Great No-cook Backpacking Meals
When I go camping, I always bring a stove and meals to cook. But I also bring meals that I don’t have to cook because they are fast and easy.
I typically eat no cook meals for a fast lunch so I can get back to the trail.
There are many great things you can eat that you don’t have to cook! Cooking meals takes extra time and sometimes you can’t spend the extra time because you have to get moving again.
If you are going for more than an overnight trip I would recommend bringing a cooking stove and food to cook. If you are going for more than two days your are going to want a hot meal. If you don’t know what you can cook or you want ideas check out my article: Best Food For Backpacking!
Most things you can eat without cooking are more considered snacks but if you eat a variety and enough of them it turns into a meal! Here is a list of food options that you don’t have to cook:
- Trail Mix- I make my own! I use oats, M&M’s, raisins, and nuts. Great for Energy!
- Beef Jerky
- Summer Sausage
- Fruit- You have to be careful packing fruit. I usually bring sturdy fruit like Apples, Bananas and oranges. Dried fruit is also great!
- Peanut Butter- Goes great with apples and Bananas
- Granola Bars
When you are backpacking you want to bring food that will give you energy! You want high calorie foods and some protein! Also I like to eat something sweat after my meals so I either eat fruit or bring a candy bar along with me. I personally love snickers!
Trail mix is a great source of some quick energy and will give you a pick-up. As I said above I make my own so I can put everything I want in there in the proportions I like. A bag of trial mix is great to bring not only for lunch, but also for quick breaks while you are hiking!
I always bring beef jerky and summer sausage as a source of protein. It is important to have a source of protein because you will deplete your body after hiking for miles!
Fruit is great to bring as another source of quick energy and to replenish your body. You have to make sure you bring sturdy fruits and pack them carefully. You don’t want to smash and bruise your fruit! Dried fruit is also excellent and easy to pack.
Peanut butter is another great form of protein! I always put a bit on my pieces of apple and it’s delicious. Peanut butter also does a good job of making you feel full.
Granola bars are great to bring! They are easy to pack and are great during meals and as quick snacks. They also give you a good burst of energy to keep you walking.
I typically cook meals for breakfast and dinner, but most lunches I usually eat foods off of that list so lunch doesn’t take to much time and effort. You can just pop down and eat some Jerky and an apple.
A sandwich can also be a great quick meal for the first day. I usually bring a ham sandwich for lunch the first day. But you have to eat it the first day because they won’t keep overnight. You have to be careful packing it though! You don’t want it to get smashed.
If you like meal ideas for backpacking check out my article Best Food for Camping!
Comment below if you have any questions. Also let me know if you have any meal ideas, or things you would like me to cover!