Seven Tips for Packing Camping Food

camping foodFrom clothing to flashlights to first aid kits to a tent, packing for even a short camping trip ends up being extensive. Yet, amongst all items on the list you put together, food stands out: How will you put together a nutritious meal in the woods without carrying too much?

Unfortunately, many preparing for camping trips tend to over pack food and stick with the wrong items. To make sure you have just enough of the right items, take the following tips into account:

1. Measure out how much you will need per person per day. This means planning each meal down to the number of cups or items a meal requires to prepare. As a good rule of thumb, no matter the items you take, do not exceed two pounds per person per day.

2. Save space with freeze dried and dehydrated meals. Although often (and erroneously) considered unappetizing, freeze dried and dehydrated foods are considerably lighter and just require water and a stove to rehydrate.

3. Bring foods that can be mixed. Rather than have unique items for every meal, bring items, such as dehydrated vegetables or freeze dried meats, that will work well with multiple meals throughout the day.

4. To avoid contamination, avoid bringing raw meats, which may spread bacteria throughout a food supply.

5. As a rule of thumb for carrying certain foods, store most in self-sealing containers. Produce, however, is better in breathable mesh bags, and liquids must be kept in polyethylene containers.

6. Take physical activities into account. Are you planning a multi-day backpacking trip across a couple of mountains? Even during a standard hiking trip, roughly 1,000 more calories per day may be burned. Rather than find yourself tired while walking through the woods or over some rocky peaks, be prepared to consume up to 1,000 additional calories per day for energy.

7. All food must be easy to prepare. No matter if you’re taking pasta or coffee along with you, any camping food must be able to be prepared with just heat from a stove and water.

First Aid Kit Designed for One-Handed Use

First Aid Kit

A student at the Royal College of Arts in London thought that today’s first aid kits could use an update. Instead of opening up a first aid kit and sorting through what you think you need for the situation, Gabriele Meldaikyte’s version unfolds to reveal all the tools a person needs for immediate injury treatment. The sections of the kit don’t just have all the tools you need to treat cuts, scrapes, and burns, it also shows you how to treat them. The most amazing thing about the kit? You can use the entire thing with only one hand.

The first aid kit that Meldaikyte created is creative and ingenious. Just by looking at it you can tell that it is unlike any other first aid kit you have ever seen. After unlatching the top, you’ll find three distinct compartments. One is dedicated to burns, another to scratches, firstaidkitand a third for more serious cuts. Instead of searching through your first aid kit for what you think you need, this kit has everything organized and tells you what you need.

The design of the kit also allows for it to take you through treatment of the injury step by step. Each injury-specific compartment gives you all the things you need to address the issue and gives instructions on how to use it. Each compartment also comes with color-coded pictograms that offer at-a-glance direction the whole way.

Often times people using a standard first aid kit have no prior medical training. Meldaikyte’s kit is designed for the average Joe who needs to give emergency treatmentone handed first aid kit. There are also times when there isn’t someone around to help a person bandage up their wound. This first aid kit gives someone the ability to treat themselves without having to use their injured hand. There are special tools built into the kit that allow someone to do everything with one hand. A spooled bandage dispenser lets you wrap up the injury in a hurry and it can be sliced short with a built in blade.

This updated version of the classic first aid kit could make treating injuries much simpler. Not only does it provide the right tools and clear instructions on how to treat specific injuries, but it allows someone to operate the whole kit with only one hand.

Top First Aid Apps for your Smartphone

During the summertime it seems like people are more likely to be injured. More outdoor activities and sports being played ends up resulting in more scrapes, cuts, and bruises. Since almost everyone has a smartphone these days, we found some of the best first aid apps that can help you during an emergency.

Pocket First Aid & CPR

pocket first aid

This app reflects the American Heart Association’s updated guidelines on first aid and CPR. The app gives you access to clear instructions on how to perform CPR on adults, children, and infants. There are also 34 videos and 46 illustrations. A man stuck under a pile of rubble during the 2010 Haiti earthquake was able to survive over 60 hours with help from this app. It is available for Apple and Android phones for $1.99.

First Aid by American Red Cross

First Aid by Red Cross

Red Cross’ first aid smartphone app is a great tool. It has safety tips for everything from natural disasters to meningitis. You will also find standard instructions for treating heart attacks, burns, cuts, and other injuries. A great feature of this app is that the content is preloaded, meaning you don’t need Wi-Fi to gain access to its information. Step by step instructions are given for treating injuries and it is fully integrated with 911, making you one button away from emergency help. This app is free for both Apple and Android users.

GotoAID

GotoAID

This app has been reviewed by both physicians and veterinarians and is a member of the Health and Safety Institute. This app is perfect for pet owners because there is first aid information for dogs and cats too. There is a premium version that has over 400 first aid topics, sound clips, video instructions, distress signal information, and a search feature for finding the nearest medical facility. There is a lite version, but it comes with considerably less – about only 40 categories. The app is available for Apple and Android, free for the lite version and $4.99 for the premium version.

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