Curtailing the Costs of Camping Food WasteWise Blog Team
The 2014 American Camper Report indicates that 40.1 million Americans, or 14 percent of the U.S. population ages 6 and older camped in 2013. The same report shows that 27 percent of campers like outdoor cooking, and 35 percent cook at night. It is estimated that 70 billion pounds of food are wasted in America every year. While there are no specific studies on the amount of food wasted during camping trips, it stands to reason that since Americans waste vast amounts of food at home and dining out, they waste food while camping. This not only cuts into one’s travel budget, but can be detrimental to the environment when food and packaging are disposed of improperly.
A Few Food Waste & Refuse Facts
- Food disposed in a landfill rots and becomes a significant source of methane.
- A large percentage of backcountry trash and litter originates from food items.
- Discarded or buried food scraps attract animal life. Human food disrupts wild animals’ natural feeding cycles and habits, which is bad for the ecosystem.
- Food-related refuse in the wild spoils natural beauty and can impact the land for many years, e.g., tin cans: 80-100 years; aluminum cans: 200-400 years, plastic six-pack holder: 450 years.
Tips for Reducing Camping Food Waste & Refuse
Be realistic: You may think that you are going to cook gourmet meals over the campfire, but this takes time and money. Imagine what a waste it will be if you throw out the premium steaks you bought for $15 a pound when you decide not to cook them the first night and they spoil.
Plan meals carefully: Eat most of the perishable items at the start of your camping trip. Towards the end of the trip, you can open the cans of tuna, beans, soups, and pastas.
Pack small snack bags: You may have purchased in bulk, but that doesn’t mean you need to bring it all along. Pack small snack bags with a nice mix of different foods that you know your family likes to eat, e.g., nuts, granola bars, and jerky.
Consider Freeze Dried Food
We offer an array of meals and snacks that are perfect for backpacking and camping. Our freeze dried meals are lightweight and easy to pack, do not require a cooler, and provide quick and delicious meals. You can bring as much as you need on a camping trip and have plenty left at home for emergencies and future trips. With a shelf lives of 7 years, there is no risk of wasting food like you would with fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables. Take a look at the camping food options available and bring these tasty, convenient meals on your next camping trip. The food is safely sealed in Mylar pouches containing two servings each, which eliminates waste. The empty packets are small enough that you can bundle them and bring them home. If you are looking for bulk food with even longer shelf lives, our selection of meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and eggs may be the perfect solution.
Wise is the wise choice and you’ll feel good about not wasting food or contributing to campsite waste.