Taking care of your food when camping
Camping is an amazing experience for adults and children but with so many decades living in big cities with convenient storage and food conservation appliances, many of us have forgotten how to handle food in nature, without daily facilities and it's easy to make a mistake that might result in health hazards.
Without refrigeration, all kitchen aids and usual devices to properly handle food, one of the most important things when you are camping is to manage your supplies adequately, particularly fresh and raw feed, otherwise, your supplies may result wasted or, even worse, after consumption of unsafe food you or your camping companions might get sick.
So, it remains paramount to make a proper selection of what kinds of food you are packing for your camping, available facilities in the area, and, perhaps the most important, how much time do you plan to expend outdoors.
perishable food is not convenient when you are planning to spend more than a couple of days outside, instead, dried, salted, or processed edibles result the best choice because they are easier to handle and last longer than fresh food.
On the other hand, it's important to calculate the exact amount of food you'll need for your trip. Not enough food will lead to well-known problems, but too much food will result in extra weight, more chances of food waste, and logistic issues, so the right amount of edibles is critical for a pleasant stay without worries about supplies.
Another thing to keep in mind is processed food presentation. Individual packs tend to be more convenient because you don't have to store excedents or reseal packages; obviously is an extra cost and results in more garbage, so be ready to deal with it and properly dispose of packages without contaminating the environment.
If you will bring some fresh meat or fish to your camping experience get sure to have enough ice to keep it in good conditions until consumption, otherwise you might lose your supplies or eat unsafe food, leading to health problems.
It's also important to count with proper food storage. Sealed containers are the best option because they limit spills as well odors, keeping away local fauna.
On this regard, if you are camping in an area known because of predators, especially bears, special food storage is required; moreover, store your food separately from bedding areas, if possible in a vehicle or a protected place such as an elevated storage; this way you minimize the chances of incidents because of wild fauna looking for food on your camping area.
REMEMBER: Never feed wild fauna, it may result in safety hazards not only for you but for other people in the moment of your camping and even later.