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How to make homemade meal replacement shakes for backpacking

How to make homemade meal replacement shakes for backpacking

If you’ve ever been on a long and strenuous backpacking trip, then you probably understand the allure of meal replacement shakes.  Cooking can become quite the chore when you get into camp after dark or before dawn in the cold when you’re trying to get […]

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How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking

How to Pack a Backpack for Hiking

Even lightweight backpackers need to carry quite a bit of gear with them on a trip.  Are there rules on how to pack a backpack for hiking?  Does it really matter where all your stuff goes inside your pack?  Yes!  The placement of your gear […]

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Which nuts are the healthiest to eat?

Which nuts are the healthiest to eat?

Nuts are a staple for most backpackers because they keep well, have a lot of calories per ounce, and offer lots of nutrition that we need to keep us moving.  All nuts offer good fat and protein but some nuts offer bonus nutrients that can […]

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How to Compare Protein Bars

How to Compare Protein Bars

One staple food in many backpacker’s packs is some sort of bar.  Most people refer to them as protein bars, but there are actually several different types including meal replacement, endurance, protein, and activity/hybrid bars.  There are so many options that it can be overwhelming […]

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How to Make Coffee While Backpacking

How to Make Coffee While Backpacking

Coffee is one of the most controversial beverages in terms of health benefits.  Some experts say it is complete garbage and others rave about the benefits it offers.   I personally think that the reported benefits (like antioxidants, B vitamins, and lower risk of Alzheimer’s) […]

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What is the best water filter for backpacking?

What is the best water filter for backpacking?

One of the most important pieces of gear in any backpacker’s pack is their water treatment system.  You should assume any water source is potentially contaminated and filter it before consuming, cleaning foods, cleaning pots, or using it for brushing your teeth.   I’ve read […]

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How to Pack a Bear Canister – Tips and Tricks

How to Pack a Bear Canister – Tips and Tricks

How to Get the Most into Your Bear Canister  Choose calorie dense foods – Calorie dense foods are foods that have a lot of calories per ounce.  These will be foods high in fat such as oils, nuts, nut butters, and hard cheese.  The more […]

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Trail Sprouting – How to Grow Sprouts While Backpacking

Trail Sprouting – How to Grow Sprouts While Backpacking

Most foods made for backpacking are lightweight, dehydrated, and calorie dense.  This is because you will be burning through massive amounts of calories while carrying everything you need to survive on your back.  Typical backpacker’s diets usually consist of protein bars, candy, beef jerky, and lots […]

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No Dehydrator? No Problem. How to Dehydrate Food in the Oven

No Dehydrator? No Problem. How to Dehydrate Food in the Oven

HOW TO DEHYDRATE FOOD IN THE OVEN Dehydrated foods are ideal for backpackers and hikers because they are lightweight, can withstand heat, and they are easy to store.  Have you ever wanted to dehydrate your own trail food but don’t have the money to invest […]

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Dehydrated vs. Freeze Dried Foods

Dehydrated vs. Freeze Dried Foods

One question many hikers, even experienced ones, often have is what is the difference between dehydrated and freeze dried food? Or they will use them interchangeably like they are the same thing.  Both types involve the removal of moisture to preserve and prevent the growth of […]

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