Against Dehydrated Food? Get Over It.

Backpacker's PantryMost people would say that “dehydrated” and “hiking” are two words you never want to hear in the same sentence. Being dehydrated on the trail is, after all, a recipe for disaster. That is, unless you’re talking about dehydrated food. The trouble is, dehydrated food is bland, tasteless, boring, and terrible. Right?

Not exactly.

Dehydrated meals used to be pretty limited, and they didn’t provide much in the way of variety or flavor. Today, companies like Backpacker’s Pantry and Mountain House provide a wide variety of delicious and exciting meals. Instead of choosing between chicken and rice or beef stew, you can now eat like a globe-hopping king on the trail with flavor-packed pad thai, curry, chana masala, and pho.

Needless to say, these meals are infinitely more exciting than plain noodles or rice with a tuna packet plopped on top. But when it comes to backpacking, flavor isn’t the most important thing to consider. Flavor is a luxury and an added bonus.

Trail food has to be lightweight, packable, nutritious, and non-perishable. Dehydrated backpacking meals deliver in every one of those categories.

While you, as a hiker, never want to be dehydrated while on the trail, dehydrated backpacking meals are incredibly trail-friendly. In fact, dehydrated backpacking meals provide a number of advantages over other meal options when it comes to hiking long distances.

All of the moisture is removed from dehydrated food, making it the lightest hiking food available. Beans, rice, and noodles are all lightweight, but they lack the flavor of backpacking meals.

Dehydrated meals don’t take up much space. They typically pack flat, making them easy to fit in your backpack.

Not only are these meals lightweight and packable, they also have plenty of nutrients. Since backpacking meals are made with full day of hiking in mind they have the nutrients you need most when backpacking – like protein and sodium – and enough calories to keep you going strong.

Dehydrated backpacking meals are non-perishable.  They do have a shelf life, but they last for years and won’t spoil in warm temperatures.

Convenience is another advantage of these meals. All you have to do is boil water, pour it into the package, and let it sit for a few minutes. You can cook and eat directly out of the packaging, which practically eliminates clean up. All you have to do is pack your trash.

Most companies that manufacture dehydrated backpacking food offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free meal options.So embrace dehydration on the trail! Stop by the store and check out our selection of backpacking meals!

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