Floating Friendly Foods

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Floating Friendly Foods

Floating is one of the best adventures to have in the Midwest and whether you’re the casual rafter or chronic floater, you’ll want a delicious lunch to help you through your day on the water. Some may find it difficult to have a great meal on the river, but it’s surprisingly easy to feast like a king with the right preparation.

Eat Your Water

Strawberries, pineapple, and watermelon are all fantastic fruits to pack on your float trip. All these fruits contain high concentrations of water and will help with hydration. You should still bring plenty of water, but these are the perfect addition to your lunch and a great snack, too!

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Tip: Slice all your fruit before the trip and store it in Tupperware containers. It will allow for easy snacking on the duration of your trip and the plastic container will keep the fruit from getting crushed in your cooler.

PB&J All Day

PB&Js and sub sandwiches are simple and provide a quick and easy meal. Make a giant sub sandwich (or buy one, we’re not judging) before your day on the water. Slice your sandwich ahead of your trip and easily handout to your entire group. Sandwich Pine Valley Floating Friendly Foods

Tip: Double up on plastic bags to keep cooler water out of your sandwiches. Nobody likes soggy bread.

Burgers N’ Brats

Grilling gets a little tougher on the water. However, it is possible for those willing to bring the necessary equipment. Premake and season your burgers the night before the trip. Bring ketchup and mustard packets instead of big containers and don’t forget the charcoal! Burgers Floating Friendly Foods

Tip: Ditch the BBQ grill. All you need is a BBQ grate. Dig a hole on the river bank and place the grate over the top. It works perfect for your grilling needs and saves you space in your canoe or raft.

Don’t Forget the Veggies

Peppers, onions, zucchini, asparagus, and anything you want! Cut and season your vegetables before your trip, wrap them in aluminum foil, and you’ll have pre made veggies ready to grill. Grilled Veggies Pine Valley

Tip: Slice your vegetables with cooking times in mind. Some veggies will cook faster and may need to be cut into larger chunks.

Kebabin’ It

The most intimidating meal on the list. Kebabs require the most prep work, but when done right provide little to no cleanup while on the water. Marinade and skewer your meat and vegetables the night before your float. Use wood skewers for a stress-free cleanup. When you’re finished toss the skewer onto the same fire you used to grill them. Kebabs Floating Friendly Foods - PVO

Tip: Soak the wood skewers in water before adding your meat and vegetables. This will keep the sticks from burning while on the grill.

Snack Time

Lunch is important to a successful day on the water. However, it’s not always convenient to pull over on a river bank and have a meal. Here are some items that are convenient to snack on while you’re cruising down the river in your raft or canoe: 

  • Jerky
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Apples
  • Granola Bars
  • Bananas
  • String Cheese
  • Crackers

Be sure to check out the Dos and Don'ts of Floating and prepare for your next big float!


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