Dining at restaurants and even stopping for fast food can really start to add up when you're on the road. To avoid spending your entire trip budget on food, you should plan to prepare meals in your RV or at RV campgrounds.
Stocking up for the trip
Visiting warehouse stores like BJ's or Sam's Club can help you find good deals on snacks, drinks and other food for your trip. Rather than stopping at a convenience store every time you and your family get thirsty, you can purchase a case of water bottles or juice boxes that will keep your thirst quenched the whole trip. If you'd rather not generate a lot of trash on your trip, you can consider buying reusable water bottles and using powdered drink mixes to add a bit of flavor.
Planning your meals ahead of time
To save space in your RV's kitchen area, you can cook meals ahead of time and freeze them. Then you need only defrost and reheat and you're good to go. This will cut down on preparation and clean-up time. Bring along ingredients for simple meals you can make again and again, such as pancakes, sandwiches and pasta. You could also buy meat for the grill and marinate it in the fridge so it is ready to go once you arrive at your RV destinations.
Eat fresh on the road
When you're driving across the country, you are bound to come across more than a few farmers' markets and vegetable stands on the side of the road. You can pick up some fresh veggies and fruit for snacks or to make something tasty for dinner. Many farm stands also sell homemade pies and other tasty treats.
Making dining out a unique experience
There's nothing wrong with indulging in a restaurant visit or two on your trip – you are on vacation after all. When you do choose to go out for a meal, you can make it an adventure by choosing a local eatery or an exotic restaurant instead of visiting a chain or fast food joint that you have been to dozens of times at home.