Dehydrated Backpacking Meals Available in Chile?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Dec 1, 2013 9:27 PM Last Post By: Bayareabackpack...
Oct 12, 2013 2:29 PM
Dehydrated Backpacking Meals Available in Chile?I was wondering if it is possible to purchase those dehydrated backpacking sorts of dinners in Chile (the kind that come in a pouch and all you do is add hot water)? I could bring them along from home, but I won't be using them until I'm trekking later in my trip, and didn't want to have to lug them around if they were easily available (and not too expensive) in Puerto Natales, or other towns.
If I HAVE to bring them along, would these be safe to bring through customs at the Santiago airport? I understand they are kind of particular at the border.
Thanks a lot!!!
Oct 13, 2013 10:47 AM
1Processed unopened packaged or canned foods (as opposed to fresh or loose bulk-dried foods) okay to take across the border, just declare them if any doubt. No diary or honey or meat of any kind, other than as processed minor ingredients, however.
There is a large super-market open in Puerto Natales until at least 9 pm, and you can pick up the processed meal packets there. there are lots of places that sell dried fruit open until 10 pm.
Edited by: mendocinateacher
Edited by: mendocinateacher
Oct 14, 2013 5:24 AM
2No problem bringing unopened dehydrated food pacakages across the broder.
I brought already opened and used package that I filled with my own homemade dehydrated food... so unoped are Okay...
From my own experience, I didnt see any of these package for sale... but neither asked for , or looked for them neither...
Maybe in sport and outdorr shop?
Oct 16, 2013 7:21 PM
3Thanks for the good ideas. I'm not sure if I explained it right, mendocinoteacher, but the sort of meals I was thinking about are the freeze-dried sorts of meals that are super-light-weight and made for backpacking and camping (things like: freeze-dried lasagna, beef stew, teriyaki chicken, etc., that come all ready-made and in a pouch. All you do is open the pouch and add water.) Would they sell that sort of thing at the large grocery store you mentioned in Puerto Natales? (Just so I know if that is what you meant by "processed meal packets"). Or, as indianmilot suggested--do you think they sell things like that at a sport or outdoor shop? I just don't want to lug a lot of food around if I can easily get it once I make it to Puerto Natales.
Thanks so much for your replies!
Oct 16, 2013 10:16 PM
Oct 18, 2013 11:45 AM
Oct 19, 2013 3:25 PM
6eskomo-girl (from Canada?),
just be sure to consider that in Puerto Natales you will find everything you need as far as camping, food, gear, transport for what ever you want ot do around.
The Supermarket offers a lot, like anywhere in North America. Plus there is a great bulk store a few blocks from the plaza de armas for ''dried-everything''...
Those freeze-dried stuff bags arre great for sure... but quiet expensive too... for the poorer of us :)...
Thins: Bread, pasta, oatmeal, Gorp, rice, ...
Oct 23, 2013 2:36 PM
I'm gathering that P. Natales is pretty well set up for trekkers and backpackers, so it shouldn't be difficult at all to find plenty of easy camping foods at the supermarkets there. Sounds like that's what everyone uses anyway. (And you're right- those freeze-dried meals are pretty expensive.)
I think I'll just wait now and get everything there in Puero Natales. Thanks very much for helping me sort this out!
-E. Girl (from Alaska) :-)
Dec 1, 2013 9:27 PM
We are wondering the same thing as the original post above. We r vegetarian and were thinking of making our own dehydrated food with an at home dehydrator. Would things like nuts, dehydrated veggies, fruits, beans etc, be confiscated by customs? Also what suggestions do you have about fuel and stoves? Do you being ur own stove and rent the fuel canister? We are worried ours will not be compatible with the fuel they sell.
We would probably go to the supermarket but I think we have a very short window of time to catch shuttles and also making it to the store before closing
Thanks a lot for your advice.
(5 star Hotel)
From US$269.00 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$37.06 per night
Puerto NatalesBook now
(0 star Hotel)
From US$16.47 per night