Summer’s arrived, global lockdown restrictions are easing, and we are all itching to get outdoors again. Whether you are going on an overnight trip or a more adventurous trek with friends, you will need to think carefully about the food that you bring, and how you store it. This article will tell you how you can look after your food when you are going camping so that you do not end up with spoiled food, a rumbling stomach, and a ruined trip.
Create a Meal Plan
Preparation is key. You do not want to be caught empty-handed in the woods in the middle of the night. Before you set out, draw up a meal plan for your camping trip. You should take the following factors into consideration: who are you going with, how long are you going, what do you want to eat for meals, what snacks you want to bring, do you want dessert? Do not even think about leaving without a meal plan (and of course, the ingredients).
Storage for Food
If you intend on bringing perishable foods, like dairy products and meat, you will need to bring a food storage system. Once you have planned your meals and bought the ingredients, you need to store them in the right place. For long trips, you will need a camping fridge. When you visit camping stores, you will find fridges scattered here and there, and it can be difficult to know which one to buy. Do your research, read reviews, and pick the fridge that is recommended by experts. For overnight trips, you should only need a cooler, which will not cost you more than $100.
Inside your fridge, it is worth investing in glass containers so that you can keep your ingredients fresh. Glass containers also allow you to store your meals individually after cooking, so that you can reheat them later on. You also need to think about a bag to carry all of this in, and how you will carry it. Do you need a wheelbarrow? Will a backpack do? These are questions you need to ask yourself.
When you are going camping, dry foods can prove to be very useful. Be sure to bring lots of UHT milk and cereal with you, so you can have midday cereal breaks (what’s better than that, at home or camping?)
Try to avoid high-fat, high-salt dried snacks like crisps. Avid hikers often recommend bringing a mix of nuts, seeds, raisins, and even some chocolate chips to snack on. They are light, easy to snack on, and will not leave you feeling tired, heavy, and lethargic.
For extended camping trips, you do not necessarily need to bring a freezer full of meat. You can bring canned meat along with you. Canned meat can still be delicious, hardy, and keep you energized and full. For an overnight trip, a cooler full of meat might not be such a bad idea, but for a long trip, it’s likely to end in disaster. Canned meat like tuna, corned beef, and Spam are all delicious, and easy to carry and cook with.
When camping, you might not even need to bring fruits. If you like in a very hot, tropical country, then fruits are waiting for you on the trees. If not, be sure to bring lots of organic, delicious fruit along with you in your rucksack. Fruits not only energize you and keep you going, but they are tasty and double as a sweet treat.
How Are You Going to Cook?
With everything else arranged, and your food stored, you must then ask yourself: how am I going to cook? Some campers bring little frying pans with them, start a fire in the woods, and fry their food over the fire. Others prefer to bring grills and portable ovens. The cooking equipment that you bring should depend entirely upon your duration of camping and how much you can carry. If you have a vehicle and will be parking close to your campsite, you can really bring whatever you want to, but for longer, more arduous treks, you want to travel light.
When camping, try to avoid leaving food waste around your camping site. Food waste can attract bears and all manner of animals. Keep your food waste well away from the campsite to avoid any unwanted interactions. Food waste can be thrown in bins on the campsite, or if wild camping, then a mile or so away.
When you are bringing food with you on a camping trip, then you need to do it the right way. With the tips listed in this article, you can do it the right way.