Caring for your camping gear: 5 tips on what to do when you get home





Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.




Your camping trip is over.

It may have been a great trip, with good weather, delicious food and drinks, and plenty of memories.

Or, you may have been miserable the entire trip.

Either way, just because the trip is now over and you are home, it doesn't mean that you should shove everything in the garage till next time.   It's tempting but not recommended.  

There are a few things we think all beginners to camping need to know about what to do when the camp trip is over.


Read these 5 easy tips to make your next camping trip a good one



Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.

 

 

1.  Dry your gear




Sometimes you have to  pack up the campsite and your shelter/gear is not fully dry.  It may be because you had poor weather, or condensation.


When you have to leave, you have to leave. 

Now that you are home, it's time to dry all that gear out.


If you have a small tent - you can hang it up inside the house to dry or over the clothesline (weather permitting).

Only when it's fully dry, will you put it all away.

Large tent/annexes - you may have to set the tent/annexe up in the yard to let it dry fully.     This might mean that it could be up longer than a day, depending on the weather at home.    But you want the shelters to be fully dry to stop mold and mildew forming.

Camper Trailer canvas - let it dry out fully just like a tent. 

Any other gear that was damp - dry it out in the house or garage.    

Sleeping bags can hold a little moisture from your sweat during the night.     It's advisable to let them air as well inside the home (if you didn't get an opportunity at the campsite in the morning).



Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.

 

 

2.    Clean your gear



You may not want to do this first day back, but you should put this on your list for something to do pretty soon after the trip.

It's cleaning.

I don't mean laundry, because you probably already know that you have heaps of washing that has to be done.  The below picture look familiar after a camping trip?



Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.



I mean the cleaning of your gear.    Let's get specific.....


Look at the shelter you used (it may be obvious it needs a clean if it was wet and you are currently drying it somewhere).
  • Did a bird poo on it?
  • Is there mud/dirt inside it?  Or outside of it?

If so, you may want to clean your shelter using soapy warm water (not detergents), inside and out.

This isn't very exciting to do, but when you next go in that shelter for your camping trip, you don't want to open your shelter and find dirt inside and out of it.   It's going to make gear inside the shelter dirty before the trip has really begun.


Your food boxes and utensil boxes may also have suffered a little on the trip in terms of dirt.

Heavy winds can get dust into these boxes even though you are pretty sure the lids were on tight.     Check them out, and see if they need a quick clean.


If you were doing fast wash ups (with minimal hot water and poor lighting) of your crockery and plates when camping, it may be a good idea to do a proper wash up when you get home.     That means getting everything you used to eat on, out of the camping boxes and into the sink/dishwasher.

Your future camper self will thank you for making this effort.


Any other gear you have taken - before you put it away, see if it needs attention.     Sleeping bags, BBQs, lighting, stoves.    All of this needs a quick investigation to see if it's clean and ready for use the next trip.

With sleeping bags, special care is needed.    You can read more about care for your sleeping bag here.


Esky/Fridge - however you kept your food cool, empty it entirely and clean out the fridge, with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly.     Follow any manufacturer instructions to ensure it is maintained properly.


You may be lucky, and find it all clean and ready to store.

 

Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.

 

 

3.  Restock items (sooner rather than later)


We have learned this lesson the hard way.  

Run out of something at the campsite  eg.   washing detergent, and you say to yourself "I must refill this when I get home".   But with all the other stuff going on, you just put your boxes away, and don't check.     Come next camping trip, you are missing something that is a staple of your camping trip.  

Suggest you go through your mandatory items that you take (this will vary but may be food items, firelighters, washing up gear, kitchen items like clingwrap or garbage bags), and make sure that you have enough packed for the next trip, before you put the boxes away.

We have talked about being organised for camping, using boxes.  Read our story on planning meals for camping - it discusses the use of plastic boxes for storage.



Missing something?

Put it on your shopping list and buy it the next time you are out.  

Place it straight into the camping boxes (not in your kitchen cupboard), so you are guaranteed it will be there when you need it camping.

Gas bottles should also be looked at to see if they are needing a refill.


Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.

 

 

4.      Fix anything that didn't work as it should have




Something didn't work as it should on the camping trip?    

Stuck zippers?    Broken pole?     Faulty appliance?    Canvas got a rip?

Fix it whilst you remember.    Before you put the gear away.        Before you head out on your next trip, you don't want to spend valuable time running around the place trying to get a spare part or solve the issue.
 

This tip also includes batteries.     If an item needed batteries and ran out - get them now.

If you have been towing a camper trailer or caravan - attend to any mechanical repairs as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your vehicle.   


Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.

 

 

5.  Store your gear properly




If everything is clean and dry, how you treat your gear when not in use is going to be pretty important to how long it will last.

Treat gear carefully (and kindly) and your camping gear will have a long life.


Sleeping bags


If you have down filled bags, you need to allow them to loft when not in use.   That means not rolled up in a small stuff sack that you used for transport.     Most down bags come with a bag to allow them to be stored, unrolled.

This does take up space, but will keep your down filled sleeping bag in far better condition this way.

Synthetic bags are also meant to be stored this way, but due to space requirements we can't do this - but it is recommended to help prevent damaging the fill.    If you have the ability to hang your bag in a cupboard, then this is an option you can try.

More information on sleeping bag care is here. 



Sleeping Mats


Like the sleeping bags,  a sleeping mat is meant to be stored unrolled and flat, with air valves open, in a cool dark place.

This is the ideal way BUT, it's really hard to do.     It's going to depend on your space at home.   Under the bed is a good place for them or standing up at the back of a large wardrobe.     Don't let your pets near them.

Wipe them down with a damp cloth to also get off any dirt before it becomes too ingrained.



Tents


Most tents will be placed back in the bag they came with.     Depending on the size of the tent, there is not a lot of options.

Small backpacking tents can be stored in mesh bags/large cotton bags, out of sunlight.

The most important thing about any tent is storing it dry (see tip 1 above).

Need more information on how to care for a tent?  Read this story.



Battery Operated Equipment


If you won't be using your equipment for any long period of time, remove the batteries from the equipment (flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, GPS).     You don't need to throw the batteries away - store them in a plastic bag next to the equipment.     That way if the batteries leak, they won't be leaking inside your gear.



Cooking gear


Your gear is all clean (thanks to you doing tip 2 - see above) and there are no crumbs or grime on your gear. 

Store all gear in your clean camping boxes and make sure lids are on tight, so no bugs or rodents can get in.



Fridges/Esky


Fridges when turned off (and after they have been cleaned thoroughly) may get a musty smell.

To prevent this whilst you are storing, you can prop the fridge open a little to help get some air in it.    This will reduce that smell.    The same applies to your esky.




Taking care of your gear after the trip is going to help make the next trip so much easier.     It might not sound like it, but it all will help make your next camping holiday a little easier knowing that your gear is ready to go.

Follow these tips each and every camping holiday conclusion and it will become just part of the camping experience.  


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15 Camping and Travel Quotes to Get You Moving


Camping and travel quotes collection to inspire






Sometimes words and images can make you think.     It's a pretty powerful combination. 


On our Facebook page, we regularly post content to share and inspire the love of the outdoors.    You may have seen Collection 1 of these camping quotes that we put on our blog, all collated from our FB page.

If you are not following us on Facebook, you may have missed the following. 


Share them and spread the word.



 Camping is better than sitting in an office.......


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Happy Hour means different things to campers.....



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We need to take adventures........



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Simple.



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Weekend plans.



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An all-year round activity.



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This applies to everything you do.



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You don't need all the fancy stuff in life to be happy.



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Wise words (speaking from experience)



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Whatever you do.......



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 Thank God It's Friday



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You have to pay the bills.





Go off-grid.





Enjoy the view.






If you need an excuse to go camping......






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15 Delicious Camping Breakfast Recipes You Will Want to Eat When Camping


15 Easy and Practical Breakfasts to have when camping - nothing too complicated!


Having a leisurely breakfast when camping is a very civilised way to start the day.

If you have the time (and desire) to have something apart from Weet-Bix or bacon and eggs on the barbie,  then camping can be a great place to try something a little different.

When I was looking at breakfast recipes to make, one thing that struck me (in a literal sense) was how many recipes, which are recommended for camping breakfasts, involve a lot of work and effort, plus they seem to be more suited for an evening meal than a breakfast.

I don’t want to spend hours preparing breakfast at the campsite nor cleaning up.  Who does?


Most campers are not averse to doing some meal preparation before you leave on a trip (and you can read about camping food preparation ideas and suggestions here)

If you are the sort of camper, who does like labour-intensive meals when camping then that is great and keep on doing it!

But for this story and for readers who want something more easily achievable.

I have tried to avoid complicated breakfasts.



The goal of the breakfast ideas I wanted to share with you are:

  • simple
  • not too many ingredients
  • no strange, hard to get ingredients
  • not time-consuming
  • advance prep work on the recipe preferred (but not mandatory!)


Of course, if you want to keep these recipes in a free handy reference guide, you can get a PDF guide of all of these (plus a few extras).


See end of story on how to do this!





(1)    French Toast

 

 
Easy camping recipes to make for breakfast


We have covered French Toast before, and you can read the story on how to make it and the variations on French Toast for camping.      We listed 7 ways to enjoy this delicious breakfast.

It’s a classic meal and also a great dessert (and we do love a good dessert).

The French Toast seen above, is the basic recipe, but just topped with Greek Yogurt and berries (from taste.com.au)

Really, anything you like can go on top of the Toast once it's cooked.

Bananas and maple syrup work well, but whatever you have in the camping food box/esky.


I do like the look of the one below, from the website This Lil Piglet - it must be one of the most "pinned" recipes on Pinterest.

Their recipe is calling for a product that we don't have here in Australia; it's like a pre-made French Toast Mix (the eggs and milk all combined in one carton).

You could probably replicate using the French Toast basic recipe that we discuss in our first-ever French Toast guide.   It's easy to make.    Just pour your mixture over the sliced loaf, sprinkling some almonds and strawberries between the slices and on top, and with great wrapping of foil, cook for about 35 minutes or so, moving frequently over the coals.


If you do give this one a go, let us know how it went.


Easy camping breakfasts  - real recipes you can make at a campsite






Preparation the night before? 

Yes, you can do some prep work with French Toast.   You can make the dipping mix (eggs and milk) in advance.

Cooking method: 

You can cook this breakfast on a camp stove with a frying pan, on BBQ hotplate or on a hotplate over a campfire.   



(2)    Eggs In Jail

 

 

15 Easy and Practical Breakfasts to have when camping - nothing too complicated!
Photo: Thomas Story

Another easy and simple camping breakfast.   You can always serve bacon on the side if you need a bacon-fix.

Ingredients: 

Thickly sliced bread (brioche bread works a treat)
eggs
butter

Method: 

  • Butter the bread slices, both sides.  
  • Cut a hole in the middle of the bread that can accommodate a cracked egg, about 10cm.
  • In a greased frypan, which is already hot and sizzling, place the bread.    
  • Put another knob of butter in the hole in the middle of the bread, and then crack 1 egg into the hole.      
  • Cook, until the bread, is golden on the bottom, and then CAREFULLY, using a wide spatula, flip egg/bread combo and brown the other side of the bread.

How you like your eggs will determine how long you cook each side.    Season according to your taste.



Preparation the night before?  

You could butter the bread and make the hole in the middle of the bread.   Keep tightly wrapped until morning, refrigerated.

Cooking method:  

You can cook this breakfast on a camp stove with a frying pan, on BBQ hotplate or on a hotplate over a campfire.    



(3)    Eggs on Potato Chips

 


15 Easy and Practical Breakfasts to have when camping - nothing too complicated!
Photo from Myrecipe.com




I know. This sounds weird.   But read on.

Think of eggs on hash browns.

That’s sort of what the idea behind this is.     No idea on how healthy this is, but the crunch of the potato chips with runny yolks is a pretty good breakfast.

This recipe is all over the internet in various forms, but here is the basic recipe.

You will need a skillet/fry pan with a lid. The lid is crucial.  


Ingredients:

  • Potato chips (plain flavoured – make sure they are fresh and crunchy, straight from a newly opened packet)
  • 4 Eggs
  • Ghee (not common in camping kitchens, so ½ Tablespoon Butter ½ Tablespoon Vegetable Oil)
  • Crushed ginger (use from a jar)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • Chilli (from a jar will do) and coriander – both optional, not mandatory.


Method:

Cook up the chopped onion, ginger (and chilli if using) in your hot frypan/skillet on a medium heat.   When the onion is slightly brown, you can add chopped coriander if you have at this point.

Then place about 4 handfuls of crumbled potato chips into the frypan, and toss together.

Even out the chips across the pan, and create indentations where you will crack the eggs into.     Don’t worry if they are not perfect hollows for the eggs. You just want an indent where the egg will sit without running all over the place.

Add 1 tablespoon of water down the inside of the pan (so not over the top of the food) and place the lid on.     This allows the steaming to begin.     Turn your pan down low.

You cook the eggs until the whites are set.   This might take about 6 minutes or so. You will need to check periodically that the eggs are set the way you like eggs!

Once cooked, either eat from the pan or scoop cooked egg, with plenty of crunchy potato chips onto a plate.

Season with salt/pepper.




Preparation the night before?    

Nil

Cooking method:  

You need to cook with a frypan over a temperature you can control. So camp stove might be the best option.



     

(4)    Omelette in a Bag

 

 





This idea has been around for ages.

Some people love it. Others worry about cooking in a plastic bag and health consequences.

It’s going to come down to your own personal decision – you need to make the call on using these bags.   If the thought of cooking with plastic doesn’t appeal, then skip this recipe.

For those of you with family members who all like something different, this recipe allows everyone to customise their own omelette.

Grab a strong large ziplock bag.   You want a good quality, STRONG one.   Check that it’s suitable for microwave cooking, so you know it stands up to heat.

The video above will give you an idea on how it all works.




Ingredients (per bag)

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • Chopped fillings of choice eg.   mushrooms, ham, onions, tomatoes, corn, capsicum, whatever you like in an omelette.

Method

Crack the eggs into a large, resealable ziplock bag.

Press out most of the air, and seal.    Shake or squeeze the eggs inside the bag.     Open the bag, and add the fillings you want in the omelette.

In a large pot of boiling water, place your bag and any other bags into the water.

Cook for 10 minutes.   But, do check the eggs during the cooking process – say from 8 minutes onwards.   The bags do float up a little, but don’t worry about that too much.

I give them a nudge with a spoon occasionally to lower them into the water a little.

If you are worried about your bag sliding down under the boiling water, and possibly getting water in the bag, then place a skewer across the top of the saucepan, and thread the bags onto the skewer. Or peg them onto the skewer with a clothes peg.  That way, they are immersed in water, but not sliding down and not attaching to the side of the pot.

I found a clothespeg, clipped them all together at the top worked fine. We have 4 bags in a pot.

Once cooked to your liking, open the bag, and the omelette should be cooked and roll out onto your plate.

  • Season with salt/pepper and serve with a chunky salsa (also available in a jar) or a relish (check out Berenberg relishes, a great South Australian brand – they are delicious with this) if required.




Preparation the night before?  

Everything except the cooking of the omelette can be done the night before, and even before you leave home.   With permanent markers, write the name of the person who has made the omelette on the bag, so everyone gets the right bag.   Minimizes dramas and complaints at eating time. Keep the egg mixture in your esky until cooking.



Cooking method:  

Wherever you can boil water in a large saucepan.



(5)     “I’m a Lumberjack, and I’m OK” Breakfast

 

 

15 Easy and Practical Breakfasts to have when camping - nothing too complicated!


Foil packet cooking is an easy mode of cooking, and we covered it all in our Beginner Guide to Foil Pack Cooking.     If you haven’t read how to use foil packs, and seal them, then this is the guide you must read before you try this recipe.

Now that you have read that guide (you have, right?)  you can read the rest of this recipe.

Once you know more about foil packs (all easy), then this recipe can be added to your cooking repertoire.

Using foil pack, it’s about putting all your breakfast in one parcel and cooking it.   Simple.


Ingredients

  • Bacon
  • Chopped up hash browns (buy them in the supermarket frozen goods section)
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Tomatoes


Method:


This recipe is about creating your own little foil pack, one that caters to your taste. For children, they can create their own parcel and hopefully, be more likely to eat it.

On your greased foil pack, you add your selection of food (see above ingredients) – cooked bacon, hash browns, and any other ingredient, except the eggs and cheese.

Wrap tightly and keep cool until you need.

When ready to cook, you open you foil pack, and crack 1 or 2 eggs into it.     You can add grated cheese at this point, or leave till last few minutes (which means reopening the foil pack, which can be annoying, so I would add it all at the same time as the eggs).

Wrap up the foil pack again, so you won’t have spillage, and cook in coals or BBQ, or hotplate for 15-20 minutes. You need that bacon to be heated up to a safe eating temperature.

Unwrap and enjoy!

(want a variation on this?  See Echoes Of Laughter website, for this recipe plus more)




Preparation the night before?     


The foil pack can be made at home as directed above.     There will still be some minor additions on the day of cooking.

Cooking method:   

Over coals, in a BBQ, on a hotplate or grill.

 

 

(6)    Breakfast Burritos

 

 

15 Easy and Practical Breakfasts to have when camping - nothing too complicated!

Like the idea of a making your breakfast ahead of time? Then you will like this recipe.

Similar to the Lumberjack and Omelette breakfasts, this is one you can make the day before you need it - make it at home, and the next morning at camp, voila! Your breakfast is all ready, and good to heat up.

It sounds like a bit of work before you go home, but actually you are doing most of the cooking in 1 frypan.

The method sounds like there is a lot to creating this meal, but there is not.  Don't be too overwhelmed.


Ingredients (for 4 people)


  • 4 Tortillas
  • 8 Eggs
  • 6-8 slices of Bacon, chopped coarsely
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheese
  • 4 Hash Browns, chopped coarsely
  • Tomatoes (optional)
  • Old El Paso Salsa (optional)
  • Old El Paso Taco seasoning


Method:

Whisk in a bowl, all the eggs.   Season with salt and pepper.   Add 1 tsp of Old El Paso Seasoning (this will give it a little kick!   Alternatively, you can add a dash of a hot sauce of your choice, depending on who will be eating the burritos).

When the eggs are all frothy from whisking, set aside.

Fry up the diced onion and bacon over medium heat.

When nearly cooked, toss in the hash browns; you want this combination of ingredients to be cooked and lightly browned.   So mix lightly so all flavours are combined.

Add the eggs and stir gently until the eggs are cooked – you don't want them to be rock solid, just lightly set and scrambled.   Not runny, though.   The eggs cook quickly at this point, so keep an eye on them.

Add the cheese and any other ingredients you might want to add (some people put in chopped tomatoes, chillies, herbs – it’s going to depend on what you have in the kitchen). Toss all ingredients over low heat.

Take off heat.

On a slightly warmed tortilla, place enough filling down the centre of the tortilla and wrap it up like you would any burrito.     (If you don’t know how to wrap a burrito, and it’s really easy, just read this instruction page)   If you have warmed your tortilla a little, you will find this easier.

Wrap it tightly in foil, and then in a ziplock bag.   Refrigerate until you need to reheat.

Reheating at the campsite can be done – on a hotplate, in a frypan, in the campfire coals.   Just turn the alfoil packets over regularly to ensure even heating and browning of the tortillas.   Allow 15 minutes on average.





Preparation the night before?  

Do it all before you leave home!

Cooking method:  

Campfire coals, frypan, BBQ hotplate.





(7)    Stuffed  Croissants

 


15 Easy and Practical Breakfasts to have when camping - nothing too complicated!


This is a super fast breakfast (or lunch/dinner) – and one we make ahead.

Very easy and low fuss, but you can adapt to suit your tastes and put in a lot more fillings like tomatoes, capsicums, bacon, variety of cheeses etc.


Ingredients

  • Croissants
  • Ham or Cooked Bacon
  • Cheese of your choice - choose one that melts easily, and has a good strong flavour
  • French or Dijon Mustard



Method

Slice the croissants, and add the above fillings in the quantity you like within a croissant.   Spread the inside of the croissant with mustard for added flavor (some children don’t like it, so skip this for them).

Wrap tightly in foil. You can write names on the foil to help identify any croissants especially catering to fussy tastes.

Cook in a BBQ (with a lid) or in coals of the campfire, or regular turning on a hotplate, until the cheese is starting to melt.       Timing will depend on the method of heating you use but allow 15 minutes.  The cheese should be starting to melt for optimum deliciousness!

Don’t let the croissants burn, especially if cooking over coals.


Additional information:     You can add some greens in there once it is ready (if you have some available).    Adding greens definitely makes you feel better about the fat content.    Alternatively you can substitute the ham for cooked bacon.




Preparation the night before?  

Do it all before you leave home! Keep cool until ready to eat.


Cooking method:  

Campfire coals, frypan, hotplates.


  (8)   Breakfast in a Jar






Food in jars has become a big thing lately.

Everyone is sticking entire meals into jars.

But for camping, there is a benefit to having a meal in a jar and great if you don’t want to be cooking in the morning.   Some days you do need a quick start, and the recipes below are a healthy option too.

You will need to be able to keep this jar cool though, like most of the make ahead recipes.


What sort of jars?

You can get Mason Jars from Big W (sell in a set of 12) Cheap as Chips, Neds, Target.   They have a wide opening, so a little different to say a coffee jar, or jam jar.


The idea for this recipe comes from the website Iowa Girl Eats.

The recipe involves adding

  • rolled oats
  • yogurt of choice (flavoured yogurt will work, or you can keep it plainer using greek yogurt)
  • chia seeds (optional)
  • fruit of your choice (frozen berries are perfect, and available all year)


By placing all of this into a large jar, layering the food.  The yogurt is going to help soften the oats, so you will layer everything right up to the top of the  jar.

Then, refrigerate – and the contents last up to 3 days, so perfect for weekend camping.




Preparation the night before?  

Do it all before you leave home and enjoy a healthy breakfast at camp

Cooking method:  

No cooking required


Or how about a Smoothie in a Jar



This is perfect if you don't like big, heavy breakfasts or eating in the morning.  I know some people aren't hungry first thing in the morning, and want something lighter - and that is where a smoothie is a great option.

I know my children frequently don't want to eat anything when they first get up, but they are always ready for a smoothie. 


You make this before you leave home, because a blender is required.  

A good one is a classic - Banana and Berry Smoothie.





Ingredients





 
 


Method:

Blend, and pour into a freezer safe jar - only up to 3/4 full, as you need to leave room for freezing expansion.   Then freeze.

Take to the campsite and it will start to defrost in your esky/fridge over a day or two (depending on the weather).   Shake before drinking.

Of course if you want to have first day of camp, you don't need to freeze - but do shake it ferociously before drinking.





Preparation the night before?  

Do it all before you leave home and enjoy a healthy smoothie at camp - whether it be the first day or as soon as the drink defrosts.   


 
Cooking method:  

No cooking required




(9)    Banana & Nutella Sushi

 



If you have fussy eaters, and those who don’t like breakfast anytime, anywhere, you may be able to tempt them with this as long as they don’t have a nut allergy.

Nutella is not healthy.   It’s high in sugar.   But, it’s delicious and really, it makes everything taste good.   So make this breakfast a camping treat (not an everyday meal).

Alternatively, use peanut butter.

The beauty of this recipe is none of the ingredients need to be kept cool.

Another plus (apart from the excuse to eat Nutella) - it's really fast to make, so if you are short for time, or packing up the campsite, it's easy to enjoy).


Ingredients:

  • Tortilla/Flat bread - preferably a wholewheat
  • Nutella (or Peanut Butter)
  • Banana

Method

Lightly spread Nutella on the tortilla.     Place a peeled banana at the side of the tortilla and roll it up within the tortilla.

Slice the rolled banana tortilla, into 2-4cm slices.

Watch them go fast.



Preparation the night before?   

None – this is a 5 minute breakfast in the morning.

Cooking method:   

None


(10)    Bacon/Pancake Dippers

 

15 Easy and Practical Breakfasts to have when camping - nothing too complicated!


This recipe seems to be one of the most popular on Pinterest.

I have seen it everywhere, and it does appeal for its simplicity and it all belongs to the website Lady Behind The Curtain. So full credit to her for this idea.

You need bacon and pancake mix (see our  pancake information at the bottom of this story).   Runny pancake mix is better.   Maple Syrup needed to serve.


Method:

Cook your bacon and set aside.

On your hotplate, pour your pancake mix in the rough shape of your bacon.     Place your bacon on top of the pancake mixture which you have just poured.

Let it cook for a little, and prior to flipping over, add more pancake mixture over the top of the bacon.   Now flip and cook.

When ready, serve with maple syrup.   FYI: Maple Syrup on bacon is the best!



Preparation the night before?  


The pancake mixture can be made the day before (or longer).

Cooking method:

You will need to cook on a hotplate or frypan.








(11)    Dutch Baby Pancake

 

Photo:  TJ Story


Keeping with the pancake theme, cooking a pancake in a camp oven is an option you may not have considered.

Dutch ovens are fantastic for cooking, and we are not experts with them at all!   You need to read Cast Iron Boys website if you need expert advice on all things dutch oven/camp oven.

For breakfast and cooking with a camp  oven, this means someone has to get up a bit early and get the campfire going, and have coals ready to go for this recipe.       So, its not a really fast recipe to have in the morning, as you do need to factor in the heating time.    On the positive side, this makes a great dessert, so you might choose to have it for your evening meal!

This recipe is about cooking 1 oversized pancake, and adding fruit of your choice into the pancake.     Like berries (of any sort).

But really, you can have this pancake with maple syrup, or jam, or lemon and sugar.



Ingredients for a 5L dutch oven

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


For smaller dutch ovens:


  • 2/3 cup milk,
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


 Method:



Mix all the dry ingredients together at home.

When its time to start cooking, you need to add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients  (have the eggs out of the esky for a while, you don’t want them very cold) and whisk like crazy. You want lump free mixture.

Still got lumps? Whisk harder and faster.

When your dutch oven is heated (so your coals are ready for placing on top of the camp oven lid), add a 2-3 tablespoon of butter to the oven and swirl it around the bottom of the pan.

You want the camp oven greased, and hot.

Pour in your lump-free mixture into the hot camp oven, just pour it in, don’t stir and add berries to top (if using) and cover with a lid (and coals).

Cook for 15-20 minutes.

It’s cooked when there is no liquid, check the centre of the pancake.  The edges will be golden and starting to crisp up.

Start checking from 15 minutes onwards.

The pancake will rise in the camp oven, and be all fluffy.       BUT… the minute you take it off the heat, it deflates.      Don’t be surprised or stressed when this happens.

You can eat from the camp oven, or serve onto plates with more fruit.   Or if you don’t have the fruit handy, lemon and sugar still remains a classic option.



Preparation the night before?   

The pancake dry ingredients are made before you leave home. You will add the wet ingredients prior to eating.

Cooking method:  

In a camp oven, over hot coals. Aiming for a temperature around 220 degrees.




(12)    Breakfast Jaffles



Jaffles or Pie Irons have so many choices of fillings.    For breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, there is a jaffle for everyone.

(Gourmet Jaffles selection can be read here)

But for breakfast, what can you put in them?


Here are some suggestions using the traditional buttered bread on the outside – just add the fillings (quantities are as much as you can fit in the jaffle and still close it).

Feel free to add cheese to any savoury jaffles that lack cheese:

  • bacon and eggs and cheese
  • fruit and cream cheese
  • Nutella and strawberries (this is also a dessert!)
  • bacon, defrosted hash brown, baked beans, and egg
  • baked beans and cheese
  • tomato chutney, bacon, and eggs
  • Low-fat ricotta and sliced bananas (if you want, use old banana bread instead of the buttered bread). You can drizzle honey over the bananas prior to cooking
  • Low-fat ricotta and sliced apple
  • ham, eggs, and tomato
  • mushrooms, fruit chutney, and cheese


Preparation the night before?   

You can butter the bread ready for the jaffle mix to be added in the morning. 

Cooking method:  

In the campfire, in a jaffle iron maker.    Alternatively,  you can fry them up in a frypan or on a hotplate.  



(13)    Ham & Eggs in a Roll





This can be made ahead, and therefore it makes our easy camping breakfast list.     But, if you are a bit worried about soggy bread, then it's one for the campsite.

FYI - It's a good one for a Sunday night at home!



Ingredients:

Large Lunch Bread Rolls  (not those little bake-at-home sort of dinner rolls)
Eggs
Mozzarella Cheese


Method:

For every roll you are using, you slice off the top (set aside, you will need it again)  and remove the inside bread, making sure you leave the roll's sides intact and firm.

If you are going to put them in the campfire immediately, you line the inside of the bread with ham slices, and break 1 egg into the roll.  Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of mozzarella, and then replace the top of the bread (that you set aside in the beginning).

Wrap with foil and cook on hot coals, but not right in the middle of the campfire, for about 10-15 minutes depending on the way you like your eggs.   Like a lot of campfire cooking, this takes a bit of practice to get right.

If you have made in advance, then it's very important to make sure that the lining of ham inside the roll is well done, otherwise you will have oozing eggs and soggy bread.   Gross.

Like all food in foil, wrap it well so it doesn't tear in the fire, and no ash seeps in.



The above recipe and photo were adapted from Recipetineats


Additional tips:

You can add anything you like on top of the ham.  


Preparation the night before?   

All preparation can be done night before or prior to leaving home.  The longer you leave though, the greater the chance that the eggs could seep into the bread.

Cooking method:  

On a BBQ with a lid (ideal) or over campfire coals.    If at home - in the hot oven.




(14)   Ham and Eggs on A Grill



Muffin tins can do more than make muffins.   They are an easy way to serve a crowd (camping or at home).

Like the previous recipe, it's using ham and eggs, but you can make it even more original based on the ingredients you have around the place.


This recipe has been adapted to suit camp cooking.   Original recipe source here


Ingredients (per muffin hole)

1 Egg
1/2 tablespoon chopped onion/spring onion
1-2 slices of ham
Grated cheese



Method:

Ensure you have a heat source with a grill or a BBQ with a lid (heat to about 200 degrees).    If doing over a campfire, you will not want a raging fire, so elevate the grill above the flames.

Position 1 slice of ham in each of the muffin cups, doubling each slice over to ensure that there are no holes in the bottom of the ham "cups."

Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of the cheese and 1/2 tablespoon of chopped spring onions (if you have).

Place one raw egg in each ham cup.

Sprinkle each egg lightly with pepper.

Cook until the egg is done to your personal liking.    Placing alfoil or a baking tray over the muffin tin will help speed up the cooking time.

Remove carefully from the muffin tin!


Additional information

This recipe gets altered a bit - you can line the muffin tin with bacon and then add eggs (classic combo).     You can line the tin with flattened bread and put toppings on top of the bread.



Preparation the night before?   

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Cooking method:  

Over a hot grill (BBQ or campfire) or over camp coals





(15)   Pancakes


I couldn’t do a breakfast story and not include pancakes.

One of the easiest recipes of them all and probably something you are already making when camping.

You may go to the supermarket, and buy one of those shaker bottles, which only need water added to make your pancakes. 

You may choose to make the traditional method or the fuss free shaker mix version - with all dry ingredients prepared for you leave. 

This was one of our key points we discussed in preparing your food for a camping trip (beginner guide), as not only does it save time, but saves space if you do it before you leave home.


But there is SO much to say about pancakes, that we did a story on 7 pancake recipes.


pancakes for campers






Additional information:

If you need gluten-free pancake mix, try this gluten free pancake mix.



Preparation the night before?  

You can make the whole recipe the night before, and refrigerate until required.

Cooking method:  

You can cook this breakfast on a camp stove with a frying pan, on BBQ hotplate or on a hotplate over a campfire.    





We hope that you try one or all of the above camping recipes on your next camping trip and don't forget to sign up to get a booklet on camping breakfasts - for free!!


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