If this isn't already a staple of your camping kit, it should be.
Freeze-dried food isn’t at the top of anyone’s cuisine list, but some Mountain House meals can taste like a Michelin-starred dinner after a few days on the trail. I never go on a backpacking trip without at least one packet of Mountain House Biscuits and Gravy ($7).
My love affair with the meal began about fours years ago when I was planning my first backpacking trip. I saw the blue packet on the shelves in REI and my taste buds lost control. My favorite breakfast meal in a convenient backcountry package? I had to buy it.
The meal has since emotionally supported me through disastrous Boundary Waters trips, soggy hikes through the Superior Hiking Trail, and even long days at the office. The texture and taste are spot on and I'd be hard-pressed to make a better version at home.
The only downside is that each package contains a whopping 900 milligrams of sodium—almost half of your daily suggested intake. So make sure to drink plenty of water and eat it primarily when exerting physical energy. But even still, it’s incredibly filling and delicious. If you haven’t tried it, stock up now. You can thank me later.