31 Backpacking Food Ideas from the Appalachian Trail

Your backpacking food needs to provide high levels of nutrition, require minimal preparation and be as lightweight as possible. Getting all of this from a variety of flavors, textures and nutritional sources is the goal. After one epic adventure of backpacking for 5 months on the Appalachian Trail and cycle-touring New Zealand for 3 months, I’ve eaten A LOT of trail food. Here is a list of the best backpacking food ideas organized by suggested meal.

Breakfast

1. Oatmeal Packets. A backpacking food staple. The best thing about these packets is that they serve as a bowl. Just add hot water to heat the oats inside. Get the variety pack.

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