The Best Meal Planned Camping Grocery Shopping List

The Best Meal Planned Camping Grocery Shopping List – Free PDF

Camping is a wonderful way to make memories while connecting with loved ones and mother nature.  It is also A LOT of work!  Use this Meal Planned Camping Grocery Shopping List to help simplify your next camping trip.

What is Meal Planning?

Meal planning is deciding what meals you will have in advance.  This can help you balance your meals even when camping in the wilderness.  The great thing about meal planning is once your meals are planned out, creating a camping grocery shopping list is a snap!

As a dietitian, finding simple hacks to make lives easier, is a passion. Planning meals is a great way to ensure you are creating delicious, well balanced, and healthy meals.  Meal planning can reduce the anxiety felt about eating well, no matter where you are.

Using the Healthy Plate Method to Plan Meals

This camping menu was planned using the Healthy Plate Method (1). 

The Healthy Plate Method
The Healthy Plate Method

The Healthy Plate Method focuses on three sections of a plate with fruit and a beverage on the side:

1) ½ of the plate is covered in non-starchy vegetables,

2) ¼ of the plate is protein, and

3) ¼ of the plate is starch. 

4) Fruit and a drink (milk, water, coffee, tea, etc.) can be added on the side. 

You can also use the MyPlate.gov version to plan meals.  MyPlate places non-starchy vegetables and fruit on ½ of the plate vs. having fruit on the side of the plate (2). See image below.

MyPlate
MyPlate

I love non-starchy vegetables, so having the additional non-starchy vegetables at a meal is a bonus. Yummy!

Table: How to Plan Your Meals Using the Healthy Plate Method

MealsNon-starchy Veg: Aim for ½ your plate
Meat/Protein: 1-4oz
Starches: 1-3 servings
Fruit: 1 serving
Milk/Dairy: If desired
SnacksSnacks typically include a protein and a fruit or vegetable.

The Weekend Camping Meal Plan

To simplify your camping trip planning, here is a reusable weekend meal plan. There is a free PDF available with the meal plan and shopping list below.

Day 1 Meals

Breakfast Meal @ home

Peanut butter
Oatmeal
Berries
Milk
Coffee/tea
Lunch Veggie wraps
Cucumber, spinach, red peppers
Feta cheese, hummus
Spinach tortilla
Tin foil dinners
Onion, carrots, celery
Ground beef
Potatoes
Watermelon
Seasonings
Snacks
Veggie tray with hummus,
Fruit,
Whole Grain Crackers
Day 1 Meals

Day 2 Meals

Breakfast Egg scramble
Peppers, onion
Eggs, cheese
Banana bread
Blueberries, pineapple
Coffee/tea
Lunch PB&J sandwiches
Vegetable tray (broccoli,
carrots, celery, tomatoes)
w/ hummus
Peanut butter
Wheat bread
Apples, Jelly/Jam
Dinner brats and dogs
Raw vegetables with hummus, brats and hot dogs
buns, pasta salad
Snacks
Popcorn,
Graham crackers,
marshmallows,
Hershey’s
Day 2 Meals

Day 3 Meals

Breakfast burritos
Salsa, onion   
Eggs, cheese, bacon
Tortilla, Orange
Coffee/tea
Meal @ home
Meal @ home
Snacks Chips, Salsa
Beef jerky
Day 3 Meals

PRO-TIP: You can prep the wraps, breakfast burritos, and tin foil dinners at home.

  • Veggie wraps can be eaten from the cooler.
  • The tin foil dinners can be popped into the fire coals and cooked for dinner.
  • Breakfast burritos can be reheated in the fire coals or over a propane grill.

The Best (Meal Planned) Camping Grocery Shopping List

Once you have your complete meal plan, the next step is creating a simplified shopping list.  You can organize your list by sections of the Healthy Plate. You can also organize your list based off areas of the grocery store.  For example, you could list all produce, deli items, milk/dairy, etc. items together.

Shopping List

Below is a summary of the food items needed to be purchased if you will be using the meal plan above.

Non-Starchy Vegetables – (goal is 1/2 your plate)

  • Peppers (red, green, yellow)
  • Onion
  • Salsa
  • Cucumber
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes

Protein (goal is 1/4 your plate)

  • Peanut butter
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Feta cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Hummus
  • Ground beef
  • Brats
  • Hot dogs
  • Beef jerky

Starch (goal is 1/4 your plate)

  • Oatmeal
  • Banana bread
  • Tortillas
  • Spinach wraps
  • Wheat bread
  • Potatoes
  • Pasta salad
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Graham Crackers
  • Chips

Fruit (on the side)

  • Oranges
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Watermelon
  • Jam/Jelly

Treats

  • Marshmallows
  • Hershey’s chocolate

Don’t forget to bring all your favorite beverages.  This could include milk, coffee, tea, water, etc.

Image of car with camping equipment

Camping Gear and Other Necessities

As a bonus, below are a few additional camping necessities you may want to collect before taking off on your next weekend getaway.

  • Plates
  • Napkins/paper towels
  • Silverware
  • Cups
  • Trash bags
  • Tin foil
  • Oil
  • Cooking pan
  • Cooking utensils
  • Propane grill
  • French press
  • Water kettle
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Smore’s sticks
  • Lighter
  • Firewood
  • Dish Soap
  • Toilet paper/baby wipes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Caladryl
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Mattresses
  • Pillow
  • Camp chairs
  • Camp games

Below, you can get your free copy of The BEST Camping Grocery Shopping List that includes the Meal Plan, Grocery list, and the bonus Camping Gear and Other Necessities List! Grab it today!

Final Thoughts on The Best Meal Planned Camping Grocery Shopping List

There is nothing like getting out into nature to help you quiet your mind, turn off the busy world, and connect to the world around you. Simplifying the process can make all the difference when planning a quick get-away with friends and loved ones.

It is my hope this list will help you reduce your planning time and simplify your packing process.  Happy camping, my friends!

For more information about The Dietitian Resource, visit our site or check out the blog.  Thanks for visiting!

Free Camping Grocery Shopping List

References

1. The Institute for Family Health. The Institute for Family Health. Healthy Plates Around the World. [Online] [Cited: Aug 11, 2022.] https://institute.org/health-care/services/diabetes-care/healthyplates/.

2. U.S. Department of Agriculture. MyPlate. [Online] [Cited: Aug 17, 2022.] https://www.myplate.gov/.

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Rochelle Inwood MS, RDN, ACSM EP-C

Hello there! I’m Rochelle Inwood, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Exercise Physiologist (ACSM EP-C). With over 14 years of experience, I have sharpened my expertise through diverse roles, including weight management program co-coordinator, patient/employee gym supervisor, outpatient dietitian, program manager, dietetic internship preceptor, and more. I am passionate about learning, creating, teaching, and supporting personal growth and development.