With the summer months ahead, now is a great time to take a camping trip. There’s nothing quite like getting outside with your RV, or relaxing in your vehicle and cooking at your campsite.
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Part of the fun of camping with your RV is cooking delicious meals inside your vehicle and grilling outside at the campground. As you take steps for planning an RV camping trip, make sure to pack the right cooking supplies, and know what food and drinks will complement your camping excursions. To help you have a memorable trip—and memorable meals—RV Trader is sharing six tips for cooking at your RV campsite.
1. Meal Plan for Campsite Cooking
If you know how long you’ll be traveling and camping, plan out your meals by each day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This will help you create a grocery list for your camping trip, and make sure you don’t buy too much, or too little, when it comes to eating and drinking. Plan on having foods that are easy to make but will keep you going throughout the day. Foods like cereal and granola, eggs, bread, sandwiches and wraps, salads, microwave meals, and nonperishable canned goods travel well and aren’t a hassle to prepare. Change things up and set aside a dinner or two during your trip to plan a special meal to treat yourself.
2. Prepare for RV Cooking
Whether you own a large RV for camping, or found the right travel trailer for sale that’s perfect for your trip, get it ready for cooking. Before you stock up on items, clean out and wipe down your cabinets, fridge, cupboard, and shelves to make sure they’re ready for all your meal supplies. Organize the cooking items you already have so you know what you need to add to your grocery list. Shop before your trip, so you don’t have to make a run while you’re out on the road. Prep your ingredients, keep them in containers, and refrigerate or freeze them if necessary.
3. Gather Your RV Cooking Supplies
Gather all your supplies so you’re ready to cook both indoors and outdoors on your RV camping adventure. And whether you discovered a small camper van for sale that’s short on space, or have a Class A motorhome that’s got plenty of room, you should keep things simple with your cooking supplies to ensure everything stays organized. Here’s a list of some basics you’ll want for cooking at your RV campsite.
- Skillets, pots, and pans
- Cooking utensils, including skewers, spatulas, and tongs
- Knives and cutting board
- Plates, bowls, glasses, silverware, napkins
- Coffee maker and filters
- Toaster oven
- Dutch oven
- Propane tank for grilling
- Charcoal or wood
- Portable cooking stove
4. Check if Your RV Campsite Has Cooking Amenities
When you get your RV ready for camping, find out if your campsite has cooking amenities, and what their policies are for cooking outside, especially if you plan on making a meal over an open fire. This will help you plan when packing your cooking supplies. Some RV-friendly campgrounds have grills, picnic tables, and shelters for dining out by your RV. They may have an onsite shop that provides propane tanks, wood, or charcoal for cooking. But even if your campsite has these amenities, bring supplies for cooking inside your RV in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.
5. Bring Recipes to Your RV Campsite
While it’s a good idea to go for simple, ready-to-eat meals, you can still set aside a special meal with your favorite foods. RV camping is a fun opportunity to try something new that you’ve never made before at home. If you’ve found a recipe that you think you can make into a meal during your RV camping trip, bring it with you. If it’s online, print it out, or take a screenshot on your mobile device in case you don’t have access to internet service. Or, bring your recipe books with you so you’re not attached to your phone or tablet while you cook.
6. Take Food On-the-Go During Campsite Activities
While you’re planning on cooking at your RV campsite, plan to bring some food on the go during your trip, whether you’re out hiking, planning a picnic, enjoying the beach, or another fun activity. This is a way to make use of any leftovers you have when cooking at your RV campsite. You can also take light foods like granola, a snack and trail mix, fruit, sandwiches, and wraps wherever you go. Bring along a cooler and bags to store food and beverages. Stay hydrated with a canteen, water bottle, and water packs, too. Bring a garbage bag so you can dispose of food scraps and packaging.
Cooking at your RV campsite is one of the joys of owning a recreational vehicle and experiencing the great outdoors. Plan ahead, gather your supplies, and make something delicious during your trip. And be sure to Make Adventure Happen and enter our National Camping Month sweepstakes. If you’re looking for your next vehicle, be sure to see all the new and used RVs on the nation’s largest marketplace, RVTrader.com.