31 Backpacking Food Ideas from the Appalachian Trail

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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.


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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