MREs are a handy way of getting some calories and basic nutrition when you're out on the road. They are emergency food. They are not intended for long-term use, and if you are able to cook a more traditional meal on a camping stove or eat some fresh cold food, then that is a much better idea, in most cases. MRE meals offer a hot meal which contains a large number of calories to sustain you in an emergency, and they contain essential vitamins too, but they are not exactly light or friendly on the stomach so if you tried to subsist on them, you would probably experience gastric distress! With that said, MREs are useful because they are shelf-stable, and they will survive for a long time. You can stick one in your bag and forget about it, and then if you're stranded in the woods and can't cook normal food because your camping stove has run out and it's far too wet to light a fire, you'll have options. If you're on a short hike and get stuck because of bad weather, you can take shelter and pull out the meal to warm up while you wait out the storm. In those emergency situations, you'll be glad you had something light, long-lasting, and calorie dense.
How to Use MRE Meals On the Road
- April 28, 2018
- 3 min read