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Motorcycle Camping: The Essential Nutrients
Your packing supplies should be built around the meals you wish to prepare at the campsite. If you’re looking to grill a little ground beef, a portable grill and cooking sheet will come in handy, but other than that you could probably leave some of those items at home.
Dehydrated meals and non-perishable canned food is essential as a backup in case your campsite gets raided or food spoils. This could include those classic canned beans, canned fruit, and soups to boil over the stove. A dehydrated meal only requires a few minutes of boiling and they could save you in emergency situations.
We suggest bringing some pre-packed fish items, such as easily portable tuna and maybe even salmon in a freezer lock bag for the first night. You can thaw out any frozen fish or meat over the course of your travel and have a nice hot meal and excellent source of protein after setting up your campsite. Fish is an essential source of omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.
Pancake mix and oatmeal are popular items to bring for the morning and give you energy for hiking. Granola bars provide a great source of protein and quick snacking for the midday.
We always suggest packing real cheese over milk for a source of calcium and bagels over bread for sandwiches because they can fill your appetite more. Opt for dry soup packets instead of canned soup to save room for packing more food.
Forget boring meals and spice up your cooking with some small packets of hot sauce, coconut oil, and syrup. A dry spice rack could make that same cut of fish taste different each time you cook it.
Pack small portable containers for essential cooking ingredients, such as butter or olive oil. This will prevent these items from spilling during your ride and prevent animals from smelling them.
Here are some few essentials to bring to maintain a healthy diet:
- Backup iodine tablets
- Essential vitamin tablets
- Vegetables that won’t perish without refrigeration, such as carrots, onions, and potatoes
- Fruit, such as apples, oranges, and bananas that provide essential nutrients
Without proper nutrition, you leave yourself susceptible to cramps on the trail, dehydration, various illnesses, and gastrointestinal issues.