Last week I mentioned a mobile meal kit that we took on our camping trip to Newfoundland. We use similar kits for barge camping with our quads, camping in our own airplane, and hotel "camp style" meals in our rooms. I've put several kits together for each purpose because they're so economical. For airline transport, the kit fit nicely in the bottom of our roller duffel bag. After that we kept it in the back seat of the SUV ready to use.
I start with a thrift store bag with zipper pouches to help organize the contents. For meal simplicity, we don't include pots or pans. Camp BBQ meats supplement deli entrees.
There are only two of us, so I fill the kit with sets of two: plastic plates, plastic cereal bowls, plastic drinking cups, and plastic coffee mugs. I also include one larger plastic bowl to share salads.
I put my utensils in a Ziploc plastic bag: two steak knives, two soup spoons, two forks, one serving spoon, a multipurpose can opener, clothes pins, and a nut cracker (just in case a tasty crab crosses our path).
For dish washing I use a bucket. Our Mr. Bucket folds up for easy transport.
I use camp soap and paper towels for washing and drying. That way I don't have to worry about getting towels dry before packing.
Camp kit for a total cost of $5.00:
- zippered bag $2.00 at thrift store
- plastic plates and coffee mugs at thrift store $.25 each
- salad bowl $2.00 from Dollar Store
- plastic cups and cereal bowls (extras from home)
- metal utensils (extras from home)
- biodegradable camp soap $3.99 (long lasting concentrate)
- BBQ lighter $2.99
- paper towels (free from my kitchen supply)
- Ziploc bags in several sizes (free from my kitchen supply)
- plastic grocery and vegetable bags for trash (free)
- fast food restaurant salt, pepper, sweetener, condiments (free)
- folding camp bucket (he's been in the family for years)