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Food & Water

I’ve had the opportunity to try a variety of dehydrated meals and some are definitely better than others. I’ve found that by far, the Mountain House variety is the best I’ve had. I’ve had good luck with virtually all of their blends but found that sticking with non-rice based dishes were the best. For whatever reason, most rice dishes have a tough time rehydrating properly. Below are my go-to dehydrated meals as well as my top go-to snacks for the times in between.

Mountain House Lasagna

lasagnaComments: Finding the best dehydrated foods is an interesting journey as I usually only try new dishes when on trips. Through this experimenting, these are my top choices.

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Description: Made with pasta, cheese and Italian-style meat sauce, this lasagna tastes delicious out in the wilderness. 2.5 one-cup servings. 12+ year taste guarantee. Allergens: wheat, milk, soy and sulfites. Just add water—plan easier, travel lighter and eat heartier. For nearly 50 years, Mountain House has been a premier choice of campers and backpackers; it has a proven history of reliability and, most importantly, delicious flavor. Mountain House meals are perfect for camping, backpacking, travel and emergency preparedness. Nutrition facts displayed here and on packaging may differ; information on packaging reflects actual contents.

Ingredients: Tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, citric acid, calcium chloride), tomato paste, enriched macaroni product (durum semolina, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), cooked beef, (beef, flavoring, salt), dehydrated onions, modified corn starch, sugar, salt, spices, garlic powder, and dehydrated parsley flakes. Cheese blend: mozzarella cheese [cultured milk, salt, enzymes], calcium caseinate, corn oil, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, sodium caseinate, salt, glucono-delta-lactone, maltodextrin, sodium aluminum phosphate, butter [cream], natural and artificial flavors), and dehydrated Parmesan and Romano (made from cow’s milk) cheeses (part-skim milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes) Allergens: wheat, milk, soy and sulfites.

Backpacker’s Pantry Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken

alfredoComments: Finding the best dehydrated foods is an interesting journey as I usually only try new dishes when on trips. Through this experimenting, these are my top choices.

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Description: Backpacker’s Pantry Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken features a creamy Alfredo sauce, roasted red peppers, chicken and noodles. Easy to prepare—just mix contents with boiling water in the pouch provided, let stand a few minutes, and serve. Makes two 12 oz. servings. Nutrition facts displayed here and on packaging may differ; information on packaging reflects actual contents.

Ingredients: pasta (durum semolina [enriched with niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin and folic acid]), alfredo sauce (romano cheese [milk, salt, cheese cultures, enzymes, whey, disodium phosphate, lactic acid], butter sauce [modified corn starch, salt, whey solids, nonfat dry milk, dehydrated butter, natural butter flavor, sugar, xanthan gum, lactic acid, turmeric and annatto], parmesan cheese [pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, disodium phosphate], garlic, black pepper), freeze-dried cooked chicken, red bell peppers. Allergen information: milk, wheat, gluten; may contain traces of peanuts and tree nuts.

Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef

chili macComments: Finding the best dehydrated foods is an interesting journey as I usually only try new dishes when on trips. Through this experimenting, these are my top choices.

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Description: This hearty Mountain House meal has authentic chili flavor with real beef and macaroni, and a kick of spice that’ll wake up your taste buds. Made with real beef, macaroni noodles, and beans; each pouch contains more than 32g of protein. 2.5 one-cup servings. 12+ year taste guarantee. Allergens: Wheat, soy. Just add water—plan easier, travel lighter and eat heartier. For nearly 50 years, Mountain House has been a premier choice of campers and backpackers; it has a proven history of reliability and, most importantly, delicious flavor. Mountain House meals are perfect for camping, backpacking, travel and emergency preparedness. Nutrition facts displayed here and on packaging may differ; information on packaging reflects actual contents

Ingredients: Cooked beef (beef flavoring, salt), enriched macaroni (durum semolina, niacin, iron [ferrous sulfate], thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), kidney beans, tomato paste, chili seasoning (chili pepper and other spices, dehydrated onion and garlic, hydrolyzed soy protein, potassium chloride, paprika, sugar, maltodextrin, beef extract, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate, autolyzed yeast extract, caramel color, natural flavors, citric acid), modified corn starch, salt and dehydrated onions. Allergens: wheat, soy and sulfites.

Water Purification


Here are my go-to dehydrated water purification products.

Having clean drinking water is one of the most important things for any trip. Below is my current favourite go-to system.

Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter System – 4 Liter

platypusComments: Used on a recent trip in Patagonia, this product was absolutely amazing. It was plug and play and had 4L of water cleaned in two minutes. I’ve yet to use anything better on the market.

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Description: Keep a supply of drinking water right in your campsite. The Platypus GravityWorks™ water filter delivers 4 liters of potable water in just 2.5 minutes without requiring a single pump stroke. GravityWorks filter combines the speed and utility of the original Platypus CleanStream™ gravity filter with less weight and improved durability. System includes two 4-liter reservoirs, 1 for unfiltered water and 1 for clean water; reservoirs have hang loops for easy in-camp use. To use, simply fill the unfiltered-water reservoir with water and hang it above the clean-water reservoir to let gravity carry water through the filter. Hollow-fiber filter technology offers a high flow rate of 1.75 liters per minute—that’s 4 liters in 2.5 minutes! Filter physically removes particles, protozoa and bacteria down to 0.2 microns in size, including giardia, salmonella, cryptosporidia and more. Unfiltered-water reservoir features a quick-disconnect valve that automatically shuts off the flow of water when the hose is disconnected. Shutoff hose clamp on the clean water hose allows on-demand water control for filling bottles; clamp also shuts off the system when not in use. Clean the system by simply holding the clean reservoir above the unfiltered reservoir to backflush the filter. Reservoirs feature SlimeGuard™ antimicrobial treatment for taste-free performance. Platypus GravityWorks™ water filter system is compatible with Platypus Bottles, Water Tanks™ and Big Zip SL™ reservoirs, all sold separately.

Platypus GravityWorks Carbon Element


carbonComments: 
In situations where your water tastes poor after filtration, this product removes some of that taste.

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Description: Give your filtered water the best possible taste with the Platypus GravityWorks Carbon element. Carbon Element easily splices in after the GravityWorks hollow fiber element that is part of the GravityWorks water filter (sold separately). Removes flavors, odors and many organic compounds from filtered water to improve the taste. The Platypus GravityWorks Carbon element should be used to improve the taste of safe water sources only; element does not remove viruses, bacteria or protozoa from water.

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