What To Eat When Heading Out Kayaking
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.