Food for a Quick RV Camping Trip

Food for a Quick RV Camping Trip
An advantage of RV camping is that you don't have to change your diet unless you want to. Although it's convenient to travel with a fully stocked kitchen, who wants to spend their leisure time cooking? Get the best of both world by preparing your favorite meals in advance so you just have to reheat them later. Precook soups, stews, chicken, beef and sauces, then freeze or refrigerate them. Premix dry ingredients or bring packaged mixes with you.

Instant Oatmeal

This makes a filling, warm breakfast, especially when you add fruit to it. Oatmeal is nutritious and easy to prepare with a little hot water and some brown sugar or honey.


Pancake Mix and Eggs

Like instant oatmeal, many pancake mixes just need water and some time to fry and top them with a little butter and syrup. If your mix requires eggs, add them to the mix and fry a few along with the pancakes.

Dry Cereal

Since you probably eat it at home, it's easy to bring a few boxes with your choice of milk. You can even get unrefrigerated or powdered milk if you need more room in the fridge.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Almost everyone likes them, especially kids, and they're ideal for camping. Make them with English muffins and they won't take up as much room in the fridge.

Canned Foods

Soups, stews, chili, baked beans, vegetables and canned meats require little or no work, just heating. Since they keep without refrigeration, they're an excellent choice if convenience is important to you.

Hamburger and Hot Dogs

These classic camping foods are popular for a reason. They seem to taste better when grilled over an open fire in the great outdoors. Let kids skewer the dogs with sharpened sticks and roast them over the campfire. Don't forget condiments, pickles, relish and sauerkraut.


This favorite is easy to prepare and very filling. The pasta and spaghetti sauce can be stored anywhere; add ground beef to make it a meal. Bring a colander to drain the pasta water before serving.

Powdered Drinks and Instant Coffee

Nothing beats a cup of java, cider or hot chocolate on a chilly morning. You can heat it up in the RV or over a fire and it only takes a moment to mix with water. Fill a large plastic jug with tea, lemonade or fruit punch mix and drink it throughout the day.


Here's a treat that's easily the highlight of any camping trip. All you need is a box of graham crackers, a bag of marshmallows and some chocolate bars. Kids love roasting the marshmallows and building a sandwich with the graham crackers and chocolate, but they like eating it even more.


Article Written By Dan Eash

Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.

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