Backpacking

Breakfast Ideas

  • Bagels with Cream Cheese
    • Cream Cheese in the small tub is more spreadable and less messy than the block kind
  • Precooked Bacon
    • Keeps well In resealable container or Ziploc
  • Powdered Eggs
  • Flavored Oatmeal
    • In single-serving packs
  • Raisins
  • Cereal Bars
    • Fruity varieties
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Dense Breakfast Cereals
    • Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Cocoa or Fruity Pebbles, Frosted Mini-Wheats

Condiments

  • Salt / Pepper
    • Most preserved and dehydrated food has a lot of salt already
  • Margarine
    • A small tub, or butter-flavored Crisco will keep OK in cooler temperatures
  • Mustard & Ketchup Packets
    • From fast food place
  • Hot Sauce
    • Small Tabasco bottle, or hot sauce packets from Taco Bell
  • Wheel Dispenser of Various Seasonings
    • Recommended: garlic, basil, oregano, chili flakes or chili powder

Drinks

  • Powdered Milk
    • Note: powdered milk can be hard to find, but I found some Nestle brand in the international aisle
  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Instant Coffee/Espresso
    • Add powdered creamer (the kind that contains sugar) if desired.
    • Full-brew coffee not worth the trouble for backpacking
  • General Foods International Coffees/Teas
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix
    • Can be added to coffee or powdered milk
  • Koolaid Singles
    • The kind with sugar in them
  • Gatorade or Propel Singles
  • Instant Tea
  • Tang
    • Small 12 oz canister good for multiple people, makes 8 quarts

Lunch Ideas

  • Tortillas
  • Pita bread
  • “Sandwich Thins” whole-grain bread
    • These keep for 2+ weeks if kept dry and sealed
  • Crackers
    • Ritz, Townhouse, Wheat Thins, etc.
  • Cans or Foil Packets of Chicken, Tuna, Smoked Salmon
  • Pepperoni
    • Either stick or ziplock variety; doesn't need to be refrigerated and will last several days if kept cool
  • Summer Sausage / Salami
    • smaller individual sizes
  • Vienna Sausages
    • Small can
  • Spam
    • Small can or Spam singles
    • (lower sodium variety tastes better)
  • Sardines
  • Underwood Deviled Ham, Chicken Salad
    • Spreadable, 4-oz cans
  • Cured Ham
    • individual slices
  • Hard Cheeses
    • Firmer varieties keep well without refrigeration
  • String Cheese
    • In single-serving packs
  • Beef Jerky
    • 12-oz pack from Wal-Mart is resealable and good for 4+ meals; available in 3 flavors
  • Hudson Bay Bread
    • Look up recipe on internet -- pack individual servings in cling wrap
  • Peanut Butter
    • Jif To Go singles
  • Jelly
    • Get single serving sizes from I-Hop
  • Ramen / Cup-o-Soup Noodles
    • Some varieties have dehydrated vegetables
  • Spicy Asian Noodles
    • many varieties available in international aisle
  • Olives
  • Dried Fruit
    • Recommended: cranberries, apricots, bananas

Snacks/Energy Food

  • GORP/Trail Mix -- peanuts, raisins, M&Ms
    • Mountain trail mix from Wal-Mart comes in 2-lb bag
  • Cookies
  • Mini Pretzels or Combos
  • Graham Crackers
  • Cheesy Crackers
  • Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Granola Bars
    • Fruit and Nut variety, or Fiber One Bars are a good option
  • Hard Candy
    • e.g. , Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Fruity Lifesavers
  • Snickers Bars
  • Cosmic Brownies
  • Rice Krispies Treats

Supper Ideas

  • MRE's / Instant Heater Meals
  • Hormel Compleats
    • 20+ varieties available; 2 of these can be warmed up in a 1-qt pot and make a filling meal
  • Old El Paso Tortilla Stuffers
    • Beef and Chicken varieties available in international aisle, makes 3-4 burritos with tortillas. add hot sauce and a bit of cheese if desired
  • Various Rice or Noodle Dishes
    • e.g. Lipton, Zatarain, Uncle Bens
    • Get the kind that are heat and eat, or if dehydrated the kind that say butter/oil optional
    • Some varieties include dehydrated vegetables or beans, which are good nutritional value
  • Black Beans
    • In envelope pack
  • Dehydrated Soup Mixes
  • Chef Boyardee Ravioli, Spaghetti or other single-serving pastas
  • Mac 'N' Cheese
    • get the kind with the cheese sauce packet, not the powdered stuff. a family-size pack feeds 3-4
  • Pasta with Dehydrated Pasta Sauce
  • Indian Dishes
    • various types of ready-to-eat Indian food are available in the international aisle, spicy and very good!
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
    • Garlic & butter flavored kind is awesome
  • Bisquick or other easy bread mix
    • Requires aluminum dutch oven or backpacker oven
  • Pudding Cups or Instant Pudding
    • instant pudding requires powdered milk