Take the hassle out of camping meal prep with these easy to serve no-cook camping meals
Don’t just think of boring old sandwiches when it comes to quick and easy camping lunches and making roadside stops. These no-cook meals vary from salads and wraps to easy soups that can all be served straight from your cooler without the need for a stove or a campfire – a total win for when there’s no time to set up camp or perhaps you’re camping with a complete fire ban and no open flames are allowed.
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No-cook camping meals
No camp fire allowed or can't set up a stove? Doesn't mean you can't enjoy some fun and tasty outdoor meals, ready packed and easy to serve outdoors - why not give these no-cook meals a try - breakfasts, lunches and healthy snacks on the go that can keep for hours and still taste great!
Greek Yogurt Fruit Salad (No cool whip, No cream cheese)
Start the day the right way with this Healthy Greek Yogurt Fruit Salad where fresh summer fruits are served with vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt that is mildly sweetened with monk fruit.
Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
Cookie Dough Overnight Oats are a fun, prep ahead breakfast made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Simply grab one for a quick and easy breakfast or camping meal.
Overnight Mango Coconut Oats
Make these Overnight Coconut Mango Oats with tropical flavours ahead of time for a quick camping breakfast
Mixed Berry Smoothie With Almond Milk (Vegan, Whole30)
Try this 4 ingredient mixed berry smoothie made with almond milk, which is naturally sweet and refreshing for on-the-go breakfast or mid-day snack.
Chicken Caesar Wraps
A wonderful warm weather dish, these crispy chicken ceasar wraps are ideal for your road side picnic stops. Only a little prep required in advance then minutes to make ready for eating, a delicious healthy lunch on the move!
Easy Halloumi Wraps [Vegetarian]
Delicious hallomi and avocado wraps are an ideal make ahead lunch for your camping trip. A wonderful mix of flavours and textures they stay chewy and crisp hours later, even prep them ready the night before.
Pressed Italian Sandwiches with Olive Tapenade
Need an easy no-cook meal for camping? Prep these sandwiches in 20 minutes and stick them in the fridge (or your cooler) to "press" until you're ready to slice & eat. They make a simple lunch or dinner but are jam-packed with savory ingredients & plenty of protein to keep everyone full.
Easy Fish Wraps
These quick sardine fish wraps are an easy, healthy lunch on the go! They’re perfect as a packed lunch for work, and are ideal for road trips and camping.
Rainbow Hummus Veggie Wrap - Tortilla Wrap
This quick, easy and healthy Rainbow Vegetable and Hummus Tortilla Wrap is packed full of colour veggies, can be made ahead, is portable and will be loved by the whole family.
Hummus Mashed Chickpea Sandwiches - The Roasted Root
Mashed chickpea sandwiches with hummus spread, avocado, red onion, mixed greens, and tomato make for a delicious well-balanced plant-based lunch.
Delicious and Filling Romano Bean Salad Recipe
This nutritious and simple make-ahead romano bean salad recipe gets better the longer it marinates! Pack a dish for the whole family to enjoy.
Cucumber Dill Avocado Tuna Salad
Fresh and easy mayo-free tuna salad with avocado, cucumber, dill, carrots, and bell pepper. The perfect go-to for a healthy no-cook lunch, snack or dinner!
Easy Mediterranean White Bean Salad
This delicious Mediterranean bean salad requires just a handful of ingredients, a few minutes to whip up, and tastes better the longer it sits. Serve with bread for mopping up the delicious dressing!
Ultimate Non-Creamy Pasta Salad Recipe
Filled with brocolli, cucumbers and carrots, this non-creamy pasta salad recipe can be made ahead of time, or assembled at the campsite.
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Who says salads need be boring? This vibrant take along salad is easy to prepare in minutes and can keep for hours making it an ideal take along dish for camping and road trips.
Chickpea Salad Recipe
Simple ingredients but big on flavor! Prepare ahead and it keeps well at room temperature for several hours, itits the ideal budget take along dish for a family!
Strawberry Cucumber Salsa
This fresh and vibrant homemade strawberry cucumber salsa is easy to make and prepared with just six ingredients. In the summer, serve it with grilled recipes like paneer, fish, salmon, chicken, or tacos or as a side.
Creamy Vegan Potato Salad (Easy & Healthy)
Our vegan potato salad is a satisfying and filling main dish or can be used as a side dish when meal prepping or bringing with you on a trip! Enjoy it as a cold lunch with the family, it keeps well for 3-4 days when cooled.
Cold Cucumber Soup With Greek Yogurt
Cold cucumber soup with greek yogurt, crunchy veggies, and herbs is the perfect answer for the hot summer. Try this no-cook cold soup recipe that gets ready in just 10 minutes
Easy Vietnamese Spring Rolls
These finger-licking delicious Vietnamese fresh spring rolls deliver not only a colourful rainbow of fresh veggies they are easy to pepare in advance and serve chilled, just pack some tubs of delicious dipping sauce!
Further tips for camping meals
The key to many good make-ahead meals is to make sure it doesn’t go soggy; nobody likes a limp sandwich from the cooler! This doesn’t mean no dressing and flavour, you may just need to take along the dressing sepearately and apply last minute before you serve.
If you are lucky enough to have a campfire for or stover for dinner but don’t want the hassle of preparing a full family meal – especially arrival day when you’ve just set up camp – make sure you check out our collection of pre-made camping meals over here.
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Further family camping inspiration
Ready to hit the road and head out on an outdoor adventure this summer? You may also like to check out:
- Babies first camping trip – the essentials we always pack when camping with infants
- Hiking with toddlers – how to make it fun! Get little ones motivated to hit the trails, here’s how we set out with beginner hikers
- 25 Awesome Healthy Hiking Snacks – keep your little ones full of energy during hikes and outdoor adventures with these easy take along snacks for the perfect power hit!
- Camping tips & hacks for toddlers – keeping your toddler safe and practical items you need for a more enjoyable camping tri with little kids
- Perfect gifts to buy for your outsoorsy kids – a life long love of nature and the outdoors
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