Looking for some new backpacking meals to try this summer? We’ve put together a few creative ideas from items that you can pick up from Trader Joe’s.
When meal planning for an extended backpacking trip, variety can really be the spice of life. While it’s tempting to only go with the tried and true, pack too few options and you run the real risk of mid-trip burnout. Megan is still recovering from eating Lara Bars for lunch every day on the JMT. And that was over 4 years ago!
So to mix up your backpacking meal plan, you’ll need some fresh ideas. That’s why we put together this mix and match list to help get you thinking about new ingredient combinations to take on your next backcountry adventure. Not only that but to make things simple, all these items can be purchased with just a single trip to Trader Joe’s.
While we wish this post was sponsored by Trader Joe’s, sadly it is not. We just really love shopping there. One of the reasons for that is their unexpectedly amazing selection of backpacking food, from their large assortment of nuts and dried fruits to their individual packets of coconut oil and olives. You can read all about our favorite TJ backpacking ingredients here.
But for this list, we just want to give you some inspiration. Get some new creative ideas flowing, and get you thinking about making something truly delicious out on the trail.
Do you have a favorite combo you don’t see below? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!
Backpacking Breakfast Ideas
1. Seedy, Nutty Oatmeal
2. Very Berry Oatmeal
Oatmeal + Freeze Dried Blueberries + Strawberries + Raspberries
3. Tropical Oatmeal
Oatmeal + Chia Seeds + Coconut Flakes +Freeze Dried Mango + Freeze Dried Banana
4. Banana Bread Oatmeal
Oatmeal + Freeze Dried Bananas + Chopped Walnuts
5. Apple Pie Oatmeal
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Freeze Dried Apples
6. GORP Oatmeal
Oatmeal + Raisins + Peanut Butter
7. Apples & Bananas Oatmeal
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal + Freeze Dried Bananas
8. Almond Joy Oatmeal
Oatmeal + Coconut + Chopped Almonds + Dark Chocolate
Backpacking Lunch & Snack Ideas
9. Peanut Butter Banana Wrap
Flour Tortilla + Peanut Butter + Flattened Banana + Coconut Flakes
10. Peanut Butter Apple Dippers
Peanut Butter + Freeze Dried Apples
11. Backpacker’s Cheese Plate
Summer Sausage + Babybel Cheese + Olives + Crackers
12. Chocolate Banana Wrap
Flour Tortilla + Cocoa Almond Spread + Flattened Banana
13. Peanut Butter Banana Dippers
Peanut Butter + Banana Chips
14. Pizza Hot Pocket
Pita Bread + String Cheese + Tomato Paste = Hot Pocket
Backpacking Dinner Ideas
15. Cheesy Broccoli Mac
Mac Cheese + Broccoli Florets + Summer Sausage
16. Pasta Carbonara
Angel Hair + Bacon Jerky + Parmesan
17. Chicken Noodles
Chicken Broth + Broccoli Florets + Chicken Epic Bar + Orzo
18. Vegan Mac & Cheese
Macaroni + Nutritional Yeast + Sun Dried Tomatoes
19. Indian Fare Quinoa
Indian Fare + Quinoa + Pitas
20. Taco Chili Cheese Mac
Mac Cheese + Taco Mix + Summer Sausage
21. Deconstructed Pesto One Pot Pasta
Basil Pasta + Parmesan Cheese + Sun Dried Tomatoes + Pine Nuts + Olives + 21 Seasoning Salute
22. Moroccan Spiced Couscous
Couscous + Spices + Apricots + Raisins + Chopped Almonds
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