RightOn Trek doesn’t just make backcountry meal kits. It’s reinventing the whole meal planning experience.
RightOn Trek is a new backpacking meal company. But it’s making several (very) cool new products to stand out from other brands. Namely, using its digital platform to streamline the entire process – from buying a meal, to packing your meals and gear, to planning your trip and finally checking out. Still intrigued?
First, RightOn Trek cooks their own delicious dishes, ranging from tasty options like scrambled breakfast to shepherd’s pie. Second, it has its own meal planning service. Think of it as a personalized menu and travel meal planner.
He will take care of everything from calorie count, portion sizes, meal packaging and labeling, meal provisioning and snacks. Oh, and did we mention he’ll even be deliver your hiking meals at your doorstep or at the trailhead? Talk about good service. Plus, RightOn Trek uses compostable and recycled packaging wherever possible.
We worked with the company to test their meal planning service just before it hit the market. Here is our full taste test, our experience and our review.
The RightOn Trek Meal Planner
Backpacking meal planning has never been easier. (Unless you’re like me and meticulously pack your own meals, armed with color-coded ziplocks, Stasher bags, and a label maker.) I was delighted to find that RightOn Trek does all of this for you. , well.
The RightOn Trek Meal Planner currently offers options for trips from one to 14 days. Here’s what’s included:
- meal planner overview: your menu and the number of calories for each meal, each day
- dehydrated starters and breakfasts for everyday
- snacks for every day
- miscellaneous: condiments, cookbook and compostable hot meal wrappers
- label on everything
RightOn Trek Meal: Taste tested
What is on offer:
- 7 breakfast formulas
- 11 dinner options
- Snacks, classified as regular snacks, fruit, protein or dessert (think cookies)
- Options available for keto, vegetarian, and vegan food preferences
- A packet of condiments (you don’t need to pack S&P!)
We’ll start with our comments on breakfast and main courses. For a 3 day backpacking trip, I went with different varieties of oatmeal from RightOn Trek for breakfasts. (Get the chocolate peanut butter and you won’t be disappointed.)
For starters, I opted for a dish of sweet and sour rice, soup, and perhaps the most creative meal it offers: a vegan shepherd’s pie.
The breakfasts were a large size and were plentiful. Time to rehydrate / cook meals was accurate as stated, even at high elevations in Colorado.
My favorite oatmeal was definitely the peanut butter cup variety, with nuts and a touch of chocolate added to make it a big step forward (and worth buying) from the regular regular oat packets. .
Other than the entrees, I found that they were all well cooked and the compostable bags were quite durable while traveling and when preparing meals at camp. My favorite among the starters in my pack was the shepherd’s pie, the mountain rice being the most filling and the second very tasty. Also, if you’re not a fan of spices, beware of ramen soup or plan to add water.
Editor’s Note: I ordered all regular portion sizes, but the meal planner also offers large sizes (for two people) and family sizes (for four people).
When it comes to snack options (i.e. midday fuel), RightOn Trek shines in this department. Here is a small sample of the types of snacks on offer. You’ll notice everything from salami and fruit to protein bars, peanut butter, trail mix and Oreos.
Now I have always been an organized person. I’ve always loved planning trips and also have a food preference which means more limited store-bought meal options. I am way used to preparing or finding, packing and planning all my own food.
But RightOn Trek does a fantastic, organized job of doing all of this for you. (We found the website and meal planning service very easy to navigate.)
I don’t have to worry about how long it takes to prepare my meals. Or, if I go out of Clif bars for a trip. Or, in the worst case scenario on the trail, if I forgot to pack something like salt.
Instead, I can focus on organizing my gear and maybe even hit the track earlier. I would definitely use this service again, as long as they keep chocolate bars on the menu.
RightOn Trek: Meal and Trip Planning, and Beyond
The most surprising thing I learned from trying RightOn Trek isn’t that it offers great meals. When a meal brand emails me, I think about the food and nothing else. But in addition to meals, RightOn Trek has a trail directory, so you can plan a trip directly on its site.
You can also create a connection to organize and save your trip information – everything from details on calories per day, trail routes, permits, your group’s food preferences, packing lists and mileage. This is a huge advantage for families or groups.
The last thing RightOn Trek does differently – perhaps the coolest aspect of this business – is that they outfitting partners in various locations across the United States This is still ongoing with two locations currently available. So not only can you find a location for a trip, organize trip details, and plan your meals with RightOn Trek, but you can also rent equipment.
The RightOn Trek Express service will then deliver your rental kit and meals to a location (think Amazon-locker style) closest to your departure / destination. How cool is that? Pretty cool, in our mind.
With meals and more, RightOn Trek has the potential to be a one stop shop for all your trip planning needs and, yes, delicious trails.