Getting Ready for an Australian Outback Camping
Australia and the outback is an amazing camping destination. Whether you are a car camper or are driving a caravan through the outback, you will find that every province has stunning and unique attractions that every camper would wish to spend a lifetime in. From the heritage Great Barrier Reef and Blue Mountains to the clear skies of the Kakadu National Park, everywhere in the continent seems to be an ideal place to pitch camp. The greatest advantage, however, may also be the biggest downside because civilization is far from such amazing sites and campers must properly plan and prepare their meals for entire camping excursions in advance.
Camp Food Planning and Preparation
The most important step when preparing for a camping trip is the preparation and planning of the foods and drinks to take while out in the wild. It is a great idea to have a meal plan that caters for the number of people partaking in the camping trip for the duration of the camp to ensure that everything required is catered for. The first step is to split the meal plan into three main meals and an assortment of snacks to be consumed in between the meals. This ensures that every meal is planned for and that no unnecessary foods will be carried for the trip.
It is also a good idea to have separate emergency foods that can last beyond the expected duration of the camp in case of vehicle breakdowns or equipment failure. The best foods to pack in such a case may include dried fruits and nuts, muesli bars, and chocolate bars that provide a lot of energy.
When packing food for camping, also include fruits such as oranges and apples that will not go bad quickly without refrigeration. These fruits are great snacks because they are healthy and have lots of water. Root vegetables also serve this purpose well because they can last long without refrigeration, especially considering how hot the Australian outback is.
Consider including meat products in the camping diet because not only do they last long, they also take up little space when frozen and crayovaced before they are placed in a portable freezer. Pre-cooked meals such as stews and curries can also be frozen in advance and heated up to be consumed. If you want a simple food alternative that is easy to carry and can last long without refrigeration, canned foods is the answer. There are many different kinds of canned foods you can pack including vegetables, spaghetti, fish, meats, and even baked beans that can go for months without refrigeration.
On your list of camping foods, be sure to include those rich in carbohydrates such as cup or packet noodles and biscuits. These foods are kids’ favourite snacks and because they are rich in sugar and digest easily, can come in handy when energy is required. As far as drinks go, you have a wide range of options to pick from although cordial is most preferable because a 2 litre container can make as much as 10 litres of drinks.
When going to camp in the Australian outback, remember to take enough water for drinking and cooking and top up from a safe source whenever possible. The roads on the outback are rough and do not mix well with cans, therefore pack your beverages and glass bottles in tinnie tubes to have “coldies” waiting for you at the end of a hot busy day.
No matter what you plan for or prepare, remember that safety comes first. Foods go bad easily and the bush is no place to suffer food poisoning or get sick from contaminated water. The thumb rule is, if you are in doubt, throw it out.