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What To Eat When Heading Out Kayaking

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A kayaking adventure can be a relaxing experience to enjoy the great outdoors away from all the stresses of your daily life. But for those who are unaware of what to eat when on a kayaking adventure, we are here to help.

If you’re just grabbing your best fishing kayak and only heading out for two days then you can take with you a wide variety of food stuffs. However, if you’re planning to go longer than that, your options are limited and you may need to follow some safety rules to ensure they remain fresh.
What to eat on a kayaking adventure – day 1 and 2

Fresh meat, milk, fish and even yogurt can be enjoyed on a weekend kayak trip. If you’re worried about the food items going bad, have the food stuffs you plan to eat on your second day frozen a day before your trip. On the day of your kayak adventure, store them along with your first evening’s meals, in dry plastic bags or containers and place them at the bottom of the kayak. It is much cooler at the bottom of the kayak, because the area is usually the same temperature as the water. The foods will remain fresh for longer, as long as you ensure that they are covered with a material that allows insulation. By doing this, you avoid the hassle of having to carry ice packs, which would otherwise mean more luggage.
Rather than packing bread, which doesn’t really guarantee freshness past a day, consider taking crackers, pita bread, bagels, instant oatmeal, English muffins, granola and even cereal bars without trans fats, these are not only healthy food choices but most of these don’t even need actual cooking to get them ready to eat.

If you’re wondering what to eat on a kayaking adventure if you’re a vegetarian, don’t fret, there are a number of options.Some of the best food choices include packed tofu, black as well as kidney beans, lentils, canned garbanzo, soy products, broccolli, cucumbers, summer squash, tomatoes and onions.
It goes without saying that if you plan bring along vegetables and fruits on your kayak trip, make sure they are fresh, unbruised and are stored uncut. Also since most of them can easily be crushed have them placed at the top of the rest of your food items.
What to eat on a kayaking adventure – day 3 and beyond
Once you’re on the third day of your kayaking adventure most of the perishable foods will mostly be contaminated by bacteria, so most of the foods you can eat past this day without getting sick include: all the vegetarian meal options, along with sealed or dry protein sources such as ham, beef jerky, canned seafood fish, chicken, sausages and so on. In addition, hard cheese with the likes of parmesan, feta, aged cheddar and blue cheese are also safe to eat.
Carrots, potatoes, cabbage, yellow onions, grean beans, sweet potatoes, beets, romaine lettuce and celery are some of the examples that will last even longer than a week.
For fruit lovers, you can pack oranges, fresh apples, watermelon or even grapefruit.
As an additional tip, have your meals packed in a Ziploc freezer bag which can allow them to fit in small spaces. As for perishable foods or those that require refrigeration, have them stored at the bottom of the kayak.
To ensure you don’t run of food, prepare a schedule with the number of meals you plan to eat on each day of your trip including breakfast, lunch, dinners and the snacks in between. Also don’t forget your water supplies, treats for your sweet tooth and extra snacks just in case your food supply becomes limited considering all the fun activities you’ll be undertaking.


What Food You Should Pack When Heading To The Grand Canyon

1460676073y8vfjThe Grand Canyon is a great place to visit while in Arizona. You get to enjoy the breathtaking view of river Colorado as it winds along the rough canyon terrain.Be sure to search the best Grand Canyon rafting trip routes for your trip before leaving, so you know the terrain you’ll need to pack for. There is so much you can do there including water sports, boat tours, hiking, and camping. You expect your expedition to be fun, but failure to adequately plan for food will surely mess things up. The last thing you want is running out of food or getting food associated complications while on your expedition. Carrying adequate amount of the right food ensures that you meet your body’s nutritional requirements and stay clear of eating foods that you don’t like. Here is a step by step guide on what food to pack for the Grand Canyon

Adequate water

The first item that you should have in plenty is water. Water ensures that your body stays hydrated at all times. You should note that the Canyon has a desert-like environment with temperatures hitting highs of 81 degrees Celsius at the southern rim of the canyon. The hot sun can cause massive dehydration leading to a faint. Ensure that you carry adequate drinking water. It is recommended that you pack at least 2 liters of personal drinking water for daily consumption.

Why carrying prepackaged foods id better than preparing them on site

When it comes to food, you still need to eat healthy balanced meals on your expedition. This calls for you to pack adequate protein, carbohydrate, and vitamin foods. There is the option of preparing your own foods or eating prepackaged foods. Preparing your own food has the advantage of consumption of healthy foods at lower costs while prepackaged foods are easier to prepare. They also need less cleanup after meals. With improved packaging methods, prepackaged foods have greatly improved in terms of flavor and texture. They are what I would recommend for that Grand Canyon expedition.

Carbohydrates and other energy sources

You need to pack adequate high energy foods to maintain your body energy levels. Snacks such as crackers, pretzels, oatmeal, and granola are an excellent choice. Apart from providing energy they also help to satisfy your appetite during the day reducing the need for consumption of more food. You also need to carry revitalizing drinks such as Pepsi, Morning dew which help you quench your thirst while at the same time releasing considerate amounts of energy. However do not consume excess of these for they have some health effects. At times they may cause dizziness. If you do not have caffeine addiction stay away from coffee, soda, and alcohol for they have a dehydrating effect and may cause lightheadedness.

Proteins

As you choose the proteins to pack, stay away from difficult to digest proteins such as pork, beef, and Salami. These need more water to digest and have a tendency to make you thirsty. Instead go for canned fish, chicken sticks, peanut butter or string cheese. You can check out refillable tubes to carry your peanut butter or cheese. With these tubes, you do not need to carry your butter in cans.I

Fruits

Dried fruits are the most appropriate for outdoor hikes and camping. Mixed with oatmeal dried fruits are excellent for breakfast. They, however, tend to make you thirsty since your stomach needs to rehydrate them before digesting them.

That is our list of recommended foods to pack for the Grand Canyon. However feel free to carry with you other food items you deem necessary.