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Camping at a Site with No Electrical Hookup? We've Got 3 Great Tips for Storing Your Food!

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

What's on, my Ansome?

As you know, the weather has been bloody boiling recently! And the temperature is only going to go up in the future. It can be difficult to keep your food fresh and safe at the best of times. Weather like this certainly doesn't help!

We've done our best here at Roselidden to make sure you'll have everything you need for a comfortable stay, but at the moment we don't have an electrical hookup for guests. There are plenty of other sites without electricity, too. But how do you make sure your food stays in good condition when you're camping without electricity?

In this week's blog, you're going to find a few tips that we think will help you store food for your camping trip at a site without power! Let's get into it!

1. Invest in a solid cool box

Everyone knows that a cool box is an essential tool for any camper. There are all sorts of products available these days, boxes, cool bags, baskets and so on. But as it's such an important piece of kit, you must pick up the best you can get your hands on!

Our tip here is to pick up the best solid cool 'box' that you can get within your budget. This will be your main cool storage used when you go out camping. You want to get a solid box rather than a bag for this job because they have better insulation and so will do a much better job of keeping your food cold or frozen!

That being said, a cool bag is not without its place! But we'll get on to that a bit later. The main takeaway here is: Go out and grab the best solid cool box you can within your budget. It'll be a worthy investment!

2. Prepare and plan before you set off on your holiday

Once you've gone ahead and grabbed yourself a nice cool box, you're going to want to make the most of it. One of the best ways you can do this is by prepping and freezing food for your trip before you leave home.

Let's say you make a boss Chili con Carne. If you whip one up and freeze it before you leave, not only do you have a hassle-free dinner that you can reheat on your campfire, but the frozen containers double up as ice packs you can use to keep the rest of the stuff in your cool box nice and cold!

It's not just pre-cooked food, either. Planning your meals and ingredients ahead and pre-freezing meat, bottled water and milk for example can all be used to regulate the temperature of your cooling boxes and bags.

It's a great way to free up a bit of extra holiday time for relaxing and provides you extra value in preserving your other food. This one is a great win-win!

3. Use a secondary cool bag as a cooling utility tool

As we mentioned in the first tip, cool boxes are going to be your best bet as a main cold storage item. But that doesn't mean you should bin off bringing a cool bag!

We recommend having at least one of each. And luckily, you don't need to spend that much on a cool bag. Even a cheap option can be a massive help for your trips!

Of course, having an extra cool bag that is easier to carry means you're able to take food and drinks with you out and about during the day.

The real extra benefit of having one in this situation though is being able to use it as a "Fridge" compared to your box's "Freezer".

As long as you keep a small ice pack in the cool bag, you can use it as a safe way to defrost the frozen meat you have with you in your cool box ready to go on the barbecue for dinner. Not having to leave frozen meat out in the summer daytime temperatures for a risky defrost is a gamechanger when you're camping without electricity!

That's really cool!

So there you have it, pals! A few tips from us here at Roselidden that should hopefully help you out a bit when you're camping without electricity! We're looking forward to seeing your holiday meals almost as much as you're looking forward to eating them!

Have you got any other tips for how to store food when you camp? Or maybe any recipe ideas? We'd love to know! Leave a comment down below!

Later on!


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