Happy Tuesday! Today we’re talking about backpacking, specifically the attention to detail of meal planning. When you’re camping in the back country, being organized is more important than you’d initially think. Being prepared and thinking ahead is vital to a successful, fun and safe backpacking trip.
I’m a new adventurer. I didn’t know how much I loved being outside camping and hiking until I met my husband. He opened my eyes to how much fun it can be!! BUT, only if you’re prepared. It’s really easy to hate it if you’re miserable. The reason for these next few blogs are meant to prepare you if you’re a beginner to camping/hiking/backpacking. Today, we will be focusing on meal planning, because we all gotta eat!
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on meal planning for everyday home life. The same methods apply, the differences come with what meals you choose and what happens when you get home from the grocery store. In case you missed that blog, you can find it here. Once you get home lay everything out on the counter. Divide the ingredients into the meals. The important thing when backpacking is making sure that all your foods are nonperishable. If you are just camping (where your car is right by your tent) you can get a little fancier with your meals, but for backpacking specifically try to keep it simple. I got all the ingredients at Aldi, so it was really affordable and fit well with our budget!! Other tips are to have minimal ingredients, cleanup and garbage. Here’s what we decided for our Mini-Honeymoon trip last weekend:
The only thing that wasn’t purchased from Aldi was the coffee. We tried instant from the grocery store but we’re a little bit of coffee snobs…ha! We like to buy via packets from Starbucks. They’re good, easy, small and satisfy our coffee cravings 😊 I like creamer in mine, so you can get the little cups (like what you see at restaurants) at any grocery store or there are little 3 oz. to-go squeeze bottles. Little more expensive, but less garbage to deal with.
After we planned and grouped everything together, we sorted into plastic baggies. Breakfast day 1 & day 2, lunch day 1 & day 2 for both Nick and myself. Dinner was in its own separate bag. Labeling is key! You want to make sure that as you’re putting everything into baggies it matches with your schedule. For instance, breakfast and lunch for day 1 went in the same bag because you would use those back to back. Pack your food methodically and pack your pack in the order that you’ll be using the items (but we’ll get to more of that later). The other thing to keep in mind if you’re traveling with multiple people is that it is even. We carried our own designated food bags, and Nick carried our dinner bag while I carried the bag with hot chocolate and other goodies.
So, now you have your meals planned. Now what? Stay tuned for next week’s blog! Happy adventure planning 😊
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!