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Stocking the fridge, freezer and pantry

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If you're lucky enough to have a home-size fridge and freezer then you probably have a motorhome. If not, then you will have to do some planning about what you want to take with you.

Unless you plan to go some place where shopping is slim, I suggest you take the minimum with you and buy the rest when you get there. We tend to take milk, eggs, bread, cheese, fruit and coffee creamer while travelling so we will at least be ready for dinner and breakfast.

Dry foods

The good thing about dry foods is that they keep a long time, which is a comfort should you be boondocking off the grid. The bad thing is that they can weigh a lot. For example, while canned soups are a nice convenience, they tend to be mostly water which results in weight.

Note that some of the items in this list aren't exactly dry, like oils and syrups. They are included in this list because they don't have to be refrigerated, at least until they are opened.

  • Herbs & spices: oregano, bay leaves, garlic powder
  • Mixes: chili, pot roast, marinades
  • Breads, buns, rolls
  • Cookies, crackers
  • Pudding mixes, Jellos
  • Rice, flour, corn starch, baking powder
  • Dried pastas
  • Black pepper, white pepper
  • Sugar, brown sugar, sweetners
  • Mustard, mayo, ketchup
  • Chicken, beef broth
  • Canned or dried soups, stews
  • Canned tomatoes - stewed, whole
  • Pudding & pie fillings
  • Bisquick: pancakes, waffles
  • Pancake syrup, choc. syrup
  • Soft drinks, Kool-Aid
  • Olive oil, soy sauce
  • Rice
  • Coffee
  • Dried oats
  • Nuts, trail mix
  • Peanut butter, jams & jellies, Nutella
  • Crisco
  • Popcorn
  • Vinegar - balsamic, apple
  • Honey
  • Dressings
  • BBQ sauce, A-1
  • Sauces
  • Flavored waters
  • Candies
Being long-time backpackers we know about freeze-dried foods. They have come a long way and can actually be quite delicious. Their main advantage, of course, is that they are lightweight and easy to carry - hence their popularity with backpackers. This can also be an advantage for RV-sers, especially those that will be dry camping for awhile. You can get freeze-dried stuff at a local backpacking store, or you can get it online by Google-in for "freeze dried backpacking food". There are tons of suppliers.

Fresh foods

  • Fruits, vegetables
  • Onions, potatoes, garlic, ginger
  • Meats - chicken, steaks
  • Hamburgers, hot dogs
  • Deli meat & cheese
  • Eggs, bacon, milk, butter
  • Cheeses, sour cream, Riccotti cheese, yogurt
  • Ice cream, desserts
  • Juices
  • Chilled pasta
  • Pickles, pesto, alfredo sauce
  • Pre-packaged frozen meals
  • Frozen breads

Place an elevated wire rack in the bottom of your cooler to keep foods out of the water inevitable created when ice thaws.
Don't forget to check out the camp recipes on this site. Find some you want to try and add the ingredients to your list.
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