Easy Peasy Food Plan – Thriving Guide

By | Education, Nest 2024 | No Comments

A question we get all the time from new burners: what do you eat?!

If you’re not equipped with a van or a fully-fledged camp cooking set-up, it can be a little intimidating to start planning meals. But fear not! I, as an extremely lazy camper, have a list of ideas for you on the lowest maintenance meals that I use as my go to.


  1. Fruit

  2. Croissants or muffins etc will last you the first couple of days

  3. Oats stacked with toppings – try Nutella and buckwheat chips, cinnamon and brown sugar, or peanut butter with nuts and seeds to make it *delicious*


My go-to is reeeally stacked sandwiches – nice cheese, thick layer of hummus, some chutney, baby spinach, slices of cucumber/tomato/bell pepper, avocado, maybe some tinned tuna or similar if you eat meat.


  1. Baby food pouches

  2. Granola bars

  3. Chocolate

  4. Gummy lollies of some description

  5. Fruit, esp bananas cos you can get em green and they last well

  6. Crackers & cheese, chutney, grapes etc

  7. Crisps & dips

  8. Trail mix – good bumbag snack too


  1. Noodles, but fry up some egg for on top

  2. Veggie stir fry and boil in a bag rice

  3. Cous cous with veg, chickpeas & tinned tomato

  4. Wraps

  5. Pasta

  6. Falafel mix (pre-made, just fry)

  7. Nachos – make with tinned tomato and beans + whatever veg is left + nacho chips + cheese/guac/salsa

  8. Risotto mixes in a packet can be good too, with optional veg

If you’re organised, I recommend having a few frozen meals in their individual takeaway-style tupperware. They defrost over the first couple days while keeping the rest of your cooler cold; then reheated curries are great.

Bonus: Did you know you can make instant mashed potato and packet gravy and it’s baaaasically KFC in a field?

A note on veg:

A quick google is easiest to figure out what keeps well unrefrigerated. I eat my bag of baby spinach at the start of the week, carrots go bad after a few days, but bell pepper keeps surprisingly well, for example. Then just eat according to what’s going bad.

And a note on planning:

I personally tend to eat a snacky breakfast and then one main meal on a burn day – there’s so much happening that I don’t want to spend time in camp cooking and I’m often less hungry than usual when my sleep schedule is out of whack. Having some treats in your bag for when you get hungry in the evenings (jelly snakes or lollipops, whaddup) is always good for a quick top up if you’re gonna be dancing til the wee hours! Or you may find you’re hungrier than normal being out in the fresh air all day – it’s pretty individual. But as with all things radical self-reliance, it pays to be prepared rather than risk going hungry.

And hey, if all else fails – you can always sign up for volunteer shifts and be fed through the Volunteer Kitchen instead 😉


Written by Emma, our marvelous Volunteer Kitchen Lead.


We Want You! To Write Long Form Content

By | Community, Education, Nest 2024, Volunteering | No Comments

Your experiences, opinions and values matter. Share your perspective with the wider Nest community, and help inspire them to participate at the Burn in ways you enjoy.

Have you had a great time doing volunteering shifts during the Burn?

Say why it’s so great to be a Ranger or Greeter or cook in the Volunteer Kitchen or do MOOP Sweeps!

Did you create some amazing art? Put on a fantastic event? Bring together a really cool theme camp?

How did you do it? Your words could help others do something similar, with their own flavour of course!

Do you have any special stories from Nest relating to Burner Principles or your own personal values?

Share them, and inspire other Nestlings to Burn like you.

How Does it Work?

So you want to write an article! Fantastic! We’re glad to have you on board.

  1. Choose a topic to write about
  2. Get in touch with us at We’ll have a chat to see if it’s the right fit
  3. We agree on a timeline for writing and editing your piece. (You will be supported by the Comms team throughout!)
  4. Write your article according to the guidelines below. (Hint: the final product should look something like this piece!)
  5. We publish your piece here, in the News section of the website, and possibly post a blurb and link on social media and in the Carrier Pigeon Newsletter

General Guidance/Specification:

  • The article should be ~300 to ~800 words long
  • Break it up into sections with headers
  • Use 1 or more photos. Use your own, take from the community photo drive (no people without explicit consent), get something from the internet, generate with AI or make specific requests so someone else can find the right thing
  • You can choose to sign with your name and photo — or remain anonymous!
  • Be respectful, stay positive. Represent Burning Nest well
  • Be mindful that first time Burners and Nestlings are among the audience. Speak to them, and avoid too much jargon
  • All articles will be reviewed and edited before posting

Potential Article Topics

Here is a list of some potential topics we’d love to see articles about. If you see one you’d like to pick up, please send a message to to see if it’s the right fit.

  • Profile on kitchen
  • Profile on community team
  • Fluff the fluff out of build
  • Profile on Temple
  • Making an Art Piece
  • Applying for an Art Grant
  • Hosting a workshop
  • Starting a Theme Camp
  • Joining a Theme Camp
  • Hosting an event
  • DJing at a TC
  • Rangering
  • Doing Welfare shifts
  • Doing Gate shifts
  • Doing LBT shifts
  • Profile on Consent Team
  • What is Strike like?

Do you want to write about something else that isn’t on this list? Let’s hear about it! Send an email to

I look forward to hearing from you!



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