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#249411 - 08/03/12 01:16 AM what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip?
picard120 Offline
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Registered: 07/10/05
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what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip?

breakfast: oatmeat, bacon,eggs ?


dinner: pasta, ground beef?

#249417 - 08/03/12 02:13 AM Re: what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip? [Re: picard120]
Byrd_Huntr Offline
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Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 1160
Loc: MN, Land O' Lakes & Rivers ...
Base camp (car)

First day:

Breakfast-Scrambled eggs with grated cheese and salsa, seasoned tater tots, cinnamon crisps with coffee

Lunch-Ham or roast beef hoagie sandwiches with tomato and lettuce on fresh whole wheat sesame buns, Sunchips and hummis, M&Ms and sliced peaches

Dinner- Steak fillet wrapped in bacon, sauteed mushrooms, tiny red potatos in olive oil, garden salad with raspberry vinagrette, chocolate brownie, chilled red wine

Last day:

Breakfast- Cap'n Crunch with water in a used dixie cup

Lunch- Three cold hotdogs wrapped in wet cheese, a half onion, swig of warm Fresca, and two red Twizzlers

Dinner- Cheese doodles, beer, peanut butter hand-dipped on a stick, more beer

The man got the powr but the byrd got the wyng

#249423 - 08/03/12 04:20 AM Re: what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip? [Re: picard120]
spuds Offline
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Registered: 06/24/12
Posts: 822
Loc: SoCal Mtns
We are car campers so pretty much its the same as at home with the exception of no baking perhaps.

#249424 - 08/03/12 04:21 AM Re: what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip? [Re: picard120]
wildman800 Online   content
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2808
Loc: La-USA
Usually MRE's, trail mixes, Granola Bars, cheese, crackers, pre-baked biscuits, pre-hardboiled eggs, & instant grits.
The best luck is what you make yourself!

#249426 - 08/03/12 04:36 AM Re: what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip? [Re: Byrd_Huntr]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2655
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Nicely done, Byrd_. Just about hurt myself laughing.


#249430 - 08/03/12 01:37 PM Re: what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip? [Re: picard120]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3077
what food do you eat on backpacking/camping trip?

A lot depends on how many are in the Group as sometimes you may have to eat what others prefer and how bad the hangover from the night before is whistle

For a camping/trekking trip that has been planned it is usually quite easy to have eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, baked beans etc for breakfast if you have a couple of single burner stoves. Better to also arrange to be the cook and agree that some one does the washing up!

Supermarkets carry some very nice boil in the bag range meals such as i.e. Chicken Tikka Masala etc


Very tasty when combined with Tilda Microwave Boil in the Bag Range of rice dishes.


There are lots and lots of different supermarket convenience meals available and some of them are very good even compared to home cooking.

Bug Out Bag (Survival requirement) have a different set of requirements due to the required energy density. i.e. a 21 day food bag weighs in around 10Kg and contains around 45,000 Kcal. Freeze dried meals such as Mountain house are very useful due to there storage life times around 5 years. The downside though is the cost of Freeze dried.

I will combine Freeze dried meals such as those from Expedition foods and longer life tinned products from the Supermarket such as canned Oatmeal and Dried Milk etc and other foil pouches such as Tuna etc.


A vacuum sealer is a very useful item to have to make you own homemade MREs


#249442 - 08/04/12 12:48 AM Re: what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip? [Re: picard120]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6292
Loc: southern Cal
A vast subject, and depending upon the objectives and length of your trip, almost anything will work. I tend to favor oatmeal with fruits and various flavoring, good quantities of nuts and dried item like jerky and raisins. A good soup can really hit the spot. Sometimes your cook kit can be quite basic, so that you will be heating water and adding it to all kinds of things; at the other extreme you can carry portable ovens, etc. and undertake to fabricate baked goods and produce all sorts of delicacies.

A lot of things right from the supermarket do well in the woods (dehydrated potatoes, freeze dried fruit snacks, good old mac and cheese, as well as other pasta items). While more expensive, freeze dried meals usually work quite well.

Basically, take whatever appeals to you at a price and weight that you can tolerate, and items that don't overtax your culinary abilities. Fortunately we are pretty capable omnivores.
Geezer in Chief

#249443 - 08/04/12 01:35 AM Re: what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip? [Re: picard120]
picard120 Offline
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Registered: 07/10/05
Posts: 763
what's the appeal of oatmeal ? does it taste great?

#249444 - 08/04/12 01:36 AM Re: what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip? [Re: picard120]
jshannon Offline

Registered: 02/02/03
Posts: 584
Loc: North Texas

#249445 - 08/04/12 01:41 AM Re: what food do you eat on backpaking/camping trip? [Re: picard120]
Teslinhiker Offline

Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 1342
Picard, I take it you have never tried oatmeal or are you just trolling us with these constant inane questions?
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

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