How to Meal Prep for your Hunting Trip
It’s Hunting Season in the Pacific Northwest–don’t go without proper meal preparation!
Fall is here, and that means it’s time for Hunting for many Pacific Northwesterners. If you’re one of the many guys who go hunting every year you may be familiar with the food preparation process already. But if you’re new to hunting, you’ll need help with food preparation so you can make it through your long hunting trip.
Getting yourself enough fuel to make it through your hunting trip is vitally important. Managing your meals while you are out in the elements, without a microwave or McDonald’s, can be challenging. Just like everything else in life, there are ways to set ourselves up for success, even in adverse conditions. Let’s look at some ways that we can make sure we get the nutrients we need, have some good meals, and save us some time on our trip.
Meal Prepping for Breakfast
Most important meal of the day, right? Skipping breakfast can have a lasting effect throughout the day. Waking up at 4 am is already a pain in the butt. We have to get ourselves up and moving, do our normal hygiene, make sure we have all our gear, load up the rig, deal with the cold. With all these things in mind, find something that you enjoy for breakfast, that’s simple and nutritious. Cereal, yogurt, granola bars, hardboiled eggs, and bagels are some things that I usually go for. If you have a trailer with a microwave or have a stove/oven you can expand your horizons but using these tools can be a little more time-consuming. Find something that works for you and get something in your belly. You don’t want to be tapping into your lunch and snacks an hour into your trip. Look for some fun ideas like these breakfast biscuits, to get your morning started right.
Meal Prepping Lunch and Snacks
If you’re like me, you get hungry out there walking around, really hungry. There are all types of things going on that create a higher demand, from our body, to give it fuel. Strenuous physical activity, our body trying to keep warm in cold weather, and less sleep, are just some of the factors that can contribute to this. Everyone is different, but for me, I like to have at least a sandwich, granola bars, jerky, and some M&M’s. Having a variety of foods will not only vary the nutrients you’re getting but also give you some options so you aren’t eating six of the same granola bars. Think about the climate you’re going to be in when you pack your lunch. A thermos with some hot soup on cold days can do more for you than a cold turkey sandwich. A sandwich with tomatoes, pickles, mayo, and mustard could be pretty soggy after a few hours. If you need all the “fixin’s” pack them in a separate bag then add them on. You can look at lunch ideas all over the web. There are plenty of tips and ideas out there. There are also a lot of options with the “Meals Ready to Eat” that are available at plenty of stores. Take the time to try a couple out if you’re going that route. You want to make sure you know what goes into preparing them and whether or not you can stomach them for a week. The Washington Trail Association has lots of info on meal ideas, prepping and dehydrating that you can check out.
Meal Prepping for Dinner
Last but certainly not least, is dinner. Nothing is better than getting back to camp, getting a drink, and having a good meal. After a long day of hoofing it up and down hills looking for animals, we need to get ourselves a good meal to help us recharge for the next day. At the same time, we’re probably exhausted, having a drink, and ready to get off our feet. Dinner should be wholesome, but easy. I suggest having something that is precooked or can be prepared easily. Again, you will need to plan based on the equipment you have (i.e. BBQ, oven, portable stove, etc..) and find something that will work. Last year I precooked a breakfast pizza and threw it in the oven as soon as we got back. By the time everyone had changed, wiped off our gear, and grabbed a drink, it was ready for us to eat with no extra effort. Casseroles, soups, and other prepared meals are the easy way to go. Things like tacos, french dip sandwiches, shish kabobs are other examples of easy ideas.
Take some time to try out some new recipes or find a way to take your favorites with you. There’s nothing like having a great time with your friends and family while enjoying some good meals. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself and not just having beer for your carbs. Hunting trips are long and you need a lot of nutrition to keep yourself going. Of course, the best case scenario is you’re grilling some fresh meat when you get back to camp and celebrating a successful trip!
Need some more help preparing for Hunting Camp? Check out our Article on 5 Crucial Steps you should take to Prepare for Hunting Camp.
How to Meal Prep For Hunting Camp Article Written by Benjamin Sockle
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