If you’re looking for easy backpacking meal ideas, especially the just add water kind, then you’re in the right place.
I spent four days backpacking Resurrection Pass Trail in Southcentral Alaska. It’s a 39-mile long trail with plenty of designated campsites and public use cabins along the way.
During my backpacking trip, I only packed my Jetboil to cook with. I decided to plan creative backpacking meals that only required me to just add boiling water.
Since we were staying in cabins, I didn’t have to pack a tent. This meant I could replace the weight of a tent with fun food and tasty beverages!
In this post, I’m going to share everything I ate backpacking on a 4-day trip.
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Everything I Ate Backpacking: Food Packing List
Here is a list of all of the food items I packed for my 4-day backpacking trip:
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Mini Guacamole Dip
- 1 Bagel
- 1 Package of Salami Slices
- 1 Package of Triscuits
- 1 Pouch of Mashed Potatoes
- 1 Pouch of Rice
- 3 Pouches of Tuna
- 2 Packs of Roasted Seaweed Snacks
- 3 Blueberry Scones
- 6 Pieces of Snack-Sized Cheese
- Trail Mix
- 2 Clif Bars
- 4 Snickers Chocolate Candy Bars
- Coffee Grounds
- Mio Energy Liquid Water Enhancer
- 3 Truly Hard Seltzer
My 4-Day Backpacking Meal Plan
Day 1 – 9.5 Miles
I was able to eat breakfast at home before we got on the road. I made my self a cup of coffee to go and ate a mandarin orange and two eggs.
If you want to mix up what you eat while backpacking, I recommend packing some fresh fruit, fresh bread, or other tasty items to be eaten on the very first day of your hike.
The reason for this is to pack some delicious backpacking food options that may weigh a little bit more but then you can quickly get rid of that weight.
I love coming up with backpacking lunch ideas that require no cooking. So for lunch I prepared a cheese quesadilla at home and dipped it in guacamole dip, you can get this at Costco. I ate this when we got to the trailhead.
Dinner + Drinks
For dinner, I brought a plain bagel and used half of it to make an open-faced bagel. I added salami slices, two pieces of Tillamook Snack-Size Medium Cheddar Cheese and half of an avocado. Seriously guys, a fresh avocado is amazing when you’re out hiking! It instantly turns any meal ~ gourmet.
I also drank a Truly Hard Seltzer with my meal. If there’s anything I should’ve packed just a little bit more of, it was alcohol. I only packed three hard seltzers and it would’ve been nice to have a couple more but the weight would’ve been a little too much.
The alternative is to bring a flask filled with rum.
I ended my day eating a Snickers Chocolate Candy Bar.
Day 2 – 7.2 Miles
My first breakfast on the trail was a cup of coffee and a homemade blueberry scone. I grounded up three mornings worth of coffee and placed it in a small bag. The blueberry scone was made from fresh blueberries I picked on Horsetail Falls Trail in Whittier.
For lunch I had Triscuits with the other half of the avocado and salami slices. This is a really easy backpacking meal idea, and definitely one of the best hiking snacks. The mix of flavors makes it really easy to eat.
Second Lunch 🙂
I ended up having a second lunch. One of my all time favorite backpacking meals is what I call backcountry sushi. I make my own hand roll by putting some StarKist Tuna Thai Chili on some Roasted Seaweed Snacks. This combination seriously tastes like a spicy tuna roll.
My favorite easy dinner backpacking meal is mashed potatoes with salami. It’s super simple to make because you just need to mix boiling water with a pouch of Idahoan Buttery Homestyle Mashed Potato and add some slices of salami. You can also throw in some cheese. This meal warms you up, it’s super tasty and really filling.
I drank my last Truly Hard Seltzer after my meal.
Late Night Snack + Dessert
I snacked a lot this day and ended up eating a lot of Trail Mix. I also ate another Snickers.
Day 3 – 10.8 Miles
Another day with a hot cup of coffee. I usually drink it black but you can bring some powdered milk or creamer with you to take it to the next level. I also ate another blueberry scone.
Shortly after getting on the trail, we found lots of patches of blueberries. I picked a handful of fresh blueberries and munched on them as I hiked.
I decided to eat the other half of my bagel and spread on some peanut butter. I’m not going to lie, I carried an entire jar of peanut butter with me and only ended up eating a couple spoonfuls of it. I also ate a Clif Bar.
Second Lunch 🙂
I love a second lunch. I made some more spicy tuna rolls with another pack of tuna and roasted seaweed. You really have to try this.
My dinner was rice with tuna. I used a pouch of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice and StarKist Tuna. I have to tell you that this was the WORST backpacking meal I’ve had in my entire life. I thought that I could place the rice in my Stasher Reusable Food Bag, add boiling water, and it would cook the rice. This didn’t work at all. The rice was undercooked and it was so hard to get through this meal.
If you decide to do something like this, I would suggest cooking the rice properly in a stove. Please learn from my mistakes.
I ate another Snickers bar and some other candy that was shared with me.
Day 4 – 11.5 Miles
It was another morning with a hot cup of coffee and the last blueberry scone.
I ate a Clif Bar along the way. We reached the end of the trail around lunchtime so I ate my last Snickers bar in the parking lot.
We had to drive back to Cooper Landing to pick up the other vehicle so we decided to stop by Cooper Landing Brewing for a rewarding beer and some food.
I ordered the Rally Burger from Blue Yeti and it was so good! Definitely one of the best first meals after four days of backpacking.
Well, that’s everything I ate backpacking on a 4-day trip through Resurrection Pass.
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