Meal planning plays a central role in determining the success and experience of your outdoor trip, and therefore it should be a priority for any backpacking trip. When you are preparing an outdoor meal make sure it is something tasty, the food you enjoy taking and nutritious, the trail recipe should be well balanced, nutritious, and can give you an instant energy boost during your outdoor trip. 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.
The first question most people ask is how much food should we pack, the truth is the amount of food you will bring along on an outdoor trip will depend on many variables such as the number of days you will spend in the wilderness, the intensity of the activity, your body size as well as the number of calories you burn, nonetheless it is recommended that you pack outdoor food that can supply between 2, 500 to 4, 500 calories per person per day, but you need to have it in mind that a mountaineer will expend more calories than someone exploring a few miles on a relatively flat trail, it is better to make a mistake and carry a little more food than little less when you are planning an outdoor trip.
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.