Top 10 Backpacking Food Ideas

For those unsure about backpacking, Brian Cantwell from The Seattle Times wrote beautifully about his experience backpacking through the Wonderland Trail. For those still unsure, backpacking is the excuse you’ve been waiting for to gorge on junk food.

There is some debate on whether packing highly calorific, light weight food is more important than nutrition, but there are plenty of avid long-distance backpackers who want the most bang for their ounce. To get you started, here are our top 10 backpacking food ideas.

1. Candy

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Snickers being a favorite among seasoned backpackers.

2. Hot Chocolate

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With marshmallows, hot chocolate is comforting after a day of hiking.

3. Olive Oil

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Not exactly a snack, but olive oil can be mixed in or spread on snacks to add calories and flavor. Ghee, a type of clarified butter, is also a tasty choice.

4. Peanut Butter

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Peanut butter can be eaten on its own, or spread on everything for extra calories and fat.

5. Packaged Pastries

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Backpacking is pretty much the only occasion where it is acceptable to eat a honey bun.

6. G.O.R.P (Good Ole Raisins and Peanuts)

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Also known as trail mix. You can mix up your own batch to ensure you don’t tire of the flavors.

7. Instant Mashed Potatoes

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Stock up on a variety of flavors to keep your taste buds interested.

8. Mac and Cheese

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Mac and cheese is super cheap and can withstand lots of toppings to make it scrumptious.

9. Foil Packed Tuna (in oil)

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Tuna doesn’t have a lot of calories, but its good for protein and can be mixed with your mac and cheese.

10. Hard Cheese

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Hard cheeses are delicious and keep better than their softer counterparts.

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