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Recipes for a quick camping getaway

Need to reconnect with the outdoors, remember why someone invented bug spray, or just earn the rights to a few burnt s’mores? Then a camping getaway may be just what the naturopathic doctor ordered.  And car camping couldn’t be easier, if you have the patience to build a tent, foresight to plan out some tasty meals, and zest to sleep under the stars.

I’m going to make this simple: You pick the location—there are a few close options below—and I’ll lay out your meals, activity options, and what you can’t forget to pack.


Not on board with pitching a tent? Don’t worry, each of the above-listed places have cabin options in case of rain, fear of bears, or just generally not wanting to sleep on the unforgiving ground.


Each meal here was designed to be as nonperishable as possible. I hate toting around icepacks, blenders and unnecessary items just as much as the next person.

A Simple Pancake Breakfast:

Pro Tip: Bring a percolator and premeasured amount of coffee (with creamer from a gas station)


Fajitas for Dinner:

Deserved Dessert:

Pro tip: Sub the Hershey’s with a Reese’s or the graham crackers with chocolate chip cookies. You will not regret it.


Food gear: 

Camp gear:

Things to do:

People and Pets:

Hopefully these recipes make your quick getaway a little simpler. You’ll find the hard part is in the preparation, but once you get to wherever you’re going, you can kick your feet up, relax, enjoy the fresh air, and appreciate the fact that we’re pretty lucky to live so close to so many great outdoor adventures!