For most people, camping conjures images of a wheeling classic red cooler filled to the brim with ice and goodies. While that's a good place to start, it's not all you need for safe and effective camping food storage. Before rolling the big red cooler into your outdoors kitchen, consider hot temps and hungry animals.
Sunshine: Your Cooler's Enemy
You pray for sunshine weeks before the camping trip, and sure enough, you get your wish. While it's great for staying active, it's not so great for your cold food storage. Make sure you have a shady spot for your coolers, or you'll be buying bags of ice every couple of hours. Look for shade under a tree, a built in cover or a pop-up shelter.
Animals: Keep them Away
Though you're camping in the wild, you don't want to invite critters into your site if you can avoid it. Unfortunately, the scent of food attracts wild animals, such as bears, who will make a mess of your kitchen and take your food, too.
To avoid this potentially dangerous situation, make sure all food is closed up and put away, especially at night while you're fast asleep. Some basic camping food storage safety tips include:
- Take out all your trash at the end of the day. Anything left at the site will attract animals.
- Hang your coolers and storage bins from a tree, where curious critters can't reach it.
- Use a lock to close your cooler and dry storage bins before bed, keeping interested animals out. If bear boxes are provided, use those.