Stuck for ideas for campsite meals? Want to reduce weight and increase the yum factor in your camp food? Want to stop paying a fortune for store-bought camping meals? Here are 5 ultralight camping meal ideas to inspire you! Add your favorites in the comments. Continue reading 5 camping meals you can prepare at home
This easily digestible form of raw rice is very popular across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, and is normally used to prepare snacks or light and easy fast food. It is known by a variety of names. The dish which I’ve adapted below is often a morning snack in India! Crucially to outdoors enthusiasts, it doesn’t need to be cooked! That’s right – you can simply add … Continue reading Recipe: Curried no-cook rice
Keen for a one-pot meal that everyone will love while camping? Try this paella. It’s easy, nutritious and light for when you’re trekking. It’s vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free (check your stock ingredients to be certain), so everyone can enjoy it. The ingredients won’t go bad in hot weather either! Serves 2. Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 shallot 3 cloves garlic 1/2 cup raw cashew … Continue reading Rcipe: red pepper & cashew paella – ultralight trail dinner
Instant milk powder. It’s a camp essential. Cups of tea and coffee, oatmeal, creamed rice, pasta sauces, muesli… lots of camp foods need milk. Powdered milk is not only protein-rich, and light to carry, but it also won’t go off on a hot day like fresh dairy produce. How much milk powder do you need for the amount of milk you want? Use this handy … Continue reading How much powdered milk?
Luck isn’t always on your side. Here’s what I learnt from a hike that went wrong. Continue reading When a hike goes wrong…
The Indian breakfast of champions! The convenience food that replaces bread! The rice you can eat raw! I stumbled across poha in my local Indian supermarket and I’m feeling inspired. Wikipedia describes it as “an indori rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes… (which) can be eaten raw by immersing it in plain water or milk, with salt and sugar to taste, or lightly … Continue reading Poha: raw rice for hikers
The first thing most hikers do when exiting the wilderness is eat the “real food” they’ve been dreaming of on the trail. Indeed, one of the toughest things about a multi-day hike for me is getting fresh, juicy, delicious produce into my meals. Said produce has to be tough enough to go in a backpack, not need refrigeration and have a great calorie-to-weight ratio so I can … Continue reading Ultralight but still green veggies?
Looking for a healthy snack for hiking and camping? Look no further. Fruit leather, aka fruit roll ups, are the tasty and nutritious snack you’ve been waiting for. This recipe is lip-smackingly delicious. And with the added flavor of the fresh basil, it’s sure to impress. Why buy hiking snacks when you can combine in-season fruit with herbs from the garden and prepare an … Continue reading Recipe: Strawberry & basil fruit leather
Time in nature gives you sharper thinking and more creative problem-solving, as well as boosting your immune system. Don’t leave the kids at home – researchers have shown they gain improved concentration and even better eyesight from time in parks. Still more research shows that connecting with nature is followed by lower levels of hypertension, less of the stress hormone cortisol, and reduced inflammation – … Continue reading Feeling stressed? Want to live longer? Spend a night in the forest!
Most camping checklists you’ll see are dauntingly enormous! It would be prohibitively expensive to prepare for your first outings. Not to mention how little fun it is to carry all that weight. What do you truly need to be comfortable and safe? The first step in an ultralight approach isn’t to buy new, technically advanced gear, but rather to take stock of all the duplication … Continue reading The 33 items you need to stay safe and comfortable camping in the backcountry