Traildrops helps hikers stay full, light on the trail

Traildrops are meals for hikers made on Signal Mountain.

When your hike is longer than there are hours in a day, Meg Brasel won't let you go hungry. Her company, Traildrops, was created out of a problem. "I came up with the idea standing right here in my kitchen," Brasel says.

As she packed the meals for a weekend hike for her family of four, she says, "I realized somebody would pay to not have to do this at home because you can spend a couple hours and 100 dollars to get ready for one weekend."

Now with the help of her dehydrator, she stacks her shelves full of trail-friendly food and then mixes meals perfect for any pack. Each meal is matched for efficiency and ease, just ask Alan Haniszewski. He's carried these outdoor kits on plenty of trails "These meals come in an envelope and you can zip them up and it heats up in the packet and so you don't need a pot or pan or cup or anything," he says.

From her home, she sells to long-term hikers who only have limited space and busy families alike. "Sometimes people say I want to go this weekend, I don't have time to do anything can you do my food?"

And with each box she sends, she's fueling up her customers for their next adventure. "I really try to economize the space so people are carrying in and carrying out as little trash as they can."

You can buy Traildrops from the Gear Closet on Amnicola Highway or order your custom mix at the Traildrops website.

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