Packing up the car for a camping trip? In addition to sleeping bags and fishing gear, you'll need to safely transport a
stash of food for your outdoor adventure. If you're hitting the road in an RV, do a safety check in your
kitchen-on-wheels. Before you roll out, check out these safe food handling tips for camping and RV's.Safe Campsite
Be a food-smart camper while communing with nature. Take a preliminary hike through this list of campsite do's and

Plan a basic menu before you shop for trip foods. Will you eat perishables the first day, then rely solely on
nonperishables? How many heavy canned goods can you transport? Will you need lightweight foods for a hiking
Be sure you have sturdy coolers and plenty of ice packs for perishables such as hot dogs and cheese. At the campsite,
keep coolers in the shade covered with light-colored blankets. Open them infrequently, only when necessary.
Bring a variety of nonperishable staples from the five main food groups.
Good choices are:
peanut butter in plastic jars
BALANCE BAR® Nutrition/Energy bars
canned tuna, chicken and ham
beef jerky
CAPRI SUN® ALL NATURAL juice drink pouches
powdered milk
powdered drink mixes such as COUNTRY TIME® drink mix, KOOL-AID® soft drink mix, TANG® drink mix and CRYSTAL
LIGHT® low calorie drink mix
dried fruits and nuts
POST® ready-to-eat cereals
dried soups, macaroni and rice
dry biscuit or pancake and sauce mixes
HANDI-SNACKS® snack combinations
Pack dried pasta, rice and mixes in plastic bags and take only the amount you'll need. Avoid overpacking.
Bring a food thermometer. Cooking times are unreliable when preparing food over an open fire or camp stove, and it
can be tricky to determine the color of food in a wooded area at dusk. Cook hamburgers to 160°F, chicken to 180°F
and hot dogs and leftovers to 165°F. Be sure to clean the thermometer between uses.
Practice basic food safety rules. See our Top 10 Food Handling Hints for more information.
Bring cleanup supplies for washing dishes. Use biodegradable camping soaps sparingly and wash dishes at the
campsite, not the water's edge. Dump dirty water on the ground, well away from fresh water. Pack disposable wipes
and hand sanitizer.
Use bottled water for drinking and cooking. Always assume streams and lakes are unsafe for drinking. If camping in
remote areas, bring water purification tablets.
Leftover food should be burned, not dumped. Pack garbage bags for other trash and carry it out with you.
RV Kitchen Safety
Before you rev up your RV's motor and hit the road, make sure your mobile kitchen is ready for the trip. These tips
reduce the risk of meal mishaps as you travel highways and byways.

If your RV has not been used for awhile, check the quality dates on canned foods left over from last year. If canned
foods have been exposed to freezing and thawing temperatures over the winter, discard them.
Store uncooked rice, cereals and pasta in resealable food storage bags or airtight plastic containers to prevent spillage
and insect infestation.
Make sure all food preparation areas in the vehicle are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
Check the refrigerator. Set the thermostat properly and clean thoroughly before using. See Fridge & Freezer Cleaning
for more information.
If your RV has a propane system, turn the refrigerator off while traveling for safety. Most manufacturers claim that the
temperature in the refrigerator will raise only 2 degrees in 6 hours if it is not opened often. Use a thermometer to check
that the temperature is below 40°F.
RV parks may have inadequate voltage, and this can play havoc with appliances. Use a volt checker to monitor your
power line. This protects appliances from power surges and gradual drains from power fluctuations.


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