 4 people, plus Extra eggs.

  • 8 slices of bread 8 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 bottle of Syrup

Warm the griddle, Take the eggs and break them into a bowl. Add the milk stirring into the eggs. Simply dip the bread in the Eggs. Put the bread on the griddle until the toasted is browned to your liking. Flip the bread over. Serve with some nice crunchy bacon. And creamy syrup.

French toast is a quick and easy breakfast, that is budget friendly. And if you have eggs that were not used for your french toast. Take the excess and make scrambled eggs on the griddle.

Bacon and french toast make a yummy breakfast. One that is fast and easy to make. If you are using a griddle the clean up time is also fast. Link to Griddle in camping essentials.

A Cheap Breakfast Omelet High in Nutrition

This is a hassle free breakfast low cost and very taste.


  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 table spoon butter
  • 3 Cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • 2 table spoons basil
  • 2 table spoons Cheese

After putting the eggs in a bowl whip the eggs with a fork. Heat the Griddle, and melt the butter on the griddle. Pour the eggs onto the griddle. Let them cook until the edge starts to set.

Place a line of herbs, cheese and cherry tomatoes down the center of the eggs. Add some salt and pepper to your liken. Then let it cook until the eggs are fully set, but still a little soft in the center. About 1 – 2 minutes longer. Fold the omelette in half. Use a spatula to maneuver the omelette onto the plate.

A Camping Dinner on a Budget

A simple to make and very economical dish is rice and beans with chicken. You can use the red beans. But I like the Black beans. For camping a bag of minute rice is a lot easier. It actually takes 10 min to cook.

The water takes some time to boil so start boiling the water. First boil a pot of water. Once the water is boiling, place the family size bag of rice in the water for 10 minutes. Then open a can Black beans and heat them on the cook stove, stirring them to make sure they don’t stick.

Take 4 boneless chicken breast or thighs. And marinate in Italian dressing for up to an hour or more. Then place the chicken on he grill and cook until brown on one side. Flip the chicken over. Remove chicken when it’s cooked through, and brown on both sides.

This is a high protein low cost meal. It is quick and delicious. You can either pour the beans over the top of the rice. Or I like to add butter to the rice. It’s awesome. Give it a try on your next camping trip.

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A Camping List of Inexpensive Groceries

  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Minute Rice
  • Pork & Beans
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Oatmeal
  • cereal
  • Sloppy Joe
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Potato Salad
  • BLT -Bacon Lettuce & Tomatoes
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Salad in a Bag
  • Tuna Sandwich
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Cold Cuts
  • Pancakes

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How to Reheat Food for Camping

It depends on what the food is and what kind of cooking apparatus you have. If you have a grill. You can use pans, or aluminium pans. Place the food in them light the grill and keep an eye on it. Stirring frequently to make sure nothing is sticking or burning.

If you have a stove top, it’s about the same as at home. Although if you don’t have a gas stove, it might be a little different. But same thing, place the food in the pan or aluminum pan. Light the propane or gas stove and keep an eye on the food. If your interested in the best kitchen ware and stove see them here in the camping essentials.

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