Camping List || Camping
Tips || Camping
Meat: The shelf life of meat on a camping trip is very
short. What I do is freeze my burgers and hotdogs and
pack them in a small cooler (large lunch box type) with
no ice. Then, I pack that cooler into a larger cooler
packed with ice. This keeps the meat dry and usually
lasts a few days longer than just storing it in a single
cooler. I don't use the larger cooler for any other
purpose than keeping the smaller cooler cold.
Canned Goods: Canned goods have a long shelf life,
perhaps years; however, leaving canned goods in the
hot sun can spoil them. Always make sure all canned
goods are stored in a cool shady location.
Bread: Bread is one of the hardest things to keep on
a camping trip. The hot humid days of mid-summer can
cause condensation to build up inside plastic bags,
spoiling the bread. It is also hard to store bread products
from wildlife so that they cannot enjoy them too! Plastic bags give bears and raccoons
easy access to a quick lunch. Always keep bread products
away from sunlight and in a safe place away from wildlife.
Water: I always bring my own drinking/cooking water
on a camping trip. Usually, I buy spring water in 2.5-gallon
or 1-gallon containers. Water will spoil as easily as
food if left in the sunlight. Always store your drinking
water in a cool location.
Tent: Always keep your tent in good condition. Sealing
the seams each trip will ensure leakage will be kept
to a minimum. Pitch your tent on high ground. Many people
make this mistake and pay the price in the middle of
the night when they wake to find they're sleeping in
a puddle of water.
Plastic: A layer of plastic should always be used
between the ground and tent. This acts as a barrier
to keep moisture out. Also, there are many other uses
for plastic around the campsite when bad weather arrives.
Tarps: Those cheap blue plastic tarps really come in
handy around the campsite. They make a temporary rain
tent over cooking and eating areas, and also provide
shade on a hot day.