I'm interested in joining a local search-and-rescue te that requires members to have 24 to 48 hours worth of non-perishable food in their daypack. What are some good foods to carry that are light and dont take up much space, but would provide me with the necessary nutrients? Jon Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Im being only mildly facetious. I can recall plenty of times when Ive been on a hike or a bike ride and have bonkedlight-headedness, fatigue, slight tunnel vision, the whole works. Eat a Snickers, and in five minutes Im cured. Plus, I did search-and-rescue work for years, and a Snickers bar or three were always in my pack as my emergency food supply.
That said, the list of things you can take is long. Dried fruit. Nuts. Energy bars (you now can buy a Snickers-like energy bar called the Marathon, and theyre wonderful!). Energy gels (those little things that come in Mylar packets and sell for about $1.50 eachperfect for a quick energy hit). Those little things you can buy at the grocery store with crackers and cheese. Heck, military MREs if you can stomach em.
Make yourself a food packet that includes stuff from the list above and some hot items such as hot chocolate or dried soup, or even a freeze-dried meal (surely somebody carries a stoveif not, somebody ought to, if only to warm up IV solutions on a cold night). Put it all in a gallon-size Ziploc bag and toss that in your freezer. When the pager goes, throw the Ziploc bag in your already packed pack, and youre out the door.
And have fun!
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