FOOD PACKING FOR THE LONG HAUL
In the pursuit of being able to have a holiday too, I’ll often pre-prepare meals to take away on a weekend camping trip. This is fabulous for shorter trips, but if you have a fixed amount of storage space and need to resupply when you’re on the road long term, it can lead to a nervous breakdown. You can only buy as much food as you can fit into your camper trailer. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of space-saving packing ideas, like dehydrating food, but when you're on the road you probably won’t have this luxury. Especially if you plan to tour through some remote areas, you can’t plan to be food shopping two or three times a week – you may need to stock up and know that you have all the makings for a week or more of meals. I stock basically the same foods when we first leave home as to what I plan to buy along the way, that way everything has a place. I know this container can hold five 1L tetra packs of milk, so that’s how many I buy – they’ll fit, and I know they’ll last us five days. At the shopping centre car park all the containers come out for filling (the boot is full of camping gear, so there's no room to stash shopping bags of groceries to take home). Meat gets pulled out of their bulky trays and put into snap-lock bags for freezing, bread into the bread box, muesli bar boxes are emptied into the snack box… Not your usual car park antics, but the effort saves a lot of space and stress later on.