Food for Backpackers
Are considering going on a backpacking trip? You are going to have to carry everything with you on your back or in your pockets when you go into the wilderness. While this idea doesn’t appeal to everybody, some people consider this the ultimate get away. As you are preparing to go, you will quickly realize that weight is a big issue. In order to be as mobile as possible you have to find a good balance between size, weight and the price of your gear. Typically the smaller and more lightweight, the more expensive.
Everything you bring needs to be minimal, including your food. Here are some easy backpacking food suggestions.
Water = Life
You can get away with skimping on some things, but one thing you need to make sure you have enough of is water. When you are out in the wild, walking with a pack, you need plenty of water to drink. The minimum is two liters per person per day, but your needs can be a lot more than that, especially if you are in a hot area.
Most people cannot or don’t want to carry that much weight in water. At eight pounds a gallon, you can see that carrying enough for a few days will easily weigh you down. A good alternative is to bring a water filter or iodine pills. There are many different types of filters on the market. The type that you choose will depend on what the water quality is like where you are going. No matter what, do not skip out on this essential backpacking piece of equipment.
One of the easiest camping foods around is a good ol’ plastic jar of peanut butter. You can bring bread, crackers or biscuits to spread it on, or you can just eat it by the spoonful out of the jar. You’ll be burning a lot of calories, which you’ll need to replace. You could also opt for energy or nutrition bars, but peanut butter is a lot cheaper and gives you great protein and calories to keep your body going. For a special treat, throw in some chocolate chips.
Many hardcore backpackers swear that they can survive off of salami for days. This dried, spiced meat doesn’t require refrigeration, is lightweight and is also packed with calories and protein. Just be sure to bring a pocket knife with you.
Meals In A Pouch
Nowadays, there’s a great variety of great premade camping food on the market. You can be miles from anywhere and still enjoy a great gourmet meal like Beef Stroganoff, a nice side dish and Blueberry Cheesecake for desert. There are plenty of vegetarian selections as well. These types of meals come two ways, dehydrated or fully hydrated. The hydrated, or wet, meals do not need any water added, but they are heated by putting the pouch in boiling water for a few minutes. There are many great menu choices, but they can get a little heavy.
The dehydrated meals are prepared by opening the pouch and pouring boiling water inside. You stir, let it sit for a few minutes and eat. These have the advantage of being much lighter to carry. Either type though can be eaten cold if you are in a tough spot and not able to make hot water.
Whatever type of camping food you bring, be sure you’ve got enough for everyday of your trip and a little extra, just in case. Although you can survive for days without food (but only for three days without water!), you don’t want to have to when you are out in the wild. Being prepared now goes a long way in making sure you have a great trip later!