Planning Is Key!
Are you planning an RV camping trip with your family? RVing has lots of advantages such as offering a great time for family bonding, allowing you to connect with nature, and giving you the thrill of adventure. However, for the road trip to be successful, there are some crucial things you need to take care of. After getting your RV rental, you need to think about your diet in the course of the trip. What and how will you be eating?
Since good eating on the road has its challenges, we’ll be looking at simple good eating tips to ensure you have a fantastic RV camping trip. Check out our tips on planning your first RV trip too!
Plan Your Food Items Well in Advance
While on the trip, you may not have grocery stores that you can rush to just in case you need something. Therefore, plan ahead to make sure you’ve packed all the necessary food items. In this planning phase, prepare a checklist of all the food items you think will work out for you. Here is a sample list of foods you might want to bring along:
- Frozen vegetables
- Canned beans
- Deli meat
- Cooking oil
- Fresh fruit
- …and many others.
To ensure you don’t forget anything, have a brainstorming session with your tripmates to see what they want to bring! If you need tips on which small cooking appliances you want to bring, we can help out with that.
Know How You’ll Protect the Food Items
Since RVs aren’t built as solid as your home, it may be easier for animals and pests to get in and destroy your food. To combat this, before leaving home, know the precautionary measures you’ll take to ensure pests don’t invade your foods. For instance, you can invest in the right containers. You can also buy odor-proof bags to ensure your food doesn’t attract pests such as squirrels or ants. If you must, buy a safe and environment-friendly spray to chase away these pests in case they get into your RV.
Don’t Let Your Food Spoil
If you’ve carried perishable foods such as meat, not thinking of how best to store them, can make them go bad. Identify things that need refrigeration to stay fresh and the space they need. Some RV campers take more food than they have cold storage for and essential items end up spoiling. If the trip will take more than three days, carry a suitably-sized cooler, and stock it with ice. This way, your perishable goods will stay refrigerated, and you’ll use them for a longer time.
Carry the Right Cookware and Tableware
Since you may have limited space in the RV kitchen, don’t buy too many cookware sets. Instead of bringing along lots of small pans and pots, carry a few large ones that can cook different items. For your cookware, our family really loves the Instant Pot, Crockpot, Air Fryer, or other small cooking appliances. Or if you want to go more traditional, cookware made from stainless steel or cast iron work well also.
When it comes to tableware, avoid breakables as much as possible. Glass plates and cups may accidentally topple out of RV cabinets, fall, and break. Also, they may fall off soapy hands or get damaged in cramped up sinks. When you think of plates and cups, think paper! Don’t forget plastic spoons, forks, and knives too.
Simple Meals are the Way to Go
If you’re a fan of fancy foods, then you may have to drop that habit on your motorhome rental trip. These foods are amazing and sweet, but you may not be well-equipped to prepare them. They are best left for your home kitchen. Examples of simple and healthy meals for an RV are scrambled eggs, chicken and vegetables, fried fish fillets, salads, bacon and cheese pull-aparts, sandwiches, and more.
Leftovers are Your Best Friend
RV camping experts recommend that you should strive to cook your meals once. If you’re cooking chicken and vegetables for lunch, cook lots of it so that you can also eat it for supper. Leaving leftovers for another mealtime has its benefits. One, it saves on fuel. Second, it saves time. The time that would be spent cooking will be spent having fun and bonding as a group.
Cook Using an Outdoor Fire
It’s always tempting to cook food inside the RV. Maybe you’ve even brought cooking appliances that will cook faster. However, use this option only when it’s necessary. Go outside, ask some members to look for firewood, start a fire, and cook. If you’re in an RV camping ground, you’ll find that there are fire pits to make work easier for you. There are camping grounds which also have grills where you can prepare your hotdogs, steak, fish, burgers, and chicken. Cooking outside helps you save on fuel, and prevents your RV from getting too hot, especially during the summer.
Eat Cold Foods
Eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to cook. You can prepare cold salads with healthy ingredients and enjoy them. Examples of salads you can prepare are fruit salads, avocado and tomato salad, watermelon and cucumber salad, strawberry spinach salad, spinach salad, and others. You can also prepare a simple sandwich whose ingredients you don’t have to cook. These cold foods are healthy, and you won’t have to heat up the RV, particularly during hot weather.
Clean Up After Every Meal
No one likes doing the dishes, but letting dirty items pile up can be a recipe for disaster on your RV camping trip. If you’ve been cooking foods such as fish, odors from the cookware and tableware can make the environment unbearable. Another thing is that they can attract pests, which can destroy your other food items. As soon as you’ve used an item to cook or eat, wash it so that you can prevent foul odors, keep away pests, and reduce the time it’ll take to prepare the next meal.
Have a Backup Plan
While out on the road trip, it’s not a guarantee that everything will go as planned. All your food may go bad unexpectedly, or you may stay longer than you had expected. Therefore, carry cash to buy additional food if there are grocery stores or a supermarket nearby. Even if you have a credit card, bring cash anyway! You may find stores that don’t accept cards.
Hopefully, these tips have given you enough information on what to eat on an RV rental trip. Keep them in mind, and you’ll always have an enjoyable experience while camping in your RV.