Camping is about getting back to nature, spending time in the woods and enjoying a quiet and peaceful time. Nevertheless, even in this change of environment, one needs food and water to survive.
If you’re harboring any caveman fantasies about camping like eating raw food and drinking from the river, abandon them now. A happy camper is one who packs sufficient food and water for a healthy and happy holiday. Of course, you can’t have a complete three-course meal at the campsite, but a healthy substitute is needed.
Carry sufficient paper towels and soap for cleaning utensils and your hands. It would be unsafe to use lake or river water even for cleaning plates as the water may contain harmful germs. Pack the food well in separate bags and avoid leaving packets open.
To ensure that food is not wasted because of spillage, pack enough brown bags to keep open packets. You may need bags to pack leftover food too. Avoid littering the woods by throwing leftovers around the campsite.
Water is necessary not only for drinking but also for cleaning. Plates and spoons cannot be washed with river water. Therefore, you will need to carry plenty of water for both purposes.
Plan well and carry plenty of food for your entire camping trip. Avoid relying on roadside restaurants and cafes for your food supply. Your local grocery store may be much more reliable than other unknown stores for buying food.
Dry, healthy foodstuffs that can be consumed for many days at a stretch are the best option. You will need to consume perishable food items soon as they won’t last long. Dry fruits, biscuits, canned goods, cereal, cheese, crackers, hot dogs etc are some of the options available.
Proper planning will make sure that your camping experience is positive and fun-filled, rather than negative and wearisome.