Short Term

Short-term food can be eaten with little or no preparation and are appropriate for hiking, car trips, etc. Choose foods that fit your requirements. For example, for hiking choose foods high in protein. For very strenuous hikes choose foods high in protein and calories. Calories are fuel and strenuous activities require more fuel. If you are prone to getting cramps then consider food containing higher amounts of potassium.

Some short-term foods such as MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) have heating packets so that you can enjoy a hot meal without needing a stove. These types of meals are completely self-contained so you can just open the packages, heat, and eat. MREs are usually more expensive than food that does not require cooking (about $6-9 per meal).

Examples of short-term foods include:

  • Energy bars
  • Jerky
  • Trail mix
  • Nuts
  • Sandwiches
  • Fruits and vegetables

These foods are ideal for day hikes, eating in the car during road trips, etc. These foods are easy to eat, convenient, and easy to pack. Select short-term foods appropriate for the outing.

  • Jerky, nuts, and trail mix can be high in protein, good fats, and calories
  • Fruits can contain vitamins, minerals, and sugars
  • Banana are high in potassium which can reduce cramps when hiking