Sample 4-day Backcountry Menu

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Meals Meals Meals!
Why is it so hard to figure out what to take to eat in the backcountry? I think it's because we want to eat something that's made in our kitchens, but all we have is a flame and a pot a quarter of the size of your smallest pot at home. Well, at least that's all I'm willing to carry. 

I'm a pretty simple backcountry eater, but I need variety. The ease of planning and ease of how my meal is prepared (boiling water) typically beats out my willingness for variety. Make sense?


1. One-step meals = only boiling water = easy
2. Willing to eat the same lunch for up to 5 days (b/c it's easier to plan)
3. My food options need to be significantly different than my previous backpacking trip (but still easy!)
4. Very easy clean-up = swish around water in dirty pot and voila!
5. What looks appetizing when I pick it up and look at it (when I haven't even hike 5 miles yet)? 
6. If something looks "meh," I don't take it. I know I won't want to eat it when I'm in the wilderness, and that's bad. Getting calories in is important, but if I don't feel like eating, it'll really take a toll physically and mentally. So I only take stuff that I WANT to eat. 

here's a sample 4-day backcountry trip menu.



  • Wraps
    • Tortilla (1/day)
    • Cheddar cheese (1-2oz/day)
    • Salami (1.5oz/day)
    • Mayo and Dijonnaise packets (1/day) - really helps elevate the meal!


  • Good To-Go Smoked Three Bean Chili split into two meals (Or try their Thai Curry - it's THE BEST!)
  • Tapatio Hot Sauce (For added oomph!)
  • Korean Ramen noodles + extra a handful of dehydrated veggies (found a veggie soup in the bulk section of my local natural food store)


What do you see in this sample menu that piques your curiosity? Or what do you pack that you think I should know about? I need more variety!  ;-)


Ramen is already awesome, but make it blow your mind!


I'm not talking about any ramen, I'm specifically referring to Korea's finest Shin Ramen. Slurping up the hot and spicy noodles is perfect after a long day of hiking.

Imagine this: you're clean after bathing in an ice cold river; you're in your warm cozy pajamas, thick wool sock and crocs (if you have them); and you are hungry. You boil some water and pop in some ramen noodles (already pre-mixed with the msg-filled seasoning. It's looking real good, but you realize it's missing something. 

It's missing sprinkles of AWESOME that you never knew you needed: you've been missing out on dehydrated veggies!

To enhance your ramen, dehydrate yourself some green onion, carrots, onion, peppers -- pretty much anything you want -- and add some to your mix of noodles. It will provide extra nutrients, fiber, and filling in addition to a carby, salt-replenishing shin ramen. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can use your oven on a really low setting to dehydrate. Here's a great resource on how to dry veggies in the oven. Or there's always buying them at the store.