How to Pack Food for an RV Road Trip

Below are a few tips about cooking and food when you are traveling in an RV.


  1.  Stuff moves around a lot.


Ketan purchased and RV this is 30 feet in length which is actually doubled in size compared to a regular sized car. If there is anything in the cabinets inside the RV that has not been secured and actually has weight to hold it down those things may easily slide back and forth from one side of the Rv to the other. Which of course this could be very annoying to have to deal with knowing something could potentially fall and shatter or fly through the air and in turn cause a major distraction for someone who may be operating the RV. You want to make sure you have foods that can be eaten as is in some type of container or basket and not bags. Place those containers in a place where they are secured and will not be able to shift or move if you were to make a turn in the RV.


Bungee cords can be a live savior for this also. Take a basket filled with fruit for instance that we actually sat in the fridge and secured with a bungee cord around and hooking to the fridge shelves.


  1.  Lightweight tableware and tumblers are your friends.


Do not use dishes or items that can break if you can do so. Such as a glass you would drink from or even dishes that may be heavy and made of glass also, these are not particularly made for the RV lifestyle. Glasses can fall from cabinets and break or even slip out of someone’s hands if they have slick hands or greasy hands while they may be doing dishes. Having tumblers that are very light and not able to shatter are what you should use along with plastic dishes.


  1.  When it comes to food, think shelf-stable.


One of the most favorable traits of an RV is that if you are staying at an RV park or something for a night you can actually plug your RV into an electrical outlet for the night.


Whenever you plug your RV up like this your place will get really cold. However, if you travel a lot your fridge may risk becoming too warm and having the items in its ruin. It is advised since this can happen for you not to bring raw packaged meats or anything else that may ruin without the cold inside your fridge being present. Instead only bring as much as you will need that is perishable items like yogurt, eggs, or cheese in a smaller amount.


Some of our favorite provisions include:


Tuna in oil (canned)


Taco Shells

Peanut butter



Dry salami


Tomato sauce

Tube polenta

Olive oil







Graham crackers


Chocolates (for s’mores)


Smaller quantities of spices in small containers. I pack little jars with different spices such as salt and taco seasoning. Normally I would not use small packs of seasonings when I am home because I have my major spices there but when you are out on the RV taco seasoning is actually really good on tacos with tuna and beans. (don’t laugh at me okay? they are so good that way) with avocado and eggs.


If you have a lot of foods that need to stay cool that you do want to bring a large cooler with you and keep ice on hand and place the food items that are perishable from your RV fridge into the cooler.


  1. Avoid a few tricky foods.


We love pasta in my family but there is not an unlimited amount of gas so it may be very hard to boil water for noodles on your RV. Along with heating water on the RV stove, you will make the heat index rise inside your RC and risk having a warm area to sleep which could be an issue if it is already very warm that night outside. This is why we chose couscous, sauteeing polenta, and the taco choices that we did because we did not have to heat these. We did, however, have hard boiled eggs but as soon as the pan started to boil that I was using I turned off the stove burner inside the RV,’


We also stay away from cooking pancakes or big batches of anything because the kitchen space on the RV is so small and I am one who rather cooks as fast as I am able in such a small defined area so I can go outside and relax with my family and have fun.


  1. Leave room for local finds.


In Oregon, our favorite place to make a drive and visit is the file hood river fruit loop which is a place with many u-picks and orchard farms. Montavon’s berry was a place we visited which actually had room for our RV. Some places there are cramped quarters for an RV the size of ours. We were able to fill the buckets we had with an overabundance of blueberries and had a blast doing it. The owner weighed our berries, his name was Lee Montavon and when he told us the total price of all the berries we had picked was only two dollars and sixty cents we were so thrilled because anywhere else those exact same berries would have been at least ten times more that price, especially back home.


At the end of the day, it was a good thing we didn’t plan our meals ahead or our snacks, we’re actually very glad.