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Stocking Your RV’s Pantry for a Long Trip

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Have a long trip coming up? If so, you’re probably planning for that trip right now. While there’s a long list of things to do if you’re planning a trip that will last weeks, you should pay special attention to what you’re putting in your RV’s pantry.

Short RV trips are easy to stock up for. I usually end up getting most of what goes in my RV from the pantry in my kitchen. Sure, I’ll buy some items specifically for the trip, but most of what I have along the road is what I’d have at home.

However, on a longer trip, you’ll need to do a little more planning and make sure you’re ready from a food and drink standpoint before you leave.

Identify Anything You’ll Want That Can be Hard to Find

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Different people have different dietary preferences and needs. While I can and do eat about anything, many folks have specific things they can or cannot eat. If you fall into this category, then you need to make sure you have the items that you like or need before you leave. Go shopping before the trip.

This is especially true if these items are hard to find or purchased at specific stores. You can also do some research ahead of time and find out if there will be places for you to make purchases of these items along the way. In many cases, you should be able to find what you need.

Things to Consider Buying Ahead of Time

You can’t buy everything ahead of time. For example fruits, vegetables, and other perishable items, you’ll have to get on the road. If you buy them before the trip, they’ll likely go bad before you leave.

However, non-perisables can be bought ahead of time. Let’s take a little bit of a closer look:

Canned Foods

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Canned foods are one of the things that I see being overlooked all of the time. You can get all sorts of things in cans. Fruit, beans, vegetables, pasta, sauces, soups and more. I’ll be the first to admit that not all of it is very good, but you’ll be able to find plenty that tasts good and comes in a can.

Using canned foods on your longer trip is a great way to eliminate filling up your freezer and refrigerator space. Canned foods don’t need to be refrigerated until opened. You can stock up and not have to worry about things going bad.

Not sure how to cook with canned foods? Don’t worry, there are plenty of recipies out there. Here’s a list of 60 recipes that use canned foods. You shouldn’t need anything else.

Dry Goods and Foods That Don’t Need Refrigeration

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In addition to canned foods, there are all sorts of dry goods and foods that don’t need to be refrigerated that you can and should add to your pantry, too.

Things like rice, honey, pancake batter, dried herbs and spices, beans, condiments, dried fruit, potatoes and more make great additions to your pantry. When camping, your refrigerator space is limited, and I’d use it for things that will go bad quickly if not used, like meat, milk, and many fresh fruit and vegetables.

I would suggest you sit down with the people who are going on the trip with you and make a list of all the foods you’d like to have during the trip. From there, it’s easy to narrow down a grocery list and go shopping ahead of time.

Medicine and Vitamins

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Medicine and vitamins aren’t something that everyone keeps in their pantry, but I do. I do keep a lot of these types of things in the bathroom, but my daily multi-vitamin and any daily medication I keep in the pantry of my RV.

Why? that’s the first place I go in the morning. I get up make coffee and breakfast and then take my vitamins and daily medications. It only makes sense to have it there.

Before a long trip, you need to make sure that you have plenty of whatever you need. Talk with your doctor about your plans to take a trip and see if you can get all of the things you need well in advance. That way you don’t have to try to figure something out while you’re on the road.

Trust me, there’s nothing worse than worrying about where you’re going to get your medication when you’re suppossed to be enjoying yourself while RVing.


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