Simple Backpacking Food (What I Eat Backpacking)
Backpacking food doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or taste like cardboard.
I love making my own simple backpacking food and finding grocery store foods that work for backpacking.
In this blog, you’ll get to see exactly what I eat on a short backpacking trip in Arizona, where all my meals are either homemade, or straight from the grocery store.
Check out the video below to see what I eat and how I prepared all my backpacking food!
SIMPLE BACKPACKING FOOD IDEAS
GRANOLA: Granola is a great backpacking food that you can make at home. Pack granola with powdered milk and you can have ‘cereal’ out in the backcountry (as seen in the video above).
The cookbook below has one of my favorite granola recipes with instructions on how to pack everything up at home before your trip.
Granola with powdered milk is one of the simplest homemade backpacking breakfast ideas that doesn’t require any cooking in the backcountry.
OATMEAL: Oatmeal is another super simple backpacking food! It can be customized endlessly, and it’s easy to prepare at home! I have some great oatmeal recipes in my free cookbook below.
Also check out this video with some ideas: 3 Delicious Backpacking Oatmeal Recipes
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LUNCH + SNACKS
Usually when I go backpacking, I don’t eat a big lunch.
Since I’m typically hiking all day, I prefer to eat snacks throughout the hike to keep me energized, but not weighed down.
Here are some great snack ideas from Trader Joes: 8 Delicious and Healthy Backpacking Snack Ideas
More healthy backpacking snack ideas: 5 Healthy Hiking Snacks You've Got to Try
Simple backpacking lunch ideas (no cook):
Tuna packets with crackers
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich (best if eaten the first day of hiking)
Dinner is where I consume a lot of my calories. After a long day of backpacking, there’s nothing better than a filling dinner!
Instant potatoes make a great addition to any backpacking dinner. They’re super cheap ($1) and really filling. If you watched the video above, you can see that I added some Safe Catch salmon to the potatoes for a little more calories and some protein. It might not look pretty, but it tastes great.
PRO TIP: If you’re backpacking with someone else, here’s a great way to save money on backpacking food - Instead of buying 2 dehydrated backpacking dinners from the gear store, buy 1 and a packet of instant potatoes from the grocery store. Then, split them both. My boyfriend and I do this, and it’s plenty of food for each of us and about 50% cheaper!
This is one of my favorite backpacking meals (seen in the video above) that you can prepare at home - no dehydrator required —> Basil Pesto Couscous Backpacking Meal
If you don’t want to mess around with making your own backpacking food, my favorite store-bought backpacking meals are these Good To Go dehydrated meals. They taste great and they’re dehydrated, not freeze-dried.
I hope you have some new simple backpacking food ideas for your next trip!
Make sure to download your free backpacking breakfast cookbook (linked above).
It’s full of some really simple backpacking breakfast ideas that are low-cost and delicious.
See you out there,
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