There’s no such thing as a free meal

Warning! A list ahead! And a heads up about the slowly fragmenting illusion of a hardened pro-hiker that my writing might’ve created. I was lazy. Back in Winter I was sure I’d dehydrate my every meal (=and I did, for one trip – so I overestimated myself).

Then I received free outdoor meals (sort of free, there were no stipulations about having to praise their product and there was no need, I already knew they were tasty and that we’d take a bunch of pictures of them) and I got nervous about what you can and cannot make in a wilderness hut. Of course I didn’t ASK anyone. I also thought the huts would be a lot more modest (so I skipped the part in the leaflet about the equipment in wilderness huts). So I just shoved the bags into my backpack and hoped my husband wouldn’t notice.

As it so often happens, he didn’t. He was just happy to eat whatever I offered him.

And it was good! The outdoor meal bags contain a substantial amount of fat for extra energy, which makes me wonder if that extra fat is necessary for the meals I dehydrate myself, too. Some people manage with a strict pasta diet on hikes but I just get so hangry. One of these days someone will push me down the river.

So in the Lapland mountains we had the following things for nutrition:

  • Blåband outdoor meals (two per day per person) – although we had to bring a few back home because we chose sausages and pasta every now and then.
  • Two bags of pasta. Not my favorite but they were fine.
  • Porridge for breakfast – I didn’t measure how much I had but a one liter zip-bag was too much.
  • Muesli, one liter bag for breakfast use and snacking. Almost a third of the content made its way back home.
  • Four oranges (totally for luxury)
  • 5 Mars bars for me
  • 10 muesli bars for Heikki
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea (had a few tea bags, used two)
  • Two packets of Huiluntuhti sausage
  • 6 Lämmin Kuppi-bags (all came back home)
  • 1 package of pita bread (next time rye bread and our own tent possibly)
  • Marshmallows
  • Three bags of beef jerky for evening snacks and supplements in breakfast (we could’ve used a few more of these)
  • A plastic liter bottle of red wine (before anyone starts throwing mean comments about drinking in the mountains, I’ll let you know it was really tasty and lasted for two nights. We didn’t fight and the bottle was brought back.)

I might’ve forgotten some.. the picture with lots of foods nicely categorized was taken when we were half-way there.

What was left behind and what would I do differently?

  • Eating utensils. Yes, really. (we bought new ones from Hetta)
  • More snacks.
  • Cookies.
  • Mustard! We managed though, the sausage was really good.
  • Pita bread was okay but maybe we’ll stick with something more conventional next time.
  • Breakfast needs work. Porridge is only a part of my usual morning meal but making scrambled eggs on a hike..? Beef jerky was good but too salty for breakfast.
  • I didn’t really forget my hydrated meats but I was just so nervous about the whole trip so I wanted to play it safe. Next time, though.. it brings variety to the meals and makes me feel proud.



We took on the Pallas-Hetta hike (from Hetta to Pallas) in early June 2016. We chose the Hetta-Sioskuru-Tappuri-Hannukuru-Nammalakuru-Pallas route. We’ll be presenting the hike in small portions of ten posts. I’ll also be talking about the gear choices we made for this trip. Everything concerning the hike can be found by using the identifier hetta-pallas hike. If there’s anything you’d like to know about a specific destination or if a certain part engages your attention, please don’t hesitate to comment! We’re happy to tell you more. 

Blåband Outdoor meals were given to us via the blog.

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