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Food Safety While Camping

By Donna Stark

There's plenty of summer left for a vacation, but with all the options to choose from, how can you possibly decide where to go? Well, have you considered camping? Camping is a great way for you and your loved ones to take a break from the world. You can set your phones aside and enjoy your days kayaking, hiking, swimming, cycling, zip-lining, and so much more! There really is no better way to spend your valuable time, but no matter how much fun is involved, you need to be aware of the unique food challenges headed your way if you decide this is the trip for you. Take a look at a few of them below.

A Good Mix

It's important to pack the right mix of foods for your trip because everyone is going to need their energy and strength! Make sure you include a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, fruit, vegetables, and fat. And while you are creating your shopping list, don't forget there are no refrigerators in the wilderness! Here are some great suggestions that will help with your menu planning.

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables that travel easily
  • Dried fruit (watch the added sugars)
  • Canned foods
  • Pre-cooked pasta and rice
  • Bread and tortillas
  • Nut butters
  • Trail mix and jerky
  • Protein packets (tuna, chicken, salmon)
  • Hot dogs, burgers, rotisserie chicken, and lunch meat (keep properly cooled)
  • Eggs and dairy products (keep properly cooled)
  • Non-refrigerated beverages (water, energy drinks, juice boxes)
  • Condiments

Plan Ahead

After creating your menu, take a few extra minutes to plan your cooking schedule. How many paper products, plastic utensils, and pots or pans will you need? What will clean-up look like? Make sure you have everything you need to cook and clean without disruption, and if you don't have some of the items, add them to your shopping list as well. And remember, you may need to cook over a fire or grill, so don't forget the lighters, propane, or charcoal too!

Stay Organized and Safe

It will make things a lot easier if you chop, slice, and dice all the ingredients you plan on using before you leave for your trip. Plan how you will be transporting the food and make sure every item is packed in a way that ensures safe storage and use. It's also smart to keep your meals and snacks as simple and convenient as you can. This will help reduce a lot of unnecessary stress during your trip!

Hit the Road!

Are you ready to head out into the wilderness? With the tips and strategies above, you can look forward to an amazing time in the great outdoors with those you love the most. Have fun but above all, stay safe!

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