We are off camping this Sunday for 5 nights. We haven’t been camping for at least 2 years now … possibly nearly 3 years! We are super excited. We are off to Motutapu Island and will be getting there via a water taxi service from Waiheke Island – much simpler than dealing with ferries.
With 3 children in tow (8, 6 and 4 years) the list of gear we need to pack seems enormous even though we are very good at only taking essentials. I guess that is the reality of 5 people camping. One thing I need to pay close attention to is the food we take. I need to make sure kids have food they like, that we have lots of healthy food and that we don’t carry too much excess over with us. I confess I meal plan much better for a camping trip than I do for a normal week at home!
We will be taking a small camp fridge (runs on gas), a travel BBQ and a single gas burner to boil water on and make coffee in the morning.
At the moment my meal planning looks like this:
Breakfast x 5
Lunch x 4
1 loaf wheatmeal
2 min noodles
cans of tuna
Hard boiled eggs ?
Block cheddar cheese
Squeezer yoghurts – freeze
Dinner x 5
- 2 cooked chicken – hot, breadrolls and veg
- Sausages & veg
- France pasta (left over chicken)
- Sausages & veg
- spag bog (take over frozen)
Fruit and veg
Baby Spinach packet
Snacks – LOTS
Muesli bars – choc chip. Choc oat
Hiking treats – barley sugars, jelly snakes
Tetra pack juice
Tetra pack milk
3L fresh milk?
Coffee and sugar
Large container of drinking water
Small container of Ribena
2 packets pasta
**** make a few 1L ice bottles … drinking water … help with fridge on way over ***
Do you go camping with kids? What other food/meal ideas can you share with me? I have that nagging feeling like I am forgetting something! Once we are there we can’t get any other supplies …