How to Heat and Eat MRE Meals

MRE meals are pre-packaged meals with a long shelf life that are designed to be eaten either hot or cold. They are used by the military, and also by preppers, survivalists, campers and people who work outdoors. They are easy to carry, easy to store, and highly calorie dense, which means that they are perfect for those days when you need to put away a lot of calories to make up for walking miles, carrying heavy loads, or spending a lot of time in a cold environment.

MRE meals usually come with one large packet that is the main meal, and some smaller ones for the starter. There may be a cookie, protein bar or other similar long shelf-life dessert as well.

You can eat an MRE cold straight out of the packet, but they usually taste much better heated. Some MREs are simple 'boil in the bag' affairs and expect you to have a camping stove to do that with. Others come with their own heaters – for example XMRE or Eversafe come with a sleeve, a saltwater packet and a flameless heater, so you can cook it on the go without needing to carry heavy equipment with you.

To cook one of those meals, firstly tear open the flameless heater sleeve and then put the meal pouch (unopened) into the sleeve. Next, open the pack of saltwater, and carefully pour it into the heater pouch. Try to hold the pouch by the sides when you do this, because the saltwater will react with the heater pouch and produce lots of steam and heat. Once you've emptied the packet, fold over the top of the sleeve to trap the warmth, and then slide the heater sleeve into the cardboard pouch, making sure that the heating pad is seated in the bag below the MRE itself. Lay the pouch down at a slight angle (prop it up against a tree, or against your bag, for example) so that the water doesn't leak out.

The pouch should bubble and steam while the heating process is going on. Leave it for 10-12 minutes to heat up, then remove the pouch from the cardboard sleeve, carefully tear the pouch open, and remove the meal – taking care not to scald yourself.

Open the meal, and either eat it from inside the bag, or pour it out onto a plate to eat it that way if you fancy the luxury of a sit-down meal.

MREs have a long shelf life, and most of them are fine to eat cold as well. Make sure you check the use-by date just to be on the safe side, and remember that while MREs are nutritionally balanced, they are also designed to be used by very active military people or survivalists so they are quite calorie dense.

It would be unusual for someone to eat MREs every day if they had a desk job, but you should still be mindful of what you're eating. They often seem like they're small in volume so if you're out on a camping holiday you might eat an MRE for lunch then feel like you need to eat an evening meal as well, just out of habit – but really you've consumed your calorie allowance for the day.

MREs are a great time saver and for emergency preparedness they'll keep you going for a surprisingly long time. They're easy to stockpile, easy to use, and there are lots of different menu options to choose from.

Once you get used to heating up MREs you should find that they're an incredibly convenient source of calories for on the road. You might even get your kids making them 'for a treat' and to camp in the garden if you can't be bothered to cook! 

If you're thinking of trying MREs, buy a few individual packs and try them out to see if you like the recipes before putting in a bulk order. Once you know what you like, you can start buying bigger packs so that you can stockpile them and have a nice stash for long trips, or for a power outage, storm or emergency.

Benefits of a Winter Vacation

Why Have a Winter Vacation?

Most people plan a luxury cabin vacation for the warmer seasons. In this article, we will look at why you may be missing out by not thinking of taking a winter vacation and enjoying the season-specific events. 

Things to Do During a Winter Vacation

Some of the things you can enjoy during a winter vacation include:

  • Winter sports
  • Winter carnivals
  • Outdoor Adventures

Winter Sports

luxury cabinWinter sports is one of the biggest reasons people plan a winter/snow based vacation. With the variety available, there is sure to be a sport/activity that appeals to you, and might actually make you hope for the snow! Some winter sports ideas may include:

  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Skating
  • Snowshoeing
  • Fat Biking
  • Sledding
  • Hockey

Most luxury cabin rentals will provide you with the needed equipment for these activities. Be sure to request them ahead of time, and ask if there are any trail maps or local areas that you are able to use.

Winter Carnivals

There are some amazing national and local carnivals in the winter, such as the Bonhomme de Neige festival, Winterlude, or Igloofest. Most towns and areas have their own version of these festivals, and events include everything from snow sculptures to maple syrup sampling. There are usually winter petting zoos as well, and provides a great opportunity for kids to see reindeers up close! 

Be sure to look into winter carnivals in the area when you are planning your vacation, but keep in mind that the cost may be a little higher and availability a little lower, during the time the festival is on.

Outdoor Adventures

Life and nature continue on, even while it is cold. A lot of people do not get to see or enjoy the variety of outdoor adventures available in the winter, so if you are planning a luxury cabin vacation for this season, be sure to look into what’s available.  Some ideas are:

Meteor Shower: Being in nature, away from the lights, makes meteor showers exceptional, and the calmness of the snow adds another dimension altogether. If you are in the right part of the world, you may get the added bonus of the Northern Lights!

Skidoo exploration: Use a Skidoo to explore the beautiful winter scenery. Be sure to bundle up though, as the wind can get very cold!

See the Polar Bears: Certain parts of Canada offer polar bear tours, where you can see the beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Early winter is usually the best time for viewing, so be sure to bring your camera!

Outdoor Spa/ HotSprings:: There is something particularly relaxing about an outdoor spa and hot springs in the winter. The mix of cool air and warm water will help you relax, and it won’t be as densely populated as it would be during peak season hours

Winter Camping: If you are already a camper, this may be the way to take it to a new level. Winter camping can be intense, and requires a lot of planning to ensure safety. If this is something you would like to do, be sure to speak to some experts before heading out.


Winter vacations can be amazing, and can offer up experiences you may not have known existed. Be sure to look into what is available locally, and bring warm mittens!

Swimming is good for heath, especially for children

Swimming is fun for everyone. Age is never a factor. Kids especially love playing with water; but apart from just the fun factor, swimming provides a lot of health benefits that helps to keep every individual happy and healthy. Another great benefit of swimming is there is no age bar or special ability that bars someone to take part in it and this is the only sport which is open to children with extra needs. Swimming gives children plenty opportunities to make new friends and learn a lot of things that adds value.


How swimming is good for children

  • Good for Health: swimming increases strength, flexibility, enhances both heart and lung conditions and last but not the least increases immunity system.
  • Best skill for safety: drowning is the biggest issue nowadays with children, so if they get indulge with swimming activities then drowning chances get decrease.
  • Good for mental Health: spending time in the water can also be positive for children’s health and they feel stress free. It may improve mood and decrease anxiety.
  • Competitive level: if a child good in swimming might pursue additional water activities such in competition level and team swimming. This indulgence can be beneficial in mind developing, self-esteem and develop positive outlook towards life.

So having a swimming pool at home can be a good idea because it’s just not only provides a different look but at the same it decreases health related issues. Leisure pools Townsville are the best option you can go for.