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Consider the following:

self guided How many people will be on the trip? Men? Women? Children? Big Eaters? Coffee Drinkers?
Ashley National Forest Anyone with special diets or needs? (vegetarian, diabetic, etc.)
Forest Service Length of trip and time of year, i.e., hot or cold weather.
Flaming Gorge Dam If the weather is expected to be warm, always plan to have chicken or fish dishes using fresh meat at the beginning of the trip. Beef or pork can be eaten towards the end. We can substitute canned chicken or fish in some recipes.
Gates of Lodore If the weather is expected to be cool, remember to include hot drinks or soup and stew in your choices. This could help someone on the trip who is cold. Also, remember to have a couple of alternate dinner choices in the event that cooking is hampered by rain, snow or wind.
Lodore Canyon Never plan on loaves of bread if you are going for more than one or two days. Bread doesn't pack well on a river trip. Instead consider pita, crackers, bagels, muffins or higher density bread such as French, rye or sour dough.
Hell's Half Mile When making your fresh fruit choices, remember that some fruits will keep better than others. For example, never plan on eating a banana after the first day even if the weather is cool. Good fresh fruit choices include red apples, oranges, kiwi, mangos, and grapes. (Grapes will usually last until the third or fourth day). Consider canned or dried fruit as an option.
Deer lodge Consider space limitation when choosing your menu. We've become experts at finding nooks and crannies, but a ten lb. watermelon takes up a lot of space. On extended trips consider substituting some fresh potato recipes for canned, dried, or frozen to help save space.
Warm  Springs When choosing the preferred day for a particular meal, consider what that day is going to be like. Check with your trip leader to see how many miles you've got on that day or what time you plan to leave one camp for another. In other words, don't plan on having a large breakfast with a lot of clean up if your trip leader wants to be on the river by 9 a.m. You may have an upset trip leader. Also, don't plan on preparing a difficult meal in the evening if you won't get into camp until 6 p.m. This could make for a long night of preparation and clean up.
Desolation Gray Canyon Keep lunches simple. Many times you can prepare lunch and pack it in the morning so it is easily accessible. Cheese, cold cuts, peanut butter and jelly and fruit are good lunch choices. Chicken salad, tuna salad or egg salad can be made up in the morning and put in a zip-lock bag for lunch. Using pita bread is a good choice for lunch because it packs well and is good for you.
Rock Creek Ranch Conserve ice by organizing ice chest in the cool of the morning. Keep ice chest closed and covered.

Meal preparation throughout your river run is easy!

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