We know the feeling. You’re awakened at an ungodly hour by a vocally blessed bird that has convinced itself it was a rooster in a past life. Everything around you is covered by a layer of wet, as you’ve yet to master the art of tent condensation prevention. Your nose is numb and runny, your feet are sweating at the bottom of your sleeping bag. You managed to roll yourself off your sleeping pad and have been laying on a protruding rock for most of the night, causing back pain to rival any you’ve ever had before.
Waking up can be the hardest part of camping. Maybe you had one too many beers around the campfire last night, maybe you forgot to zip up your tent and wound up with about 200 new mosquito friends. But there’s one thing that can make the woes of a camp morning worth it: a delicious camp breakfast.
Just because you’re away from a full-fledged kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t have a real breakfast. Here are five camp versions of traditional breakfasts - easy enough to make while half asleep, delicious enough to fuel a day of adventure.
The quintessential backpacker breakfast. Easy to customize and easy to pack, oatmeal is the Swiss Army Breakfast. It’s easy: start with ½ cup instant oats and add in your mixings:
- Powdered Milk
- Brown Sugar or you favorite sweetener
- Dried Fruit (cranberries, strawberries, apples, etc.)
- Chia seeds
- Coconut Shavings
- Sliced Almonds
- Protein Powder
- Powdered Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Chips
- Whatever else you desire!
Add everything together or try your own flavor mixes like “Apples and Cinnamon” or “Coconut Chia” for your eating pleasure: just add hot water! Pack it all up in baggies or a Fairshare Mug for easy breakfasting when you’re half asleep the next morning, because accidentally adding foot powder to your oatmeal instead of powdered milk doesn’t start the day off quite the same way.
- French Toast
The French call French Toast “pain perdu”, which means “bread dipped in heaven and fried in deliciousness.” That’s not true, but what is true is that it’s easy to make delicious French Toast over a stove or campfire with the Bugaboo Griddle.
- Sliced bread - the thicker the better!
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup milk
Add eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, and milk to a bowl and whisk. Dip both sides of bread slices in egg mixture, place on griddle and fry on both sides until golden brown. Enjoy with butter and syrup and a beret. Bon appetit!
Waffles and camping? It can be done! Our Bugaboo Waffle Iron means you don’t have to waffle when it comes to your car camping breakfast choices. If you’re a regular camp pancake chef, you might never want to go back after you try a campfire waffle. To make it easy on your tired morning self, bring along your favorite waffle mix and some oil, eggs, and milk (or powdered milk) for easy morning mixing. Pour on some maple syrup from a Soft Sided Travel Bottle and top your waffles with fresh picked berries for a true diner breakfast with less flair and more fresh air.
- Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich
Make Ron Swanson proud. Try this camp breakfast sandwich for those mornings when only the smell of bacon and eggs can rouse your from your bear-like hibernation.
- 2 Bacon slices
- 1 large egg
- 2 slices of cheese
- English muffin
Over a fire grate or stove, crack the egg into a Bugaboo Base Camper Pan. Fry the egg and bacon to desired crispiness, warming the english muffin on the pan as well. When done: stack your sandwich with egg, bacon slices, and melty cheese. Devour sandwich while stroking mustache.* Conquer the day.
*Mustache not included.
Another breakfast staple you’d never expect at a campsite! If you’re camping with a cooler and the Vortex Blender, you can wake up with a cold smoothie anywhere. Packed with protein, fruits, and veggies, smoothies are a great way to fuel your adventures and keep you going without weighing you down. And, you get to wow your fellow campers with your top-notch culinary technology.
Camp Smoothie Formula:
- 1 cup base: Greek yogurt, frozen bananas, peanut butter
- 2 cups liquid: water, almond milk, juice, coffee
- 1 cup veggies: spinach, kale, beets
- 1 cup fruit: frozen blueberries, strawberries, mango, banana
- Extras: Agave, honey, protein powder, cocoa powder, chia seeds, sliced nuts, etc.
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until creamy, adding more liquid if necessary to thin out smoothie. Serves two.
So go ahead. Lay there for a minute with your eyes squeezed shut, wondering why you decided camping was a good idea. Then remember the delicious breakfast, hot coffee, beautiful sunrise, and endless adventures that lie ahead of you today. The only thing between them and you is that sleeping bag zipper.