Anyone who loves to experience the great outdoors knows just how strenuous backpacking can be. The activity burns up a lot of calories and therefore burns a lot of energy off. So, it’s important that a backpacker make sure to bring along the best foods for the trip. Not only do they need foods that are full of energy, but they also need foods that are easily portable and somewhat light in weight. Some of the best foods are ones that are full of protein and high energy, and there are a ton of options out there. Listed below are some of the must have foods for any backpacking trip.
Trail Mix and Bars – Both contain a variety of foods that combine to make a healthful blend of carbohydrates, good fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. All of these foods are calorie-dense, and they taste great. Common foods that are added to make these are dried fruits, nuts, pretzels and whole grain cereals.
Since the focus is on calorie dense foods, another type of good food source would be found in oatmeal, farina, and whole grain cereal. Peanut butter and olive oil can be added to foods to make them more energy packed as well.
Mixed nuts would be another very good food to take backpacking, and a pound of nuts goes twice as far as a pound of dried fruit. Nuts are a definite must.
Corn products, like tortilla or corn chips, are convenient and not as likely to cause the drowsiness that potato chips and other basic carbohydrates can cause.
Instant soup mixes are always good. They’re light weight, easy to prepare and great to use as “comfort food”.
Believe it or not, coffee is a good thing to bring, and not just for the caffeine addict. It gives a boost of energy in emergencies.
Powdered sports drinks are convenient and easily made with water. They are important in replacing lost electrolytes.
Refried beans or other beans are a great source of sustained energy and are quick to fix with no preparation needed prior to putting in a small pot and heating up.
Bananas are a great source of energy and are high in potassium, something the body can lose easily in strenuous situations.
Bagels and cream cheese provides a great combination to bring for a quick fix breakfast.
Cheese and bread are commonly brought foods from home for a backpacking trip, and beef jerky is always one of the best dried foods that can be brought along.
It’s always a good idea to have fresh vegetables like celery and carrots that can be cut into small pieces. Apples are also a very good item for the backpacker because not only are they easy to carry with you, but they taste good too. They are also a good source for when you are thirsty, should you want something other than water to quench your thirst.
Crackers can also be considered a good backpacking food, especially if you add peanut butter to them. That increases the energy output that you will receive from them.
Although you try to pack light for a backpacking adventure, it’s always wise to make sure to pack something you really enjoy to eat, sort of like a reward for all your hard work on the trip.