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Best Camping Breakfast Ideasby Dalene Ingham-Brown

On an overland trip can be delicious. Just because grandpa used to pack twelve cans of baked beans and play musical sleeping bags alone in his tent, doesn’t mean you have to. Sure, the whole ‘baked beans on toast’ meal is somewhat of a camping tradition, but we’ve evolved since then. Ah, sweet, sweet evolution. Check out the best camping breakfast ideas!

On-the-go Breakfast Ideas


Photo by Pontus Edenberg

For mornings when you rise, shine and need to hit the road first thing, a quick fill-the-gap breakfast is needed to boost you all the way to lunch. Great, quick best camping breakfast ideas for a camping trip include:

  • Option 1: Toast and spreads
  • Option 2: Muesli and yoghurt
  • Option 3: Fruit

Bacon and Egg Breakfasts

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Photos by: Anna Moderska and Andrea Kratzenberg

There are many variations to the winning combo of bacon and eggs. A few of these creative bacon and egg breakfast ideas include:

  • Option 1: Paper Bag Bacon and Eggs
  • Option 2: Eggs in a hat

Paper Bag Bacon and Eggs

  • 2 strips bacon (thick)
  • 1 paper bag
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick

This is a real Huckle Berry Fin brekkie. Cut bacon strips in two, place at the bottom of the paper bag, covering the bottom. It is important that you have thick strips of bacon because thing ones will stick to the paper bag when cooked. Crack the egg and put it in the paper bag on top of the bacon. Fold the bag’s side down four times and poke the stick through from one side to the other and slide the stick through. So that the bag is hanging on the end of the stick. Hold the bacon and egg bag over the charcoal and watch the grease from the bacon protect the bag and cook the meal. After about 10 minutes when the meal is finished cooking, place on the table and slice the bag open. The bag has just becomes the plate!

Simple and adventurous! Eggs in a hat

  • 4 slices of your favourite bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices of ham
  • 4 slices of cheese

(serves 4 dah!) Warm a greased skillet over a low heat. We’re not cremating anything here. Using a drinking glass, cut out a hole in the centre of your bread, taking care not to break the crust. Place the bread in the skillet and lightly toast it on both sides. Crack an egg into the hole in the bread and cook until the egg white is almost solid. Flip over and place a slice of cheese and then a slice of ham. Serve when cheese is melted. Anyone else here drooling?

Non-greasy camping breakfasts


Photo by Ivo Ruijters

Non-greasy camping breakfasts are great for the heart and the hips and are therefore one of the best camping breakfast ideas.

  • Option 1: Monkey Breakfast
  • Option 2: Blueberry Maple Pancakes

Monkey Breakfast

  • 1 banana
  • 1 muffin
  • 1 piece strog cheese
  • 1 box juice

Blueberry Maple Pancakes The Dry Mix (pre-packed):

  • 2/3 cup white flour
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Dash of fresh-grated nutmeg

In Camp Add:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ blueberries
  • Maple syrup to taste

On an oiled griddle, fry over the campfire over a medium-to-hot heat. Turn pancake once when the top has formed bubbles and the pancake surface has gone from shiny to dry. Baked beans is no longer one of the best camping breakfast ideas and I think you’ll agree that its time to kick it to the curb. Never have I seen the fear in a child’s eye like that of little Johnny sitting by the campfire innocently roasting his marshmallow, terrified grandpa will turn his back to the fire as that can of baked beans kicks in… turning grandpa into a human flame thrower. Bye-bye marshmellow. Bye-by eyebrows.


Photo by Karen Andrews

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