So you’re going hiking. It is important to realize that your food needs can double on a hike, depending on distance travelled, the temperature, and elevation gained during the hike. To figure out how many extra calories you need each day you need to start with how many calories you need for your normal everyday life. See the tool here.
You will get your daily caloric requirements based on age, sex, exercise level, and whether you want to maintain or loose weight. Once you’ve determined your normal needs…here is a great tool that will help you calculate the additional calories you will need for each day of your hike.
Simply plug in your weight (including the weight of your pack), how many miles you plan to hike each day, and the approximate gain in altitude. Now plan the day’s meals based on the calories you need.
When choosing camping, hiking, or expedition meals consider what you need to prepare the food. MREs or Meals Ready To Eat are high in calories, light weight, and require a small amount of water to prepare. Freeze dried or boil in the bag options mean you will need a stove and more water than is required for MREs.
However, with a KiraVan—an extremely cool expedition vehicle that comes with its own scout-ahead drones—you can pack whatever you like. This baby stores enough food and water on-board for a crew of three to survive for three weeks.
Things happen. You loose your job, the car breaks down on the side of the road, the power goes out… The popularity of 24 hour kits and emergency food supplies that will last a few days, weeks, and even months…is at an all time high. MRE’s and self-heating meals are a great choice for any emergency situation. These meals typically have a shelf life of more than five years. For convenience there are 24 hour meat or vegetarian ration packs that include everything you need for one day!