I bring hot meals on hikes with the Hydro Flask Food Jar—shop REI for this hiking essential

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If you plan on hiking through any national parks during National Park Week, you should know that room-temperature peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and snacks that don’t require refrigeration or insulation get old quickly. After eating nothing but squished wraps and trail mix on every weekend hike, I decided it was time to upgrade to the Hydro Flask Food Jar.

$35 at REI..

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This double-wall vacuum insulated food jar is great for retaining the temperature of your preferred hiking meal for hours. I started using it this winter to bring oatmeal on hikes. It sat in my hiking backpack for hours in negative wind chill, and even then, my oatmeal was decently warm; not steaming hot, but still warm enough to enjoy my favorite breakfast on the trail.

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What really stands out with this food jar is how easy it is to pack. It’s not only a light 11.2 ounces, but also practical in shape and size, which makes it easy to lay it on top of my hiking coat and gear without taking up too much space. Plus, you won’t have to worry about your food spilling. Its leak-proof design is successful, yet it’s still easy to untwist when you’re ready to munch.

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Made of durable pro-grade stainless steel, this 12-ounce food jar is built to last for several adventures, as well as prevent any transfer of taste from the jar to your food. It’s not only great for backcountry activities, but also any time you want to keep food hot or cold for hours while on the go. I have also used this Hydro Flask Food Jar to travel with yogurt, and found the cold-temperature retention to be decent as well. Overall, this food jar’s compact size, easy of use, affordability and insulation make it worth the buy.

$35 at REI..

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