Best Trail Food

Best Trail Food

Eating plenty of nutrient-rich, calorie-dense food is crucial to success. On top of that, I have found that it is vitally important to keep my diet varied and interesting on the trail. Even when I’m tired and starving, I can be totally uninterested in eating if I have the same food all the time. Therefore, it is critical to be creative and utilize a variety of different recipes, especially for long trips.

I have been enjoying putting together my own dried meals, because I can be more creative, more selective in what I’m putting in my body (some freeze-dried food is great, but there can be a lot of weird preservatives in pre-packaged meals), and save some money by buying dry ingredients in bulk. The recipes I included can be made WITHOUT a dehydrator!

Here are a few suggestions for easy, healthy meals that you can use to shake things up:


  • Product: Backpacker’s Pantry Huevos Rancheros. Freeze-dried eggs taste way better than you think. Bring a little salsa and pepperjack cheese to enhance the awesomeness. If you’re extra hungry, one 2-serving packet = one satisfying meal. I typically alternate between eggs and oatmeal for breakfast, and didn’t get tired of either over the course of 45 days on the Oregon Coast Trail. Dietary Needs: Vegetarian.


  • Hummus, cheese, veggies, pita. Boom. Easy and healthy. It will all keep well for a couple of days, up to 3 or 4 if the weather is cool. Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, can be Gluten Free.


  • Recipe: Easy Coconut Curry. Hydrating, delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. Dietary Needs: Gluten Free, can be Vegetarian if you leave out the chicken.
  • Recipe: Trail Thanksgiving. Comfort food in the backcountry. Definitely NOT vegetarian or gluten free.
  • Recipe: Veggie Pasta. Simple but delicious. Dietary Needs: Can be Vegetarian or Gluten Free.
  • Product: Mary Jane’s Farm. All of their food is delicious. I also once accidentally added too much water to the “Bare Burrito” bag, and it turned into, essentially, vegetarian chicken tortilla soup. Now I purposely do that on days when I’m feeling dehydrated. Delicious and useful! Dietary Needs: Vegetarian.

What are your favorite trail meals? I’d love to get some new ideas! Share them in the comment section below!

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