What food should you take on an expedition?
Planning for an expedition, camping trip or even a long hike requires thought. What equipment do you need to take, what conditions are you likely to face and what route are you going to travel are major considerations.
The food you take on your trip is equally as important. Not only does it help to stave off hunger, but it can also lift morale, provide a reward for completing a section of a journey, and help fuel the next stage of your adventure.
We explain what food you should look to take on your next expedition.
An expedition can be physically demanding. You might be climbing, sailing, hiking or running to your destination. This can all take a toll on the body. This is why your choices of food on your trip should help restock your bodies energy reserves and help to repair any damage the trip does to muscles and joints.
Look for dishes that are high in protein and carbohydrates. Not only do these help fuel the body, they will also help to keep you feeling warm and full in difficult conditions, which can help lift flagging morale and drive you onto your next goal.
When space is at a premium, you don’t want to be struggling to carry everything you need for your trip. If you’re relying on a support vehicle, or even just a rucksack, to carry your equipment, being able to transport everything you need in the smallest possible amount of space is crucial.
Dehydrated or freeze-dried meals are a good choice for those looking to save space and weight on an expedition. By removing the moisture from a meal, you can reduce the weight and the overall volume food takes up. This allows you to store significantly more food in a significantly smaller space, which is perfect for keeping weight to a minimum.
Freeze-dried meals can also be prepared in their pouches, reducing the need to carry additional pans and cooking equipment. This not only keeps weight down but also mess to a minimum, making it easier to transport rubbish and not risk littering.
Aside from food, you need to think about your fluid intake. Dehydration is a genuine risk in situations where you are exerting yourself, especially in warmer climates.
Make sure that your planning accounts for the weight of water you need to carry to ensure that you stay hydrated. It’s also important to look at any routes you are taking and identifying any potential opportunities to replenish supplies if needs be.
Keep in mind what your access to clean water is going to be like throughout your expedition, especially if you are relying on freeze-dried or dehydrated meals that need to be rehydrated before eating. This might mean you need to carry additional water or the means to purify water in order to not only stay hydrated but also to help with preparing food.
As part of your expedition planning, you should have a clear idea of how long your trip will take. This can then help you to work out exactly how much food you’re going to travel with. Keep in mind:
- The length of your trip
- The number of people travelling
- What your calorific intake will be (especially important if you’re in a more extreme environment)
Your itinerary might take into account stops in places where you will be able to access other meals. While this is a great idea to help reduce the amount of food, and therefore the overall weight, you need to carry, it is often worth bringing slightly more food than you might expect to need just in case.
How can we help you to prepare for your expedition?
Planning your meals for an expedition involves a degree of planning and research, allowing you to make sure you take the right amount and meet your nutritional requirements.
At Summit To Eat, we provide a range of freeze-dried meals which can help ensure you have access to nutritious, tasty meals including breakfasts, mains, desserts and side dishes in any situation. Our meals and ingredients are:
- Freeze-dried to create a lightweight, easy to store meal
- Expertly cooked prior to being freeze-dried, ensuring they taste fantastic
- Easy to prepare – simply add water to the pouch and wait for the meal to rehydrate
- Nutritious – bursting with the carbohydrates and protein you need to fuel the next stage of your adventure
When you’re on an expedition, you need all of your planning to work out and your equipment to meet the task required of it. The same can be said for your food supplies. Our light-weight, easy to transport meal pouches are perfect for any adventure, from a trek across the countryside to a major exploration.