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3 Food Packing Tips That Will Save Space in Your Camping Backpack

When it comes to packing for a camping trip, food and cooking utensils are two essentials that can't be left out of your backpack. However, it is possible to cut down on the space they take up if you want to leave more room for clothes, activity gear, or souvenirs. If you want to save space in your backpack, follow these 3 simple tips.

Empty Multiple Packets into One Bag

If you'll be taking a lot of pre-packaged dry food on your camping trip, you can save space in your backpack by emptying these packets into one bag. Unless you've purchased special vacuum-packed camping foods, all food packaging contains trapped air. As a result, these packets can take up a lot more space than they need to. Emptying foods of the same type or flavour into one bag cuts down on trapped air and allows you to fit more into your backpack. You can save even more space by purchasing your own vacuum food bags to store these bundled foods in.

Find Smarter Ways to Protect Food

Another reason why eating essentials take up so much space in a camping backpack is because many common foods are fragile and need protective packaging. For example, campers who like to cook eggs in the morning will usually keep them in the carton to protect them from breakage. Likewise, those who like to end the night drinking wine under the stars may pad the wine bottle in their bag. Instead of wasting space on protective food packaging, find a smarter way to keep things safe. For example, eggs can be cracked in advance and kept in a bottle, while wine can be stored in a bag instead of a bottle. Keeping fragile foods at the top of your backpack is also a good way to avoid them getting damaged.

Buy Collapsible Cooking Products

Mini metal pots and pans may be a traditional staple of camping, but they take up a lot of space in a backpack. Nowadays, there's no need to bring traditional utensils with you on an outdoor trip—instead, you can purchase collapsible cooking products made from silicone. There are collapsible alternatives for almost every utensil you can think of, including saucepans, extendable cutlery and even kettle/coffee grinders. When they're not in use, these products fold away into small discs that slot into backpacks easily, leaving plenty of space for other items.