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Meals on Expedition Training


Prior to your Expedition Training weekend Outlook will provide the team with a budget to buy food for the whole team (that includes teachers and leaders).

Before you purchase any food for your Expedition Training Weekend (which MUST be done before you arrive at your training venue), please remember that you will be cooking and eating as a team, for the entire weekend. Just like the shopping and cooking you will be doing on your overseas expedition, everyone will need to be catered for!

You will need to get everyone in your team together before Expedition Training to plan the menu for your Expedition Training weekend and decided who will buy what. Ensure you are all aware of each others allergies, dietary requirements, likes and dislikes - don’t forget to include your Link Teachers and your Expedition Leader.

You will need to take into account the number of days you will be away for and how many meals you will need to plan for. In general, you will probably need a dinner on the first evening you arrive (normally Friday), breakfast, lunch and dinner on day 2 and breakfast and lunch on your final day - 6 meals in total.

Don't forget that you are camping and participating in lots of outdoor activities, therefore your meals needs to be nutritious and substantial to keep you warm and your energy levels high, try to budget for some energy bars to snack on in-between meal times too.

Click here for an example menu suitable for Expedition Training.


a) Include plenty of high energy foods, carbohydrates (rice, pasta, potatoes etc.) and protein (chicken, turkey, tuna). Add as many vegetables as you can, this will add flavour and nutrition to your meals. Keep it at simple as you can though!

b) A hot meal for breakfast is a great way to start the day - especially after a chilly night! A lunch which doesn't have to be cooked is ideal, a job for some of the team could be to prepare lunch either the night before or at breakfast, pack it up and put it in your rucksack as you will be out for the whole day. Use wraps or flat breads – they are a great source of carbohydrates that are not bulky and should not squash in your rucksack (if you pack them right!). A hot meal in the evening is essential after a long day on the hill.

c) Use items that do not have a long shelf-life first, for example, if you have fresh milk then use this first, and then go on to powdered milk. Same with any fresh meat you decide to buy. Bananas and other fresh fruit and veg are a great source of energy, but will spoil quite quickly at the bottom of your rucksack, so consider how you are going to pack them and when you will be eating them.


Once you have planned your meals, you then need to go through each one, and write down what ingredients you will need for each particular meal. What you will end up with will be a list of all the ingredients you will need for all your teams meals for the weekend ahead - you can then arrange as a team to go out and buy your food before you leave for your training weekend.


Now you have your menus planned and your shopping list, you will need to make sure that you have the right cooking utensils to cook your meals with. The best way to do this is to go through each meal again and workout what utensils you need for that particular meal and ensure you either have them or can use something similar.

When you arrive at the campsite, you will have a briefing on how your cooking stoves / trangias work - please pay attention to this! Make sure that the meals you have selected can be prepared and cooked using the kit and equipment that you will have available (things like wooden spoons, spatulas etc won't be provided, but cooking pots will).

Don't forget about the extra things that you will need for the weekend and include them in your team shopping list, for example:

  • Toilet rolls
  • Sandwich bags
  • Rubbish bags


Please remember that you are responsible for all your rubbish and waste. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for rubbish and waste food. Pick up any rubbish, eat or dispose of any leftover food. You MUST not leave any indication that you may have been there. Leave the campsite and countryside cleaner than how you found it!

To assist you further, Outlook have created a Menu Planner and a simple Budget Sheet for you. If you would like to download a copy please click here.

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