We’re at that time of year when things slow down, the days get longer and warmer, and nature is at its finest. So it’s natural that during one of the most anticipated seasons in America, you’d take the time to get out into the natural splendor outside our towns and cities and discover for yourself what it is that makes this planet of ours such a miracle to live in.
Backpacking isn’t just a unique way to take a trip, it’s a chance to connect with friends, family and the natural world in way that lets you really appreciate what a life we have. But in order to make your trip memorable in a good way, you need to prepare. Nature is beautiful, but people that go off into the wilderness without a healthy respect for it will quickly get into difficulty. This is especially true when it comes to your food. When you go backpacking, how should you prepare yourself foodwise?
Know Your Capacity
You have to know exactly what kind of backpacking trip you’ll be taking, and pack accordingly. If you’re driving out to a luxury campsite complete with electrical power and indoor plumbing, food won’t be much of an issue. If you’re going on a real hike where you’ll be away from grocery stores, and sometimes spending the night in the woods, look at your backpack and carefully calculate just how much you can carry.
Equally important is not just the volume of what you can pack, but the weight. If you’re going to be hiking for long periods, you want to make sure you don’t weigh yourself down. Depending on the situation, you may or may not want to bring along food that needs to be prepared somehow, such as being cooked or boiled over a fire.
Making Things Easy
If you want food that is light, compact and nutritious, one way to do this is to either prepare the food yourself, or buy something like our Valley Food Storage camping food, which is packed in mylar. This is a great way to bring food along, because the mylar bag is compact but flexible, making it much easier to pack. Depending on the type of food you want to enjoy, you can also eat the food as is, such as with multi-grain cereal, or simply pour boiling water in the bag to get it ready to eat, like with our Irish pub cheddar potato soup.
Backpacking should be fun, but always make sure you’ve packed smartly to make the most of it. That includes your food!