Wednesday, November 29, 2023


When in your RV, how often do you buy groceries at Walmart?

As of January 1, 2020, there are 4,756 Walmart stores across the United States. That makes it pretty easy to find one near you, which means it’s an easy place to buy your groceries from. And if you’re staying overnight in their parking lot, as many RVers do, it’s even easier.

When you’re out on the road in your RV, how often do you buy your groceries at Walmart? All the time? Sometimes, but only if it’s convenient? Never?

Please answer in the poll below. We’re curious to see how the majority of you answer. Thanks for voting!

P.S. Do you know what Walmart’s best-selling item is? Hint: It’s a grocery item. We told you in the Tuesday issue of our RV Daily Tips newsletter. Find the answer here.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Jeff Craig (@guest_97373)
3 years ago

I only shop at Walmart when we are stopping for the night at one, something that happens less often as restrictions increase.

Growing up in Oklahoma, I saw firsthand what they have done to small businesses in community after community, and I’ve grown to avoid them. In the last 20 years, I’ve shopped at them less than 30 times – but I try to shop at small, local places for my needs. That said, like everyone else, I’m becoming more and more reliant on Amazon and Costco.

Tony King (@guest_97183)
3 years ago

We shop there at Home & on the Road. We stay in Walmart’s overnight probably 2 out of 7 nights on a average when on the road.

KellyR (@guest_97179)
3 years ago

Never. We are not fans of Walmart.

Jon (@guest_97182)
3 years ago
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Hank (@guest_97172)
3 years ago

Average once a week. Maybe less!

Bill (@guest_97171)
3 years ago

We always buy our groceries from Walmart. But while on the road we may visit them as needed., When camping where Walmart is not able to be visited, we usually rely on our things we have in the RV.

Dalmom (@guest_97170)
3 years ago

I can’t stand Big Box stores. We always provision before we vacation. Most of the time we eat out, it’s a vacation for us. We do shop at Costco for paper products and that’s all. We have a grocery chain in Texas called Central Market and HEB, and this is where we choose to buy groceries, we also have a couple of gourmet to go places for frozen entrees. I shop at Hollywood Feed for dog food. I’m even stopping shopping on amazon. It’s taking over the world and I don’t like it. Poor mom and pop shops all closing up. I despise Walmart’s.

rich (@guest_97167)
3 years ago

they’re convenient but we also shop Safeway, Albertsons and Bashas when in AZ.

Dick Burgman (@guest_97166)
3 years ago

We do not ever shop at Walmart. I am proud to say I have never spent a dime at any Walmart. We look for the small and independent shops for everything. Small business is the backbone of America. It may take a couple stops but I feel better about where my money is going.

Tim Bear (@guest_97161)
3 years ago

Generally do not like shopping @ Walmart due to their employment practices; that said, my wife likes to buy our paper products, bottled water and a few other things there. I usually lean toward the Kroger company stores – for the gas points. Since we’re f/t in our motorhome, it’s great to save $.50-80/gal on our fuel every once in a while. 👍🏻

Diane Mc (@guest_97155)
3 years ago

We buy staples at Walmart. We use local grocery stores for meats, produce and local speciality items. Especially in Louisiana. Can’t get enough of Cajun products, foods.

Edward Wullschleger (@guest_97148)
3 years ago

We usually buy groceries at some other supermarket, but sometimes Walmart.

Philip Sponable (@guest_97142)
3 years ago

Whoever has the most convenient parking lot…

Wayne (@guest_97139)
3 years ago

Walmart is not our. Go to store. Although selection is usually good we prefer to shop on the more local and private owned businesses. Our main reason for shopping Walmart is for pet treats or toys, and a quick in and out for needed RV supplies in rural areas

Ken (@guest_97134)
3 years ago

Predictable prices at Walmart. Not so much at other unfamiliar grocery stores.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr (@guest_97133)
3 years ago

When we need to re-stock we will go to whichever store is readily available. If it’s WalMart, so be it.

XGS (@guest_97131)
3 years ago

When we’re traveling we frequently overnight at Walmart once or twice a week. Whenever we do we buy groceries and supplies there. I always fill out the Customer Satisfaction Survey and thank them for letting us stay.

Mike Albert (@guest_97129)
3 years ago

We buy paper goods and bottled water at Walmart. Too many stale or quick to spoil/rot groceries were bought there, only to be tossed. Local Mom and Pop stores And farmer’ markets seem to have fresher produce And groceries. Also we are supporting local businesses that way.

John W (@guest_97128)
3 years ago

We rarely stop at Walmart while camping. For that matter we’d avoid any of the mega stores of any company. It’s not that we don’t like them, and we do sometimes shop at them when home. When we’re camping we generally are looking for small amounts and quick in and out. The larger the store the more time it can take. When we’re on the road, we just don’t want to spend a lot of time shopping.

Norm b (@guest_97127)
3 years ago

Yes sometimes

Joe (@guest_97126)
3 years ago

Walmart is great if you need prescription medication, they make it effortless to transfer the prescription anywhere inside the United States. We usually shop there every two weeks, for the most part stores are Laid out very similarly making for a faster in and out.

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