Best Reusable Bags for Camping and Hiking
Let’s talk about the best reusable bags for camping and hiking!
I spend a lot of time outdoors, so I’m trying to do what can to reduce my usage of single-use plastics.
Since I love to cook over the campfire and make my own hiking snacks, I wanted some storage options that I could use in these situations outdoors.
In this post, I’m going to review all the different reusable bags I’ve tried (which is a lot), and the pros and cons of each.
Then, I’ll give you my recommendation for the best reusable bags specifically for camping and hiking.
Watch my review and recommendations here:
REUSABLE BAGS FOR CAMPING AND HIKING - THE REVIEWS
Stasher bags are made from pure platinum silicone. They’re 100% plastic free and BPA-free.
They’re safe to use in the freezer, microwave, boiling water, and oven up to 400°F. They come in tons of different colors and sizes and they’re endlessly reusable.
I love these bags. (Seriously, they’re awesome.)
I’ve been using Stasher bags for over a year now, and I’ve got quite the collection! The oldest ones that I have don’t look any different than the day I bought them.
Out of all the options we’ll talk about in this post, these are the ones I reach for the most when I’m at home. They’re constantly in use.
There’s one very minor con that I have with these bags - if you want to use them for liquids, they’re not the best option.
This is because the Stashers will pop open easily if there’s air in the bags and the seal just isn’t as strong as some of the other options we’ll talk about below.
For hiking snacks, these are a good option, but not my favorite.
However, they are my favorite for car camping. When you’re packing the cooler and snacks for a car camping trip, pack a few empty Stasher bags too.
When you have leftovers, or open something you don’t finish, you can use a Stasher to store it in the cooler.
HomeLux bags are made of silicon, just like the Stashers, so they have a lot of the similar benefits.
The main difference is that the HomeLux bags come with a plastic piece that you slide on top to create an airtight, leak-proof seal.
I don’t like that I have to keep track of another plastic piece that can easily get misplaced in the kitchen.
To be honest, I don’t use these nearly as much as the Stashers. If you need a leakproof seal, these are better, but overall I much prefer that Stashers for everyday use and for camping.
I don’t recommend these for hiking because they’re heavier and bulkier than some of the other options below.
Next up are the re-zip bags by BlueAvocado. These are made with 100% PEVA, they’re lead-free and BPA-free.
PEVA is short for polyethylene vinyl acetate and it’s technically a plastic. So they’re not plastic-free like the Stashers.
According to the manufacturer website, they are biodegradable and recyclable.
I question wether or not these are actually biodegradable… because they’re plastic. 🤔
They’re not intended for the microwave or high heat use and they’re not dishwasher safe - I ruined one that way!
They’re lightweight, leak-proof, and they come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.
Overall, I like these. They have mixed reviews on Amazon, but I haven't had any issues with them and I think they seal really nice.
They definitely have a stronger seal than the Stasher bags, and they’re lighter, so for hiking and backpacking snacks, these are a great option.
I do question the long-term durability of these. I think the Stashers will outlast them, but so far they’re both going strong.
Next, we have a brand call Bumkins and these bags are totally different than the previous three.
Bumkins snack bags are made from a waterproof fabric and they have a zipper closure.
The all fabric bags are machine washable and dishwasher safe. They come in all different colors, fun patterns, and sizes!
In addition to the all fabric bags, they have bags with a fabric back and clear front so you can easily see what’s inside.
The Bumkins bags seal well because of the zipper, but they’re not airtight or leakproof, so these would not work for storing liquids.
The Bumkins are great for dry snacks like trail mixes, nuts, granolas, and energy bites.
I love these for hiking snacks. They’re lightweight, strong, seal well, and are easy to clean.
The last option I’ve tried are LunchSkins velcro bags.
The LunchSkins are very similar to the Bumkins. The fabric does seem to be a little thicker, but other than that, I think they’re pretty comparable.
I prefer the zipper closure over the velcro, so I tend to use the Bumkins a lot more.
LunchSkins also sell bags with a zipper closure, I just haven’t tried them because I really like the Bumkins.
The last bag option I want to mention are the paper bags that LunSkins sells.
Of course, the paper bags are not reusable, but they’re plastic-free and worth mentioning because sometimes when I make granola or snacks, I want to give them to friends.
These paper bags are perfect for those situations because you don’t have to use plastic, but you also don’t need to give away your nice reusable bags!
THE OVERALL BEST REUSABLE BAGS FOR CAMPING AND HIKING
MY TOP PICK FOR CAMPING:
The Stasher bags are awesome for car camping! I use them all the time for leftovers or for storing veggies and cheese in the cooler.
They’re also the bags that I use the most when I’m at home.
MY TOP PICK FOR HIKING SNACKS:
The Re Zip bags have a really great seal and they’re lightweight, making them perfect for hiking snacks!
The Bumkins also have a strong zipper seal and are lightweight, so they’re perfect for dry hiking snacks.
I love to make my own hiking snacks, so I use both of these bags a lot to store snacks in my backpack.
I hope you get a chance to try some of these reusable bags for all your outdoor adventures.
If you have any questions, ask me in the comments below!
See you out there,
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