Going on a camping trip can be a great way to experience the outdoors, whether with friends, family, or as a memorable solo experience.

That said, deciding on what you do and don’t take with you can be a struggle, especially when you only have so much room in your rucksack or car. To help you make your camping experience as enjoyable as possible, we look at some ways to save space on a camping trip.

Preparing in advance

Planning what to take with you on a camping trip can help ensure you bring enough supplies and equipment so you can focus on enjoying the trip. You should make sure that there’s enough food for you to stay full and satisfied, instead of eating less often to ration what you have, for example. It can also make sure you aren’t bringing far more than necessary, so you don’t take up valuable space and add unnecessary weight.

For example, you might be staying at a campsite that has various on-site facilities, such as running water stations. If so, you can take less bottled water with you. If there’s a shop on site or close by, you can also bring less food and drink with you, which should be a real help if your car is quite small and space is at a premium.

Convenient and efficient use of space

Foldable or collapsible furniture and equipment can be a great way to limit the amount of space you use when packing for a camping trip. If you’re walking or hiking to a campsite, alone or with friends, for instance, one-man tents take up little space and can easily fit into a backpack. A collapsible camping chair can also give you a great way to rest comfortably on a campsite. And, while in its carrying case, it can be slotted into a backpack or slung over the shoulder.

Another option is to buy two or three large plastic storage tubs, which can fit into the boot or back of your car. This can allow you to neatly store all your goods, as well as help stop you from taking too much. You should know exactly how much space you have to work with, so you can plan the contents for each tub in advance, depending on your needs.

Storing meals conveniently

Rather than bring a broad selection of cooking equipment, such as some pots, tins and pans, you could plan your meals in advance. For example, sticking to meals you can cook using a pan will reduce the amount of equipment you need to pack. You could bring one pan with you, which you can use for boiling pasta, simmering stews, and heating soups, for instance.

You could also reduce the amount of space your food takes up too. Instead of bringing multiple large tins and jars, for instance, consider packing some foods in resealable plastic bags, which can be more flexibly stored.

Or you could use pre-packaged, freeze-dried meals. These can greatly reduce the amount of ingredients and cooking equipment you bring with you on your camping trip. For instance, you only need to add water before you can eat and enjoy your meal. You could even bring freeze-dried desserts for a pick-me-up when the weather isn’t so good.

Making your camping experience as convenient as possible

Being economical with the supplies and equipment you pack for a camping trip can help you make the most of limited space, such as if you can only bring one rucksack or own a small car. A lighter load can also make setting up your campsite that much more comfortable, with fewer things to worry about.

At Summit To Eat, we provide a range of freeze-dried meals that are perfect for complementing a convenient camping trip. Their packaging, alongside the freeze-drying process, ensures they don’t weigh much or take up much space. They’re 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:

  • Freeze-dried to create a lightweight, easy to store meal
  • Easy to prepare – simply add water to the pouch and wait for the meal to rehydrate
  • Expertly cooked prior to being freeze-dried, ensuring they taste fantastic
  • Nutritious – bursting with the carbohydrates and protein you need to feel full and energised

To find out more about our range of freeze-dried adventure food, take a look at our meals page or contact us to speak to a member of our team.