Category Archives: Hot Packs

Does local climate affect how fast the Hot Pack Meals heat up?

This question was asked by
James G

Does the temperature of the region affect the speed with which the hot pack meal heats up?

HI James
It can make a difference, but it is the actual temperature of the meal that makes the most difference, for example in a cold climate, if the meal is extremely cold or frozen it will take longer to reheat.. If you have packed it or stored it a higher temperature it will take less time.

In warmer climates, the meal is already warmer and will then not take any longer.

It is best not to store at very high temperatures as this may effect the best before date.


Here is a link to our Hot Pack Meal


What is the difference between Hot Pack Meals and Adventure Packs

This question was asked by
Will A

What is the difference between your hot pack self heating meals and your adventure packs?

There are 2 types of Hot Pack meals.

A Hot Meal in a box, comes in a box, it includes a meal, the flame-less heater, water activation sachet, cutlery, salt and pepper, tissue and a tray to put the hot food in. They are used in many situations for example I have some in my car as I travel quite a bit, on more than one occasion I have been stuck on the motorway for a lengthy period, I get my Hot Pack box out and have a hot meal.

An Action pack is a little different, often used by campers, backpackers or those traveling lighter.
It is packed in a sealed bag, and it contains the meal, flame-less heater, water activation sachet and a long handled plastic Spork that can be reused and is recyclable.

Here is a link to our Hot Pack Meal


Are Hot Packs suitable for all types of meal?

This question was asked by
Joe A

Are these hot packs suitable for use with any kind of meal?

The flame-less heaters are designed for use with MRE ready to eat meals.

However successful experiments shows you can heat the contents of tins
in flame-less heater pouch. But you will need to move the tin around inside the heater, but be aware the activation water in the heater gets hot, so care must be taken when handling the hot water.

You can also add cold water to a freeze dried meal, and heat the meal, but is is very important that you do not allow the water from the heating pouch to be mixed with the food

Here is a link to our Hot Pack Meal


Heating Hot Pack Meals on a flat surface?

This question was asked by
Adam W

Do these hot pack meals need to be placed on a level surface while heating or can they heat while you are on the go?

Ideally a surface that is as level as possible is best, but it does not need to be perfectly flat, while it is re heating the meal, you need the water to be
around the whole meal for best results.


Hot Pack Meals ok for Expedition Food?

This question was asked by
Karen L

Are your self heating meals suitable to be used as expedition food?

They are frequently used for Expeditions, they are also very popular with young people taking part in award schemes.

They are heavier than Freeze dried meals, but unlike Freeze dried meals they already have the water included in the meal.

Add to that a flame-less heater with a weight of 25g, there is n need to carrier a cooker.


Hot Pack Shelf Life, how long?

This question was asked by
Liz J

What kind of shelf life does your self heating food have?

Normally a Ready to eat Hot Pack meal has a 42 month best before date a the time of manufacture.
Most of our customers ask for at least 1 to 2 years, so normally they have plenty of time to use them.

It is a best before date, which is different to a use by date.

Storing them at extreme temperatures can effect the best before date

Here is a link to our Hot Pack Meal


Hot Pack Meal Weight

This question was asked by
Carol P

How much does each hot pack meal weigh?

A Boxed Hot pack meal with the heater, cutlery, food tray and packaging weighs 440g

On its own the main meal are 300g, unlike freeze dried meals they already have the water added.

An action pack consists of Meal, heater, water sachet, long handled plastic spork.
( The Spork can be reused many times and is a recyclable material )
An Action pack is 360g


Shipping to USA

This question was asked by
Gavin Woody

Hi! My friend Mark Turner I completed the Spine Race a couple of weeks ago and he was using your self-heating meals. I liked them and would like to purchase some for an upcoming race in Alaska. What would the shipping cost be to the US? Thanks! -Gavin


Thanks for getting in touch, we regularly send orders outside of the UK

Shipping costs vary depending on weight and size of package

If you let us know what you would like, we can get the best shipping cost possible.


Spice up Your Camping Food

No matter whether you are camping for one night or hiking in for several weeks you can really boost the flavour of any meal eaten outdoors with just a few added spices.

Spices don’t weigh much and are easy to throw in a very small plastic container (Hint: repurpose a breath mint or gum container). They can be used on dehydrated food, MRE’s, and for any dish hot or cold. Great camping spice choices include:

• Pepper and salt
• Cayenne pepper
• Lemon pepper
• Garlic powder or salt
• Basil
• Cumin
• Cinnamon
• Any personal favourite