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One of the biggest things that stumps people when they go camping is what food to bring. Finding a balance between foods that won't perish and go bland is sometimes tricky for families with children – particularly if you've got a fussy eater on your hands. However, there are a few things you can consider, even if the little ones are particular about what's on their plate.

Easy camping meals for the family

One of the most important pieces of advice for a family-friendly meal is ensuring it's nutritionally balanced. Not only does this make sure that you have enough energy for activities, but it also prevents any camping food from becoming bland. Bringing your own camping stove is handy for family meals, but also be sure to get camping holiday insurance for any equipment you bring with you in case it gets lost or stolen. If you're lucky enough to have a grill or barbeque, searing chicken breasts and making instant stuffing will help you create your own mini roast dinner, complete with boiled potatoes. Otherwise, using a combination of spices, tinned tomatoes and vegetables is a good way of making a hardy soup over a campfire stove, as well as any other one pot wonders.

Kid-friendly camping meals

If you have fussy eaters or children who need to be fed quickly, then canned soups, instant ramen and pasta with a jarred sauce such as pesto will get them fed a tasty dinner quickly. If you're worried about nutritional value then giving them some fruit for afters or some carrot sticks while they wait will make sure they maintain a healthy balance of foods.

Food to take camping without a fridge

Fresh food is a hard one for camping, as without the cold temperature it'll begin to perish after a day or two. However, fresh fruit and vegetables (such as carrots) that are edible when raw will last more than a few days and fruits can be enjoyed with peanut butter and dipping sauces.

Food to take camping with no cooking

Dried, canned and vacuum-packed foods are recommended if you're looking to avoid cooking. Powdered pasta and soups are also easy meals if you have boiling water on hand. Bringing plenty of sauces and spices also makes no-cook foods far more appetising. Meat or vegetable jerky, energy bars and instant porridge are also hearty and protein-filled handy go-to foods.

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