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Working On Meals

I have a trip coming up this weekend and I don’t like to leave food for last. In most cases I break food down by the day – so I don’t forget anything. For this trip I am planning by day and then by breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. I also stick a couple more extra snacks in for the ‘just in case’ meals.

I do food as well by person, this way everyone gets what they want.


From the bottom up:

Bag of Mini Golden Oreos. Yes, unhealthy and that is OK. For snacking on over the trip.

Day 1’s food: Breakfast on the way to trailhead. Zinger drink mix for water, Bakers Breakfast Cookie for snack, Thai inspired noodle soup with 3-ounce package chicken and freeze-dried green beans, Baby sized Goldfish crackers and Lipton green tea drink mix for snack, Market Pasta from Packit Gourmet for dinner, herbal tea and chocolate.

Day 2: Java Juice and hot chocolate, Jamaican Peanut Porridge from Packit Gourmet for breakfast, Baker Breakfast Cookie and Zinger mix, lentil couscous salad for lunch, Baby Goldfish and Lipton green tea mix for snack, a new version of this baked ramen noodle bowl for dinner, herbal tea and chocolate.

Day 3: Java Juice and hot chocolate, banana maple oatmeal for breakfast (high protein/high fiber organic maple instant oatmeal from Costco mixed with crumbled freeze-dried bananas), Baker Breakfast Cookie and Zinger drink mix, lentil couscous salad for lunch (if it tastes great I will post the new recipe!), Baby Goldfish for snack.

Mylar bag of freeze-dried strawberries from Trader Joe’s for munching on as well.

Most likely I will add in fresh fruit at the grocery store along with fresh bread for the first dinner. I often do that.


6 thoughts on “Working On Meals

  1. Hey, Sarah, thanks for this post. This is the kind of thing that’s really helpful to me. Trip menu planning causes my brain to go into overload because I like good food on the trail but I also like simplicity!

  2. Thanks! I’m working with a group of older Boy Scouts planning a week-long Sierra backpack, and I will forward this to them.

    How much does this weigh? With a longer trip, our guys are thinking about how much they will be carrying the first couple of days.

  3. It could have been a little lighter had I used freeze-dried chicken, but overall the weight is about 4 1/2 lbs for 4 days. I am fine with that! I figure in most cases 1 1/2 to 2 lbs a day if I have heavier treats 🙂

  4. 4 1/2 pounds sounds fine for four days. I expect we’d go with the freeze-dried chicken to reduce the amount of trash we carry.

    The boys are big on treats.

    I will have them assemble and sample a couple of freezer bag meals tonight. We can get the Fantastic Foods black beans at our local grocery, so black beans and rice is one of them. I like to add some sun-dried tomatoes to that and/or some smoked paprika. The other is the savory couscous from your book. Try adding some diced dried apricots along with the other fruit. It is a good dish as written, but the apricots make it great. If you can, get dried Blenheim apricots. They are about 5X better than the cheap, moist Turkish apricots. We get ours from C. J. Olsen (

  5. Hi Walter,

    I’d also suggest the heavier meals get eaten sooner in the trip to reduce weight faster. Leave the oatmeal/mac n cheese to the last days.


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