21 Easy Camping Lunch Ideas The Entire Family Will Enjoy!

21 Easy camping lunch ideas the entire family will enjoy! Plus free printable menu and grocery list to take the guess work out of meal planning.

When it comes to camping our family needs lunches that are easy and portable. We just had breakfast a few hours ago and have been off exploring the area.

That can look like hiking, site seeing, or heading over to the lake for a beach day. So when lunch time rolls around we need options that are easy to take on the go or quick options for around the campfire.

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The age old question of “what would you like to eat”, has the same old answer of “I don’t know.” And since we are meal planning a few days before our camping trip, the words “I don’t know” do NOT work for me.

Hence the reason we’ve come up with this meal plan and camping menu to stay sane and organized.

Toasted bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Perfect for a camping lunch.

21 EASY CAMPING LUNCHES

Sandwiches

-BLT’s with chips and pickles – This classic sandwich is perfect for around the campfire or for making ahead and packing in a cooler. It’s hardy enough to fill you up and light enough that you won’t feel stuffed after!

-ALT with chips and pickles – This is the BLT’s vegetarian sibling made with avocado, lettuce and tomatoes while we skip the bacon altogether.

-Tuna melt with chips and pickles – Yum. Let’s baby up the canned tuna with mayonnaise, mustard, a bit of relish and season it with salt and pepper. Add a slice of cheese to each side of bread and sandwich the tuna in-between. Now grill over the fire in a cast iron skillet until toasted and the cheese is melted.

-Chicken salad sandwiches – I’m a sucker for a good chicken salad sandwich and many camping weekends I’ll pre-make the chicken salad to take with us on camping weekends.

Chicken salad sandwich with sliced grapes served on a bed of lettuce.

-Reuben sandwich – Ok, this one is a bit more involved. You’ll need rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing, but in the end it may just be totally worth your efforts.

-Club sandwich – If you’re feeling extra hungry then you can’t go wrong with a club sandwich. With turkey, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese all layered between three slices of bread, you better come hungry.

-TikTok sandwich – Have you had this yet? This sandwich is made on a sub roll and is filled with different meats, cheeses and tomatoes. The best part about this sandwich is the seasoned type of slaw that is made with spices, mayonnaise and shredded ice burg lettuce, then topped with banana peppers. This sandwich is an event!

TikTok grinder sandwich for camping.

BURGERS AND BRATS

-Cheese burgers with a side of coleslaw – If you’re sticking around the campsite for the afternoon then cheeseburgers are a classic. Serve with your favorite coleslaw or potato salad.

-Smash burger grilled cheese – For a smash burger grilled cheese you’re smashing your burger thin and seasoning with salt and pepper- Cook fully. Set aside and add onions to the cast iron skillet, cook until soft. You’ll finish this burger by making a grilled cheese sandwich and setting the cooked burger and onions in between the sliced of bread and cheese. Let everything melt and the bread fully toast.

-Grilled Hawaiian chicken sandwich – Marinated and grilled chicken breast with grilled pineapple, lettuce, tomato, red onions and cheese served on a burger bun.

-Brats with toasted buns served with sauerkraut and mustard – Yum, brats with sauerkraut and mustered on a toasted bun is a great easy camping lunch.

Brats cooking on a charcoal grill.

EASY CAMPING SALADS

-Strawberry feta salad – Skip all the bread and buns and make an easy strawberry feta salad with mixed greens, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, red onions, walnuts and crumbled feta cheese. Serve with Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette.

-Chicken salad on a bed of lettuce – Chicken salad is a great summer camping dish. Serve on a bed of mixed greens, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes then top with a generous scoop of chicken salad.

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-Tuna salad on a bed of lettuce – Again, another great summer lunch is tuna salad. But not tuna salad sandwich version. For this we’ll make the tuna the same way. Drain- mix with mayonnaise salt and pepper. Make a salad with mixed greens, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and cubed cheese. Add a scoop of tuna and top with Garlic Expressions Vinaigrette.

-BLT salad – For this salad you’ll want lettuce, arugula, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, hardboiled eggs and cubed cheese. Top with fully cooked crumbled bacon and croutons and Brianna’s Homestyle Poppyseed Dressing.

BLT salad with hardboiled eggs and croutons.

QUICK AND EASY

-Peanut butter and jelly – Or peanut butter and banana. Peanut butter and honey. Or how about some peanut butter and fluff. That would have to be our kid’s favorite. Peanut butter and fluff, because who wouldn’t want marshmallow’s for lunch and then again later for s’mores? What is fluff? Other people might call it fluffernutter, but you can find fluff here on Amazon.

-Turkey sandwich – Pick up a package of your favorite sliced meats. Turkey, black forest ham ect. and make a simple sandwich with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes on the go.

-Black bean burritos – Black bean burritos served in a tortilla wrap with rice, spices and fresh cilantro.

-Chips and salsa – Break out the tortilla chips and serve with your favorite salsa and guacamole.

-Crackers, salami and cheese – Our favorite picnic lunch would have to be crackers, salami and cheese. Cut up a few apples and grapes, and you have a delicious snack lunch.

-Turkey pinwheels – Kid friendly turkey pinwheels in a tortilla wrap with mayonnaise, a bit of lettuce and a slice of cheese.

-Hot dogs – Easy hot dogs in a bun with probably way too much ketchup if you let the kids do it themselves.

Hot dogs and buns on a charcoal grill at the campsite.

Lunch Side Dishes

  • Cole slaw
  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Baked beans
  • Chips and pickles
  • Hummus and veggies (carrots, celery, cucumbers ect.)
  • Corn on the cob
  • Cucumber and cherry tomato salad with a sprinkle of salt
  • Guacamole and tortilla chips

EASY CAMPING LUNCHES MENU – PRINTABLE

Now that we have a nice list of easy camping lunches and ideas, let’s take it one step further with a menu.

Feel free to save this menu to your phone for later or you can print it out and have it on hand to show your family anytime you want a little advise on what everyone would like to have for lunch.

So whether you are sitting around a campfire or on the go exploring the area. I hope these easy camping lunch ideas help keep you organized and takes the guess work out of that age old question “whats for lunch?” because now we know.

Happy Camping!

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