Meal Planning for Hikers
Preparing and taking with you the right outdoor food is a result of proper planning that helps you identify and prepare the ideal meal that will supply you with the necessary nutrients which you need when in the wilderness. 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. Planning for trail food can be a complex process especially when you intend to spend a couple of days in the wilderness, this is because you have to consider things such as breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner for the period you will be in the outdoor, this is not easy especially for first-timers, to make it easy for you we have outlined some ideas you can use to pack the right trail foods that will serve you throughout your outdoor trip period.
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. Those are some backpacking meal ideas we thought might help you when you are planning your outdoor trip.