how to pack eggs for camping

How to Pack Eggs for Camping: The Definitive Guide

Last Updated: May 3, 2022

Camping is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. 

But if you’re like me, you don’t want to spend most of your trip cleaning broken eggs or cooking over a campfire. 

That’s why I’m going to teach you how to pack eggs for camping! 

Eggs are a great source of protein, and they’re easy to cook on a camp stove

In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to bring eggs camping so that you can have a delicious and nutritious meal without spending much time cooking.

Let’s get started!

How to pack eggs for camping?

When packing eggs for camping, it is important to remember that they are fragile and need to be packed carefully. 

Here are some tips on how to pack eggs for camping:

Use a cooler or insulated bag to pack whole eggs when camping

When packing eggs for camping, use a cooler or insulated bag to keep them fresh. 

Place them in the middle of the bag, surrounded by ice packs. 

If you are using a hard-sided cooler, put a layer of crumpled newspaper at the bottom before adding the eggs.

This will help keep them from breaking. 

Put the lid on tight and don’t open it any more than necessary. 

Eggs will keep for several days when packed this way. 

If you are going to be camping in a hot area or taking deviled eggs to the camp, consider packing the eggs or egg dishes in a cooler with ice packs so that they don’t get too warm and end up spoiled. 

As per FDA guidelines you should store your eggs at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below.

Pack whole eggs in an egg carton

Pack whole eggs in an egg carton

You can protect your whole eggs from breaking when you go camping by packing them in an egg holder or carton. 

This will help to cushion them and keep the eggshells intact. 

Make sure that the egg holder is well-sealed so that the eggs don’t get jostled around too much. 

The best way to go about it is wrapping the egg holder with a towel to provide extra cushioning and keeping the carton in the middle of your bag or cooler surrounded by ice packs, ice cubes, or iced water bottles to keep the eggs cool and fresh and to prevent any cracks in the eggshells. 

Also do not put anything heavy above the egg holder as you may risk breaking the eggs.

Crack eggs in a plastic bottle 

If you want to enjoy fresh eggs on your camping trip, put cracked eggs (yolk and egg white) into a plastic bottle before you leave. 

Eggs in the plastic bottle will last for up to 8 hours if you keep it well insulated with ice packs. 

This is a great way to have a nutritious breakfast or snack while enjoying the great outdoors.

Pack whole eggs in a water bottle

One of the best ways to ensure that your eggs don’t get damaged during your camping trip is to pack them in a water bottle. 

This will help to keep them from being jostled around and breaking. 

Simply fill up a water bottle with enough water to cover the eggs, and then screw the lid on tightly. 

You can then place the water bottle in your cooler or refrigerator until you’re ready to use them. 

Make sure to select your water bottle with a wide mouth so that it is easy for you to put in and take out the eggs. 

This is another great way to have fresh eggs on hand for breakfast, or for any other meal while camping.

Pack hard-boiled eggs in your camping cooler

If you are worried about your eggs breaking and creating a mess, you can hard-boil them, and cool them completely by putting them in ice-cold water. 

Refrigerate the hard-boiled eggs before you leave for your trip. 

This way, they will be less likely to break and you can just pack them in a container with some ice. 

Hard-boiled eggs last for up to a week when kept in the fridge but in your camping cooler, they will last as long as it has ice. 

Make sure to keep the eggs below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

With proper insulation, carrying hard-boiled eggs is a great option if you are going on a longer camping trip.

Here’s a video of how to hard boil your eggs the right way:

Wrap eggs in a towel

If you are going on a short camping trip, you can warp every egg in a newspaper and then wrap them together in a thick towel to prevent them from breaking. 

This will help keep your food supply safe and intact. 

Make sure to consume the eggs within 2 hours after you take them out of your refrigerator as keeping the eggs at room temperature for long will spoil your eggs. 

Eggs are a versatile food that can be used in many different recipes, so be sure to include them in your menu planning. 

With a little advanced preparation, you can enjoy fresh, delicious eggs even while camping. 

Pack whole eggs in a bubble wrap

I love bubble wrap. It gives me a sense of security because the eggs do not break during transportation or on bumpy road rides. 

I don’t even have to be too careful to keep my hands steady when moving the cooler around at the campsite.

Eggs are just as fragile as glass, and that’s why most transportation companies use bubble wraps to transport breakable items in them. 

So, if you are still wondering how to store whole eggs while camping, wrap each of your eggs in layers of bubble wrap before putting them in the cooler or insulated bag and the air pockets in the bubble wrap will take care of the rest.

Pack scrambled eggs in a Ziploc bag or buy pre scrambled eggs for camping

This method does take some preparation prior to your camping trip. 

You can scramble the eggs and pack them in the Ziploc freezer bags and freeze the content. 

Transfer the Ziploc bag to your camping cooler before leaving for the trip. 

This way your scrambled eggs will stay safe and fresh for a longer period. 

If you do not have time to scramble the eggs, you can buy pre-scrambled eggs which come in ready-to-use packaging and storage.

Pack dehydrated or powdered eggs for camping

Pack dehydrated or powdered eggs for camping

If you love to camp light then packing dehydrated eggs or powdered eggs will be the best option for you.

Though dehydrated or powdered eggs do not taste as good as whole eggs, you can still consider this option if you are planning a long trip or want to save space in your backpack

The shelf life of dehydrated eggs is much longer (5 to 10 years) as compared to whole eggs which need a consistent temperature of 45 degrees Fahrenheit or below and will get spoiled if left at room temperature for more than 2 hours. 

According to Egg Safety Center, you should use purified water to reconstitute dried eggs, so pack for your trip accordingly.

How do you keep eggs safe while camping?

In order to keep eggs safe while camping at the campsite you can use any of the below tips:

Use a cooler or insulated bag

This will help keep the eggs from getting too hot or cold. You may use a hard-sided cooler if you wish. You want something that won’t break your eggs if it gets jostled.

Keep the cooler in a shadow or cool place

This way you can retain the ice and keep your food cold for a much longer period.

Let the eggs stay in an egg holder

Do not remove eggs from the egg holder after reaching the campsite. Let it stay in the carton. This will help protect your eggs from breaking accidentally.

Put them in the middle of your bag

This will help protect them from being jostled around.

Wrap them in a towel

This will help cushion them and keep them from breaking.

Wrap them in layers of bubble wrap

The air pockets will keep the eggs from breaking if your bag or cooler accidentally falls or touches the ground with a thud.

Don’t forget to pack ice packs or ice cubes

This will help keep the eggs cool and fresh.

How long will eggs last camping?

According to the FDA chart, with proper insulation and refrigeration, fresh eggs can last for three to five weeks. 

So if you have a portable fridge and electricity supply at the campsite you can easily store your eggs and prepare fresh delicious egg meals. 

But if you are carrying a cooler your eggs will last as long as the temperature inside the cooler is 45 degrees Fahrenheit or below. 

Once the temperature of your cooler starts increasing above this, it’s best to consume eggs before bacteria starts to build up, or you can buy dried eggs as most campers prefer these because of their longer shelf life.

Here’s a refrigerator and freezer storage chart by FDA to give you an idea:

Fresh eggs, in shell3 – 5 weeksDo not freeze
Raw yolk and whites2 – 4 weeks1 year
Hard-cooked eggs1 weekDo not freeze
Liquid pasteurized eggs or egg substitutes, (opened)3 daysDo not freeze
Liquid pasteurized eggs or egg substitutes, (unopened)10 days1 year
Source: FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration)

How to know if eggs have gone bad during camping?

The best way to test is by putting the egg in a bowl of normal water or cold water. 
If the egg sinks and stays at the bottom of the bowl it means the egg is fresh. 
If the egg floats on the water surface it means it has gone bad.
If you have brought scrambled eggs with you, simple sniffing will give you an idea if the eggs are good or bad. 
If you smell an odor that’s out of place, it indicates that your cooked eggs are not suitable for consumption anymore.

Are farm fresh eggs safe to bring camping?

Yes, farm fresh eggs are safe to bring along while camping.
Since most of us buy eggs from our local store, it is washed and refrigerated.
If the eggs have been refrigerated you will need to store them in a cooler or fridge during camping or consume them within 2 hours if you keep them at room temperature. 
If you have your own egg farm then you can bring unwashed eggs to the campsite. 
Unwashed eggs last longer because they have a protective layer called cuticle or bloom which prevents the eggs from going bad. 
But also note that the unwashed eggs may contain bacteria called Salmonella Enteritidis which can cause intestinal infection. 

If you are bringing raw eggs (unwashed eggs) from your farm to the campsite and it is not treated for Salmonella bacteria, you need to keep them refrigerated.
This is the reason why the FDA has issued guidelines to all commercial farms to clean the eggs and keep them at a temperature of 7 degrees Celcius (45 degrees F.) before supplying them to your local store. 
Store bought eggs are washed, hence they do not have the protective layer and need refrigeration to prevent the eggs from going bad. 

Can I coat eggs with oil or paraffin wax and bring them camping?

Yes, you can coat eggs with food-grade mineral oil or paraffin wax and bring them camping as these strengthen the eggshells, prevents breakage, and increases the quality of eggs. 
Make sure to keep the eggs cool by surrounding them with ice packs.
According to a study published by PubMed, fresh refrigerated chicken eggs were coated with food-grade paraffin wax or mineral oil, or Whey Protein Isolate (WPI) which increased the shelf life of the eggs beyond 6 weeks and also increased the vitelline membrane strength by 14%.

Can I pre-crack eggs ahead of time for camping?

Yes, you can pre-crack eggs ahead of time i.e. a night before camping. 
Pack the pre-cracked eggs in a water bottle or plastic bottle with a wide mouth, secure the lid, and put it in the refrigerator. 
You can also use a Ziploc freezer bag to keep these pre-cracked eggs and freeze them. 
Before leaving transfer the water bottle or Ziploc bag (whichever you have chosen to keep your cracked eggs in) into your cooler and surround it with ice packs or ice cubes to keep the eggs fresh and prevent any spoilage. 

Final Thoughts

When packing perishable items like eggs for camping trips, it’s always best to use a cooler or insulated bag. 

That way, you can be sure they’ll stay at a consistent temperature throughout the duration of your trip. 

You should also pack eggs in their carton to prevent breakage, and try to keep them towards the middle of your bag so they don’t get jostled around too much. 

Wrapping them in a towel can also help cushion them and keep them safe. 

And finally, don’t forget to pack an ice pack! 

This will help keep the eggs cool and fresh during your trip. 

By following these simple tips, you can be sure that your eggs will stay safe and delicious during your camping adventure! Bon appetite!

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