Backpacking Food Ideas
Meal planning plays a central role in determining the success and experience of your outdoor trip, and therefore it should be a priority for any backpacking trip. The food you select normally depends on your taste, preference, caloric density, nutritional value as well as how easy it is to prepare, what matter is you trail food should be well balanced to allow you to enjoy quick, easy and nutritious meals when you are on the wilderness. When you are spending more than a day in the wilderness it is important to be thorough with the outdoor food you are packing, you need to consider breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner for the duration you will be in the outdoor, a lot of people find this challenging but to help you pack the right food for the trail we have prepared a simple guide you can use for your outdoor meal planning.
One of the main thing that gets most outdoor lovers confused is the amount of food they should take backpacking, while there are no accurate recommendations, there are some important variables that will influence the amount of food you need to pack, such thing includes the intensity of the outdoor activity, number of days you will be in the wilderness, your body size and weight, as well as the number of calories you burn, an example of how these variable determine the amount of food you carry is in a case of a rock climber compared to plateau explorer who most of the time is chilling in a tent, a rock climber, will expend more energy compared to the tent chilling guy and therefore require more food to replenish the used calories, however, the general rule of thumb for outdoor lovers carry outdoor food that can supply you with 2,500 to 4,500 calories per person per day, you are better of with extra trail food than short of it while in the outdoor.
The other important consideration is the type of trail food to pack, typically you can carry most of the foods but it is important that you stick with portable, lightweight and nutritious foods, make sure you carry a variety of food items because eating too much of the same thing over and over can make you lose your appetite over the period of your outdoor trip, therefore carrying some spices and condiments such as olive oil, pepper, fast food condiments packets can elevate your trail meal, also important to carry are fresh foods such as oranges, apples, carrots and snap peas can give you additional nutritional values and they can last a couple of days in moderate temperatures, the ideal trail foods are dehydrated meals which you can make yourself if you have time and energy, a food dehydrator will take water out of the fruits, veggies and meats for excellent trail grab, regarding beverages soups and warm beverages are good to prevent dehydration and give you the needed energy especially in a chilly outdoor, alcohol should be taken with caution, avoid drinking alcohol right before you go to sleep because it can disrupt your sleeping cycle, however, some wine and whiskey with friends is good for a casual outdoor trips, it is worth mentioning that you avoid canned foods because they are way too heavy and you do not need bulky backpack during your outdoor trip. You can use this guideline to pack your trail foods.