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I love to plan family travel adventures with our four kids. Encouraging time in nature, National Parks travel, backpacking and hiking are my passions and I love to write about them.


  • A great filling lunch that I did was tortilla with pb and sprinkled dried cranberries or raisins inside! Delish and very filling. Quick to make on the trail so we didn’t have to stop and cook something.

  • These are brilliant ideas! It’s been years since I last had to pack my own food on a hiking trip. The last time I went, I always had meals provided, either by the hut we stayed at or by a tour operator. It’s just so much easier to hike when you don’t have to carry that weight of cooking equipment and food!

    Even though I have no idea when I will next need to bring my own food on a hike, I found your list very useful. I’m travelling through Mexico with two friends right now and we’re always looking for inspiration for cheap and easy to cook meals. And since we stay in most places for just one or two night, we need ingredients that don’t spoil easily and that we can take to the next place, so that list is perfect! I especially love the idea of the grilled pita pizzas. Those are easy to make and we could easily get all the ingredients here. Perfect!

  • These are really excellent. I plan on doing some car camping and don’t want to get an expensive cooler. These kinds of ideas expand the number of days I can be go. I like the idea of doing this vegetarian (or nearly so). Dehydrated meat is expensive.

  • Have you ever tried baking in the back country?
    I have an oven that bakes just like your home oven and only weighs 1.5 lbs. I make pizza, lasagna, breads, muffins you name it if you can bake it at home you can do it in the back county.

    • I’ve never tried baking in the backcountry. I will have to look into it because I know we would love lasagna after a long hike!

  • I don’t backpack and I am a carnivore at heart. But I do hunt a lot and cook outside at the fire pit. Book marked this bad boy. Thx.

  • A couple that I have used many times.

    1. I will get the Knorr Asian Rice, add pouched chicken (sometimes difficult to find, but “canned” chicken in a pouch, same as tuna). I then add a few left over duck sauce packets. Hot sauce is good too if you so desire.

    2. My standard trail lunch is tortilla, peanut butter, jelly (in the squeeze container. in moderate temps, i have had no issues with refrigeration and being out a week at a time) and granola. Tortilla does not get hurt from being mashed. Spread everything on the tortilla and roll it up.

  • How does the cheese hold up? Are you keeping it in a cooler? Are you using it up in a day or two? Are certain types better than others? My family of four is getting ready to embark on a sixteen day National Park road trip and I’m desperate for food ideas for meals that keep (are nutritious) and don’t take a huge amount of prep after a long day – in other words I want it all!:) I just found your site so any links you think would help food wise would be great! Thanks!

    • While it will stay fresh longer chilled, certain types of cheese holds up amazingly well when camping or backpacking without being stored in a fridge or cooler. You can check out this link from Backpacker which talks about the best cheeses to choose when out on the trail- http://www.backpacker.com/skills/test-kitchen-cheese. I’ve found that higher temps do make it get a little melty, but it still tastes good to us. 🙂

      Have a great trip!

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