One of the best things about owning an RV is the ability to cook your own food wherever you go. If you stay in a tent while camping, you will be limited to whatever you can create over an outdoor cook stove or the open fire. In a hotel, you probably won’t have any cooking equipment at all and will be limited to simply eating out for every meal. With an RV, however, a full kitchen is likely at your disposal from the first day of the trip to the last.
While that is great news, there is plenty of room to make mistakes at the same time. If you make poor decisions related to food, you may wind up making the trip much more difficult than it needed to be. With that in mind, please review the following three food mistakes that you should aim to avoid during your next RV trip.
#1 – Being Too Ambitious
One of the common mistakes that beginner RV owners make is thinking that since they have a great kitchen, they should make a variety of fancy, complicated dishes during their vacation. While this is a well-meaning mistake, it is one that could lead to a frustrating trip. There are a couple of problems with trying to make complex dishes during your vacation. First, you will have to bring a long list of ingredients and kitchen utensils to make your high-end food. As the packing list gets longer for food needs, you will slowly run out of room in the RV for other essentials. Also, cooking nice food takes time, and that is time that will be taken out of other parts of your vacation. Save the complicated recipes for home and stick with simple food that is easy to prepare.
#2 – Ignoring Shelf Life
Imagine for a moment that you are going on a week-long RV vacation to a location that doesn’t have a grocery store nearby. Therefore, you are going to have to pack all of your food for a full week in the RV when you head out onto the road. Packing food for a week isn’t normally a huge challenge, until you start to think about the shelf life of certain products – specifically meat and dairy items. If you forget to think about shelf life, even items that are kept in the refrigerator may be bad by the time you are ready to use them. Plan your menu so that you are sure you will have plenty of good food left when the end of the week rolls around.
#3 – Counting on Fish
This is a mistake that nearly every fisherman has made at least once through the years. Instead of packing enough food for the whole trip, the thinking here is that it will be easy enough to catch fresh fish for at least one or two of the meals. Of course, it doesn’t always work out that way. Is it possible to enjoy a meal of fresh fish if you are camped by a lake or a river? Sure, possibly. But it is also possible that you will catch nothing at all. Bring enough food for the whole trip on the assumption that you won’t add any fresh catch to your fridge. That way, even if the fish aren’t biting, at least you will have a nice meal at the end of the day.