Packing your backpack can mean only one thing. You’re planning to go out and do some hiking, trekking or maybe just plain old camping. Climbing rocks, going over fallen trees, setting up camp and hiking along uneven trails are all possible tasks and each is just as exhausting when your away from the comfort of your home and the utility of your kitchen. But whether you’re going with family or friends or a combination of both and whether you plan to take along a guide or not, the physical exercise will certainly drain you of your energy and water content.
Such exertion, especially in such conditions will always leave you craving for a snack or light meal to compliment your movement. And the following food tips and meals recipes will make your cooking endeavors simple with easy to prepare instructions and easy to acquire, store & transport ingredients.
These best backpacking recipes are meant to hydrate you quickly all the while supplementing your movements with the appropriate and much needed nutritional additives. All the following recipes mainly target dehydration with some focus on other nutritional needs of travelers and backpackers.
Moreover, please remember to check the ingredients with the people traveling, so as to avoid allergies or reactions, because getting help in the middle of a 35-mile track will be anything but easy. Furthermore, the recipes here are for standard sized servings, please make sure to prepare these meals once at home, so you have a good idea of how much you need to pack according to the number of people traveling, and the space you have to pack everything including your equipment and other things.
Lastly, as these meals and recipes assume that you are not taking heavy duty utensils, you will probably have paper plates, plastic spoons and other disposable assortments. Their proper disposal and recycling is your responsibility, just as is the preservation of wherever you are planning to eat.
Instant chocolate pudding
- 1 cup milk (dried not fresh)
- 1/4 cup water
- 5 tablespoons of chocolate powder (Ovaltine, Nesquick )
At home – Just pack everything.
On the trail
- Add the dried milk part by part to the water, whisking until you get an even mix.
- Add the chocolate powder, spoon by spoon, making sure to keep stirring.
- Whisk for another 5 mins after the last spoon of chocolate is added for the water to settle.
Serving – 1 adult or child
Veggie Egg salad
- 3 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt (if desired)
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 8 hard-boiled eggs
- 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
- 1/2 cup peeled and chopped cucumber
- 1/4 cup sliced scallions
At home – Pack everything as needed. None of these items need fresh preparation. Wrap the boiled eggs separable in tin foil.
On the trail – Unpack everything, add to a container and toss around until everything is evenly mixed.
Serving – 2-3 adults, 5-6 children
Peanut Butter Granola
- 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup roasted peanuts
- Yogurt and berries, for serving
At home – Make sure to pack the yogurt, maple syrup, oil and peanut butter appropriately.
On the trail
- Add the peanut butter to the maple syrup and canola oil stirring until we have a fine, even mixture.
- Add the salt and mix.
- Then add the oats and roasted peanuts.
- Add berries and yogurt upon serving.
Serving – Quantity of yogurt will decide number of servings. Regular serving for 2 adults will require a 7 ounce pack of yogurt.
Dressed up yogurt
- 7 oz container plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of your favorite jam
- 1 tsp. honey
- 2 tablespoons toasted almonds, roughly chopped
At home – Be sure to pack a spoon.
On the trail – Dump everything in to a single container and use the spoon for (no points for guessing) enjoying your on the go meal.
Extra: A combination of nut and jam may be added to make it more colorful.
Serving – 1 adult or 3 children.
Carrot sticks with peanut dip
- 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- A splash of soy sauce
- A few drops of sesame oil
- Water to smooth
- Carrot sticks
At home – Prepare carrot sticks by peeling and cutting carrots into bite-size or longer strips.
On the trail – Prepare the dip by mixing everything and adding water to smooth the whole the mixture, whisking it until a smooth mixture is attained. Serve with the carrot sticks.
Servings – depends on the quantity of water, 2 cups of water should make dips for three full carrots, able to serve 3 adults.
- 1/3 cups of oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons of milk (powder not fresh)
- 2 tablespoons of sugar (brown or white)
- Multiple fruits (preferably those with lesser amount of extract/nectar such as Bananas and Strawberries)
At home – Prepare oatmeal with 3 parts of water with every part of oatmeal & milk and store it an insulated canister. Chop the fruits beforehand if needed. (Grapes don’t need chopping)
On the trail
- Take the warm oatmeal and add the sugar now.
- Adding the sugar before would not allow the oatmeal to last as long in the container.
- Finally serve with the fruits.
Extra – Adding wafers, chocolate chips or wheat biscuits crumbs are healthier options compared to adding sugar. This would be best for children, so as to maintain nutrition as well as taste.
Serving – 2 adults