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  • Guest Post: MREs for Hiking

    We recently moved to Salt Lake City from Nebraska. We have purchased online from Emergency Essentials, and love the fact that we can go to a retail store. We purchased several MREs from one of the scratch and dent sales. We also purchased heaters to go along with them. We love to mountain bike, hike, walk, and just enjoy the outdoors.

    Couple hiking on a trail

    On one of our recent hikes in the mountains, we took along a couple of the MREs. We stopped along the way, and spread out our blanket, made some coffee with our ultra-light stove, and cooked the MREs. They were wonderful and tasted awesome. They were also light and took up very little space in the backpack. The heaters also served a dual purpose. We were able to utilize them to heat up water to clean up our utensils and coffee pot.

    MREs with MRE Heaters

    MREs are easy to pack for a mountain bike excursion, as they take up so little space in a bike bag or hip pack. You can stop anywhere along a trail and have a meal, giving yourself the energy and nutrition to continue.

    Light weight, convenient, tasty, multi-purpose, and easy to pack. So many benefits from such a small and inexpensive product. One other benefit of the MREs is that you can use the box that they are in to light a fire if necessary. The box and plastic sleeve that is left over are easy to pack out and clean-up is simple.

    It is really hard to believe that these things can taste so good, considering it is a pre-packaged food product. We will continue to purchase MREs and use them in our adventures. I am sure we will discover new uses for them as time goes on.

    Jeff and Sherry, UT

  • 10 Tips for Hiking with "Little Ones"




    1. Choose hikes with a specific destination such as a lake, a spectacular view, or a waterfall. Start small children on short, easy trails at first; gradually increase difficulty as their muscles and ambition grow.

    2. Keep hiking speed and distance within physical as well as fun limits. A good way to judge the pace of a child is to take turns letting them assume the lead. Maintain their pace when you are in the lead.

    3. Enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Stop frequently to observe nature and the little things that a child finds fascinating. They may even discover things you have missed before.

    4. Make your child's feet a priority. Sturdy boots that fit properly will allow a child to focus on the fun and adventure of a hike. At the first sign of redness or blistering feet, apply moleskin.

    5. Take only pictures; leave only footprints. Teach respect of the outdoors. Set an example by carrying out trash and following park or forest regulations.

    6. Take food your child likes to eat and plenty of it. Familiar foods will be more appetizing to a child than traditional hiking fare and even the pickiest eaters seem to have a larger appetite in the outdoors.

    7. Have each child carry a small backpack or fanny pack. The pack should contain water, a survival whistle, flashlight or light stick, a brightly colored poncho, emergency blanket, extra socks, extra food, and a small first aid kit. Depending on the age and ability of your child the items may vary. Teach your child how to use these items in case they are lost.

    8. Take frequent rest breaks and drink plenty of water. When exercising, children lose water faster than adults and are not likely to notice the effects.

    9. Pack extra clothing and be prepared for rain even if there isn’t a cloud in the sky.

    10. Have fun! An enjoyable experience will increase the chances that your child will want to venture out again and again.

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