READY, SET, GO
CAMPING trips can seem very stressful for families and those who only go camping once or twice a year. However, it doesn’t need to be. Take the time to plan your trip in advance so that everything is practically ready to go and all that’s left to do is pack the truck on the day.
Plan two to three weeks out by writing a menu for every day you are away, and then break down that menu into a shopping list. That list should be sectioned off into categories (deli/fresh produce/non-perishables/perishables) to make it easier when at the shops.
Prepping the food before the trip makes it easier once you’re at camp. Pre-chop all meat and vegetables and vacuum seal them to keep them fresher for longer. A great idea is to freeze them flat so that they can go straight in the fridge/freezer standing up on their ends like books. Labels make it easy to determine what each packet has in it.
A fully stocked pantry box – a pre-packaged meal kit – is a fantastic way to take the stress out of packing for a trip. By having the box already stocked, you just need to top it up with fresh items like garlic, onions and potatoes. Having one box makes it so easy to pack in the back of the truck.
Also keep all non-perishables and kitchen items like dishwashing liquid, scrubbing brushes, garbage bags, snaplock bags, utensils and cooking appliances in one big box. Think about the items you currently use the most in your kitchen at home, and pack these items.
The remaining bulky necessities that need to be packed are bedding and clothing. The easiest and simplest way to pack and transport these items is by using a large duffel bag. These bags are showerproof, dustproof and are made from a hardy material, so they can be thrown around and won’t get damaged. Whack the duffel bag on the roof rack and ratchet-strap it down. It will be the last thing to go on and one of the first things to come off once you arrive at camp.