Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Happy Trials, Camping, Hiking, Rafting, and the Vacupack

Happy Trails

How to (vacuum) pack for your next outdoor trip

Are you planning on doing some camping, hiking, or even white-water rafting this summer? If you're taking any kind of extended outdoor trip, the best packing tool you can have is a vacuum-sealing machine.

Vacuum packing your supplies for the great outdoors has a lot of advantages:

 Vacuum-sealed bags are waterproof, so they'll survive being stored in a cooler or getting caught in the rain.

 The packages take up a lot less room, so you'll be able to pack more items in fewer bags.

 Airtight vacuum bags don't permit smells to escape, so your food supply won't attract wild or nuisance animals.

 Food stays fresh longer, and won't become infested with bugs.

You can vacuum-pack both food and non-food items to keep everything dry, sorted, and conveniently stored until you're ready to use them.

Preparing and packaging non-food supplies

Many of your camping supplies will benefit from being vacuum-sealed for the trip. It's a good idea to group like items together for packaging—matches and fire starters, flashlights and batteries, toiletries, even paperwork like maps, trail or campground information, and fishing licenses.

The process for vacuum-packing these items is the same as it is for food. Simply place the grouped items in a vacuum bag that's large enough to contain them with a few extra inches of space, and use the vacuum-sealing machine to first remove the air from the bag, and then heat seal the open end.

Fixing camp-ready, vacuum-packed food

With vacuum sealing, your outdoor menu can be as varied as you like. It's easy to not only store non-perishable foods, but also to prepare hot meals that can be ready to eat in just a few minutes.

To prepare foods like trail mix, granola, cereal, dry rice, coffee, tea bags, and dehydrated fruit, simply place in a vacuum bag that has sufficient room and seal as normal.

For hot meals, cook the food ahead of time and vacuum-pack individual servings. You can do this with meat, pasta, rice, potatoes, and even pizza. To reheat them at the campsite, just drop the bags into a pot of boiling water for a few minutes, until the items are heated through.

Keep in mind, though, that vacuum sealing does not protect perishable food from spoiling. Anything that typically needs refrigeration should be stored in a cooler until use.

Vacuum packing can help ensure that your next outdoor trip is smooth and convenient, while broadening your camping menu beyond hot dogs and beans. Happy vacuum-sealed trails!

Words By Melissa

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Benny B said...

Hi, great article! I never thought about how to keep food fresh on my outdoor trips. I have literally come back every time with food that has gone off and I hated it but now I know that by vacuum packing them I can keep them as fresh as the day I bought them.

I do actually use Vacupack products already so I know how good they can be, I just never thought about using the process on camping trips and the like!

Thanks for this, it's much appreciated!

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