I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of eating oatmeal. I never eat it for breakfast at home, but for some reason, I almost always take it into the backcountry on my overnight trips. I’m not really sure why…my guess is that I like having something warm in my stomach (besides coffee) in the morning…even if it does make me a little noisy on the back end.
On overnight trips, there are a couple tings i really make sure I have plenty of, and that’s fuel and hot chocolate. There nothing worse than running out of fuel for melting snow and making hot drinks, it sucks to have to be stingy with your hot chocolate mix because you didn’t bring enough. One trick I’ve learn over the years is that if you add some hot chocolate mix to your instant oatmeal…it can turn even the nastiest gruel into a yummy morning treat. I’ve always wondered why the hell they don’t actually make chocolate flavored oatmeal in the first place. Seems like a no brainer way to get the kiddies hooked.