Sample 4-day Backcountry Menu
Meals Meals Meals!
Why is it so hard to figure out what to take to eat in the backcountry? I think it's because we want to eat something that's made in our kitchens, but all we have is a flame and a pot a quarter of the size of your smallest pot at home. Well, at least that's all I'm willing to carry.
I'm a pretty simple backcountry eater, but I need variety. The ease of planning and ease of how my meal is prepared (boiling water) typically beats out my willingness for variety. Make sense?
HOW DO I THINK ABOUT WHAT TO CHOOSE?
1. One-step meals = only boiling water = easy 2. Willing to eat the same lunch for up to 5 days (b/c it's easier to plan) 3. My food options need to be significantly different than my previous backpacking trip (but still easy!) 4. Very easy clean-up = swish around water in dirty pot and voila! 5. What looks appetizing when I pick it up and look at it (when I haven't even hike 5 miles yet)? 6. If something looks "meh," I don't take it. I know I won't want to eat it when I'm in the wilderness, and that's bad. Getting calories in is important, but if I don't feel like eating, it'll really take a toll physically and mentally. So I only take stuff that I WANT to eat.
here's a sample 4-day backcountry trip menu.
BREAKFAST (QTY: 3)
Oatmeal (3 servings all in one bag)
VIA Coffee (1/day)
LUNCH (QTY: 4)
Cheddar cheese (1-2oz/day)
Mayo and Dijonnaise packets (1/day) - really helps elevate the meal!
DINNER (QTY: 3)
Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili split into two meals (Or try their Thai Curry - it's THE BEST!)
Tapatio Hot Sauce (For added oomph!)
Korean Ramen noodles + extra a handful of dehydrated veggies (found a veggie soup in the bulk section of my local natural food store)
SNACKS + ENERGY
3 Epic bars
3 Rise bars
1 Clif Mojo bar
2 oz of summer sausage
1 bag of Dang coconut chips (SO GOOD)
2 small green tea Kit Kat bars
1 Theo chocolate peanut butter cups
1/2 bar of Theo milk chocolate bar
2 pieces of Flower Kiss Candy
1 (leftover) bite-size Snickers bar
2 packets of GU chomps (Strawberry is the best flavor and it's caffeinated!)
Sour candy medley (Sour patch kids, Haribo gummy bears, Sour punch bites (strawberry and apple flavors are my fav), Peach O's
1 Hot chocolate packet as a treat after dinner