Backcountry Meal Plan (3 Days, 2 Nights)

My friend, Danielle, and I recently returned from a 3 day / 2 night camping trip where we ate like kings! I’m sharing my meal plan with you. Maybe it’ll give you some ideas for your next trip.

Below you’ll find a PDF of my grocery shopping and packing list.

Meal Plan Tips

First, here’s a few tips for making a meal plan:

Pick some staples and build around them: Pick a few versatile foods and build your meals around them. On this trip, my staples were cheese, salami, and chocolate. The salami and cheese were used for pizza, grilled cheese, and breakfast. The chocolate was a comforting snack and used for s’mores. You could also use chocolate in pancakes and to make hot cocoa.

Pack some spices and fat: A few spices and fats will go a long way. Salt brings out the flavour of food and helps reduce bitterness. Fats (butter, oil, lard) let you cook at a higher temperature and add flavour. Fats are also a good way to load up on calories.

Bring warm beverages: Stay warm by bringing your favourite hot beverage. For me, that’s herbal tea. But, you could bring hot chocolate, coffee, or cider. Any of these will help elevate your core body temperature. Plus, holding the mug will keep your hands toasty.

Be realistic about how much you’ll eat: I almost always pack more food than I eat. To keep weight down, think realistically about your nutritional needs and plan accordingly. I’ve noticed that I usually eat more at breakfast and dinner. A snack is usually enough for lunch.

Measuring your campfire temperature: You can get a rough estimate of your campfire’s temperature by hovering your hand over the cooking area. How many seconds you can hold your hand over the heat gives you an estimate of the temperature. I have the breakdown here.

Day 1 – Steak, Asparagus, and S’mores

Breakfast: I had breakfast at home before heading out

Lunch: Charcuterie (salami + cheese + grapes + crackers)

Dinner: Steak + potatoes + asparagus + corn on the cob

Snacks: Dark chocolate s’mores + mint tea

Notes: Charcuterie is an easy lunch item. There are other foods you might want to include like: olives, dried fruit, nuts, hummus, apple, cherry tomatoes, and pesto.

Day 2 – Pizza, Grilled Cheese, and Eggs

Breakfast: 2 eggs + salami + toast

Lunch: Pizza (salami + onion + cheese + tomato paste)

Dinner: Grilled cheese + salami + green apple

Snacks: Dark chocolate s’mores + mint tea

Notes: We premade the pizza crust at home and cut it into slices. This pizza is gluten free and made with Bob’s Red Mill pizza mix.

We ate A LOT of pizza and had a late lunch, so I skipped dinner and snacked into the night. Danielle made an excellent apple crisp that we ate together. I’ll share that recipe in a future post.

Day 3 – Pancakes, Eggs, and Charcuterie

Breakfast: Eggs + pancakes + tea

Lunch: Charcuterie (salami + cheese + grapes + crackers)

Notes: Instead of pancakes, I ate the grilled cheese lunch that I skipped the day before. If you are following the meal plan as is, I’d recommend chopping up any leftover dark chocolate to add to the pancake batter.

Grocery / Packing List

Grocery + Packing List

If you end up using this meal plan, I’d love to hear what you loved and what you would change. Also, tell me your favourite backcountry camping food in the comments section!

Bon appetit! 🙂

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