Backpacking Basics: Food
- Food that is light in weight and easy to cook will work best.
- Canned foods, such as tuna and chicken, work real well and are a good option.
- Since bread is hard to carry, tortillas and crackers are a good option.
- Anything that is instant, such as potatoes or macaroni, are easy to fix and carry.
- Beef jerky, or other types of dried meats
- Use zip lock bags. Instead of trying to pack items in original boxes, transfer them to bags. It will make packing much easier.
- Granola is a great source of energy.
- You can also look into ready to eat backpacking meals.
- You should always ensure that water is safe if drinking from an unknown source.
- Use cheese cloth or a bandanna as a makeshift filter.
- Water treatments are another alternative.
- Iodine tablets are popular for water treatment. Using them can leave a funny taste in the water. Consider using a sugar free drink mix to cover the taste.
In order to learn backpacking basics, I suggest a good backpacking guide.
Click the link above for a great introductory backpacking basics book.