Tramping food for four days
I'm preparing for a trip this weekend and thought I would show you the kind of food I take with me when I go out tramping. This is for a four day trip, so 4 lunches, 3 dinners and 3 breakfasts. I also take some emergency food, quick cook pasta and a couple of packages of instant porridge (oatmeal to you Americans).
|Four days worth of food|
It is not uncommon for New Zealand trampers to get stuck on the wrong side of a river for a day of two after a touch of rain, you need a small emergency food backup just in case.
|Why you need spare food: Flooding river (note storm in background)|
Breakdown of my tramping meal periodsGenerally, breakfast will be porridge, toaster pastries or muesli with milk (powdered), cheese of salami and a cup of tea.
Lunches are crackers or tortillas with peanut butter/tuna/salami/cheese or pate. I will take 2-3 snacks per day as well as drinks like iced tea, coffee, tea and electrolyte mixes.What I'm looking for is a good mix of carbs/fats/sugars/protein to keep me going all day long.
|Lunch on the Lewis Pass Tops|
|Cooking dinner at Lake Christabel Hut|
I occasionally take freeze dried meals, they are simple to prepare (just add hot water) and lightweight but expensive to buy. Very occasionally I take thermo-stabilised pouch meals from companies like Kaweka or MTR but weight is an issue with these.
I finish the day with coffee, tea or a cold drink mix. Or hot Raro, yum!
I'm always on the lookout for good dinner meal ideas; ease of preparation, weight and taste are my criteria, not necessarily in that order.
Tramping food:Day One
Breakfast: At home (I often buy MacDonalds Big Breakfast on the way out of town)
Lunch: Sandwiches + fruit from home + electrolyte drink
Snacks: Olives + raisin's + scroggin pack
Dinner: MTR Paneer Butter Masala
MTR Jeeri Rice
Nestle Iced Tea + tea ( 1 T sugar) (580gms total)
Tramping food: Day 2
Breakfast:Instant Porridge with Raisins/milk powder/sugar + cheese wedge + tea ( 1 T sugar)
Lunch: Peanut butter (x2) + crackers + electrolyte drink
Snacks: Strawberry toaster pastries + raisins + steak bar
Dinner: Instant Cheese Mash + beef jerky + cheese wedge + dried onion
Nestle Iced Tea + tea ( 1 T sugar) (460gms total)
Tramping food: Day 3
Breakfast: Cream of Wheat + raisins + milk powder + sugar + tea ( 1 T sugar)
Lunch:Farmhouse Pate + crackers + electrolyte drink
Snacks: Raisins+ beef jerky + fruit and nut chocolate bar
Dinner: Back Country Cuisine: Roast lamb with vegetables & mash (2 serve)
Nestle Iced Tea + tea (1 T sugar) (475 gms total)
Tramping food: Day 4
Breakfast: Back Country Cuisine: Nasi Goreng (1 serve) + toaster pastries + tea ( 1 T sugar)
Lunch: Farmhouse Pate + crackers + electrolyte drink
Snacks: Steak bar + raisins + scroggin mix pack
Dinner: At home (or on the way home) (370gms total)
Total weight of food: 2.2kg including the box of crackers
Tramping breadI've tried a lot of different things to use as my "daily bread" (bread/crackers/tortilla's/wraps/crisp-bread) but always come back to these beauties. Arnotts Sesame Wheat crackers go great with everything and I really appreciate the salt on them.
|Arnotts Sesame Wheat: My daily bread on tramping excursions|
|Farrah Wrap's, spinach is my favourite flavour|
MTR thermo stabilised meals for trampingHere is a new item I'm trying out as tramping food; MTR ready to eat meals. MTR is an Indian brand, imported for sale in New Zealand; they are thermo stabilised pouch meals. You chuck them in a pot of water and boil for 3-5 minutes. The other heating method is by using one of the Back Country flame-less ration heaters, these boil water through chemical action to heat your food. There are 3-4 types of rice and a dozen mains available, I've tried a couple and they are very tasty.
NB: I have since discovered that these are in Indian Army, Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) ration packs.
|MTR Indian Meal - Jeera Rice|
|MTR Indian meal - Paneer Butter Masala|
Or try a Kaweka meal...A similar idea are the Kaweka Meals, they are also in thermo stabilised pouches that just need to be heated in hot water. They are delicious and consist of a main and a side dish: either rice, mashed potato or cous-cous. These are used in both Australian and NZ Army issued ration packs.
|Some of the Kaweka meal range|
Butter Chicken and Rice
Thai Green Curry and Rice
Beef and Red Wine Casserole with mash
Beans, Bangers and Bacon
Apricot Chicken with cous cous
Lamb Casserole with mash
These meals are available in all of the larger supermarkets throughout New Zealand.
I love them raisins !As you can see I like raisins, they are my favourite snack as well as an additive for porridge and cream of wheat. I always carry some with me on every tramping trip.