Back Packers Menu
By Toby Trigger

Posted: July 22, 2017

Packing lightweight and delicious food for an overnight or multi-day trip into the backcountry is a challenge but it doesn’t need to be.

I met a group of boy scouts a few year ago who were hiking along at a snails pace with backpacks that looked so heavy it hurt just looking a them.  When I asked what was in their packs the answer included things like canned beans and two gallons of water.  Ouch!

Leave the heavy stuff at home.  A full day’s supply of vittles shouldn’t weigh more than 2 pounds and there is no reason to carry more than about two quarts of water – not in Montana anyway.  (there could be exceptions in specific areas).

Everything you need from breakfast lunch and dinner should fit inside a one gallon zip lock bag and won’t weigh you down.

Here’s what’s on the menu for backpackers in the know:


Oat meal packets or pancake batter (just add hot water)

Pick a few huckleberries along the way for those pancakes!



Torilla, Tuna packet, 4 oz. cheese, mayo packet or

Tortilla, 3 oz. peanut butter, 1 oz. brown sugar or

Tortilla, 4 oz, pepperoni, 4 oz. cheese

I bag of GORP and or granola

Two or three bite sized candy bars


Dehydrated meals like those from Mountain House -or-

One serving dry macaroni and 4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, salt, pepper

Butter, garlic, salt pepper and then catch a fish – yum!

Ramen noodles and dehydrated mashed potatoes

These meals are easy to prepare, cheap and don’t weigh much.  Next time you are headed out for a few days leave the heavy stuff at home.  Boil water in camp and make delicious food that isn’t tough to carry.

Happy Trails!