I'm guessing 2lb of food is enough to keep you feeling healthy and able to carry on marching.So I am about to run a campaign with an austere environment and I am refreshing my memory on the rules for food and water consumption, travel distance, weather impacts, and exhaustion.
However, I’ve come across a weird incongruity in the rules regarding feeding requirements.
According to the DM’s Guide, a medium creature requires a pound of food and a gallon of water per day.
However, the rations, which provide food for one day, weighs 2 lbs. (Player’s Handbook). I suppose I can assume that the extra pound is due to packaging (excessive apparently).
1lb of food is just enough to not die.
Rangers, the outlander background, and assorted spells make it very hard for that sort of thing to matter.How has anyone else managed food weight requirements (especially in an austere environment)?
Half-ration as in half the amount they are talking about, which is the 1lb of food. As opposed to half of one of the rations detailed in the equipment chapter. I believe they are using it as a general English term the first time rather than talking about the game term in the other chapter at the time.The problem with this interpretation is that eating a half ration is explicitly stated to count as going half a day without food, despite half a ration equaling the daily food requirement by weight.