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What Food Should I Bring for a Weekend Camping Trip?

This question was asked and answered in our RV Lifestyle Facebook group. Here’s what RVers say you should pack for your weekend camping trip…

A fellow RVer named Deanna asked a question that comes up a lot in the RV community: what food should we pack?!

She specifically posted about what type of food to pack for a weekend camping trip, and the post got nearly 100 responses.

I must say that Mary’s reply of “usually too much” is something we can all relate to. RVers' eyes tend to be bigger than our stomachs whenever grocery shopping for a trip.

So, I suppose the easiest answer would be to pack less than you think! But the other RVers and I have more advice to offer. I'm going to outline it for you and include some other helpful links to help you plan your camping meals for your next trip.

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How We Pack our RV for a Two-Day Trip

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See?! You can see for yourself that even Jennifer and I pack a lot for a two-day trip. 

But as Jennifer points out, we shouldn’t have to stop at a grocery store at any point. That saves us from wasting precious time on our short trip!

You can see some of the staple food items we always pack (for Bo, too!). But let’s dive more into what food to pack for your short RV trip…

Best Food to Pack for a Weekend Camping Trip

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Taste buds are as subjective as funny bones, so it’s impossible to tell you the best food specifically to pack. However, I can give you tips on the type of food to pack, with Facebookers backing up the advice.

Frozen Leftovers

You can see from our video above that we often pack leftovers from our home fridge and freezer. It’s convenient and keeps us from wasting good food.

Carolyn had the same advice in the Facebook group, with a bit more foresight. She said, “I’ve been freezing leftovers to prepare for our next trip.”

This strategy goes hand in hand with the next piece of advice that a lot of RVers gave…

What You Eat at Home

A lot of people responded to Deanna’s post saying that they eat the same thing in their RV that they would eat at home. 

This is excellent advice for a few reasons. For one, you’re familiar with it and know how to easily shop, prepare, and cook it. For two, it helps prevent you from splurging too much on unhealthy “vacation food.”

Jennifer and I have addressed this undeniable health danger… when the RV Lifestyle is TOO MUCH of a vacation. Granted, if you’re just going on a weekend camping trip once in a while, splurge away!

However, if you’re camping out every weekend, those vacation calories become real calories! Consider healthier alternatives, like this Healthy Grilled Turkey Burger Recipe and Squash Casserole Recipe.

Crockpot Food

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Many RVers do a lot of crockpot cooking while camping. It’s so easy to throw a bunch of ingredients in one pot, turn it on, and come back later to enjoy a good hot meal. Plus, easy cleanup!

We recently wrote an article on this very thing! Our Facebook group shared their favorite camping crockpot recipes.

Easy-to-Make Recipes

Not everybody likes one-pot wonders made in a crockpot, but everybody does like easy-to-make food when camping. 

A lot of people said anything you can throw on the grill. You can’t go wrong with any type of beef, chicken, pork, or fish you can toss on the “barby.”

Still others suggested you do prep work at home and then finish the recipe in the RV. That makes any recipe a lot easier, and it’s something Jennifer and I do often. We even have 5 Perfect Camping Recipes to Make Ahead of Time.

RV Lifestyle group member Chris also suggested “anything mountain pie.” He’s referring to a closed sandwich that you can stuff with anything and make over a campfire. There’s a great tool to make them called a pie iron. It’s one of the best campfire accessories to keep on hand!

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The Classics

If you’re going on a quick weekend camping trip, there’s no need to get fancy. Why try to reinvent the wheel when all you really need are some simple burgers, hotdogs, and chips? 

They’re always a crowd pleaser, and people really don’t mind eating them more than once in a short span. You can make both each time to please everybody. Then, each person can have hotdogs one day and switch to hamburgers the next, or vice versa. 

Plus, you can easily elevate your hot dogs by trying the following:

Granted, it's not healthy to eat only burgers and hot dogs on long trips or frequent trips, but we’re just talking about a one-time short trip for now. Throw in some fruit and a veggie tray and call it good enough!

If you want to go with an even easier classic, skip the grill and go with cold sandwiches! You can even make Homemade Uncrustables for an easy go-to lunch or snack.

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Pancake Mix

Here’s a specific food item to pack! A lot of people suggested pancake mix specifically because pancakes are quick, easy, and delicious. Plus, you can use different toppings on different mornings to mix things up.

Toss in some syrup, eggs, sausage, or bacon, and you have a full breakfast spread!

If you want to “up your pancake game” you could make homemade pancake mix ahead of time. Then you just have to mix in the wet ingredients while camping. There are lots of easy recipes online, or you can make this Homemade Sweet Cream Pancakes Recipe. It's delicious!

Another go-to breakfast item is biscuits. They’re also great to have on hand to make a favorite campfire treat called a campfire tart.


Fruit is the perfect snack food for a weekend camping trip. It’s healthy, it’s refreshing, and it’s easy! 

You have a built-in breakfast with a banana, a great snack with grapes, and the perfect side to any lunch with apple slices. Or, make a delicious fruit salad with fruit dip to snack on you're entire trip.

Instead of loading up on chips, load up on fruit! It may seem silly, but there’s something “connective” about eating fruit outside. It always makes the fruit taste better and the outdoors sweeter!

A fruit hammock that we use to store fruit and thus organize and maximize rv storage space
Jennifer was delighted with this net we fashioned as a fruit hammock so we can store fruit in our RV

Nothing! (For One Meal)

Jennifer and I always like to eat out at least one meal on every trip. It’s a great way to experience the local culture and learn more about the region. This is especially true in small towns. 

We have probably learned as much from waiters and waitresses over the years as we have from travel guides!

So, if you are camping in the vicinity of a small town, I recommend enjoying one meal there. It supports a local business, gives you a break from cooking and cleaning, and gives you insight into the area!

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2022-09-22

Mike Wendland is an Emmy award-winning journalist, traveler, and producer of RV Podcast, the RV Lifestyle travel blog, and the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube. Mike, traveling with his wife Jennifer and their Norwegian Elkhound, Bo, has vast experience and a great passion for exploring North America, previously working as a long-time NBC-TV News Channel Technology Correspondent and now sharing his love for the RV lifestyle with millions. Mike is not only an adept RV life enthusiast but also a skillful storyteller, bringing to his channels stories from the road that perfectly capture the magic and hardships of this lifestyle.

2 Responses to “What Food Should I Bring for a Weekend Camping Trip?”

September 26, 2022at9:04 am, Pam Martin said:

My husband and I do 3 and 4 day camping when we can. I retired 4 years ago my husband retired this last April, and we thought Yea we can now do some serious camping. Well unfortunately that hasn’t happened 🥺, he had to return to work just so we can make ends meet – we are struggling to stay afloat with bills, high cost food prices, electricity and gas prices and the list goes on. We have thought about selling everything and live in our RV, but our small trailer (which we are still paying for) isn’t large enough to enjoy our so called GOLDEN YEARS! And I’m not so sure it’s a great option, I am scared to give up our home that we have had for over 20 years. As for camping we are going to try and squeeze one more time in this year, we don’t travel very far from home – but have found a wonderful place 18 miles from our house, only $20 a night with water and electric and a dump station so this year has been our go to place. I always make our meals ahead of time – pancake mix, sausage gravy and biscuits, and in cooler weather I will make ahead soups, or chili or stew and put in freezer bags or containers and freeze ahead. We usually will only eat 2 meals a day. But I will cut up salami and slice up cheese along with celery pieces, carrots etc to make snack trays with crackers. Apples and peanut butter is another choice for us for snacking. I always take a small instant pot for soups/stews and a small dash waffle maker for the pancake mix or we can make pancakes on the griddle. We don’t go to extreme with eating just the basics and sometimes we will just take deli meat for sandwiches.


September 26, 2022at10:29 am, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Thanks for sharing, Pam, and inflation and the rising costs of everything is really hard right now. So glad you found a way to still enjoy the RV Lifestyle and thanks for sharing your food plan – it sounds yummy! Happy Trails- Team RV Lifestyle


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