As the weather gets warmer and warmer, many of you outdoorsy and adventurous types may already be planning a hiking, camping, or backpacking trip. Ah, the noble pursuit of nature lovers! Whether you’re a pro or you’re planning your first trip outside of camping in Mom and Dad’s backyard (or even if that’s your plan), we’ve got you covered.
All the required movement of these activities will make you hungry. Your body will be exerting much more energy than normal, especially if your usual routine doesn’t call for anything more than the trip from your front door to your car. Seriously though, most backpackers report eating 3,000-6,000 calories a day. That is compared to the average human caloric intake of around 1,500-2,000 a day. Depending on the circumstances, that means you could expect to eat more than twice as much as you normally do!
Where are you going get all those extra calories? Should you look for berries to eat? Mushrooms? Twigs? Squirrel hunting?
No you’re not going to do any of those things. That would be ridiculous. You should probably know where I’m going with this…
Jerky! You guessed it. Pat yourself on the back.
Beef Jerky is recommended by the USDA as an ideal hiking food—as it should be! It’s packed with protein, is non-perishable, and can be added to soups or noodles to create more substantial meals while cooking outdoors. It’s perfect.
Here are our top jerky picks for your next outdoor trip:
1. Honey BBQ Turkey Jerky
This jerky is protein packed and mild in flavor—slight sweet with hints of smoke and pepper.
2. Cherry Maple Smoked Elk Jerky
If you enjoy a noticeable game taste, then this jerky is for you. It has a strong smoked taste and subtle cherry and maple flavors.
3. Original Recipe Beef Jerky
You can’t go wrong with this one. This jerky is loved by everyone (everyone who likes jerky that is). It has the perfect combination of mildly sweet, spicy, and smoky flavors.
4. Teriyaki Smoked Beef Jerky
Bring this jerky along on your trip to add some flavor! This jerky has a perfectly rich exotic flavor—marinade, smokiness, and pepper. It’s even better for adding some meat and spice to any dish you make along the way. One quick and easy idea is to make scrambled eggs with small bits of jerky. It’s delicious!
Good luck out there! For a care-free and fun trip, be sure to pack plenty of food—jerky or not!