Backpacking means spending days filled with activities and endless challenges.
That’s why you need to nourish yourself with the right food in sufficient amounts. Somewhere along the line, you need to account for the weight of the food you’re bringing. Otherwise, that pack of yours is going to be burdensome.
The trick is to learn the ways of backpacking food without sacrificing nutrition and taste. Here’s how to get started.
- Plan your meals
The key is to plan your meals. Plot out how long you’ll be gone and from there, determine how many meals you need. This way, you’re going to have enough to sustain you throughout the journey.
- Opt for dehydrated meals
Dehydrated foods are a backpacker’s best friend. They are lightweight and are as nutritious as any home-prepped meals out there. You also don’t have to worry about spoilage. The best part? All you need to do is just add hot water. There are a lot of dehydrated meal options in the market nowadays. Simply pick out what you want and pack each accordingly. Speaking of packing.
- Use Ziploc bags
Ziploc bags are a must for any backpacker. They keep your meals organized and sorted. Plus, they weigh like nothing at all and you can give them a good wash and re-use them as you please. A good tip is to group each meal into one Ziploc bag. This way, you don’t have to rummage through your things finding the pasta, the protein, and the sauce.
- Keep your nutrients in check
The last thing you want is bringing bad food for your trip. Sure, a big of sugar rush can help give you that extra jolt again. However, remember that you need all the nutrients you can get to last you a long time. Otherwise, you’re going to feel weak, sluggish and lazy. Not exactly the kind of backpacking trip we’d hope for!
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