Dinner For Backpacking Adventures

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If you’ve ever prepared your own pack for a backpacking trip, you’re familiar with the Tetris-level difficulty of getting all the exact right bits of clothing, gear, and food in all the exact right spots so there is nothing important getting smashed, all the frequently used items are easy to reach, and all the weight is distributed evenly so you’re comfortable for the trip and don’t tip backward off the trail. Seriously, it’s puzzle work for a professional.

And the part that hangs even the most seasoned of backpackers up? Backpacking meals. No one looks forward to dinner for backpacking trips—the planning, the packing, the preparing, or the eating! And it’s because they haven’t figured out what the best backpacking meals are. But we’re here to let you in on our brilliant backpacking hack: easy hiking meals that take you from mere professional to total outdooring genius.

And that secret, my friends, is super-delicious, ultra-nutritious, mega-LIGHTWEIGHT Hibernate freeze-dried meals.

Quick And Easy Backpacking Meals

When you think about dinner for backpacking, it can seem like you’ve only got two options. One, you can load your pack with ramen noodles and other nutritionless junk because it’s lightweight and easy to eat on the go. Or two, you can bear the brunt of bringing foods like canned tuna that might actually fuel your body but are heavy, bulky, require you to pack extra tools, and you still have to deal with packing out the cans it came in.

But what if you knew there was a solution that gave you the best of both worlds? SPOILER: There is. Because by using Hibernate for dinner on a backpacking trip you solve all the essential issues:

  • Hibernate foods are lightweight
  • Hibernate foods are protein- and nutrient-packed
  • Hibernate foods are super easy to prepare
  • Hibernate foods can be eaten as snacks without preparation
  • Hibernate foods ACTUALLY TASTE GOOD

Take, for instance, our fan-favorite 2-week food supply bucket. If you’ve got this tucked away, you can use it as your go-to supply for dinner for backpacking trips, camping getaways, and hunting excursions, while anything leftover can be safely stored for emergencies for up to 25 years!

And while the view might be good from the summit of your hike, it will only be made better when you pull out one of the best backpacking meals ever. Think cheesy broccoli rice or fettuccine alfredo, maybe even some chicken veggie or creamy potato soup! Even some vanilla pudding for dessert! Okay okay, now we’re just showing off. But really, just add hot water and simmer, and anything you’ve chosen from your 2-week Hibernate food supply is going to take the backpacking experience from awesome to unbelievable.

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And if you want to take it from unbelievable to totally over the top? Arm yourself with Hibernate’s freeze-dried fruit and vegetable bucket to add more complete nutrition and super snackable options to your backpacking meals. Go ahead and add some broccoli and onion to your potato soup dinner or bust out some blueberries and peaches at the next pit stop.

Need more ideas for what to eat for dinner for a backpacking trip? We’ve got you covered.

Breakfast Ideas For Backpacking

From your two-week food supply bucket, snag some strawberry creamy wheat for a warm, filling backpacking breakfast, but make it next level by adding extra strawberries and bananas from your fruit and veggie bucket.

Try your maple brown sugar oatmeal with a splash of vanilla protein shake from your two-week bucket, and add blueberries from the fruit and veggie one for a backpacking breakfast full of nutritious fuel.

Lunch Ideas For Backpacking 

Looking for more creative backpacking meals for lunch?

How about Hibernate’s hearty chicken-flavored vegetable soup with added peas, corn, and potatoes for a lighter lunch that’s still filling and nutrient-dense?

Or go for cheesy broccoli rice loaded with additional broccoli and chopped onions, with a side of flavorful raspberries for freshness.

Another easy backpacking meal is the creamy stroganoff from your two-week bucket with a big scoop of peas mixed in from your fruit and veg one.

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Dinner Ideas For Backpacking 

Dinner for backpacking shouldn’t be a hassle. It should be easy, quick, nutritious, and lightweight. So when evening rolls around on the mountain, try one of these perfect backpacking meals!

Italiano marinara lasagna goes great with a big side of broccoli or peas.

Add more potatoes and some peas or corn into the creamy potato soup for a substantial and homey chowder dish.

Or tuck into a hearty plate of fettuccine alfredo complemented by a warm corn and pea combo.

And a personal favorite backpacking meal—Hibernate’s chicken-flavored rice loaded up with every veggie in the fruit and vegetable bucket (minus potatoes, but hey, we’re not here to stop you!) chased by a big glass of Hibernate’s milk alternative, found in our two-week supply bucket.

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Snack Ideas For Backpacking 

Make sure to store a pouch or two of Hibernate’s freeze-dried fruit in your hiking pack so you can snag a handful of diced apples or sliced bananas or peaches for quick grab-and-go energy while backpacking.

We actually love snacking on the plain peas and corn from the freeze-dried veggie bucket, too!

But when you’ve got a minute to rehydrate, consider one of these awesome backpacking snacks from Hibernate:

Vanilla pudding sprinkled with any of the freeze-dried fruits is a sweet treat after a long day of hiking.

We’ve also been known to toss some of the still-dry maple brown sugar oatmeal over the pudding as more of a crumble or granola-like topping.

And you have to try the vanilla protein shake from Hibernate’s two-week food supply with crushed blueberries and raspberries for the ultimate wild berry shake!

Why Food Storage For Your Backpacking Adventure? 

When people conjure images of food storage, it’s often buckets of wheat or jars of pickles your grandmother canned herself. And while those are great options for food to feed your family in case of an emergency, Hibernate specializes in calorie-, protein-, and nutrient-dense foods that are easy to store, easy to prepare, and taste really, really good—emergency or not.

This is why Hibernate foods are the perfect choice for dinner for backpacking adventures and other outdoor activities. Your food shouldn’t be something you endure while you’re enjoying mother nature—it should absolutely add to the experience.

So, the next time you plan a backpacking trip, make sure you’ve got Hibernate freeze-dried food as the ultimate piece to your pack puzzle—so every part of your experience, including dinner, can be the best it can be.

Grab your own two-week food supply and fruit and veggie bucket from Hibernate today!

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