A camping trip is fun for all the family and is a great way to encourage kids to be independent whilst letting them experience the great outdoors. But outbreaks of food poisoning can easily occur on a camping trip and it makes sense to protect yourself. Warm weather, dirty bowls or cooking utensils and unclean water can all pose hazards that could leave you suffering from food poisoning. In the great outdoors, your physical well-being is vital, particularly if you’re cooking when camping in remote conditions.
Top tips for food hygiene
The following tips will ensure you follow good food hygiene practice during your camping trip:
- Pack easy to prepare foods – stay away from milk, dairy and fresh meat or ensure they’re consumed quickly as they can go off in warm weather. UHT milk and hard cheese are a fairly safe choice, but tinned and dried foods are your best bet
- Keep your hands clean – it’s important to wash your hands and ensure they are sterilised before cooking and eating. Using a bio-degradable soap or sterilising gel is the best option, although you could pack wet wipes to use too
- Keep crockery and utensils clean – on longer camping trips, sterilising pans, plates and utensils every few days with boiling water keeps nasty bugs at bay. Ensure you thoroughly clean any dishes which have been in contact with raw meat to avoid cross-contamination
- Boil your water – when using water to prepare dried food, always ensure it comes to the boil to eliminate any parasitic cysts such as giardia
- Carry medication – when camping in a remote area or on longer trips it makes sense to carry some basic medication for stomach upsets, as well as medication which can treat parasitic infections such as giardia
Contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you have become ill as a result of somebody else’s negligence on a camping trip, you may be able to claim compensation. For example, if you have stayed at a communal camp ground and consumed food prepared on site, you may be eligible to make a claim. Contact Accident Advice Helpline and we’ll normally be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. With experience handling claims relating to accidents in the great outdoors, you know you can trust us to handle your claim efficiently and professionally. Pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline today – we’re open 24/7.