How to store your food on a camping trip
Food is a big part of any adventure, from the right snacks and meals to keep your energy up on an expedition to the perfect meal to help you recharge and relax in an evening on a campsite.
How you store your food is massively important. This is true not only from a practical standpoint when trying to organise your campsite, but also in maintaining the quality of your food, avoiding insects and ensuring your food doesn’t spoil.
Keep food dry and fresh
Excess moisture can cause food to deteriorate and spoil quickly. This is why keeping food organised and dry is so important.
There are a number of different options for storing your food to help keep it dry and fresh while on camping trip. These include:
- Storage boxes
- Airtight containers and bags
These all help to protect food from excess moisture or keep different foods at the right temperature to avoid them spoiling.
If you’re on a camping trip and you are planning a barbecue, for, example it is vital you have something that can store meat and vegetables safely. This might be a cooler with different sections, or individual cool bags to prevent cross contamination.
Tupperware and storage boxes are perfect for biscuits, snacks, bread and other foods you don’t want to dry out.
Try to keep food and drink separate if possible. This way, if a drink leaks, it doesn’t run the risk of damaging any of your other food.
Avoiding insects and wildlife
Storage isn’t just about keeping your food fresh. You should also consider ways of keeping your food free from insects and other wildlife.
Try to avoid storing food at ground level where possible and don’t store food in your tent. Otherwise, it might attract insects and other wildlife that can be difficult to get rid of.
Organise your campsite into clear areas — one for food preparation and another as a living area. This way, the risk of pests being drawn to where you sleep is kept as low as possible.
Items like a folding camping table work well as a means to lift food off the floor. You can treat this as a larder and food prep area that you should keep clean, tidy and organised.
Another way to protect your food on a trip is to opt for self-contained meals. Dried, tinned and freeze-dried options are all packaged individually. This means that storage is often as simple as keeping them in a box or collapsible packing crate.
These meals and snacks frequently require less preparation and are much easier to cook. This is a perfect option to have in reserve if you’re worried about the weather turning and no longer being able to cook properly outdoors.
If you’re on a trip where you’re moving your campsite frequently, it is important to travel light. This just makes life easier when you have lots of equipment to move. Freeze-dried meals particularly work well for this as they can be stored in your bag and require little in the way of equipment to prepare.
Making your camping experience as convenient as possible
Storing your food on a camping trip sounds simple, but is easy to get wrong. Understanding that different foods have different requirements, as well as how you store food depending on the sort of trip you’re on, is important. In many cases, it is better to focus on ease, giving you less to pack, move and worry about while you’re camping.
At Summit To Eat, we provide a range of freeze-dried meals that are perfect for camping trips. Their packaging, alongside the freeze-drying process, ensures they don’t weigh much or take up much space. They’re also self-contained, meaning each sealed packet remains easy to store and free of problems. Each meal is nutritious, easy to prepare, and you can choose from a wide range of meals including breakfasts, mains, desserts and side dishes. Our meals and ingredients are:
- Nutritious – bursting with the carbohydrates and protein you need to feel full and energised
- Freeze-dried to create a lightweight, easy to store meal
- Expertly cooked prior to being freeze-dried, ensuring they taste fantastic
- Easy to prepare – simply add water to the pouch and wait for the meal to rehydrate