Two Tips for Those Organising the Food for a Camping Trip They’re Going On With Their Friends

If you're supposed to be organising the food for the camping trip you'll soon be going on with your friends, you might want to read the advice below.

Buy chilli powder instead of fresh chillies and garlic

The type of meals that you can prepare and eat at a campsite tends to be fairly simple and uninteresting. However, the right seasonings can add warmth and flavour to even the most basic meal that you eat whilst camping. Given this, you might be considering packing a collection of fresh chillies and garlic so that you can add them to, for example, the baked beans, stews, chilli con carne and scrambled eggs you plan to make for your friends. However, it would probably be wiser to ask whichever food supplier you'll be purchasing your ingredients from for a big jar of chilli powder instead.

Most chilli powders feature chillies, garlic, cumin as well as perhaps some oregano and salt. A sprinkling of this powder will add just as much flavour and heat to your camping meals as fresh garlic and chillies but will be much easier to store and use on a campsite.

For example, if your camping trip lasts for a week or more, your fresh chillies might go off before you get a chance to use them (as they need to be refrigerated to maximise their freshness). Additionally, trying to remove all of the chillies' seeds and to peel the garlic cloves whilst you're in your tent or sitting in the grass, with only the most basic utensils on hand, could be tiresome (especially if you need to use a lot of them, to prepare a meal for the several people you're going camping with). Conversely, if you buy a big jar of chilli powder, you won't have to worry about it spoiling and you won't have to do any difficult food prep in order to use it, as you can just sprinkle it straight from the jar onto the meal.

Wrap your ingredients very thoroughly to keep them safe

If you'll be feeding several people during the camping trip, then you'll need to pack a large number of ingredients. It's important to pack them with great care, as if you don't, you might not be able to make the meals you had planned to and the group you camp with might have to make do with the meagre offerings found in the campsite's own shop.

This is easier said than done, as when you camp, everything you take with you tends to end up dusty or muddy, splattered with rainwater and covered in bits of grass. To ensure the ingredients your food supplier provides you with don't get ruined by these contaminants, you should use several layers of protection. For example, if you take a large glass jar of chilli powder, wrap this in bubble-wrap to ensure it doesn't shatter if it's tossed into the tent or dropped in the dirt, and then store it in an airtight sealable food bag to stop rainwater or dew on the grass making the powder wet and clumpy.

Reach out to a local food supplier to buy chilli and other ingredients.