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Whether you are a seasoned camper or camping for the first time, here’s how to use resealable plastic bags (such as Ziploc® or Glad® freezer bags) to simplify your camping weekend:

  • Snack Packs 

    Make your own granola bars at home and pack these in smaller bags ahead of time. Take in your backpack for snacks on the trail or by the lake. 

  • Dual Purpose Spaghetti Sauce

    Making meals at home ahead of time will simplify meal preparation at the campsite. Cook up your family’s spaghetti sauce recipe and freeze flat in large freezer bags. Pack in your camp cooler – it will double as a freezer pack and once it thaws, it will be a convenient meal! 

  • Personal Trail Mix

    Design your own trail mix by combining your favourite nuts, seeds, dried fruit and cereals (eg. almonds, sunflower seeds, dried apricots, Cheerios). Portion into smaller bags at home and have everyone label their personal packages.

  • Convenient Wallet

    Use a medium-sized bag as a compact, waterproof, lightweight, see-through wallet. Great alternative to the bulky, fancy wallet you carry in the city. 

  • Camera Case

    Keep your camera safe and dry by packing it in a small-sized bag. Especially important when you are hiking in the rain or out on the lake in a canoe!

Make sure you use the durable resealable bags so you can wash and reuse them as many times as possible.

If you have more camping uses for resealable plastic bags, please let us know by adding a comment below. 

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  • Hello Darla! Thank you so much for your great suggestions.
  • I really enjoyed this article as i really enjoy camping. Alot of these ideas could br used fir a long road trip as well. As an avid lover of granola bars and trail mixes i have often complained, I wish it had... more
    I really enjoyed this article as i really enjoy camping. Alot of these ideas could br used fir a long road trip as well. As an avid lover of granola bars and trail mixes i have often complained, I wish it had this or that in it and it would be perfect.I find it almost funny today that i never once thought of making my own and putting exactly whatever i wish into it .So, excellent idea whomever thought up these simple yet very intelligent ideas. iam very impressed!!!! I did think of a few uses for resealable plastic bags though. One which i have used since chiklhood is put the bar of soap into a plastic bag.This way the soap does not pick up parts of the forest that you do not want on your body.ie.pine needles, grass,dirt etc. Another use could be one for QTips one for toothbrushes and one for your sunscreen or baby oil and one for your spare batteries.Also you could portion bandaides and clean cotton if someone were to become injured by accident. So, there are a few ideas anyway. Thanks for the trail mix idea once again. Darla less

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