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?

He posted specifically about what kind of food to pack for a weekend camping trip, and the post garnered nearly 100 responses.

I have to say that Mary’s response of “usually too much” is something we can all relate to. RVers’ eyes tend to be bigger than our stomachs when they’re grocery shopping for a trip.

So I guess the easiest answer would be to pack less than you think! But the other RVs and I have more advice to offer. I’ll summarize it and include a few other helpful links to help you plan your camping meals for your next trip.


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How we packed our RV for a two day trip

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Watch?! You can see for yourself that even Jennifer and I packed 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 staples we always pack (for Bo too!). But let’s dig deeper into what food to pack for your short RV trip…

The Best Food to Pack for a Weekend Camping Trip

Taste buds are as subjective as fun bones, so it’s impossible to tell you the best food specifically to pack. However, I can give you advice on what kind of food to pack, and Facebook users back the advice.

frozen leftovers

You can see from our previous video that we often pack leftovers from our home fridge and freezer. It is convenient and prevents us from wasting good food.

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

This strategy goes hand in hand with the following advice given by many RVers…

what you eat at home

Many people responded to Deanna’s post saying they eat the same thing in their RV as they would at home.

This is excellent advice for several reasons. On the one hand, he is familiar with it and knows how to easily buy, prepare and cook it. For two, it helps prevent you from splurging too much on unhealthy “holiday food.”

Jennifer and I have addressed this undeniable health hazard…when the RV lifestyle is TOO vacational. Of course, if you’re only going on an occasional weekend camping trip, splurge!

However, if you camp every weekend, those vacation calories turn real calories!

clay pot food

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Many RVs do a lot of slow cooking while camping. It’s so easy to put a bunch of ingredients in a pot, turn it on, and come back later for a nice hot meal. Plus, easy cleanup!

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

Easy Recipes to Make

Not everyone likes one pot wonders made in a slow cooker, but everyone likes easy food when camping.

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

Others suggested that you do the prep work at home and then finish the recipe in the RV. That makes any recipe so much easier, and it’s something Jennifer and I do often. We even have 5 perfect camping recipes to make ahead of time.

Chris, a member of the RV Lifestyle group, also suggested “anything from mountain pie.” He is referring to a closed sandwich that you can stuff with anything and prepare it over a campfire. There is a great tool for making them called a pie iron. It’s one of the best fire pit accessories to have on hand!

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The classics

If you’re going on a quick weekend camping trip, there’s no need to be fancy. Why try to reinvent the wheel when all you really need is burgers, hot dogs, and fries?

They are always a crowd pleaser, and people don’t really mind eating them more than once in a short period of time. You can do both each time to please everyone. Then each person can eat hotdogs one day and switch to hamburgers the next, or vice versa.

Granted, it’s not healthy to only eat this on long trips or frequent trips, but for now we’re just talking about a one-time short trip. Add some fruit and a veggie platter and call it good enough!

If you want to go with an even easier classic, skip the grill and go for cold sandwiches!

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pancake mix

Here’s a specific food to pack! Many people suggested pancake mix specifically because pancakes are quick, easy, and delicious. Also, you can use different dressings on different mornings to mix things up.

Mix in some syrup, eggs, sausage, or bacon, and you have a complete breakfast!

If you want to “up your pancake game,” you can make homemade pancake mix ahead of time. Then you just have to mix the wet ingredients while camping. There are many easy recipes online, or you can make this copycat recipe for Black Bear Diner Sweet Cream Pancakes. They’re delicious!

Another item for breakfast is cookies. They’re also great to have on hand to make a favorite campfire treat called campfire pie.


Fruit is the perfect snack 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.

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

A fruit hammock that we use to store fruit and thus organize and maximize the storage space of the motorhome
Jennifer was thrilled with this net that we designed as a fruit hammock so we can store fruit in our RV

Any! (for a meal)

Jennifer and I always like to go out to eat at least once 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 from travel guides!

So if you’re camping in the vicinity of a small town, I’d recommend enjoying a meal there. It supports a local business, gives you a break from cooking and cleaning, and gives you information about the area!

Now that we’ve prepared the food, let’s go somewhere!

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