As you get ready for your vacation in your new or used RV, you probably have a huge check list of things of things to pack and plan. You have your campground reservation, your list of sight seeing stops, and activities you plan on enjoying with your family. You’ve budgeted for each of those. But meals are in a league of their own, because it’s easy to plan one thing and end up doing another. It’s really easy to overspend your food budget by eating out more than you intended. But here are some great RV tips to help save your time and money on your meals, while making the most of your new or used RV’s kitchen features.
Make a Meal Plan – And Stick to It
This might sound like a pain, but it’s pretty easy! An example meal plan for a week long vacation may include 3 meals made in your RV, eat out 2 meals, leftovers for 2 meals:
- Monday: eat in RV
- Tuesday: eat out
- Wednesday: leftovers
- Thursday: eat in RV
- Friday: eat out
- Saturday: leftovers
- Sunday: eat in RV
Make a list of easy meals to prepare that you already enjoy at home. Shared ingredients between recipes can also help you save money because you’re purchasing items more efficiently. If several meals all need ground beef, diced tomatoes, or chopped onion, for example, you can purchase a larger amount and divide it in advance at home.
Fill the Pantry
Many of our new and used RVs for sale include a great pantry! Make this space work for you. Stock it with the dry goods, soup mixes, seasonings, and other pantry staples that you’ll need to pair with your planned meals. Breakfast and lunch are made easy if you choose canned soups, instant oatmeal, and other “heat and serve” items.
Preassemble Like a Boss
The more you can pre-make, the easier it will be for you to stick with that meal plan! Once you’ve bought and divided up your bulk ingredients at home, mix up the meals that you can and store them in gallon size storage bags. Freeze them flat to save on freezer space. When you preassemble, all you have to do while on vacation is pull a meal from the freezer and throw it on the grill or in the oven.
Just a little bit of planning can save you a lot of headache on meals when you’re traveling, and make life in your new or used RV more enjoyable. Contact us today – we can help you shop for the perfect RV that has the kitchen features you need!