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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Reasons why MRE's are Better than Backpacking Meals

There is a common misconception among people who have never eaten MRE’s that they are the same as backpacking meals. They are both lightweight meals on the go; that’s about where the similarities end.

1. Calories

Most Mountain House backpacking meals have 400-600 calories. All military MRE’s have approximately 1250. Everyone knows survival is a calorie game. You have to put as much or more in than you use and MRE’s are a more efficient way to do that.

2. Side Dish

Every standard issue MRE comes with a side dish, usually something like rice, vegetables, or fruit. Backpacking meals only come with one main entree unless you buy extra sides.

3. Cracker or Bread

Every MRE comes with a cracker or break package. I don’t know about you, but I’m a good southern boy and I like to have some kind of bread at every meal. You gotta have something to push with…

4. Dessert, Candy, Spread

MRE’s come with a dessert package and candy (yes, both) as well as a spread for your bread like peanut butter, jelly, or cheese. Backpack Meal: No, No, and No.

5. Drink Mix

MRE’s get a sports drink, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, or shake. Of course with backpacking meal you have to bring your own.

6. Accessories

Every MRE comes with an accessories packet that can include things such as (but not limited to) spoon, matches, TP, wipes, sugar, salt, chewing gum, and of course Tabasco. You know where this is going: Backpack meals have none of these.

7. Heater

And finally the most important reason MRE’s are better than backpacking meals: the Flameless Ration Heater. If it’s driving rain, freezing, and you have no fire supplies, with an MRE you can still have a hot meal. Just tear open the heater pouch, add water, add entree, and wait.

To cut down on weight in your B.O.B.'s and backpacks, you can "field strip" the MRE's.  Field stripping an MRE is basically taking it out of its plastic and cardboard packaging.  In my BOB I have included "smooth move" tea (laxitive) and extra toilet paper...you don't EVEN want to know how to use those little squares included in the MRE.

My favoriate MRE is made by First Strike.  It has all three meals within one package and the meals taste MUCH better than the other MREs on the market.

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