The Best Tasting Backpacking Food

The Best Tasting Backpacking Food
Opinions about the best tasting backpacking food vary, however it is not difficult to create some of your favorite meals in the back country. Dry foods are easily carried in a pack and should be considered for the majority of meals. Dehydrated foods are also a great option for easy nutrition while backpacking. The meals are tasty and filling and all you do is add boiling water.

Dry Foods

Dry foods are easy to carry in a pack and provide valuable energy while on the trail. Bagels, granola, bread, trail mix, candy and dried fruit are all good tasting foods that can be carried in a pack. Dry foods should have high calorie content to maximize your energy and curb your hunger. Eat at regular intervals throughout the day to maintain a steady stream of energy and avoid cramping and fatigue.


Noodles and Grains

Noodles and grains provide backpackers with vital carbohydrates. The food also tastes good and is easy to carry in a pack. Instant noodles are the easiest to cook and only require you to add boiling water. Pasta can be cooked with sauce for a hearty meal. Pasta requires more fuel when cooking and is ideal for short backpacking trips. Cous Cous is another easy meal that requires boiling water and a small amount of olive oil or butter. Carry more noodles and grains than you plan on eating as hiking all day means you will have a large appetite.

Dehydrated Meals

Dehydrated meals come in a variety of flavors and you should choose your favorite foods for the trail. Mountain House is a leader in pre-made dehydrated meals and has flavors for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desert. A small sampling of the available meals include chicken teriyaki, chili mac with beef, beef stew, scrambled eggs. granola with milk and blueberry, blueberry cheesecake, pasta primavera and more. Dehydrated meals are lightweight and provide you with an easy, high calorie meal in the back country.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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