The best backpacking food ideas are light to carry, easy to prepare, delicious and filling. After a day on the trail, you don’t want to spend much time and energy on cooking - but you want lots of food, and you want it to taste great!
Since breakfast needs to be hearty enough to fuel your day's adventures, we like to have a hot breakfast when backpacking. We cook dried cereal, like quinoa flakes or oatmeal, in water with dried fruit. We mix up some dry milk to pour on our cereal along with maple syrup.
Since we're probably hiking at lunchtime, our midday meal can't need cooking or preparation. "Grab and go" is the lunchtime motto. Bagels with spreads like cream cheese or nut butter are quick and easy. So are canned sardines. (Be sure to have a ziploc bag handy for the empty cans!) Cheese, hardboiled eggs and nuts are all quick sources of energy.
The best backpacking food is light to carry (of course!) but also delicious and easy to prepare. Here are some of our favorite backpacking supper ideas.
Chili is always popular!
Pasta is always a good choice for a hiking trip. Pesto in a tube is easy to pack and carry.
You can't go hiking without trail mix! Let each person make up their own bag.
Dried fruit and chocolate are staples on our hiking trips. At the end of a long day's hike, a plate of dried fruit and some squares of chocolate looks like dessert fit for royalty!
This is our newest favorite dessert! Not only is it delicious and easy to transport, but it's fun to make, too!
Here's how to make it:
Place these ingredients in a sturdy Ziploc bag:
Label the bag with these instructions:
Pack the bag and a package of cookies. (Oreos work well!)
Just follow the instructions on the bag! Be sure to use cold water so that the pudding will thicken.
Crush the cookies and sprinkle them over the pudding.
It is so good!
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