If you were to look into the foodbags of most hikers, you’d be horrified or amazed, or maybe both. I know a few hikers who only eat pre-processed, pre-packaged meals for months at a time on thru-hikes, others who carefully pre-bag freezer bag meals, and still others who subsist almost entirely on junk food and Nutella, eating it straight out of the jar with a big plastic spoon.
But the rest of us who can only get away on backpacking trips for a weekend probably don’t eat like thru-hikers on 2,000 miles hikes. We don’t have the revved up metabolism to burn off 6000 calories a day.
If I had to wager, I’d say most short-haul backpackers (under 5 days out) eat pre-packaged, freeze-dried meals from Mountainhouse, Packit-Gourmet, Mary Janes Farm, AlpenAire, Backpackers’ Pantry, Natural High, or Outdoor Herbivore.
Which of these backpacking food manufacturers do you prefer?
What are the most important factors when you purchase a pre-packaged backpacking meal? Price, taste, weight, calories, ease of preparation or cooking time?
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