On other pages of our web site, we have information about planning and packing for your Caravan Holiday and your Motorcycle Holiday - this page is more for camping and travelling in your car with maybe a trailer.
Obviously it will depend on how long you are going away for and how many people are going will dictate what you need to pack.
As part of your planning and packing process, you will work out where you are going and how long for, then work out how much room you have to take things. Is there plenty of room in the back of the car, do you need to hire a trailer, are you taking a camper trailer? Once you have answered these questions you will then be able to plan what you will be taking and your packing process.
Start off by working out how many people are going and then your trip itinerary and making a list of camping equipment etc you need to take, and then a menu prior to leaving. (If you are stuck for ideas of a menu, have a look at our typical 11 day menu for our tour). This will then enable you to work out what you can purchase before you go and take with you and what needs to bought “on the road” and where you can stock up your food items. Once you have worked out your menu, it is then a simple matter of packing the ingredients in a handy container for that night’s meal in the morning that may save you a bit of time that night, especially if you arrive late and have to try to rummage around and find things in the dark.
When you are planning and packing, ensure that you evenly distribute the weight so all your boxes etc are easy to lift and carry and evenly spread in your car/trailer. There are many different containers available, but sturdy plastic ones to store your food in are probably ideal. You will be able to buy these from most hardware stores. You may also consider using strong cardboard boxes which are readily available and usually free. If you choose cardboard boxes make sure they have a lid and once finished with they are easily disposed of.
If you have a number of different boxes for specific items it will make it a bit easier on the road. There are a number of great picnic baskets available that have your plates, bowls, knives, forks, spoons and cups that make it easy to carry all these in one container. You might have a separate container for your cooking utensils and pots and pans. You may have another container with all your breakfast items (including your toaster and kettle as well as your cereals etc). Perhaps have another container with your tin stuff. You might want to consider having a “next meal” container with whatever is required for that night. Then consider having a “morning or afternoon snack” container with some tea and coffee bags and sugar, enough mugs for a cuppa, small plates and biscuits with maybe a cutting board and knife, depending on what you are going to snack on.
Wherever possible do not take glass containers as glass may break. Even if you buy tomato sauce (as an example) in a bottle transfer this into a plastic container. Make sure you clearly label everything you take, including tin goods. Tin goods may rub together on some of our rough outback roads and the labels wear off and you have no idea what is inside all the like tins. By spending a couple of minutes before you leave and marking the top of the tins with a permanent marker of the contents, it may save you opening several tins before you get the one you want.
We have a number of other related subjects as well as planning and packing for cooking in the bush: