No-one travels without a fridge these days.
Tough and efficient mobile refrigeration gives bush travel a five-star touch, but you have to get the basics right.
PORTABLE FRIDGE OPTIONS
Keep your cool
Portable fridges and coolers look much the same from the outside – they’re all insulated boxes with lids – but there are significant differences in the way they work and the type of energy they use. It’s necessary to know something about the ebbs and flows of the cooling business if you want to be sure of buying the right unit for your needs.
Start planning well ahead of intended departure.
Refrigeration has changed the camping menu for the better: there’s no good reason why food normally served at home can’t be enjoyed while travelling outback
QUARANTINE BORDERS IN AUSTRALIA
Do you know the rules?
Before you start filling your food containers for your next trip, you should be aware of what you can and cannot take across State borders and into special exclusion zones.
Minimise the health risks
One of the greatest health risks in the bush is illness caused by poor hygiene. We have a camp rule that we never touch food or eating utensils without washing our hands.
OPPOSITE LOCK FRIDGE RANGE ADDITIONS
These one- and two-compartment fridges were released in August 2016.
Opposite Lock has released a 40-litre portable fridge/freezer and a 72-litre portable fridge and freezer, designed to complement its Waeco, National Luna and Engel offerings.
BEWARE THE ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED FRIDGE
You don't need complicated electronics in the bush.
Electronics have crept into the camper fridge market. Our experience with one such fridge wasn’t great, but a fix was easy.
COLEMAN INSTASTART AL-3 CAMPING STOVE
Uses LPG disposable cannisters
The stove is a clever design, the two round burners are separated by a rectangular burner and with all three alight and the griddle on top there’s even heat over the entire plate.
COLEMAN PACK-AWAY KITCHEN
Disappears into a compact case
The Coleman Pack-Away Kitchen disappears into a compact case. The sides of the case open out to form the serving table top. The stove stand opens on one side of the table top and a slip-on cooking tool frame clicks in place to hold tongs, spoons and the like.
WAECO CFX 94.5-LITRE 'SMART' FRIDGE
This two-lid fridge-freezer offers maximum flexibility with Wi-Fi control - March 2016
Dometic Australia has released the Waeco CFX-95DZ2 portable compressor fridge-freezer. This dual-zone unit has two compartments that have individual lids and it comes with a Wi-Fi Android/iOS app.
DOMETIC VACUUM SEALER
Operates from 12V battery or 240V power - August 2014
Most camping people know about the benefits of cryovac bags in prolonging the storage life of fresh food and preserving cooked food, without the need to run a freezer. However, most cryovac units are 240-volt, necessitating mains power or an inverter for operation when away from home.
HANDPRESSO - ESPRESSO COFFEE ANYWHERE - November 2015
Being remote doesn't mean you can't have your daily caffiene fix.
We love our morning coffee and for years we struggled to find the best way to have espresso quality coffee in the bush. With our new Handpressos we've found it.
HAPPY CAMPER GOURMET PACKAGED FOOD - October 2015
Ready to heat meals with no need to refrigerate or freeze.
We've been taste-testing the range of Happy Camper Gourmet pre-cooked meals and now we don't go anywhere without some of them in our food boxes. If our fridge packs up we won't starve.
ICE MULE COOLER BAG - January 2016
This is the best cooler bag we've tested.
The Ice Mule range of soft cooler bags and back packs rewrites the soft-cooler concept, we reckon.
ICEBOX TEST - January 2016
There's still a place for the portable icebox.
Not everyone has a portable fridge and those who do sometimes need additional cooler capacity. That's why the portable icebox still has a place. We tested six of them in summer heat.
KATADYN COMBI MICROFILTER
Top Shelf Water Filter
We hadn’t travelled with a water filter before, but after one trip using a Katadyn unit we wouldn’t go bush without one again.
SEA TO SUMMIT COOKWARE AND 'CROCKERY'
Light, compact and easy to use silicone camping kit - July 2016
Space is always at a premium when it comes to loading your vehicle or camper. Pots and bowls that fit inside each other used to be as good as it got, but now there are collapsible pots, pans and ‘crockery’.