During multi-day trips like we have made in Sweden (read more about the Padjelantaleden, the Kungsleden) it is all about the distance to be hiked, the place where we will pitch our tent and offcoures what we will eat.
The food you need per day during a multi-day trip differs per person. These are breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. How nutritious is the meal and how heavy is the meal are important aspects, besides that it has to be tasty.
You can of course go shopping and put together a fresh three-course menu. Look here for tips and ideas, including how to dry ingredients yourself. Most people will, just like us, opt for dry food from a bag. There are many varieties, with large differences in price and quality.
Here I will discuss the different types of dry food that are for sale for the evening meal. Prices, where to get them, the number of calories and of course the weight.
Tastes and needs differ from person to person, the one that is sufficient for someone, is too much for someone else. What’s too salty for me, is haute-cuisine for someone else. We reflect our experiences and it is therefore also our need and taste. The most convenient is to try out a meal and see for yourself what you like! Enjoy your meal!
- Where to buy and price: Bever (5.95) Buitensportvoeding (5.50 – 5.95) regular offers
- Varieties: Cashew Nasi, Curryfruit Rice, Pasta Bolognese, Saté Babi, also breakfast, lunch and desserts. Some vegetarian variants.
- Calories: 600
- Weight: 150 grams
- Review: Generally reasonable in taste, not too salty. More than sufficient in quantity. Our favorite is Mince Beef Hotpot, a tasty nutritious tasty meal. The breakfasts are very sweet and it is quite a lot. Adventure Food always offered meals for two people, but have now switched to one person meals. At Outdoor Sports Nutrition we found a few meals for two people.
- Where to buy and price: Buitensportvoeding (€ 9.50), in Sweden in the STF huts (90 crowns)
- Types: a.o.Pasta with tomato and garlic, Wilderness Stew with rice, Rice with Aspargus and Chicken, also breakfast and some vegetarian variants
- Calories: 600
- Weight: 150 grams
- Review: We tried some of them including Thai Chicken with rice and Pasta Bolognese. We found them a little less tasty as Adventure food, but doable for once. These meals are relatively expensive.
- Where to buy and price: Zwerfkei (€ 7.90 1 person, € 12.50 2 people) Globetrotter (€ 5.95 – 7.25 for 1 person)
- Varieties: Plenty of choice including Mongolian chicken, Couscous Maroccain, Celtic delight, also breakfast, lunch and desserts. Many choices for vegetarians and vegans.
- Calories: 580 calories
- Weight: 161 grams
- Review: The prices, weight and number of calories vary per meal. There are one and two-person variants. We have tried the Norwegian Lapskous, among other things. The package contains all loose bags that you put in a pan with water. I didn’t like the meal very much, while I know some people think this is delicious. The potato flakes, for example, remained very flaky, real pieces. I didn’t like the mouthfeel. A disadvantage is that you necessarily need a pan to make these meals. In addition, the meals are more expensive. The advantage of these meals is that you can adjust the amount of herbs and the like to your own taste. By the way, the Norwegian Lapskous is way too much for one person, you can eat with almost two people.
- Where to buy and price: Bushcraftshop (€ 6.49)
- Types: including Indian chicken with rice, Paella, Pasta Carbonara, almost no choice for vegetarians, no breakfast or desserts
- Calories: 544
- Weight: 125 grams
- Review: We tried Potato Gratin and Pasta Bolognese. The Potato Gratin is 125 grams and therefore lighter than most meals, but also offers fewer calories. Pasta Bolognese is 160 grams and 632 calories, so it is comparable to other meals. The meals look attractive, but taste salty and you feel like you are eating baby food. They are more expensive.
- Where to buy and price: Bushcraft shop (€ 11.95 – 14.95), breakfast (€ 7.95), in Sweden in the STF cabins
- Varieties: including Thai Red Curry, Pasta in Tomato Sauce, Chili Stew, also vegetarian and vegan varieties. Breakfast and desserts
- Calories: 605
- Weight: 140 grams
- Review: We have tried the Frukt Müsli. Very tasty and nutritious. From other walkers learned that the meals are also tasty, but no experience with that. Relatively expensive meals.
Of course there are many more meals for sale, including Mountain House, Summit to Eat and Trek’n Eat. When we have tried these we will add our opinion on this!