We almost never eat or order out while camping, cooking is part of the experience. We did order a pizza one time and even though they told me they delivered to the campground, they couldn’t find us. I had to drive out to the main road and wait for the driver to come by. LoL
JoeCamper, EwwwBugs, 4 kids, 2dogs and whatever else fits in my truck.
04 Dodge Ram 1500, 2010 Coleman Avalon
I agree with Joe, cooking is the experience while camping. Some choose to do it inside of the campers, some do it over a fire or an outside grill.
It sort of reminds me of the answer I tell people when they ask what’s the difference between camping and Rv’ing.
When you walk down a row of people camping, you see the faces of people glowing outside by a fire.
When you walk down a row of people RV’ing, you see the faces of people glowing from their TV inside of their trailer.
Phil and Pete
|The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything that they have!|
We chose to eat fairly simple meals while camping. However, our choices have improved a lot over the years, from tent camping to popups, to TT. Neither popup had a refrigerator, let alone a freezer that worked well, so now that we have one, it’s even easier to bring meals, or portions thereof, that we’ve cooked at home. We also have a microwave, which is dry storage for bulky items a lot of the time. However, for overnight stops, or on trips where we have power, we do use it. (Never thought we would, it was already added to the trailer when we bought it.)
We don’t cook over a fire (we haven’t had a wood fire in almost 30 years of camping), but we do usually set up our outdoor cooking space, if we’re going to be camped more than a night or two. We’ve tried taking a charcoal grill a few times, but space has always been at a premium, so it hasn’t made it into the permanent equipment.
Eating out? Not often, but there are exceptions. We usually try to eat one breakfast at the Lodge at North Rim of Grand Canyon while there (we try to get to NR once a year, this will be the 3rd year in a row that we’ll spend Memorial Day week there). We’ve splurged on dinner a couple of times, but have never lucked into a window seat for that. Early morning light on the Canyon is pretty too, while we eat. When we’re in the Moab area, we try to eat breakfast at Jailhouse Cafe at least once. Once in a while, we’ll find a local pizza place or some other spot we’d like to eat.
We always cook at camp, mostly over the fire or with a charcoal grill. The only thing that i run out for is fresh produce. Most of our weekend trips are in amish country and my saturday morning routine is to head out on the scooter with a back pack and for less than $20 I fill the back pack with fresh fruits and veggies for the weekend.
Eating in or out depends on where we are and how long we’re there. On long trips, 5 to 7 days, we usually eat out at least once for lunch. For the weekend getaways its strictly camp cooking. It also depends on where we are. Down in Myrtle Beach for Christmas we eat out a bit because the restaurants are close. When camping in Mystic CT. you have to go to Mystic Pizza. But if we’re on the north shore of MA. I’ll find lobsters cheep and boil them up at camp. For us part of camping exploring the locality , that may be a restaurant or a grocery store.