Imagine paddling up to a secluded beach, dragging your boat onto the sand, and making camp at sunset in private cove. Embarking on an overnight or multiday kayak camping adventure is easier than you might think—as long as you plan your menu around some basic constraints. Ingredients will be crammed in a bulkhead compartment that may be wet at times, fresh foods tend to get squished, and you’re bound to want fast calories after long days on the water. Making delicious meals is manageable, though. For your next paddle trip, check out these tips and test out our simple and delicious recipe: savory pancakes.
Space Matters, Not Weight
In many backcountry sports, like backpacking, climbing and skiing, weight is of paramount concern. Ounces make pounds, the saying goes, and pounds make pain. But on paddling trips, the extra energy it takes to move a few extra pounds is negligible, which makes bringing a handful of heavier ingredients well worth the effort. As long as you can fit your food stores in your hatches, you’re good to go. Practice moderation, of course, but feel free to toss in some great sources of protein like small tins of seafood (salmon, tuna, sardines, oysters, etc.), one or two cans of beans (black, red, pinto, etc.), and your favorite nice cheese.
A Few Freshies Go A Long Way
While you might be used to packing freeze-dried meals for the backcountry, keep in mind that when you’re packing for a kayaking trip, a few fresh ingredients can go a long way toward making meals tasty, satisfying and healthy. When you’re planning your menu, look for recipe ingredients that are durable, travel well and don’t need to be refrigerated: fresh garlic, an onion or two, maybe some ginger root or a sweet potato. For midday snacks, consider bringing some long-lasting fresh…