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Meals Meals Meals!
Why is it so hard to figure out what to take to eat in the backcountry? I think it's because we want to eat something that's made in our kitchens, but all we have is a flame and a pot a quarter of the size of your smallest pot at home. Well, at least that's all I'm willing to carry.
I'm a pretty simple backcountry eater, but I need variety. The ease of planning and ease of how my meal is prepared (boiling water) typically beats out my willingness for variety. Make sense?
HOW DO I THINK ABOUT WHAT TO CHOOSE?
1. One-step meals = only boiling water = easy
2. Willing to eat the same lunch for up to 5 days (b/c it's easier to plan)
3. My food options need to be significantly different than my previous backpacking trip (but still easy!)
4. Very easy clean-up = swish around water in dirty pot and voila!
5. What looks appetizing when I pick it up and look at it (when I haven't even hike 5 miles yet)?
6. If something looks "meh," I don't take it. I know I won't want to eat it when I'm in the wilderness, and that's bad. Getting calories in is important, but if I don't feel like eating, it'll really take a toll physically and mentally. So I only take stuff that I WANT to eat.
here's a sample 4-day backcountry trip menu.
BREAKFAST (QTY: 3)
LUNCH (QTY: 4)
- Tortilla (1/day)
- Cheddar cheese (1-2oz/day)
- Salami (1.5oz/day)
- Mayo and Dijonnaise packets (1/day) - really helps elevate the meal!
DINNER (QTY: 3)
- Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili split into two meals (Or try their Thai Curry - it's THE BEST!)
- Tapatio Hot Sauce (For added oomph!)
- Korean Ramen noodles + extra a handful of dehydrated veggies (found a veggie soup in the bulk section of my local natural food store)
SNACKS + ENERGY
- 3 Epic bars
- 3 Rise bars
- 1 Clif Mojo bar
- 2 oz of summer sausage
- 1 bag of Dang coconut chips (SO GOOD)
- 2 small green tea Kit Kat bars
- 1 Theo chocolate peanut butter cups
- 1/2 bar of Theo milk chocolate bar
- 2 pieces of Flower Kiss Candy
- 1 (leftover) bite-size Snickers bar
- 2 packets of GU chomps (Strawberry is the best flavor and it's caffeinated!)
- Sour candy medley (Sour patch kids, Haribo gummy bears, Sour punch bites (strawberry and apple flavors are my fav), Peach O's
- 1 Hot chocolate packet as a treat after dinner
What do you see in this sample menu that piques your curiosity? Or what do you pack that you think I should know about? I need more variety! ;-)