Packing the van

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  1. Loujess

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    We are off on Friday for a month and there will be shops every step of the way so why do I feel the need to batch bake, make pies, get loads of fruit and veg, about 10 packets of biscuits and basically stock up for a siege? It's absolutely bonkers. Do others do this? :BigGrin:

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    In a word, yes :Doh:
     
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    Certainly did before we set off across Europe to Crete last month. Totally unnecessary apart from the Yorkshire tea bags.
     
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    Maybe its a bit like Christmas & New Year, shops shut for 1 day and all hell breaks loose and we buy loads of stuff that will never be eaten !!!!!
    But to answer your question yes we always stock up on everything before we go away.
     
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    So do we.........but why?:RollEyes:

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    Probably because we like to think that we are self-sufficient in our home-away-from-home and like to adopt the "smug mode" when talking to our house dwelling friends :BigGrin: :Wink:
     
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    Having been stranded on one occasion without meals,I always ensure we have sufficient for 24 hours,usually long term storage for emergency/survival rations.
    I take a slab of fruit cake and a boiled ham joint. The ham lasts for up to 2 weeks, kept cool and wrapped in greaseproof. It provides sarnies and salads for lunch,ham and eggs for dinner and the bits make a great fried rice
     
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    We take a modest amount of groceries with us but we do make sure we have that part baked bread that lasts for months and semi skimmed milk in those cardboard boxes.

    Other than that, the thing to really watch out for is the national holidays that can easily catch you out. They don't always do it on a Monday like we do, they do it on the actual celebration date. Far too often we find nobody about and all the shops shut and we had no idea that it would happen. Therefore always have enough on Sunday and one spare day.
     
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    We usually have dinners for 3 days in the freezer where they stay if we don't need them, but yes we pack enough for a siege. Just found a box of tinned stuff under the bed in the spare room where we cleared the old van last week, shall we load it into the new one, decisions, decisions. :Doh: Do they sell milk and bread in France? :RollEyes:
     
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    Tis true.. but don't you just love that feeling of being self-sufficient having everything you need with you in the van? We do. :Smile:
     
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    Are you in smug mode now :reel:
     
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    No, don't do that.. just the very basics, milk coffee and baccy .. but when we had the RV twas a different story.... we stocked it to the gunwales as it was hard to find parking close to shops with it.

    Now as a happy tugger we don't need to take rations for the duration as we can park up on site then visit the local shops, supermarket, farmers markets etc.

    so much easier with a car and caravan than a motorhome .. :thumb: :Cool: :Wink:
     
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    Us too, always have and always will.

    On a 3 month jaunt in our caravanning days we were stranded once at a Ford Dealership in the middle of an industrial estate in Girona. No shops for 7 days. Had taken a freezer full of Flank steak with us :Eeek:.

    Steak for breakfast
    Steak for dinner
    Steak for tea

    It was such a dreadful time, don't know how we survived the ordeal :BigGrin:

    Maria
     
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    Living in rural Germany all the shops shut at 1300 on Saturday and don't open again until Monday morning (although most of the garages do sell the basics), we always have a base supply which we replen after every trip. Being in the Army I always manage to save a few 'boil in the bag' bits from the ration packs on exercise which are certainly a vast improvement on what was issued when I first joined back in the late 70s. They are particularly good when you are on the move with a nice selection of curries, pasta's and stews and not just good old . :spam:
     
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    T bags, coffee and a Fray Bentos steak and kidney pie suffice. Like to buy fresh if possible.:BigGrin:
     
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    yes we stock up to. think it started from before we had a caravan , when self catering with kids. we called it the red cross box and in the weeks leading up to the holiday jill would add something to the box ie sugar, breakfast stuff etc.then we would not be spending our holiday money on basics when we got there. cheers ivory55
     
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    Yep - the bacon joint is defrosting for boiling tomorrow, then soup with the stock. There are boxes of mince in the freezer and I'm thinking of defrosting some stewing steak to make a couple of pies. :BigGrin:

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    That brings back memories. My Mum always kept one in the Pantry. It was used for our holidays and then afterwards it was changed into the Christmas box. :Smile:

    Maria
     
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    Nope. However, we do keep dried and tinned stuff (and olive oil, vinegar etc) in there all the time anyway. Before going away, we just decant anything useful from the house fridge (i.e. milk, pate, yoghurt, whatever) and some bread and drive off.

    Crockery, cutlery, kitchen gadgets and bedding also live there full time. It does remind me that we do need to buy some RV towels (or more likely buy more towels for the house and retire some to the RV).
     
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    oh yes we are filling up our tin box as we speak.only going away for a week.of to the thetford bash,then on to hemsby for the rest of the week.weather permiting that is.:thumb::thumb:
     
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