Camping Oatmeal To Go

Camping Oatmeal To Go

This camping oatmeal to go is a brilliant idea for breakfast on the go!
Finding a warm, quick and easy breakfast for camping can sometimes be a challenge.  Today I am sharing our simple solution.  The boys are oatmeal fiends and love to have it for breakfast in the morning.  When we camp I plan to have this Camping Oatmeal To Go at least one morning during our trip.  Everything is packaged beforehand to make preparation while camping fast and easy.

Camping Oatmeal To Go
Looks amazing right?  Tastes even better, trust me.

Camp cooking essentials:

  • Menu planning for camping is something that I always do to stay organized.  Grab this free Meal Planner Printable to get started on your next trip.
  • A Pie Iron Camp Cooker makes cooking over the open fire super easy.  Check out these 20+ Pie Iron Recipe Ideas for tons of camp cooker inspiration!
  • Foil Pie Plates make tinfoil packet meals even easier with the sturdy base that they provide. 
  • These Grilling Bags that I recently found are amazing!  Simply add all of your ingredients to the bag at home then throw it on the campfire or grill when camping in the great outdoors.  Avoid the grill bags with plastic windows, they melt (yikes!)

Camping Oatmeal To Go


3/4 cup of oatmeal
2 Tbsp hemp hearts {optional}
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Raisins, dried fruit, ginger, nutmeg, chia seeds, chocolate chips, nuts etc. {optional}
We like to use large flaked oatmeal as we find instant oats get too mushy.  I have started to add hemp hearts for more protein, the boys don’t even notice the extra grain.  I usually have to add a few more sprinkles of brown sugar to the boys serving.  You could really customize this mixture with all sorts of additions to suit your tastes.  The goal is to fill the jar 1/2 full of ingredients and leave the rest of the space for water as the oats will expand to fill the jar.

Camping Oatmeal To Go

How to make this camping oatmeal to go:

Measure the ingredients into a pint sized mason jar prior to your trip.  Each pint will create 2 cups of cooked oatmeal which is about one {hungry} adult serving size.  I pack a pint sized jar for Darcy and I and 250ml sized jars for the boys.  

Camping Oatmeal To Go

Doing the measuring and prep work at home means that less preparation time is needed while camping and the mess is kept to a minimum.  Clean up is a breeze too.

Camping Oatmeal To Go

Here is an example of one of the boys Oatmeal To Go jars ~ note the mound of brown sugar! ha ha

Camping Oatmeal To Go

When you are ready to cook the oatmeal simply add enough boiling water to fill the mason jar {about 1 cup}.  Replace the jar lid and allow to cook for 10 minutes.

Camping Oatmeal To Go

Carefully remove the lid and enjoy!

More tips for camping meal preparation:

  • Prepare meals in advance at home whenever possible.  Leave most of the mess at home where running water is more accessible and clean up is easier.  Trust me on this one!
  • Create “one pot” family style meals for quick dinners that don’t require a lot of thought. 
  • Use tinfoil packets, foil pie pans or camp cookers (aff link). These tools help to make clean up a breeze!
  • Pack ingredients in 1 gallon size ziploc bags for flexible storage in small fridges and coolers.
  • Plan meals that use similar ingredients to help make packing and planning easy.  These Cheesy Vegetable Campfire Dip, Loaded Campfire Potatoes and Tinfoil Packet Nacho Dip recipes are some of my favorites.
Camping Oatmeal To Go

Camping Oatmeal To Go

This camping oatmeal to go is the perfect make ahead breakfast to take camping.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 2 servings


  • 3/4 cup of oatmeal
  • 2 Tbsp hemp hearts {optional}
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Raisins dried fruit, ginger, nutmeg, chia seeds, chocolate chips, nuts (optional)


  • Measure the ingredients into a pint sized mason jar.
  • Fill the jar with boiling water, about 1 cup and place the lid back on.
  • Allow the oatmeal to cook for about 10 minutes before eating.
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I just prepped this for our upcoming camping trip! Thank you!