Foods for the trail

Remember when packing to go for the lightest weight material. Also, the excess material must be something that can be burned or reused. Don’t leave metal soup cans buried in the fire pit! You can take a lot of foods out of the packages and boxes and put them into zip lock bags. This allows greater compression due to the removal of air from the over inflated boxes(Cereal boxes have only like 40% of food in them). Plastic can be burnt, cardboard can be a good fire starter.

  • Peanut Butter (Remember to bring something to scoop it!), or get a rip open packet of peanut butter
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Granola (Bars or Raw. Raw can be boiled into something like oatmeal.)
  • Soup
  • Nuts
  • Dried Foods
  • Jerky
  • Tea, Coffee
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Mixes of pretzels, nuts
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Powdered Milk
  • Powdered, instant potatoes
  • Roots: carrots, potatoes, etc
  • Dehydrated eggs
  • Powdered milk
  • Fresh fruit, Dried fruits
  • Fig bars
  • Pasta, Instant rice, Ramen noodles
  • Cheese sticks
  • Spices: can boost the appeal of backpacking food. Consider bringing pepper, garlic powder or salt, basil, cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, cumin, crushed red pepper, cinnamon or whatever else is essential to your home kitchen.
  • winter camping: bring extra food to help keep your internal fires stoked. Carry your ready-to-eat items close to your body during the day so they are not frozen solid when you want to eat them.
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