Views: 3 Author: Site Editor Publish Time: 2017-02-21 Origin: Site
When we choose food packaging bags, we must consider a lot. Repackaging food into flat (sandwich size) square ziploc bags will minimize space and weight. Package 1 – 2 meal servings in each bag. Use the pint sized freezer bags if you want something a little more durable than the thinner plastic sandwich bags.
The gusseted (stand up) packaging sold by many commercial backpacking food manufacturers take up too much space. If you purchase these meals, open each package, take the food out, and repackage the ingredients in flat zipper bags. You can also flatten the gusseted bags (if you think you will use them) and pack those. If not, cut off the cook instructions and include it with the meal ingredients.
Do not use vacuum packaging pouch to package ingredients unless you are interested in storing foods long-term (1+ years). Vacuum sealing food is unnecessary (overkill) and often problematic for the trail. Sealing out the air can cause some ingredients, such as pasta, to pierce open the bags. Plus, the sealed bags need to be cut open on the trail and contribute to extra trail trash. On the other hand, ziploc bags can be re-used while on the trail to organize necessities, trash, or to keep items dry and clean.