There are tons of food options for you to bring on a backpacking trip, but compiling a list is the trick! I’ve gone ahead and created some resources for your next backpacking food haul. How much of your backpacking meal plan can you go sans stove? If it’s 1/3 or more you may want to consider leaving that Jetboil behind and opting for a smaller and lighter setup like a stove that uses an Esbit solid fuel cube or a tiny alcohol stove. If your food is 3/4 stoveless make a plan to ditch the stove altogether! Going sans stove can lead to a more simplistic camp ritual so you can focus more on hiking. To learn more about going stoveless, read my introduction to no cook backpacking.
While going stoveless you still have an opportunity to get creative with your meals. However, if you are looking to simplify your prep before and during your hike, these options will do the trick. Each has just about no prep work. Simply repackage your food and you have a full menu you don’t have to fuss with. No worrying about fuel, flames, or mushy slop. Some meals rehydrate as you hike or just require a quick smear on tortilla.
They have a whole section of “Super EZ” meals, snacks, and desserts that you just add cold water to!
Check out my list of meals and goodies that are no cook! If you have prime, what can beat 2 day shipping?
Are you transitioning to a no cook system? Let me know how it’s going!
Last modified: January 29, 2016
Thanks for the Amazon list! I can’t find many of these items in stores (we don’t have a TJs or whole foods near me) so Amazon is the next best thing!
Thanks for compiling this. During a thruhike, I decided to dapple with the stoveless lifestyle and mailed my stove north a few hundred miles. Here are some findings:
The stove free backpacker needs to make a few decisions about what is most important for their body / wallet/ time. Faults of this diet trend towards either expensive, has to soak forever / is difficult to prepare in the forest or is a powder. I think this means the ultimate easy cheap dish for the stove- free backpacker is a gravy packet, bacon bits and instant mashed potatoes. I’ve seen variations on this theme but if it’s all you’re eating, you will learn that eating instant mashed potatoes is no way to live. My body basically no longer recognizes instant mashed potatoes as a nutritional benefit.