It seems that one of the hardest choices to make when backpack camping, is what food to bring. We want something that won’t spoil easily, something lightweight of course, and something nutritious.
Some people prefer to bring freeze dried meals that just require water. A popular choice is Mountain House Chili Mac with Beef. Mountain House offers a wide variety of different freeze dried ready to eat backpacking meals.
Another surprisingly delicious meal is a military MRE. One of my favorites is the MREs (Meals Ready-to-Eat) Genuine U.S. Military Surplus Assorted Flavor (4-Pack)
To add more options to your backpacking food ideas, we recommend a cooler or insulated pouch. For the backpacking cooler, we recommend the ICEMULE Classic Insulated Backpack Cooler Bag – Hands-Free, Collapsible, and Waterproof, This Portable Cooler is an Ideal Sling Backpack for Hiking, The Beach, Picnics and Camping-Medium, Blaze Orange . They have a variety of different sizes for you to choose from.
For the ultralight backpacking insulated pouch, we recommend the Big Sky International Insulite Pouch, Metallic Silver
For those that want to be a little more in control of their meals, here are some of the foods we recommend making, or bringing with you on your next backpacking adventure.
One of my favorite ultralight backpacking meals is sort of a concoction of different vegetables, beans, and the meat of your choice. Usually I will take some onions, potatoes, peppers, beans, and steak. Wrap it in aluminum foil, and throw it on the fire. The way I like to tell if it’s done, is to squeeze the potatoes and see if they are soft. Just be careful to not burn yourself with the hot foil. You can add whatever seasoning you desire. If you don’t mind a little extra weight, you can get canned whole potatoes. The reason being, is they are already cooked.
Another one of my ultralight camping favorite foods is Oatmeal. It’s non perishable, and doesn’t need to stay cold. The beauty of Oatmeal, is that you can add almost anything to it. Some of my favorites are, slivered almonds, raisins, cranberries and brown sugar.
If you have a cast iron pan, canned corn beef hash is another great, non perishable food to bring along on your backpack camping adventure.
A classic trail food favorite is Ramen noodles. All you need is some water and a fire. You can even eat Ramen as a trail snack straight from the pack.
Spam is another popular and rather delicious idea to eat anytime of day. To make Spam extra delicious, cook it over a cooking stove or fire.
Eggs and Bacon are a must for breakfast, at least Bacon is. Eggs can definitely be difficult to not break while hiking. I recommend cracking the eggs into a container before leaving on your trip.
One of my favorite breakfast meals is a bagel sandwich. They can be eaten with spam, bacon, eggs, cheese and anything in between.
Just don’t forget the coffee, which for me is mandatory. Any pouch style coffee will work.