# Car camping An instant pot is great for car camping because, at a minimum, it functions as an electric skillet... but it can be used for much more. When choosing recipes, it's nice to choose ones that can be prepped completely at home, and just throw the mixture(s) in one or more zip-lock bags / tupperware containers. One option is to buy a protective bag for your instant pot. [](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07192V6T1) [](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XG24W82) Also, you may want to buy a cooler to [keep the ingredients in](https://www.freshoffthegrid.com/how-to-pack-a-cooler/). Warning though — high-end coolers can get [expensive fast](https://www.rei.com/c/hard-sided-coolers). Recipes: * [Mississippi pot roast](https://www.simplyhappyfoodie.com/instant-pot-mississippi-pot-roast/) — prepares into 2 shopping bags * [Chicken and rice](https://www.apinchofhealthy.com/instant-pot-chicken-rice/) — prepares into 3 containers * [Spaghetti](https://www.simplyhappyfoodie.com/instant-pot-mini-spaghetti/) — prepares into 2 containers * [Potato salad](https://www.simplyhappyfoodie.com/easy-instant-pot-potato-salad/) — prepares into 2 containers * [Jambalaya](http://lifewithdee.com/easy-jambalaya-in-the-instant-pot/) — prepares into 2 - 3 containers * [Broccoli Chicken Mac and Cheese](https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/instant-pot-broccoli-chicken-mac-and-cheese/) — prepares into 3 containers * [Cheesy Chicken Pasta](https://foodnservice.com/instant-pot-cheesy-chicken-pasta/) — prepares into 3 containers * \[vegan] [Beefless stew](http://www.straightupfood.com/blog/2015/06/07/beefless-stew/) — prepares into 4 containers Even simpler: * [just chicken breasts](https://jenniferbanz.com/instant-pot-chicken-breast) * [just potatoes](https://www.rachelcooks.com/2018/03/28/instant-pot-baked-potatoes/) * [hard-boiled eggs](https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/04/instant-pot-hard-boiled-eggs.html) * [**7-can soup**](https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/seven-can-soup/) \[can be vegan] \[no cooler needed] — SO many variations here Note that you can [freeze the zip-locks](http://woodhavenpl.com/instant-pot-freezer-meals-tutorial/). What does this do for you? It allows you to [use dry ice](https://www.cooksillustrated.com/features/8663-is-dry-ice-the-best-way-to-keep-coolers-cold) in your cooler.