Believe me, backpacking food needs calculation (the amount and the weight as you will carry it by yourself), knowing the shelf life of the products and the recipes. Shortly speaking, backpacking food requires planning to avoid awkward and ridiculous situations when you are away from civilization, bee run out of food.
The main criterion for backpacking food are lightweight, taste, and quick and easy way of cooking. Food can easily account for 1/4 or more of the bulk and 1/4 or more of the weight of your pack. For each meal you should have a special approach in order to have balanced nutrition, to have enough energy to be on your feet tomorrow morning and not to be dehydrated.
Breakfast may consist of half quick cook and half no cook, and tea or coffee.
Lunch is the main meal. It should be high energy, heavier and tastier. It is worth spending more time for cooking lunch so that everybody will be satisfied and well treated with the dishes. So the rest of the day until dinner you will have a good mood and enough energy to enjoy the views around you.
For dinner have something tasty and not so heavy but do not leave your friends hungry or thisty. Cook the food on fire, involve everybody in cooking the dinner, and create a nice friendly atmosphere, what about the candles? - do not forget that you are on vacations. Be romantic! Remember on walking or hiking trips food is important to your well-being psychologically. Tasty backpacking food helps keep the spirits up during physical stress, even improving the scenery!
Save yourself a lot of hassle in camp and possibly running out of something, by measuring out and packaging individual meals in plastic bags. Get rid of the cardboard. Add labels with cooking instructions. Squeeze tubes or wide-mouth bottles of various sizes are good for portioning out exact amounts of syrup, peanut butter, and the like. It's wise to double-bag powdered foods, such as potato flakes or bulk hot cocoa.
You may sort breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in different bags. You will be able to match the meal to the situation.
For breakfast you may pack:
- Oat cereal,
- Rice (add raisins and dried milk),
-Ganola (with dried milk),
-Fuit cocktail (small cans),
- Bread and butter,
-Pancakes (need small pan,spatula, low-heat option on stove, lots of fuel, syrup in small container),
- Some fruits,
- Coffee, tea, juice.
- Bagels (cream cheese,
-·Dried fruits such as raisins and nuts,
-·Rackers (the dense kinds at health food stores),
-·Cheeses (string cheese, blocks of mozarella, etc),
- Lunch meat.
- Cup of Soup,
-·Lipton Rice or Noodles,
-·Potatoes and peas,
-·Couscous with dried veggies,
-·Ramen with dried veggies,
-·Spaghetti with dried veggies,
-·Can of tomato paste to make sauce,
- Fruits and vegetables
Some universal ideas. You can always try rice, pasta, or noodles, all of which cook quickly and easily. "Just add water" soups and pastas are another option. There are also several Asian style meals available on grocery stores that just need to be boiled to heat and serve. Tortillas, marinated tofu, and hummus make easy road sandwiches, and so does good old peanut butter and jelly.
Pack liquids for each meal - tea, coffee, mineral or spring water, juice, Coke and your favorite one if it is not mentioned.
Have a nice, tasty, and healthy hiking, walking, rafting, or cycling trip!