Foods to Take When Camping in an RV

Foods to Take When Camping in an RV
RV camping allows more options in food choices than backpacking or tent camping. Having the luxury of a stove, refrigerator and storage space means you can prepare most of the same meals you cook at home. Take the amount of people you will be cooking for into consideration and carry extra food and water for emergencies. You can also carry dry foods and snacks to supplement throughout the day.

Dry Foods

RV campers often find themselves driving long distances and need to eat food for energy. Gas station junk food is a poor choice and is usually more expensive than healthy snacks found at the grocery store. Granola, snack bars, yogurt, fruit, vegetables and nuts are all easy to find and provide energy while on the road. Snacks are also useful when you leave the RV park and go on hikes, boat rides, etc.

Easy Meals

RV camping often means long days of recreational exploring that can wear you out. Easy meals are a great way to minimize the time you spend in the kitchen and maximize the time you spend relaxing. Sandwiches, instant noodles, canned chili, bagels, cereal and microwave meals are top choices for a quick fix while RV camping. Easy meals can be supplemented by fruits and vegetables and are convenient after a long day of recreation.

Full Course Meals

Full meals are necessary to replenish your energy, and the meals are ideal for larger gatherings. Campgrounds with fire pits or access to a barbecue should be considered for outside cooking. Steak, chicken and ribs all make great meals and can be marinaded and seasoned the night before the cookout. Pasta is also easy to transport and can be cooked over your stove quickly. Salad is a great complement to any meal, and bread can be baked if your RV has an oven. Potatoes are also a staple with many campers and be cooked on a barbecue, in a stove or in a microwave. Potatoes can be seasoned with salt, butter, onion and garlic for a filling meal or side dish.


Beverages may not be classified as food but are equally important. Carry fresh drinking water for emergency situations and always stock your favorite alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Ground coffee and a French press are easy to store, and hydrating liquids and sports drinks supply energy while on the road and in camp.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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