There are a lot of choices to make when it comes to choosing the right backpacking food for your trip. It all comes down to how much weight are you willing to carry and how much time you are willing to spend to prepare a meal while out in the wilderness.
The best way to filter out foods that are ideal for your backpacking trip is to look at the calorie information on the label. A good rule of thumb is to look for items that have a ratio of calories per ounce greater than 100 or even up to 150 for ultralight hikers who need food with a higher fat content.
From there you can consider your other trip requirements and how you will be packing food. Bulky items like raman noodles can be crushed up and packed much smaller if you have space constrains like a bear canister which you have to abide by.
Chocolates are a good option if you can keep them out of the heat, but if you are hiking during the summer or mailing your food off to a resupply, it will melt before you get a chance to eat it and potentially damage your pack and attract animals which may cause further problems.
Fortunately, there have been a lot of companies recently that have started to develop more appealing meals which makes it easier to have a good diet that stimulates you appetite. The majority of these are boil in bag meals which means you boil water with a stove and pot and then transfer the hot water to the bag to cook the meal. This ensures that you don’t have a lot of stuff to clean up, and it takes no effort to prepare your meals while you are getting your pack together.
A lot of the boil in bag meals that companies are producing for the hiker community are made from natural ingredients and if you have the time you can assemble the meals for yourself and save money. The one downside to this is if you are preparing for a long hike, you need to also invest in a vacuum sealer to make sure that the meals are still fresh towards the end of your hike.
What ever your trip requirements are, you can use the Hikeset meal planner to develop the perfect meal plan, and quickly find and buy recipes and prepacked food for your next backpacking trip.