Tips for planning meals on the road

Enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to camping comfortably and having delicious and well-prepared meals.

We’ve previously shared some fun recipes for when you’re on the road. Here are some tips to make cooking as easy as possible when away in your van.

Plan your grocery schedule and lists when you plan your itinerary. If you’re heading on a long trip, do some shopping before you start and the rest as you travel. If there’s an ingredient you absolutely cannot live without, stock up before you leave, because you never know if you will find it in remote towns.

Here are some items you can buy that will last the whole trip without going stale:

  • Dried fruit and vegetables
  • Protein bars
  • Trail mix
  • Powdered or evaporated milk
  • Drink juice mix
  • Cheese sticks
  • Marshmallows
  • Beef jerky
  • Instant coffee or tea bags.

If you love your coffee, there’s an easy way to make fresh espresso on the road.

The obvious way to save time on the road is to cook some meals before you leave. For example, you can make soups, lasagne and spaghetti sauce, freeze them in containers and reheat when you need them. Frozen cooked meals also last longer than frozen raw meat.

Plan a simple daily menu for shorter trips. Pack the ingredients in meal-specific containers, so everything is in one place for each meal. Large ziplock bags are perfect for storing ingredients and you can reuse the bags.

Food storage containers are an important investment. Look for the following qualities when buying:

  • Durability. Heavy duty products last longer and survive accidents better.
  • Size. Get a range of different shapes and sizes for various items. This is will save space and keep your food and ingredients compartmentalised and organised.
  • Environment-friendly. Purchase non-toxic containers to protect your food as well as the environment.

Aluminium foil is another essential for cooking when travelling. You can use to wrap leftovers and store ingredients.