I would love to hear back from our readers what your thoughts are on emergency food. Do you carry any? Is it only on dayhiking you do? On backpacking trips do you carry an extra meal or two?
If you do carry extra food, what do you carry? Everyday food? Or items only sheer starvation would get you to eat?
PS: Yes, I carry extra food. In most cases it is on dayhikes where I overload the pack. I split my food into two silnylon stuff sacks – snack foods and meals. I carry a one person FBC meal with an oil packet as backup. So does Ford in his pack. As well we would have the lunch of the day with us (we carry our own meals). The snack bags we carry often have 3 or 4 hikes worth of munchies – this is so we can have whatever we crave. I buy the snack size bags of items so they stay fresh. And with Ford, he actually carries two extra meals and twice as many snacks as me. If something ever happens and we spend the night, well, with his appetite I want to make sure he has food.
Now though, for backpacking I tend to be more controlled with what I carry. I plan out my meals and chart what I need, then I tuck in a little extra for increased appetite. It works out well most of the time 😉
On long dayhikes where miles are the goal I leave the stove/pot at home along with the meals and carry more eat-on-the-go items. I do though add in items to cover the calories I will burn – and some extra.
Last but not least…I do always have a couple bars tucked in the pack that is no way I would eat unless it was my only choice. I am willing to carry a little extra insurance. Just in case!