When you’re packing up your RV and heading out on your first road trip, you might feel like you’re just cramming everything into your camper. But with a few simple tricks, you can make your kitchen feel like home while you’re on the road. Cooking on the road is a great way to save money for other experiences. Here are some of our best tips for making your on-the-go kitchen feel like home!
Before you head off on your first road trip, pull out your RV and inventory your kitchen. This will give you a better idea of what you’ll need and make sure you don’t forget to bring something important. It’s a good idea to take out anything that’s expired or broken. The inventory can be as simple as checking each and every item in your kitchen. Alternatively, you can write down a list of what you have and take that list with you while you travel. It’s great to keep canned goods and other non-perishable items on hand. You’ll also want to check for plates, utensils, and other meal-time necessities.
Plan your food
Before you go on your first road trip, create a food and menu plan. This will help you stay on track and avoid the temptation to go out to eat a few times a week. Plan what you want to eat at home before you go out, and then do your best to keep that same menu while you’re traveling. This way, you aren’t tempted to order off the menu at a restaurant when you’re out of town. Your menu should include at least two or three meals for each day of the week. For example, if you’re going to be on the road for two weeks, you’ll want at least three meals that you’re prepared for: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Shop in bulk before you leave and have each of these meals prepped and ready to go. That will help resist the urge to eat out!
Cook while on the road
While you’re in the RV, you can throw a pot of beans or a bag of rice on the stove and let it cook. You can also throw ingredients in a crockpot and let it cook while you’re out exploring. This will save you a lot of time and energy, while also making sure everything is perfect. To make your RV kitchen feel like home, you’ll want to do everything you can to carry out your cooking.
Carefully pack your food
While on the road, you’ll want to make sure your food won’t expire, is stored properly, and won’t create a mess when you hit any big bumps in the road. You’ll also want to take your destination into consideration. Will you be facing extreme heat? Will there be wildlife? Oftentimes, parks with a bear population will have strict rules on food and storage. Be sure to look into this beforehand!
When you’re traveling while eating, you need to keep yourself safe. This means checking your stove and oven are turned off, that the refrigerator is closed, and that you aren’t leaving things sitting out while you’re cooking. You also need to make sure your kids are safe while they are in the RV. This means keeping them away from the stove, keeping them out of the bathroom, and making sure there are no sharp objects in their sight.
Although it can feel like a lot of work, cooking and eating out of your RV while on the road is a lot of fun. And with a few simple tricks, you can make your RV kitchen feel like home while you’re on the road! RVs and trailers provide many kitchen options. Want to explore and see what fits your family best? Come visit us at Good Sense RV for a tour!