August 16, 2018 – I decided to go on a rush solo camping trip and took a day off for Friday, which, along with the weekend, gave me a total of 3 days.
The plan was to spend two nights on the mountains, to be specific, first night at Chikka and second at Balu ka Ghera campsites of the Hampta pass trek in Manali.
The day of the journey was very tiring and I was in a hurry, without going to any hotel/hostel I started the trek as soon as I reached Manali. The actual trek is the subject of a whole new blog post 😉
Let’s come to a rather important aspect of Camping which is the reasons for this post – Food. Camping is fairly new in India as compared to western countries, but it’s picking up the pace pretty well. Each year, more people are going to the mountains for camping.
A majority of them book trek organizers, so they don’t have to worry about food, tents etc, but the problem comes for those who just want to camp solo or with friends, without taking a porter with them.
As camping is a very popular outdoor activity in western countries, they have a wide variety of camping food items available to choose from, for us? we don’t get many options.
When I was searching for camping foods here, I was looking for some easy-to-cook meals, like just heating it up or adding boiling water in it.
After searching for a while on Amazon, I found one that has some good reviews, Eze Eats. But as my trip was a sudden plan and I had only a single day to buy stuff, there was no one-day delivery option so I checked the stores where I could find it offline.
Finally, I found a store in a mall where it was available and after reaching there I found many more options for pre-packed/ dehydrated foods. I decided to go with two brands – Eze Eats and Haldiram’s.
Now my initial plan was to camp for two nights so I decided to carry 4 meals, a pack of oats along with some chocolates and protein bars.
August 17, 2018
I arrived at the campsite in the afternoon, fully tired and exhausted. After 14 hours of traveling in a night bus, 1 hour of a backbreaking bullet ride on an un-metalled road, and two hours of trekking, I was in much need for rest.
I pitched my tent and it was past 5:00 PM already, I just waited for it to get dark and then started to prepare my meal.
Now, Haldiram’s is a good brand but I wanted to try the Eze eats because there were some positive reviews for it on Amazon. The Eze eats meals were both dehydrated, i.e. you just need to add boiling water in it, for the Haldiram’s on the other hand, you just need to heat it and you are good to go.
Eze eats Rajma-Chawal
It comes in a packed plastic bowl with a spoon in it (which was awesome), there is a lining inside the bowl up to which u need to fill boiling water and leave the lid closed for 8 minutes.
It tastes good but there was a lot of Garam masala in it.
Eze eats Dal-Chawal
I ate Dal Chawal for my breakfast, the next day, and expected it to have the same masala disproportion as Rajma Chawal but it was really good, no masala problems here.
My initial plan was to spend 2 nights camping but I decided to make it only a one night trip because I forgot to take a book along with me and I was kinda bored during the night. I tested the Haldiram’s meals after returning from the trip.
The vegetable Pulao was awesome, it was fresh because it was not dehydrated. the second one I had was Palak Paneer which was also quite good. Both of the Haldiram’s meals were not dehydrated.
Personally, I like the Haldiram’s one better. actually, I think it’s unfair to compare both because one was dehydrated (for the long run) while the other one was not, I like them both but the Haldiram’s one was fresher and I am going to take it with me on my next trips 🙂