Ultralight Backpacking Meals: Walking Food

Backpacking Food you can reach without removing your backpack

Picture this. You are out in the wilderness and the scenery is terrific. Your Lightning Access Backpack™ is so light it’s a joy to just be walking, and your day’s worth of food in all its variety is at your fingertips.

You can pull out what you want to snack on without taking off your backpack or even breaking stride.

Your hydration system makes sipping water easier than having a glass at a table.

This is the time for backpacking walking food.

Walking food is backpacking meals that you can eat while walking. It is food that doesn’t require preparation, and is easy to hold in your hand.

Backpackers will eat walking food at all times of the day. Walking food can be eaten in place of breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Walking food can be the same food you would eat for a meal, just in a different form. For example, the only difference between peanuts and peanut butter is extra chewing. (Peanuts also don’t require a special container, and can’t spill and make a mess in your pack.) So, peanuts, raisins, and crackers are the walking food equivalent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

When you go backpacking with a group, it is important to agree in advance which meals of the day will be walking food meals.

Otherwise, the person packing hot oatmeal for breakfast, a cup of soup for lunch, and stew for dinner, will be needing to stop when everyone else may be wanting to be on the move.

Here are the ultralight backpacking walking food basics:

  • Dried Fruit: Apples, Bananas, Papayas, Mangos, Apricots, Peaches, Raisins, Prunes, Cherries, Blueberries, Cranberries.
  • Dried Meat: Beef jerky, Turkey jerky, Veggie Jerky, Salmon jerky, Meat sticks, Dry smoked salmon.
  • Cheese: Drier types like Parmesan and Romano are more weight efficient, and don’t become wet and messy when they get warm. Individually packaged cheese sticks travel well.
  • Food Bars/Snack Bars/Granola Bars: A huge variety in the stores.
  • Crackers: Crackers, chips, rice cakes.
  • Bread: Flour tortillas, rolls, and bread are slightly more “wet” than crackers and chips, and won’t keep fresh for as long.
  • Candy: Hard candies, Chocolate.
  • Nuts: (Without shells): Almonds, Peanuts, Sesames, Walnuts, Hemp seeds, Sunflower seeds, Filberts, Cashews, Mixes.
  • GORP: Good Old Raisins and Peanuts, the original trail mix.
  • Trail mix: A pre-mixed combination of dried fruit, nuts and candy.

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