BACKPACKING FOOD IDEAS

 
BREAKFAST
  • Instant cocoa
  • Juice (Tang)
  • Fruit - fresh or dried
  • Cold cereal (choose a nutritious brand that packs small without being crushed, like granola, spoon-size shredded wheat, etc.)
  • Hot cereal (instant oatmeal)
  • Powdered milk (for cereal)
  • LUNCH AND SNACKS

  • Powdered drink mix (Gatorade, Lemonade, etc.)
  • Crackers
  • Chips (corn chips, tortilla chips)
  • Cheese (cheddar, string cheese)
  • Salami or beef stick
  • Peanut butter and jam
  • Beef jerky
  • Canned meats (tuna, deviled ham, etc. - heavy - good for short trips only - must pack out can)
  • Nuts
  • Trail mix
  • Candy bars (watch out for melting)
  • M&M's
  • Hard candies (like Brachs or Werthers)
  • Licorice
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit - dried - raisins, prunes, banana chips, etc.
  • DINNER
    SOUPS 

  • Cup-of-soups (Nile Spice, Trader Joes, wonton, etc.)
  • Packaged dried soups (Knorr, etc.)
  • Top Ramen
  • MAIN DISHES and SIDE DISHES 
  • Rice, pasta, or cup-of-soups, with optional meat (like pepperoni, beef stick, summer sausage, canned tuna, browned and dehydrated ground beef or turkey) added in. Examples below:
  • Chili cup-of-soup with browned, dehydrated ground beef and dehydrated tomatoes.
  • Lentil and couscous cup-of-soup with pepperoni.
  • Angel hair pasta with Alfredo sauce and extra chunks of cheese. (Thin pasta, like angel hair, cooks faster than thick spaghetti.)
  • Angel hair pasta with tomato-based spaghetti sauce, and Parmesan cheese (use packaged sauce, like Lawry's or Shilling, with tomato paste, or make your own homemade sauce and dehydrate it).
  • Dried tortellinis (Trader Joes) with pasta sauce.
  • Macaroni and cheese with pepperoni slices.
  • Mashed potatoes (dehydrated instant) with gravy mix and optional browned, dehydrated ground turkey and dried cranberries.
  • Stove-Top stuffing mix
  • Hash browns (dehydrated, in a box)
  • Fantastic Foods dehydrated refried beans


  • VEGETABLES 
  • Fresh vegetables (bell peppers and carrots keep well)
  • Freeze-dried vegetables (for long trips)


  • DESSERTS 
  • Instant pudding (bring a shaker to mix it in)
  • Cheesecake (packaged - Royal or Jello brand - you may need to bring butter, powdered milk, sugar, aluminum pie tin - check directions)
  • Cookies
  • After-dinner mints
  • Cooked dried fruit, with cinnamon added