Backpacking is hard work. It’s dirty. There are bugs. The pack can feel heavy. It can be hot. Your legs will hurt. There may be blisters. I know all of this, and I love it. It is my absolute favorite thing, and usually when I’m out there–buggy, hot, dirty, and tired at an almost molecular level–I’m also planning the NEXT time I get to go.
Meal planning for the trail can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Some hikers subsist completely on Pop-tarts and pre-packaged meals, while some make elaborate three-course meals. While we here at Nerds probably fall somewhere in the middle, the thought of a delicious meal at camp has more than once kept my feet going.