posted May 8, 2010, 2:39 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 8, 2010, 3:04 PM ]

Powdered Milk

Note:  powdered milk can be hard to find, but I found some Nestle brand in the international aisle

Hot Chocolate Mix


Instant Coffee/Espresso

Add powdered creamer (the kind that contains sugar) if desired. 

Full-brew coffee not worth the trouble for backpacking

General Foods International Coffees/Teas


Carnation Instant Breakfast mix

Can be added to coffee or powdered milk

Koolaid Singles

The kind with sugar in them

Gatorade or Propel Singles


Instant Tea



Small 12 oz canister good for multiple people, makes 8 quarts

Snacks/Energy Food

posted May 8, 2010, 2:38 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 8, 2010, 3:11 PM ]

GORP/Trail Mix -- peanuts, raisins, M&Ms

Mountain trail mix from Wal-Mart comes in 2-lb bag



Mini Pretzels or Combos


Graham Crackers


Cheesy Crackers


Peanut Butter Crackers


Granola Bars

Fruit and Nut variety, or Fiber One Bars are a good option

Hard Candy

e.g. , Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, Fruity Lifesavers

Snickers Bars


Cosmic Brownies


Rice Krispies Treats



posted May 8, 2010, 2:38 PM by Unknown user

salt / pepper

Most preserved and dehydrated food has a lot of salt already


A small tub, or butter-flavored Crisco will keep OK in cooler temperatures

mustard, ketchup packets

From fast food place

hot sauce

Small Tabasco bottle, or hot sauce packets from Taco Bell

wheel dispenser of various seasonings

Recommended:  garlic, basil, oregano, chili flakes or chili powder

Supper Ideas

posted May 8, 2010, 2:36 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 26, 2011, 5:27 PM ]

MRE's / instant heater meals


Hormel Compleats

20+ varieties available; 2 of these can be warmed up in a 1-qt pot and make a filling meal

Old El Paso Tortilla Stuffers

Beef and Chicken varieties available in international aisle, makes 3-4 burritos with tortillas.  add hot sauce and a bit of cheese if desired

Various Rice or Noodle dishes
e.g. Lipton, Zatarain, Uncle Bens

Get the kind that are heat and eat, or if dehydrated the kind that say butter/oil optional

Some varieties include dehydrated vegetables or beans, which are good nutritional value

Black beans

In envelope pack

Dehydrated soup mixes


Chef Boyardee Ravioli, Spaghetti or other single-serving pastas


Mac 'N' Cheese

get the kind with the cheese sauce packet, not the powdered stuff.  a family-size pack feeds 3-4

Pasta w/ dehydrated pasta sauce


Indian dishes

various types of ready-to-eat Indian food are available in the international aisle, spicy and very good!

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Garlic & butter flavored kind is awesome

Bisquick or other easy bread mix

Requires aluminum dutch oven or backpacker oven

Pudding cups or Instant Pudding

 instant pudding requires powdered milk

Lunch Ideas

posted May 8, 2010, 2:35 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 26, 2011, 5:46 PM ]



Pita bread


“Sandwich Thins” whole-grain bread

These keep for 2+ weeks if kept dry and sealed


Ritz, Townhouse, Wheat Thins, etc.

Cans or Foil Packets of Chicken, Tuna, Smoked Salmon



Either stick or ziplock variety; doesn't need to be refrigerated and will last several days if kept cool

Summer Sausage / Salami

 smaller individual sizes

Vienna sausages

Small can


Small can or Spam singles
(lower sodium variety tastes better)



Underwood Deviled Ham, Chicken Salad

Spreadable, 4-oz cans

Cured Ham

individual slices

Hard Cheeses

Firmer varieties keep well without refrigeration

String cheese

In single-serving packs

Beef Jerky

12-oz pack from Wal-Mart is resealable and good for 4+ meals; available in 3 flavors

Hudson Bay Bread

Look up recipe on internet -- pack individual servings in cling wrap

Peanut Butter

Jif To Go singles


Get single serving sizes from I-Hop

Ramen / Cup-o-Soup Noodles

Some varieties have dehydrated vegetables

Spicy Asian noodles

 many varieties available in international aisle


Dried Fruit

Recommended:  cranberries, apricots, bananas  

Breakfast Ideas

posted May 8, 2010, 2:33 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 8, 2010, 2:45 PM ]

Bagels with Cream Cheese

Cream Cheese in the small tub is more spreadable and less messy than the block kind

Precooked Bacon

Keeps well In resealable container or Ziploc

Powdered Eggs


Flavored Oatmeal

In single-serving packs



Cereal Bars

Fruity varieties



Dense breakfast cereals

e.g. Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Cocoa or Fruity Pebbles, Frosted Mini-Wheats

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