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One of the best ways to reduce your travel costs during a campervan holiday is to make use of the cooking facilities you have. We were lucky enough to have a fantastic motorhome kitchen during our New Zealand South Island campervan holiday. This certainly made it easy for us, travelling as a family.
To help make your trip easier, we have put together our best campervan cooking tips plus some recipe and meal ideas that work well for campervan or caravan travel.
These campervan recipes and meal ideas are also great for any type of camping trip, so long as you have access to a camp stove or BBQ. The key is keeping it simple for van life!
Since then we have done other trips in basic campervans and these same tips still apply just as much, whether you are cooking in a caravan, a motorhome or if you are using your camp kitchen next to your budget Jucy van!
For lunches, aim for meals you can make without a lot of fuss or cooking needed. Sandwiches and wraps are a great option and typically inexpensive too.
Get some different cold meats, cheese and salads for a quick lunch stop between travelling to new destinations.
Tip: No-cook meals are an easy option and there are plenty of ideas for recipes and foods that won’t require any cooking!
Cheese platters are another simple lunch grazing option and one that we did for dinner a couple of times too. They are a perfect no-cook RV meals!
There are some incredible cheese varieties in New Zealand, which go down very nicely with some New Zealand wine. Add some crackers and you have one of the easiest meals ever!
If you are driving through Oamaru, be sure to stop in a Whitestone Cheese Factory. You can enjoy a cheese platter while you are there, or grab a few different kinds of cheese for the road. We picked up a mixed pack of their cheeses plus their award-winning blue cheese. So good!
Pre-made recipe bases have all the seasoning and flavour and you usually just need your protein and maybe some vegetables to mix in.
Leftover wraps and fillings from lunches can easily be converted into a warm dinner by making quesadillas.
This was one of our favourite dinners from our first campervan trip and a completely unplanned one – leftover tortilla wraps filled with shredded chicken, cheese and tomato, browned in the frying pan. So simple!
Easy CampervanRecipe Idea – A meal we have at home sometimes when we want to use up some extra ingredients is a baked bean concoction – baked beans, black beans, tinned tomatoes and then whatever we have in the fridge. This usually includes bacon or ham, sausage, capsicum, onion, and a few eggs cracked in. Let it simmer on the stove until the eggs are cooked, then sprinkle some cheese on top and serve on toast. It’s better than it sounds!
Some of our favourite one pot camping meals and easy campervan meals for RV cooking:
Savoury mince in lettuce leaves
Pasta / spaghetti
Baked beans with leftovers (see above)
Sausages in bread / hot dogs
Make sure you have all the RV essentials to make your cooking in a campervan easier!
Camping meals for kids who can be picky do make things a bit harder. We are lucky that our kids love a lot of staples like pasta and rice. They love bland food.
This may mean cooking up your meals and then adding the extra flavours after you serve the kids. Some small adjustments usually mean the meals are great for all members of the family.
The best meals to cook in a motorhome are definitely the ones that suit the entire family!
CAMPING SNACKS AND BETWEEN MEALS
We stayed well stocked up with kid-friendly snacksduring our family campervan holiday too, as kids tend to eat when they are bored… rather than just when they are hungry.
This often meant our kids were apparently starving to death within half an hour of breakfast, simply because they were buckled into their seats while driving.
Non-messy snacks are ideal for while you are travelling. Fruit like apples and bananas are perfect for snacking during transit or muesli bars work great too.
We did enjoy a few treats along the way though, including the delicious fudge we got in Akaroa. This type of thing we saved for an after-dinner treat though, while winding down in the evening.
Campervan Cooking Equipment
Don’t forget to pack the essentials you need for campervan cooking! If you’re hiring a van, most of this will already be included. If you are taking your own, make sure your camp kitchen is fully stocked!
If you are looking for more recipe ideas for cooking in a campervan or caravan or even during your camping trip, here are some great camping recipe books to give you even more yummy meal ideas for the whole family:
Do you have a favourite camping recipe or meal idea? Tell us about it in the comments. We would love to know! And share this post to Pinterest via the image below! You can check out the rest of our campervan adventures.