These Cottage and Camping Food Ideas are inspired by my family’s last trip up north. These are my recommendations for some breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas to put on your next cottage and camping list.
Cottage and Camping Food Ideas
When I go up to the cottage I have to keep in mind several things. 1) transportation time (I don’t want things to spoil on the road). 2) water (or lack there of at the cottage — drinking water is what you can carry in).
Thus, this list has some notes on what to freeze, keep cold, and make ahead.
Water, Coffee, Tea, Hot chocolate, Milk, Juice, Pancakes (syrup too obviously), Eggs (transport in egg carton for protection), Bacon, Toast, English muffins, butter, Jam, Nut butter (as long as no one has allergies), Oatmeal (great to warm you up on a cool morning), Cereal, French Toast, Muffins (make ahead), Scones (make ahead), Sausage.
Sandwiches are always our go to for cottage lunch. It’s quick, easy, and filling. However, this year I switched it up a bit and prepared ahead to have Cobb salad for lunch. Pre-wash lettuce greens, boil eggs, cook bacon – store all in reusable containers. And then assemble with avocado, tomato, and onions for lunch. Bonus, if you cook extra chicken the night before to add to your salad!
As usable water is at a premium, I pre-cooked many side dishes which required water and transported them cooked. For example: at home I made rice (cooked in chicken broth for extra flavour) – put it into reusable containers. And assembled my easy rice salad at the cottage. I also made pasta at home (both wheat and gluten free respectively so that everyone with food sensitives had pasta options). Again, I put the cooked pasta with some olive oil in reusable containers for easy transportation.
Granola (I have a 5 minute microwave chocolate chip granola recipe in my book Boredom Busters which is AWESOME to take to the cottage or camping. It’s a great snack or can be an easy & healthy breakfast)
Trail mix (again – my microwave granola can be used as trail mix!)
Cookies (pre-made or store bought)
Marshmallows (because s’mores!)
Muffins (search Parent Club for some easy muffin recipes)
For transport — you will want a cooler with freezer packs for your dairy and meats (even fruits). I took our pre-cooked food ideas (rice, pasta, granola) in plastic containers. I hard boiled several eggs and also took raw eggs; carrying both in the cardboard carton they came in for safe arrival.
I also put the food up high (as you should when you are camping and at the cottage) to ensure no critters get into your food (that includes children looking for chocolate when you are not looking).