We are going on a weekend trip. Here’s the food I’m bringing.
We are leaving on Friday evening, drive to the park, and hike 1 mile to the campsite. Saturday is all about hiking, and Sunday we are driving home after breakfast.
The food is for 2 people and all vegetarian.
For my previous backpacking trip, I almost underpacked my food, so this time I’m taking a little extra just in case. We will have a base at the campsite and on the hiking day only our lunch goes onto my back, so I wasn’t too worried about the weight.
Day 1 (Friday) dinner
Instant potatoes, string cheese, herbal tea bags.
I’m sure I won’t be able to finish the whole bag of instant potatoes (it’s supposed to be 4 servings, which imo is more like 2.5), and we could probably share 1 bag, but like I said, I packed on the “extra” side.
Update: 1 packed of instant potatoes was enough for the 2 of us. We did finish all the cheese.
Day 2 (Saturday) breakfast
2 sachets of instant oats each plus toppings (freeze dried fruit and a nut mix), steeped coffee. I’m pretty confident that will be the right amount of breakfast food.
Update; 3 sachets of oats for 2 people was enough (1.5 sachet each). We did finish all the toppings.
Day 2 (Saturday) lunch
A sachet of ready to eat vegetarian rice&veggies mix plus tortillas.
This will be our lunch on the go as we’re hiking on Saturday.
Update: this was perfect! The rice&veggie dish was very tasty, and we ate 3 burritos each. The rest went to dinner.
I brought string cheese and trail mix. Just before leaving, I also threw in a couple of energy bars.
I wouldn’t take string cheese on a trip in summer as I would be afraid of it going bad, but I think now that the weather is cold it will be fine.
Update: we did eat the cheese but didn’t eat the nuts.
Day 2 (Saturday) dinner
We are sharing a packet of ready to eat rice and a packet of ready to eat curry. We’ll also finish the tortillas if we have any left over from lunch.
Warm tea after an intense day is always a good idea in my book.
Update: this, plus tortillas left from lunch, were the perfect amount of food for dinner after a hiking day.
Day 3 (Sunday) breakfast
It’s exactly the same as Saturday breakfast: oats, toppings, coffee.
I definitely overpacked and I had some food left, but I prefer it this way! I’ll definitely reuse those ideas for supermarket-bought vegetarian backpacking food over and over (and over) again.