What Do You Eat on a Backpacking Trip? Get Some Cooking Inspiration Here!

Deciding on the food for backpacking trips can sometimes be a little challenging because weight, space and freshness are big factors to consider. That alone can narrow down your meal ideas.

Dehydrated meals are a great choice to take, we always bring these for some of our hiking meals but it’s also nice to bring along fresh food to cook and even fresh fruit to snack on.

I’d like to share a couple of our favourite backpacking meal standbys that will hopefully inspire the chef in your backpacking cooking. These are easy to pack and prepare meals that are ready in no time.

Garlic Sausage Stir Fry over Rice


garlic sausage


fresh garlic

vegetables of choice – red pepper, zucchini, asparagus, celery, carrot

olive oil and salt and pepper

rice of choice – white/brown/instant or regular

Cooking Instructions:

  • Begin cooking rice according to instructions. If using white rice, pre-measure at home the quantity you need. Use approximately 1 cup rice to 2 cups water. Boil and let sit on low heat or off heat if you need your stove to cook the remainder of your dinner.
  • While rice is cooking, slice onions, garlic, the vegetable of your preference and sausage. Note: You can pre-slice your veggies at home but be careful of them getting soft and mushy on you. We prefer bringing them uncut with us to preserve their freshness.
  • Heat up a small amount (approx. 1-2 tbsp) of olive oil in frying pan. Toss in sliced vegetables and cook over medium heat for approx. 5 minutes until just beginning to soften.
  • If there is room in your pan add your sliced garlic sausage and continue cooking for a few more minutes just until the garlic is heated through. If you do not have room in your pan to add the sausage, remove vegetables and cover in a bowl or plate. Add sausage to pan and cook over medium heat until heated through. This should only take a few minutes depending on the thickness of the slices.
  • Divide rice between bowls or plates, top with vegetables and sausage and enjoy!

Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry over Rice

  • This is cooked the same way as above except using tofu in place of the sausage. I prefer to either marinade my tofu at home and bring up in a resealable bag or buy it pre-marinaded at the grocery store.
  • No matter what your meal preferences are, cooking in the backcountry doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Delicious and rewarding meals can be made with one or two pots and pans in very little time. Cook up something mouth watering for yourselves the next time you’re out on a backpacking trip.



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