The question becomes important when considering raw whole eggs that will be staying in your backpack the whole time. Before giving you products made expressly for this purpose, there’s a trick I found that is both effective, and probably free for most backpackers, and I can’t wait to try it.
Take a wide-mouth Nalgene bottle (this one, for example), stack it full, carefully with eggs, and pour dehydrated rice in until it’s full (or water – especially salt water because of higher density). It’ll distribute pressure equally around the egg and cushion them against any impact.
Camping egg carrier
If you didn’t like my Nalgene bottle advice for some reason, your second option is to carry them using a container.
But let me say this in advance: No carrier can guarantee your eggs won’t break. It mostly comes down to your gentle pack use – which is why I’d prefer Nalgene bottle method every time. I don’t want to waste time thinking about some cracked eggs leaking inside my pack and items ruin my entire outdoors experience. I want to stop worrying and enjoy my time outdoors.
More, there isn’t a wide range of egg containers that you’d be able to take camping. Cardboard, glass and Styrofoam containers are obviously not practical, so we’re left with a couple different kinds of plastic containers as options.
Hard plastic egg cartons
This type of egg container is made to hug the eggs when holding them to make sure they cannot move around enough to break. The plastic is marketed as unbreakable, and the purpose of the container seems to be nothing more than to prevent stored eggs from breaking. It’s reusable and top rack is advertised as dishwasher safe.
However, it might not be the best for storing farm fresh eggs, as the shape of the individual egg pockets isn’t conducive to their shape, as opposed to more standardized store-bought sized (smaller) eggs.
While this may not seem like a major concern, remember that farm fresh (not-previously-refrigerated) eggs are best for camping unless they’re refrigerated before. So if this container is in fact bad for farm fresh (and/or large) eggs, it might be bad for camping.
More reusable types
This type of container, on the other hand, is made to accomplish the same purpose, and more. It advertises an airtight and watertight seal, which it goes without saying could easily be much better for camping for longer use. Over time, the seals might lose their ability to keep out water, though.
But the material is FDA approved in the health department, and box carriers like this can be better for longer use as it’s harder to break in your backpack.
It’s durable and claims its plastic is safe for dishwashers on the top rack. This hard egg carton might be better for farm fresh eggs and as a result, for us campers.
All the previous options seemed to me more trouble than necessary while keeping eggs, so I looked into methods of keeping and cooking eggs that don’t involve bringing those breakable things with you in your bag:
And I’ve found powdered (aka “dehydrated” or “dried”) eggs are pretty popular with hiking enthusiasts.
A number of reasons to prefer them over other methods:
- Easy to eat,
- Easy to carry,
- Have longer shelf lives ,
- You don’t have to worry about cracking them (duh… there’s no shell),
- They’re absolutely tastier than eating cold pre-hard boiled eggs, and not much less tasty than freshly cooked raw eggs
What are they?!