Overnight oats; an easy, simple and tasty breakfast for camping

When you live on the road, finding shortcuts, or hacks to make travelling easier becomes super important, and we’re always on the lookout for them. Our latest, has become a fairly common camping breakfast option for our two kids; Overnight Oats for Camping. 

You’ve probably heard of this before, and if not, its something you should put in the back of your mind, as its really easy, tasty, healthy and simple. If you want more fantastic options like this, check out our Easy Camping Meals post.

Overnight Oats for Camping the next morning
Overnight Oats are simple, tasty, easy to make and our kids love it

What are Overnight Oats?

In essence, this breakfast meal involves pre-mixing oats with a range of other things and letting them sit overnight, ready for consumption the following day, or even the next day after that.

How long do they last?

I’m told Overnight Oats last up to 4 days. We’ve never kept them for longer than two, and they are always in a fridge

Why do we like Overnight Oats for Camping?

For us, breakfasts can be very hit and miss with the kids. Often they’ll wake up hangry, and until you can get food into them they can be quite irritable. This is one of the reasons that we love our 240V toaster, as we can get food prepared quickly and get them eating.

Overnight oats are ready to eat from the moment you pull them out of the fridge, which means the preparation time is literally zero. Sarah will mix it all together the night before (and often the kids want to help), after dinner, when we are trying to kill time, and then the kids know what they will be having for breakfast (big tick already), and its good to go when the sun rises.

Making overnight oats
This is a great way to keep kids busy in the difficult period before they go to bed

It’s also really healthy, requires no electricity to make, can be varied to suit what the kids want (and what you have in the fridge), and if I’m honest, it tastes pretty good.

Ingredients for Overnight Oats

Camping overnight oats ingredients
The ingredients we normally use for overnight oats

Half a cup of rolled oats (not quick oats)

Fruit (if you want)

A teaspoon of Chia seeds (if you want)

Quarter of a cup of Yoghurt (any type works, but we normally use Greek)

A pinch of salt

2 teaspoons of maple or golden syrup

A dash of vanilla extract



Find a container that will hold a decent amount of oats, and preferably one with a lid. Lots of people use glass jars. We just use silicon containers with lids.

Add one cup of oats, a tablespoon of Chia Seeds, a few tablespoons of Yoghurt, and any fruit as desired, and then add half a cup of milk. 

Making overnight oats
Adding all the ingredients together

Put the lid on, and stick it in the fridge, and the next morning its good to go. You can chop and change the quantities a little as you want, but the texture in the morning should be soft, creamy and quite tasty.

Mixing overnight oats
All mixed, and ready to sit in the fridge overnight

We do this a few times a week

We don’t live on overnight oats, and if I’m honest its normally the kids who polish it off before we get to it, but the above recipe tends to last for 2 breakfasts for the kids, and they love it.

We don’t do it when we are running low on milk, or yoghurt, but its super easy, convenient and makes life on the road with two young ones so much easier.

Weet Bix for breakfast
Overnight oats certainly allows for some variety!

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