EMMA RYAN, TRAVEL IN EDITOR
A little forethought delivers budget savings in the bag, says Emma Ryan.
“Cook your first few nights’ meals before you leave home, or cook double if you’re on the road long-term. Then freeze the appropriate number of portions, and pop them in the camper fridge the day of departure. They’ll stay mostly frozen in there and you can grab them out an hour or two before dinner time to defrost properly. Stews, casseroles, satays and stir-fry work well, as these can be reheated in one pot. This allows you to use the contents of your home pantry which saves you buying basics like herbs, spices, flour and rice on the road, and reduces food wastage as it is portion controlled. It’ll also save you time, water and stress.”
CAMP SHOWER SAVINGS
“If your main motivation for caravan park stays is the shower block, come up with a camp shower solution of your own. If your camper doesn’t have an on-board shower, invest in an Aquacube or, my personal favourite, a trusty $15 camp shower bag that can be warmed in the sun in the boot of the car while you’re driving to camp. That sure beats $50/night fees for the pleasure of a communal shower block! I’ve had mine for in excess of five years and I love it.”
HEALTHY CAR SNACKS
“I know what you’re thinking: boring! But the truth is stocking the car with healthy, low GI snacks means you and the family will stay fuller for longer, saving you money on expensive junk food from the servo. Make a big scroggin mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruit before you go (add a few treats like dried cranberries and chocolate buds to keep the kids interested), divvy it out into zip-lock bags (one per person) and watch as once sceptical mouths graze with relish. It’s delicious and will keep cravings at bay.”