Save meals while on the road! One way you can make camping in your new or used RV even more affordable is by making a smart plan with your meal budget. Here are some RV meal tips that can help!
Go for small, travel size portions of the grocery items you’ll need, especially when it comes to dry pantry items like seasonings and spices. A seasoning bottle may not seem like it takes up much room – but 15 or 20 of them do! I like to reuse TicTac containers as spice containers. They stack and pack nicely, and recover a lot of space in your RV’s kitchen pantry!
Speed it Up
Pre-assemble, pre-assemble, pre-assemble. This is one of the easiest time and money savers when it comes to meal prep while camping. For example, pre-cook ground beef and combine it with other chili ingredients in a gallon size food storage bag. Or combine a pork tenderloin roast with seasonings and a chopped onion and a couple stalks of celery in a gallon size food storage bag for a pork roast that’s ready to throw in your slow cooker.
Next step? Freeze the bags flat and stacked on each other in the freezer. This is another space saver tip. Not only will you have meals ready to go (just thaw and cook!) but you can get more of them in the freezer than if they’re just shoved in.
We all know how easy it is to overspend on meals without planning on it. You have a long, full day spent outside and exploring with your family, and by the end of the day, it’s just easier to find a local restaurant. But, it’s also a quick and easy way to spend significantly more than you’d allotted for your vacation. We suggest making a meal plan and sticking to it. That’s one way the pre-assembly can help, because all you have to do is pull the dinner meal in the morning and either place in a Crock Pot or set aside to thaw for the grill.
For our family, for each 7 days/nights spent camping, we plan on cooking for 4 nights, reheating leftovers for 2 nights, and eating out the remaining night. A simple plan like this, or something that works best for your family, can help you stick to the budget (as well as not waste the groceries you’d bought for the trip).