• You need a dehydrator and a vacuum-sealer (such as the Food Saver) for the best results. Ask around, you can probably borrow from someone you know if you don’t have your own.
  • Plan to pack up your food packs two days before you depart. That way as you’re going through, you have time to get anything you might have forgotten.
  • Mark down each day’s menu on a sticky note and lay the notes in a line along a table. Put each item next to the sticky note when it’s ready and cross it off the note. Only start to vacuum seal the bags when every thing is accounted for on every day’s list.
  • Seal all your lunch items for one day in one vacuum-sealed bag; same for the day’s dinner. Then place those two bags into one large vacuum bag, then toss in your snacks and breakfast on top. Seal the large bag. When you open it in the morning, you will have easy access to your breakfast, you can stash your snacks in your pockets or easy-access areas of your pack, and then put lunch and dinner at the top of the main compartment of your pack. Use the large bag for the day’s trash.
  • Plan to eat lunches that don’t need utensils or cooking gear, so you don’t have to deal with that on the trail.
  • It’s easy to build up an appetite on the trails or in the water. But if you aren’t hungry, don’t eat. Keep a bag in your pack for extra, uneaten food. If you end up getting stuck somewhere an extra day, you’ll have something to get you through that day.
  • Test, test, test! It’s difficult to control heat levels when you’re camping on a fire, coals, or a camping stove. Make extra food and test new recipes before you go; especially test dehydrated foods. See how much water they need (good to know if you’re in an area where you need to filter water); time how long it takes to re-hydrate; find out how foods cook on your camping stove.
  • Dehydrated meats don’t always fully come back to life. Thin strips of ham are tasty, but will be a little tough in your egg scramble. Ground beef will feel a little tough in the bag, even after 20 minutes, but will soften a little more while it’s heating. The smaller the chunks, the better the results.
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