Whether you’re planning an overnight or multi-day backpacking trip, it’s important to pack the right type of food when planning your meals. Unlike traditional camping food, backpacking food should be shelf stable, lightweight, calorie-dense, and quick cooking. If you know what you’re looking for, there are lots of options available online as well as in traditional grocery stores.
While we appreciate the convenience of pre-made just-add-water packaged backpacking meals, we often choose to make our own backpacking food at home to bring along on our trips. We find that these meals are cheaper, and you get to control all of the ingredients that go into your meal. Making your own backpacking food means we get exactly what you’re looking for – in both flavor and nutrition.
Below are some backpacking meals and food ideas to get you started!