Four Kid-Friendly Camping Breakfast Ideas

Making breakfast burritos in Rocky Mountain National Park

The sun starts to rise over the mountains. The sound of birds chirping and the leaves gently blowing in the wind wakes us from our slumber. Rested, we breath in the fresh air. Before the children wake up, we enjoy a cup of hot coffee in our camping chairs and quietly enjoy the morning. The children emerge from the camper, cheerful, after a long’s night’s rest. They happily ask us what we are making for breakfast.

Does this sound like your camping mornings? Yes? Good for you. This is a more realistic picture.

Around 3:30 a.m. our youngest starts wailing for no good reason. We take turns trying to get him back to sleep in his pack ‘n play. After an hour of this, we put him in-between us. He falls asleep instantly, and snores loudly. Around 5:00 a.m. we doze off. Then at 5:15 a.m. our four year old jolts out of bed with so much energy you would think he chugged a Red Bull. We plead with him to go back to bed, and tell him this is not a reasonable hour to wake up. “But it’s an old night,” he says. Then he starts to sing what we call an Anders’ original. We put pillows over our head until we give in, and begin to wake up for the day. We make coffee. Then after another pot, we start to make breakfast.

That’s more like it.

First, the coffee. There are a few different ways you could go about it while camping, but we like to use a French press. We store one in the camper to avoid a coffee crisis like the one I mention here. It is a pretty simple way to make coffee, and quite tasty. We just boil water on the camping stove, put coffee in the French press, top with boiling water, and wah-lah, fresh, camping coffee, perfection.

For camping breakfast, we like to make a hot, hearty breakfast to fuel us for whatever activity we are up to that day. These are our kid-approved favorites.

Pancakes

This is a kid favorite at anytime, but especially camping. I recommend the Bisquick Shake ‘n Pour mix, because it is easy to pack and makes less of a mess. To make it fancy, add in some blueberries, walnuts or chocolate chips. Of course, I always add syrup, even if I have chocolate chips on pancakes.

Oatmeal

Nutritious, filling and warm makes this meal a camping breakfast staple. Add in some brown sugar and reuse the blueberries, walnuts and chocolate chips for a tastier kid-approved meal. Strawberries, almonds and bananas make good toppings as well.

Breakfast burritos

This one is my personal favorite, because it gives me much needed energy to do whatever we have planned for the day. There are so many variations to a breakfast burrito. While camping, mine consist of eggs, beans, cheese, bacon and green chilies. I like to top it with salsa.

Camping Egg McMuffin

Fry an egg. I prefer mine over-hard. Top with a slice of cheddar cheese. Fry a sausage patty. Place the egg, cheese and sausage on an English Muffin. Just like McDonald’s, only with less preservatives. Simple and satisfying.

What are your favorite camping breakfast ideas?

Camping Pancakes

You will need a camping stove, non-stick skillet, and a spatula.

Course Breakfast
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 container Bisquick Pancake Shake 'n Pour Mix
  • 2/3 cup water
  • cooking oil spray or butter
  • blueberries, walnuts, or chocolate chips
  • syrup

Instructions

  1. Spray skillet with ample cooking oil spray

  2. Mix Bisquick and shake according to instructions

  3. Pour pancake batter into skillet and cook until bubbles begin to form at the top

  4. Place any desired toppings onto the pancake

  5. Flip pancake and cook until golden brown

  6. Serve with syrup

 

Camping Oatmeal

You will need a camping stove, non-stick pan, and a stirring/serving spoon. 

Course Breakfast
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Quaker Oats Plain Oatmeal
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional)
  • brown sugar (or syrup)
  • blueberries, walnuts, chocolate chips, strawberries, bananas, or almonds

Instructions

  1. Boil water

  2. Add in oatmeal and stir until the water is absorbed. About 5 minutes.

  3. Add in butter and brown sugar or syrup to taste

  4. Add in any desired toppings

 

Camping Breakfast Burritos

You will need a camping stove, non-stick skillet, can opener, and a spatula

Course Breakfast
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cooking oil spray
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 can black or re-fried beans
  • 1 package bacon or sausage
  • 1 package tortillas
  • 1 can green chilies
  • 1 container salsa

Instructions

  1. Fry bacon or sausage, set aside

  2. Scramble eggs and put shredded on-top until it melts

  3. Spoon beans and green chilies into tortillas

  4. Fill tortillas with bacon or sausage and the egg/cheese mixure

  5. Serve with salsa

 

Camping Egg McMuffin

You will need a camping stove, non-stick skillet, and a spatula.

Course Breakfast
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 English Muffins
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 4 sausage patties

Instructions

  1. Fry sausage patties

  2. Fry eggs either over-easy, over-medium or over-hard

  3. Place slices of cheese on top of the eggs. Cook until the cheese melts

  4. Place egg and cheese and sausage patties on an English Muffin

Kelly Dahl Campground-Nederland, CO

Happy camper

Before our son was born, we talked about what we wanted for him. We knew we wanted him be compassionate, to think for himself, to have independence. We also talked about wanting him to have an appreciation for nature and the outdoors. To value experiences more than things.

Then after he was born, we were consumed with figuring out the whole parenting thing. I’m also a worrier by nature and having kids has only thrown that into overdrive. I felt like I wanted to keep him a bubble. I only watch kid movies anymore, but it made me think of this Finding Nemo quote:

MARLIN: No. I promised him I’d never let anything happen to him.

DORY: Huh. That’s a funny thing to promise.

MARLIN: What?

DORY: Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.

Once we started sleeping through the night, we decided we would venture on our first family camping trip. At this point, our son was almost two. I worried about everything. Bears, mountain lions, the fire-pit, rain, cold nights. We knew we needed to just try it, if we wanted to create the types of experiences we hoped for our son.

 Kelly Dahl Campground

Photo: US Department of Agriculture Forest Service

We picked Kelly Dahl Campground outside of Nederland for our first family camping trip. This is a great spot for a first trip, because it is so close to town if you need to get to civilization. Nederland is just four miles away, which is just outside of Boulder.

Directions:

From Denver, go north on Interstate 25 to US Highway 36 west to Boulder. Take Colorado Highway 119 (Canyon Boulevard) west for 22 miles to Nederland. Continue south for 4 miles to the campground.

Campsite

It is located in the Arapho National Forest at 8,600 feet elevation. The scenery is peaceful hills overlooking ponderosa pines. There are 46 campsites for RV’s, trailers, and tents with 20 campsites available for walk-ups. However, I would recommend a reservation since it is a quite popular. Leased dogs are welcome.

Spoiler alert: the pack ‘n play was not used. A dog and a child ended up in my sleeping bag.

Be Aware

Pine beetles have infested much of the area, leaving little to shade. Bring a shade tent if you have one. There is no dump station and no hook-ups. Remember this is bear country. Do not leave your food or trash out overnight.

Good stuff

For families, this is a very easy campground. There are fire-pits, picnic tables, vault toilets, potable water faucets, and last but not least, a playground.

The playground and a Strider bike kept our son busy most of the time. The campsite has some dirt roads to explore for a quick hike, walk or run, but no formal trails. However, these trails are a quick drive away:

West Magnolia Loop

East Portal Trailhead

Devil’s Thumb Pass

All in all, our first camping trip as a family was a success. We didn’t see any bears or mountain lions. It only rained a little, and with good sleeping bags, we weren’t too cold. As a family, we feel more empowered to experience more adventures together.

 

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Ten Items to up your Camping Game

camping tips

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We are not a backpacking family. Nothing against it, but we typically load up the car until there is only room for our bodies. Sure, we could get better about this, but then we’d be missing something. With each camping trip, we think about what else we could do or bring to enhance the experience. These camping tips are things that you do not necessarily need, but I think makes the trip that much more enjoyable.

1. Warm sleeping bag

Of course you need a sleeping bag, but you can also get one for $10 a Walmart. They actually have a really cute selection right now. I like this Kelty Kids one below, because it is cute, and it has a 30 degree rating. When camping in Colorado, it can get really cold at night. A good sleeping bag really makes all the difference. Happy sleeping kids=happy sleeping parents.

Kelty Woobie 30 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag – Veridian

Kelty Kids Sleeping Bag

2.French Press

During our first camping trip last year, we forgot our coffee maker. It was tragic. My husband did a MacGyver move and attempted to make a french press out of an aluminum can. He took the top off with a can opener. Then poked holes in the bottom. We put coffee and boiling water in the can and let the water-coffee concoction drip into our coffee mugs. It wasn’t perfect, but it was much needed caffeine. Ever since that trip, we bought a french press to leave in the camper. Crisis averted.

Bodum BRAZIL Coffee Maker, French Press Coffee Maker, Black, 34 Ounce (8 Cup)

camping french press

3. Solar Shower

These really do get quite hot. In fact, we usually check the water to make sure it isn’t burning before our kids use it. Another tip is to hang this on a tree. Bring some hand soap along, and turn this into a hand washing station.

Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower

solar shower
4. Yeti can coozie

I bought this as a stocking stuffer for my husband one year. I thought he would think it was a waste of money so I asked if he liked his present. He said, “As long as it wasn’t $30.” I think I paid $35 at the time. Sorry honey! However, it is his favorite can coozie to this day. You really do get what you pay for.

YETI Rambler Colster Can and Bottle Holder Silver One Size

5. Camping wine glass

Wine is just better out of a wine glass. We are adding a couple of these to the camper this year.

Coleman Claret Insulated Stainless Steel Wine Glass, Violet, 13 oz.

6.Marshmallow sticks

We usually look for actual sticks at the campsite for roasting marshmallows. They are always too short or too flimsy. It’s nice to have the perfect length from the fire when roasting marshmallows with your kids.

 

 

7. Kid’s Fishing Pole

When camping, we like to find a nearby lake or even a little pond. We usually catch most of our fish on the kid’s fishing pole. It must be good luck.

Shakespeare Marvel Spiderman Fishing Kit (Combo Package)

 

 

8. Games

Rain happens. The camper provides more than adequate shelter for our family when it’s raining. It doesn’t provide entertainment. We have a toddler that requires non-stop activity. Last year, he was a little too young for games, but we are going to introduce these this year:

 




9. Laundry Bin

Kids are messy. Kids and camping is a whole other level of messy. Having a laundry basket to throw all the dirt filled, campfire smelling, clothes into keeps the camper a little tidier.

 

10. Stargazing app

I usually advocate for completely unplugging on a camping trip, but this is one area of technology that can add to the experience. I love looking up the night sky with no light pollution. However, I think I missed that day in astronomy class where they teach you to identify the stars. Generally, I have no idea what I’m looking at. I can find Orion’s belt, and that’s it. This app can uses your location to tell you exactly what you see. How cool!

SkyView Lite

What are your tips for enhancing the camping experience?

The Helpful Hiker