Main meals are easy enough to organise. You can choose to shell out for some Mountain House of Fuizion dehydrated meals or bargain hunt at the supermarket. Lunches on multiday trips can be problematic, so here are a few ideas that have kept our bellies from rumbling on those long trips. They’re inexpensive and have zero preparation time, require just heating up or the addition of boiling water. The other criteria is that they’ve got to last without refrigeration.
1 – Oatcakes. If you get the original variety, then they’re tough and packed with calories. The cheesy ones taste better, but don’t survive well in my experience. You will need some sort of topping however. Primula is one favourite, but is refrigerated these days and might not be safe after more than a day or two.
2 – Shelf Stable Sandwiches and bread. They cost a couple of quid and taste just about edible. Maybe not our best suggestion, but the bread would be welcomed a few days into a trip. Packs in about 300 calories.
3 – Trail Mix – If you’ve got the stomach for it then keep energy levels topped up between breakfast and supper with a healthy mix of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate. Though it’s perfectly acceptable in some circles (e.g. mine) to omit the nuts and the dried fruit. Contains more than 500 calories per 100g!
4 – Look What We Found – Some of their meals are stews, which can just be heated and eaten. They’re rather heavy, but tasty, perhaps combined with the shelf stable bread above? The beef in porter’s our ‘stewy’ favourite. You will need to supplement this with something else as they rarely provide more than 300 calories.
5 – Pot Noodle – An unfortunate, but perennial choice. Hardly a favourite, chosen for convenience above all else. Probably the very best companion to the shelf stable bread above, though we’re not sure if this will trigger some sort of reaction or not.
6 – Of course, if you’re only going overnight then you’re spoilt for choice. The good ole scotch egg or pork pie pack in plenty of calories, along with some less healthy fats and the ambiguous ‘jelly’. Or you can just bring a sandwich, if you lack a sense of adventure that is.