Tips for Cooking for Two Campers

Jul 12, 2022 | Camp Cooking & Recipes

Tips for Cooking for Two Campers

These tips guarantee that cooking for two people while camping is never a hassle and always delicious.

By Kerry Sainato

Photo: Kerry Sainato

It’s fun cooking for a crowd when camping, but in reality, many RVers cook for two. Here are some tips to help make cooking for two a breeze in your RV—plus some of our favorite two-person recipes.

Don’t Overshop

Buying too much food for two people makes it more likely to go bad before you can cook it. Consider buying smaller portions of fresh vegetables and dairy, which are more likely to go to waste if you can’t eat them before their expiration dates. Instead, replenish these fresh items while you’re on the road as needed.

Buy in Bulk–and Freeze

That being said, there are some items worth buying in bulk, like packages of meats and cheeses. Divide them into portions of two and freeze at home so you can easily pack in the cooler or RV fridge when you’re ready to hit the road.

Purchase Sturdy Produce 

Some fruits and vegetables keep longer than others, so plan your meals around items that have a longer shelf life and can be used in multiple meals. Sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and cabbage are examples of long-lasting produce staples that can be cooked in dozens of ways.

Embrace Leftovers 

Save time cooking by making use of leftovers—extra grilled meat one night means quick and easy sandwiches or salads the next day for lunch. 

Cook One-Pan Meals 

It’s easy to feed two in just one pan. One-pan meals make both cooking and clean-up easier. Skillet suppers are a great shortcut—we recommend buying an inexpensive, but durable cast-iron skillet for campground cooking. An 8-inch skillet is the perfect serving size for two people.

Keep a Well-Stocked Pantry 

An RV pantry stocked with convenient canned goods, boxed options, and spices means that you can easily throw together a meal for two if you’re low on fresh groceries and camping far from stores or markets. My RV is always stocked with tomatoes, beans, canned tuna, and packaged pasta during camping season.

Recipes for Two

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Kerry Sainato

Kerry bought a tiny teardrop trailer on a whim over four years ago and is now an enthusiastic RV traveler. She spends most of her camping nights in New England, but is working on plans for a year-long cross country journey with her husband. Kerry also owns and operates a cooking blog,, and loves cooking over the open fire during her camping adventures.