Apart from the equipment, clothing essentials, protective gear, and every inch of preparation you have, when headed for the outdoors, the grocery store is where you will get your items during the camp, the hike, or the fishing event. Unless you have spare items like food and utilities at home, the grocery store is the first stop that most outdoor enthusiasts will visit. There are alternatives of course, but if you need to be guided about what items to buy, take it from us.
Points of consideration
A camping trip is different from a fishing trip, and there are also different items to prepare. No two camping trips are also equal, for instance, but there are general considerations to think about.
First is the length of the trip. The items to buy will depend on the number of days that you are staying in a particular place. This pertains to the serving size, the sizes of the packages for canned goods, the volume of condiments to bring, etc. Second, the types of food and beverages to bring. It is also important to check on the need to buy utensils and whether having a cooler is an option.
Some of the must-have items to ensure the safety of food supplies are disposable wipes, biodegradable soap, bowls, plates, cooking pot, can opener, utensils for eating and cooking, ice packs, trash bags, portable water filters, and thermometers for coolers.
The first line of defense against unwanted elements is to keep yourself, your hands and all body parts to touch the food in preparation, and the surroundings sanitized. Separate raw meats and ready-to-eat food. Finally, you must also learn the right temperature to use when preserving the food and cooking them.
The grocery list
The list has been categorized according to the type of outdoor adventure that you are going to have.
For an overnight camp, a one day hike, or a whole day in a location, head to the grocery store to get hold of these items:
- Nuts and seeds
- Dried fruits and vegetables
- Energy bars
- Granola bars
- Trail mix
- Pre-made tuna salad
- Whole-grain tortillas
- Poultry, salmon, or meat jerky for main meals
For a week-long camp or a trip that will last for several days, here are the things to buy:
- All easy-to-carry items in the previous list for short-term trips
- Instant cereals
- Fruit and vegetable puree
- Meat in individual servings
- Sachets, rather than jars, of mayo, mustard, taco sauce, soy sauce
- Whole grain pasta
- Rice mix
- Pancake mix
- Soup powder
- Marshmallows, for the kids
- Bottled water, or beverage mixes
You can still add more to these lists as you deem necessary. This is more of an open-ended grocery shopping checklist, so you should always consider talking to the experts as well. For more information, follow Primitive Survivors on social media.