Storing Food Safely While Camping

Camping is one of the most popular outdoor activities. While camping can be a lot of fun and a great way to spend time with families, it can also be stressful. Many people feel that one of the most stressful parts of camping is trying to keep their food safe. Here are some storage options they should consider.

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Check the Campground Policies

Some campgrounds have strict policies about taking care of food. For example, some campgrounds require all food to be stored in a steel, sealed container to prevent bears from getting at it. You will want to research the policies beforehand and make sure that you comply. Even if a campground doesn’t specifically require you to follow these policies, you should consider them anyways. They have found from experience that they have helped keep food safe.

Always Keep Food Refrigerated

Bacteria typically thrive between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Food can spoil very quickly if it isn’t cooled properly, so make sure that it is always kept between 32 and 40 degrees.

You will need to keep it refrigerated before packing for your trip. You should add ice to your cooler at least half an hour before adding food, because it will take time for the chest to cool. It is also a good idea to use block ice, because it lasts longer than cubes. Immediately place it in a cooler before moving for your trip to keep bacteria from growing while you are on the road. The cooler should always have plenty of ice to keep it as cool as possible.

Cook Food Before the Trip

Bacteria tend to grow more quickly in raw means, so it is a good idea to cook food before leaving. This reduces the risk that it will spoil while you are on the road. However, keep in mind that it can still spoil after it has been cooked and it is very difficult to kill bacteria by reheating it. Therefore, you should plan on eating cooked foods as soon as possible to minimize the risk.

Use a Reliable Recreational Vehicle for Storing Large Volumes of Food

Most people pack small amounts of food when they go camping. However, you will probably need to pack a lot more if you are traveling with a lot of people. You may need to consider investing in a recreational vehicle, because it will provide the storage space that you need.   Flagstaff fifth wheels has several lines of excellent RVs worth looking into.

Joanna S. Tyler

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