One of the main concerns on a trekking and camping trip is about food. For those who are going to camp by car, it is much easier, but if you are going to make a trip, you must plan well. Imagine a 10-day long trail in remote regions where you have to carry all your food and equipment. It seems […]
One of the main concerns on a trekking and camping trip is about food. For those who are going to camp by car, it is much easier, but if you are going to make a trip, you must plan well.
Imagine a 10-day long trail in remote regions where you have to carry all your food and equipment. It seems like suffering, but nowadays there are very practical, light and nutritious options for eating well and with the least possible cost of weight on your back.
We need stamina and physical capacity to make a trekking circuit, but it is essential to maintain hydration and nutrition. The physical effort during a trail is intense and the caloric expenditure of walking with weight is very high. An 8-hour laden hike over rough terrain burns about 4,000 calories! So, even with a good diet, we usually lose weight during a crossing.
Food for camping and trekking: meals
To choose what to take, we have to think about weight, storage time and ease of preparing meals. Sometimes we can have lunch and dinner, but it’s not a costume during the trails.
Many people think that camp meals are all about the famous instant noodles.
For large meals like lunch and dinner, freeze-dried food is unanimous. Lyophilization is a dehydration process that preserves the best nutrients. So, we carry the food without water to add it later. Best of all, all you have to do is put hot water, often in the package itself, and wait a few minutes. It’s very fast and convenient!
Although we do not dispense with legumes on a daily basis, avoid taking them to camps. They are heavy foods, have calories and deteriorate quickly. Here is a list of some suggestions:
Boiled egg: cook before travel and take with a shell. It lasts about 3 days in mild weather.
Wheat Couscous: Fine grains for making Moroccan couscous are excellent as they can be hydrated even with cold water! In Europe it is very cheap.
Pasta: the smaller the size, the faster the cooking. Instant noodles are the fastest.
Dehydrated soups: you can mix it with some thin noodles to complement it.
Rice: takes time to cook
Canned tuna or sardines: they are heavy foods because of the water, but they are already ready for consumption.
Grains such as beans, lentils and chickpeas: we do not recommend taking dry beans, as they take a long time to cook. Cooked beans (canned or boxed) are a better option, but they are heavy.
Food for camping and trekking: breakfast, snack and drinks.
Breakfast is essential and gives us energy for the first hours of walking. It’s also important to think about food for snacks during the trail and drinks. We have to bring enough water according to the path – some have many drinking water points. Powdered items to add to the water complement the food, giving energy and vitamins.
Always have plastic bags with zippers (Zip-Loc type) to pack and separate some items into smaller portions.
Powdered milk (normal or soy)
Processed cheese: no need to refrigerate
Fruit jelly: those in small sachets are best to carry.
Bread: sliced, Arabic or tortilla
Cereals / Granola / Chestnuts
Oats: you can make porridge which is very nutritious
Sugar / Sweetener
Jam in bars (guava, banana, marmalade)
And now? Are you convinced that it is possible to eat well in the forest? 😉