This question was asked and answered in our RV Lifestyle Facebook group. Here’s what RV owners say you should pack for your weekend camping trip…
A colleague named Deanna asked a question that is commonly asked in the RV community: What groceries should we pack?!
She posted specifically about what kind of food to pack for a weekend camping trip, and the post got nearly 100 replies.
I have to say that Mary’s “usually too much” response is something we can all relate to. RV drivers’ eyes are usually bigger than our stomachs when they’re shopping for groceries for a trip.
I suppose the easiest answer would be to pack less than you think! But the other campers and I have more advice to offer. I’ll outline it for you and add some other helpful links to help you plan your camping meals for your next trip.
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How we pack our RV for a two day trip
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See?! As you can see, even Jennifer and I pack quite a bit for a two-day trip.
But as Jennifer points out, at no point should we have to stop at a grocery store. This saves us valuable time on our short trip!
You can see some of the staples we always pack (even for Bo!). But let’s learn more about what groceries to pack for your short campervan trip…
The best food to pack for a weekend camping trip
Taste buds are as subjective as funny bones, so it’s impossible to tell you the best food to pack. However, I can give you tips on what type of groceries to pack, and Facebookers endorse the advice.
You can see in our video above that we often pack leftovers from our home fridge and freezer. This is convenient and saves us from wasting good food.
Carolyn had the same advice on the Facebook group, with a little more forethought. She said: “I froze leftovers to prepare for our next trip.”
This strategy goes hand-in-hand with the next piece of advice that many motorhome owners have given…
What to eat at home
Many people responded to Deanna’s post and said that in her RV they eat what they would eat at home.
This is excellent advice for a number of reasons. For one thing, you’re familiar with it and know how to easily shop, prepare, and cook it. Second, it helps prevent you from spending too much money on unhealthy “holiday food.”
Jennifer and I addressed this undeniable health hazard…when the RV lifestyle is TOO MUCH vacationing. Granted, if you only go on the occasional weekend camping trip, treat yourself!
However, if you camp every weekend, those holiday calories become real calories!
Many RVs do a lot of crockpot cooking when camping. It’s as simple as throwing a few ingredients in a pot, turning it on, and coming back later for a good hot meal. Plus, easy cleaning!
We recently wrote an article about this! Our Facebook group shared their favorite camping crockpot recipes.
Easy to make recipes
Not everyone likes one-pot wonders made in one pot, but everyone likes easy-to-prep food when camping.
A lot of people said anything you can throw on the grill. You can’t go wrong with any type of beef, chicken, pork or fish you can throw at the Barby.
Still others suggested that you do the prep work at home and then finish the recipe in the RV. It makes every recipe a lot easier, and Jennifer and I do that a lot. We even have 5 perfect camping recipes you can make ahead of time.
Chris, a member of the RV Lifestyle group, also suggested “all mountain cake”. It refers to a closed sandwich that you can fill with anything and cook over a campfire. There is a great tool for making them, a cake iron. It’s one of the best campfire accessories to keep on hand!
Mike and Jennifer’s summer tees for your next adventure
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If you’re going for a quick weekend camping trip, you don’t need to come up with anything fancy. Why try to reinvent the wheel when all you really need is some burgers, hot dogs and fries?
They’re always a crowd pleaser and people really don’t mind eating them more than once in a short period of time. You can do both each time to please everyone. Then everyone can eat hot dogs one day and switch to hamburgers the next, or vice versa.
Admittedly, it’s not healthy to just eat that on long trips or frequent trips, but we’re only talking about a one-off short trip for now. Throw in some fruit and a vegetable tray and call it good enough!
If you want to go with an even easier classic, skip the grill and go with cold sandwiches!
Here’s a specific food item to wrap! Many people have suggested pancake mixes because pancakes are quick, easy, and delicious. Plus, you can use different toppings on different mornings to mix things up.
Throw in some syrup, eggs, sausage or bacon and you have a complete breakfast spread!
If you want to up your pancake game, you can make a homemade pancake mix ahead of time. Then all you have to do when camping is mix in the wet ingredients. There are plenty of easy recipes online, or you can make this copycat recipe for Black Bear Diner’s Sweet Cream Pancakes. They are delicious!
Another popular breakfast item is biscuits. They’re also great to have on hand to make a popular campfire treat called campfire cupcakes.
Fruit is the perfect snack for a weekend camping trip. It’s healthy, it’s refreshing and it’s easy!
They have a built in breakfast with a banana, a great snack with grapes and the perfect side to any lunch with sliced apples.
Instead of filling up on chips, fill up on fruit! It may seem silly, but there’s something “connecting” about eating fruit outdoors. As a result, the fruit always tastes better and nature sweeter!
Jennifer loved this net which we designed as a fruit hammock so we could store fruit in our RV
Nothing! (For a meal)
Jennifer and I like to eat out at least once on every trip. It’s a great way to learn about the local culture and learn more about the region. This is especially true in small towns.
We’ve probably learned as much from waiters and waitresses over the years as we have from tour guides!
So if you are camping near a small town, I recommend you to have a meal there. It supports a local business, gives you a break from cooking and cleaning, and gives you insight into the area!
Now that we’ve got the food worked out – let’s go somewhere!
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