Motocamping presents many logistic challenges- one of which is motocamping food. When camping traditionally there is plenty of room for food storage and an Eski (Cooler, if you’re not Australian). Motocampers don’t have the same luxury. Space and particularly weight come at a premium. Here are some of my thoughts on options available for motorcycle camping food.
Dining Out, Counter Meals, Takeaway
On some trips, and depending on your style of motocamping in town options are a great way to go. While definitely being the most expensive way to eat on a trip, it’s also definitely the nicest. Dining in can also be a great way to see a place and interact with locals. Personally I’m budget oriented when planning out a trip so a mixed approach is preferred. There are limitations to this route though, many motocamping destinations are off the beaten path. For that we’ll need to plan ahead.
Ready Made Camping Meals, Simple Camping Food
The middle ground option is next. Here’s where we strike the balance of price, quality, ease, and logistics. There are a lot of ready made meals available for campers and hikers. Slightly more expensive than simple ingredients but take a lot of the work out of food preperation, which is sometimes exactly what you want after a long day of riding. These are usually freeze dried and require some sort of boiling water source to get done. We’ll talk more about this later on.
Alternatively, bringing along simple ingredients to cook at the campsite. This will require more cooking utensils than the ready made meals. It’s important to think ahead about the size and weight of not only the ingredients, but the things you’ll need to cook with as well, such as pots and pans. This is also where you can get the most creative. From simple junk food to full blown bush banquets.
The Next Level: Freeze Dried Everything
There’s a lot in the hiking world that motocampers can take note of. Some of which are food storage and preparation techniques. I love my Furno stove, which weighs about 600 grams all up (gas canister included). Freeze drying your own meals is also a great way to cut down cost and weight with a little planning ahead. This option does also require the upfront purchase of a food dehydrator.
Campsite Cooking Options
There are two main options when it comes to campsite cooking- fuel or fire. While a campfire is the nicer of the two it also has some limitations. Nothing beats sitting by the fire, cooking on open flames or coals – there’s something truly magical about it. However there are some times when lighting a fire is too much work. Perhaps it has been raining and everything is wet, or there’s simply not firewood available. It could also be an issue with restrictions. For example total fire ban days here in Australia.
The other option is fuel stoves. These can range from tiny aluminium burners to full blown barbecues. You can guess which one is better suited to motocamping. There are heaps out there on the market. They provide a reliable source of flame for boiling water and other cooking needs. While limited on size and power they are great for when conditions don’t allow for a fire.