Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
I recently answered a question on Yahoo Answers – what food can be brought backpacking?
It was hard to answer the question. What I bring tends to vary a lot – how long is the hike, how many days, can I re-stock? will I pass by anywhere that food can be purchased?
On one hike (Skyline to Sea) we passed by a hot dog stand on the first day – WOW, can’t pass that up!
I’ve been on 8 day – no re-stock hikes – and this puts some contraints on the food choices. So for this hike, I brought lots of dehydrated food, cous cous, and one packet of meat per day plus peanut butter and tortillas for lunch, oatmeal for breakfast.
I tend to really not like the pre-fab pre-dehydrated meals in a bag…they just never taste that good, and I feel like I’m being raped in the pricing…but, for some, it’s a good choice. It all depends on what you like. I like to eat, and I like to eat well, so, when I’m backpacking. I bring some good food. One of my favorites is to bring our new BEMCO backpacker oven – and make some hot honey-biscuits – yum.
Favorite foods: Cheesy Cous-Cous (especially Trader Joes whole wheat), Packets of Tuna and SPAM (day 3 and beyond), Salami, Hard Cheese, Tortillas. Japanese Rice Cracker mix (better than GORP), Stash English Breakfast Tea, Yama Moto Yama Green Tea
What are your favorites?