9 Camping Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Day Right

There’s nothing quite like waking up in the great outdoors with the promise of a cracking day ahead. But let’s be real – starting your day without a proper feed while camping is a rookie mistake. Whether you’re a brekkie minimalist or a campfire gourmet, we’ve got you covered with some ripper camping breakfast ideas. Grab your billy, fire up the camp stove, and let’s get cooking!

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Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Trail Mix and Yogurt Parfait

No cooking? No worries! This brekkie is as easy as it gets. Just layer some yogurt with a handful of trail mix and fresh fruit, and you’ve got yourself a refreshing, no-fuss start to the day. Perfect for those mornings when you’d rather spend time exploring than cooking.

Instant Oatmeal with a Twist

Instant oatmeal is the unsung hero of camping breakfasts. It’s light and packs easily, and you can jazz it up with all sorts of toppings. Think fresh fruits, nuts, honey, or even a sprinkle of cinnamon. Just add hot water, and you’re good to go!

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Classic Campfire Breakfasts

Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast burritos are a campfire classic for a reason. They’re easy to make, delicious, and customisable to suit any taste. Wrap up some scrambled eggs, bacon, veggies, and cheese in a tortilla, and you’ve got yourself a portable, tasty breakfast.

Camping tip: save yourself time and prep them at home. That way, you only need to heat them up over the fire when you get to the campsite. Need some tips to build the campfire? We’ve put some load of tips in our blog on how to build a ripper campfire.

Pancakes and Sausages

Who doesn’t love a stack of fluffy pancakes by the campfire? Pancakes are a crowd-pleaser, and when paired with crispy sausages, they’re an absolute hit. Make the batter ahead of time or bring a mix, and you’re all set for a breakfast that’s sure to make everyone’s morning.

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Gourmet Camping Breakfasts

Campfire Skillet Hash

For those who like a bit more flair with their camping breakfasts, a skillet hash is a top choice. Combine diced potatoes, onions, capsicum, and sausage in a cast iron skillet, and cook it over the campfire until everything is golden and crispy. Top it off with a fried egg, and you’ve got a breakfast fit for a king (or queen).

French Toast with Fresh Berries

Fancy a sweet start to your day? French toast is a delightful treat that’s surprisingly easy to whip up outdoors. Dip slices of bread in a mix of eggs, milk, and a dash of cinnamon, then cook them to golden perfection on a hotplate or skillet. Serve with fresh berries and a drizzle of syrup for a breakfast that’s sure to impress.

Healthy and Nutritious Options

Avocado Toast with a Camp Twist

Avocado toast isn’t just for cafes – it’s a great camping breakfast too! Simply toast some bread over the campfire, mash up an avocado, and spread it on top. Add some extras like smoked salmon, a poached egg, or cherry tomatoes for a bit of pizzazz. It’s a healthy and tasty way to start the day.

Kid-Friendly Camping Breakfast Ideas

Fruit and Nut Butter Wraps

Kids will love these easy and tasty wraps. Spread some nut butter on a tortilla, add banana or apple slices, and roll it up. It’s a fun, hands-on breakfast that’s also healthy. Perfect for little hands and big appetites.

Campfire Breakfast Banana Splits

Turn breakfast into a fun treat with these campfire banana splits. Slice a banana lengthwise, stuff it with yogurt and granola, and add a few berries on top. It’s a playful, nutritious start to the day that kids and adults alike will love.

Tips for Preparing and Packing

  • Plan Ahead: Prep ingredients at home to save time and hassle at the campsite.
  • Pack Smart: Use reusable containers and keep perishable items cool in a good esky.
  • Campfire Cooking: Invest in a sturdy campfire grill, camp oven, or skillet for versatile cooking options.
  • Stay Organised: Keep your cooking area tidy and use a checklist to ensure you have all the essentials.

Why a Good Camping Breakfast Matters

There’s nothing like a hearty brekkie to fuel your day of adventures. When you’re out bush-bashing or just enjoying nature, a good meal in the morning sets the tone. It’s not just about filling your belly; it’s about boosting your spirits and giving you the energy to tackle whatever comes your way. Plus, sharing a meal around the campfire is a bonza way to bond with your camping crew.

And there you have it, folks! From quick and easy bites to gourmet delights, these camping breakfast ideas will make sure you start your day off right, no matter where your adventures take you. Give them a try on your next trip, and don’t forget to share your own camping brekkie favourites with us. Happy camping and bon appétit!

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G’day, I’m Stacey, CAW4D wifey, author of all our CA4WD blogs, and builder of all things website-ey. When I’m not writing about our family’s camping adventures, you’ll find me kicking around on social media with the incredible camping and 4wd community we’ve built.

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26 June 2024



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