Float trips are a favorite vacation destination for many that live in or near the beautiful state of Missouri. While paddling down the clear cool rivers, many float trippers build up an appetite and need to take a break to eat in order to refuel their bodies. Those that are new to float trips are not sure exactly what kind of foods are float trip friendly. Here are some great suggestions and tips to keep paddlers from abandoning ship when the hunger pains start to hit.
Fruits and vegetables are great foods to take on the river. Apples, peaches, grapes, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes and bananas for instance are great choices because they do not need to be kept cold on hot summer days. If the fruit or veggies happen to get wet there is no need to worry about having a soggy snack, since fruit and vegetables come in their own waterproof wrappers. Fruits and veggies are also a “green” snack to take on the river. Vegetables and fruits are 100% biodegradable and if it ends up going overboard by accident, it will not hurt the surrounding wildlife or environment. Not to mention that vegetables and fruits are a healthy alternative to candy or other types of junk food.
Eggs are a great float trip food, the hard-boiled variety that is. Eggs are a great source of protein in a compact size. Trying to take lunchmeat sandwiches on the river can be risky when it comes to a protein source, because of the chances they can get wet and become a soggy mess. With hard-boiled eggs, one does not have to worry about water destroying the taste or texture of the egg. Hard-boiled eggs can be left in the shell or one can peel them before hand.
For those that would rather take prepackaged foods with them, there is a vast variety available at the local grocery store. Taking a stroll down the snack food isle can be a good way to determine what other types of foods would make good choices to take in a canoe or raft. Snacks that are individual wrapped are a better choice then those that come in bulk, because of the chance of them getting wet. Granola bars, cereal treats, fruit snacks, individual packages of chips and nuts are popular choices especially when children will be going on the float trip also.
Taking a float trip is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. When it comes to the food to take on the river, it should be easy with no fuss involved. After all one is there to relax and should not have to worry about preparing an elaborate meal when those hunger pains strike on the river.