My first experience with preparing food for a backpacking trip was when my husband was prepping for his first backpacking trip since his time as a boy scout. He explained, “All I know is that I need foods that are calorie dense.”
Because of the length and intensity of the trip, he needed human rocket fuel.
Over the course of a few days, we planned his menu, put together calorie-dense meals, and tried to give enough variety for the five day adventure.
Then something happened that I never expected.
I was invited to go.
With only a week to prepare, I did a crash course in backpacking. I loaded up my pack with all the necessities of life—plus some of those calorie dense foods that I had picked out for Josh only days before. And we were off! It was a week of peanut butter packets, granola bars, M&Ms, dehydrated dinners, and beautiful vistas!
What makes great backpacking food?
- It’s calorie-dense.
- It’s shelf-stable.
- It’s simple to prepare.
- It’s a good mix of naughty and nice.
- It’s adaptable and idiot-proof.
Whether you’re new to backpacking or you’ve been on more trails than you can shake a trekking pole at, this cookbook will inspire you to rethink the essentials, lighten your load, and make the most of your time on the trail.
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