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Old 06-10-2012, 10:52 PM   #1
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What kind of food to pack?

I will be heading out next week on a 4000+ mile, 2-week road-trip/move from Texas to Alaska with my family of 6 and a 25' TT with no slides. The TT is very small and has very little storage space in kitchen area. I'm looking for suggestions from veteran RVers for what types of food we should pack and any tips on storage. The DW wants to keep meals quick, easy, and simple so we can focus on all the fun we plan to have.

We bought the TT specifically for this move to save $$ on hotels and also to turn it into a sort of adventure for the whole family. We've only actually camped in it for 1 night right after we bought so have no real experience in TTs.
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Quick and easy would be eating out....I'd take things that are already made that just needs heated or dumped out of a can and heated. They have a lot of meals you just peel and heat. Or potatoe and macaroni or pasta salad...hotdogs, hamburgers. All depends how much frig room you have or even take a cooler with food.
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Bad news is I can't realy help with food ideas for 6 people in a TT.
Good news is that the distance between stores isn't too bad until your north of Fort St. John B.C. That should be about 7/8 days into your trip so you should have time to figure it out.
JMHO. 2 weeks isn't enough time & pack lots of bug repelant.
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Sorry, miss-read your post; the word move; I thought you were trying to go Texas to Alaska and back in 2 weeks
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Sorry, miss-read your post; the word move; I thought you were trying to go Texas to Alaska and back in 2 weeks
Yep, I had to go back and re-read it to catch that too.
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We are en-route to Alaska now. We are carrying as much non-perishables as is practical (for us about 200#)to save on food expenditures. The closer one gets to Yukon Territory the costs for food rises accordingly. Most everything is open the can/package and heat, or easy/quick to prepare.
Of course the exteme is, there are the back-packers dehydrated meals in a bag, they are light weight, and easy to prepare (add water and heat). The downside is they are about $7-$8 per meal.
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Sorry, miss-read your post; the word move; I thought you were trying to go Texas to Alaska and back in 2 weeks
Yup...it's a 1-way trip for now. Thanks for the info!
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We are en-route to Alaska now. We are carrying as much non-perishables as is practical (for us about 200#)to save on food expenditures. The closer one gets to Yukon Territory the costs for food rises accordingly. Most everything is open the can/package and heat, or easy/quick to prepare.
Of course the exteme is, there are the back-packers dehydrated meals in a bag, they are light weight, and easy to prepare (add water and heat). The downside is they are about $7-$8 per meal.
Thanks for the info! Are you traveling the Alcan and if so, what are the road conditions like so far? Any trouble with the border crossing? Any suggestions for sights to see or places to camp?
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Quick and easy would be eating out....I'd take things that are already made that just needs heated or dumped out of a can and heated. They have a lot of meals you just peel and heat. Or potatoe and macaroni or pasta salad...hotdogs, hamburgers. All depends how much frig room you have or even take a cooler with food.
Thanks Jimbo! We'll probably eat out some but the goal is to save as much $$ as possible on food and stuff so we can better enjoy everything else along the way. We're on a fairly tight budget so cereal, sandwiches, hamburgers, hotdogs, and other quick and easy food will probably be our main menu items but I'm hoping for some other ideas from folks that do this all the time.
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Cans of soup, chilli, stew, beans, Ramen noodles, paper plates and bowls and plastic utensils from the dollar store.
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Cans of soup, chilli, stew, beans, Ramen noodles, paper plates and bowels and plastic utensils from the dollar store.
I'm not a big fan of bowels. No matter what I do they just have a smell I just can't seem to think about eating them.
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It's two AM(here).

Ever eat sausage?
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Two biggies:

  1. Mac and cheese
  2. Hamburger-helper type meals (you can also just cut up some burgers that you already have as the meat, or even cut up lunch meat like turkey, etc. to add).
There are several varieties of both of these, so it wouldn't be like you're making the same thing over and over.

(Also, do you have a microwave in the TT? If so, there are several varieties of bagged rice and different veggies that steam cook in under 2 minutes. They are in the frozen food sections of most supermarkets. GREAT to add and they don't take up a lot of space. But, you'd need a microwave to prepare. Otherwise, can do regular frozen veggies in a bag and just keep frozen in a cooler and thaw via pot-on-stove to prepare).

Just some thoughts!

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Thanks for the info! Are you traveling the Alcan and if so, what are the road conditions like so far? Any trouble with the border crossing? Any suggestions for sights to see or places to camp?
We are still in the lower 48. Our Mor/Ryde suspension broke. Hopefully the RV dealer where we are will have replacement parts by June 13. There is a post in General Discussion with a link to the Yukon Highway website that states the Alaska Highway 1 is closed by several mudslides, reopening is not addressed.
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