Toting around a bunch of cookware and a cooking stove when you’re going hiking is not something you want to do. Backpacking equals lightweight and easy-to carry.
If you’re going to be camping in one location for a while and don’t have to hike very far to get to your location, on the other hand, it makes sense to bring in all of the extra equipment necessary to cook some great hot meals.
But when you’re on the move and walking for long distances over a period of several days, MREs, or Meals Ready to Eat, are the way to go.
You have a number of options to get ready for your next backpacking trip, so we’re going to lay out what a few of them are and explore their pros and cons.
Have you ever been to a hotel where they serve a continental “free” breakfast in the mornings? What were the eggs like?
If your experience was like that of many other travelers, those eggs tasted bad, and the texture was worse: more like runny, floppy eggs than anything resembling real eggs.
When it’s time to set up camp for the night or you need a quick meal on the trail, freeze dried meals can make it easy and quick to get the nutrition you need to keep strong while out in the wild.
Freeze dried meals are also great for emergency preparedness in case of bad weather or power outages.
All you have to do is heat some water, and add it to the food. You can also use cold water if you don’t have a way to heat any via a single burner or even a candle.
Mountain House, Backpackers Pantry, and Wise Foods are three companies that have a variety of such meals available to choose from so that you’re never without a hot meal when you’re away from civilization.
This product review compares three types of freeze-dried lasagna meals, one from each company.