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5 things you should vacuum seal before camping

Posted on June 20 2015

Man lighting a campfire

Vacuum sealers are often used for storing food to preserve its quality, which is why so many outdoorsy people like to use them on camping, hunting and fishing trips. They're great for packaging and preserving quick and easy snacks like trail mix, dried fruit and beef jerky that can be carried for days at a time without going bad. But FoodVacBags vacuum sealer bags are useful in many other ways when packing for a camping trip. Take a look at these five things you should vacuum seal for camping, in addition to food:

  1. Fire-starter supplies
    Fire-starter supplies are essential for campers, but they're completely useless if they're even a little bit damp - that's why sealing them in airtight bags is so practical. Pack your strike-anywhere matches, tinder and even a few newspapers you can use to get a flame going in vacuum sealer bags. That way, even if your water bottle leaks or you get rained on, starting a fire will be no problem.
  2. Toilet paper
    Unless you really want to rough it, bringing along a roll or two of toilet paper is pretty necessary - but they can take up room in a small backpack. Vacuum sealing the rolls individually will shrink them slightly and save you some extra room. Then, when you're ready to use them, you can open the bag and reshape the toilet paper tube into its original form. 
  3. First-aid kit
    Sealing first-aid supplies is a good way to keep them free of dirt and bacteria on an outdoor excursion. Plus, packing bandages and gauze with a vacuum sealer will shrink them considerably, making the first-aid kit easy to carry. Also consider sealing a tube of antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, cotton swabs and medicines.
  4. Wet wipes
    To keep your hands clean, especially before meals, it's a good idea to bring plenty of wet wipes on any outdoor excursion, no matter how long it is. Vacuum sealing a package of wet wipes will keep them moist and ready for use throughout your trip. 
  5. Valuables and documents
    Especially if you're expecting rain or you're camping near a river, lake or any other water, keep your valuables and any important documents completely sealed and waterproof. Use your vacuum sealer to protect personal belongings like a cellphone, tablet, emergency money, identification and anything else that you may need on the trip but could be damaged by water. The vacuum sealer bags won't affect your ability to use touch-screen electronics as long as they're charged.

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