Recipe Ideas For Camping
Cooking in a Motorhome / Campervan
If you have a campervan or you are thinking of hiring a recreational vehicle (RV) for a camping trip then one of the first things you will likely be doing when you set off into the wilderness is to go to the supermarket. You're going to be out on the road for a number of days if not weeks. No hotel breakfasts, no McDonalds Drive-Thru's out in the countryside and no dial-a-pizza. No, you're going to be preparing you own meals in the comfort of your own home on wheels.
This article will provide you with a shopping list of all the items that you need to buy from the supermarket to enable you to make a range of simple, delicious meals for the entire duration of your trip. These items will provide you with breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a few snacks to keep you going. It's cheap, easy and nutritional.
The content of this article is written based on my own personal experience of travelling in New Zealand and Australia in an RV. One of the main reasons that I rented a campervan was to give me freedom and mobility to explore a wide area, and to sleep in some fantastically remote locations - for free no less - but also to save money on accommodation and meals.
To really save money on meals by preparing your own in the camper van and not eating out, you need to plan and prepare properly. Plan what meals you might want to make and then stock up on the ingredients that you need to prepare. Without a meal plan it's all too easy to end up buying a load of food from the supermarket that you don't know what to do with and which you end up throwing away. Or the provisions you buy makes enough for one or two dishes but you then find that you need to keep popping back to the supermarket to 'top-up' your shopping as you find that you haven't got the full set of ingredients for the meals you want to make.
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Top Food Items for Camping
OK, so in your campervan you're likely to have at the very least a gas stove, a saucepan, a frying pan and some cutlery. If you're in a more fancy self-contained van (also known as an RV) then you may even have a microwave oven and a grill. However, all of the meal ideas that I set out can be made by using just 1 saucepan, 1 frying pan and 1 gas cooker ring.
So, what items do you need from the supermarket to stock up that Campervan?
So, to make my simple, delicious camping meals you will need to write the following items down on your shopping list:
- Fusili Pasta
- Cous Cous
- Cooking Oil
- Beef Stock & Chicken Stock
- Salt & Pepper
- Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
- Fresh Parmesan
- Tinned Tuna
- Instant Noodles
- Red Wine
See This Guy Cook in his Camper
Best Countries for RV Camping Adventures
The best countries for campervan adventures are those countries with plenty of rural areas away from the towns and cities. Countries where there are endless roads to drive, places to explore and swathes of natural wilderness that you can discover and have to yourselves. You want to travel in a country that is not restrictive to campers and that allows freedom to camp and facilities for dumping waste material produced.
Two of my favourite countries for travelling around in a camper are New Zealand (especially the South Island) and Norway. In both countries you will find that you can park up and camp almost anywhere outside of the towns and cities. There are so many possibilities to explore different parts of these countries. To help give you some inspiration I have added some links to some articles below that will make you raring to get in that campervan and get off on your next adventure.
Meal Ideas for Camping
OK, so there you have your ingredients. In your RV you should have either an esky (icebox) or a powered refrigerator. If it's an esky that you have then remember to buy some ice to keep your produce cold.
Listed below are the meals for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner:
- Muesli with milk (and sugar if required)
- Hot Tea with Sugar and milk
- Nutella Sandwiches, or;
- Instant Noodles
- Spaghetti Carbonara
- Pasta with Tuna and Tomato Sauce
- Pasta with Sausage and Tomato Sauce
- Cous Cous with Sausage and Broccoli
- Spaghetti Bolognaise
And hey, if you can't think of anything to cook, don't worry about it; you have wheels! Just drive to the nearest eatery and get a takeout!
Have you ever Travelled in a Campervan?
If you found this article helpful or if you have any suggestions as to how I could improve it please leave me a comment below. Thanks for taking the time to read this article and if you liked what you read please take a look at some of my other practical travel articles that I've written by clicking the links below.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Matt Doran