Backpacking – Zip Lock bag meals for any time of the day

By Stef Zisovska
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Backpacking doesn’t necessarily mean eating bad food or eating less than you eat at home. For all of us that enjoy having a good meal, no matter where we are, it is important to have good food with us. Spending time in the wilderness shouldn’t be an obstacle for having a complete and tasty meal at any time of the day.

Breakfast is a fuel that gives us energy that boosts us throughout the day. Not all of us like to dirty a bunch of pots making the morning meal. So, to keep everyone satisfied here are some simple breakfast recipes.


Breakfast Scramble

dried eggs
instant mashed potatoes
dry milk
Cheddar cheese



Eggs and vegetables 

At home put all the ingredients in a zip lock bag. On the trail, boil water put it in the bag and stir. After 5 minutes you will have your breakfast done.

Wilderness pancakes

Biscuit mix
dry milk



Who says you can’t have your favorite pancakes while traveling? Mix the dry ingredients, the milk, and the sugar in a zip lock bag at home so you can have it handy and ready. When you decide to have pancakes add the water and the margarine in the bag, seal it and squeeze it to remove lumps. Then cut one corner and pour into a hot pan. Cook until they become golden brown.

Chocolate banana oatmeal 

powdered milk
instant oatmeal
unsweetened cocoa
powder brown sugar
freeze-dried banana


Oatmeal banana pancake

This an easy breakfast that will give you the energy to walk all day. Boil a cup of water, add the mix and cook until the oatmeal is soft enough to eat.


Snacks are recommended rather than having a big lunch on the trail. Stopping for a longer time can lower your energy and make your body feel lethargic. There is a risk that after a big lunch on a trail you’ll get lazy and can’t walk anymore. That’s why short stops and snacks are a better choice to keep you going.


can of chickpeas
olive oil
sesame tahini
garlic cloves
juice of three lemons


Hummus PhotoCredit

Hummus is a protein food that can last for a week. Smash the chickpeas, add all the other ingredients and make a smooth paste. Serve it with pita bread or tortilla.

Cheese wraps

smoked salmon
cream cheese


Tortillas Photo Credit

Spread the cream cheese on the tortillas, cut the salmon, wrap it and eat it. A good way to keep the tortillas from breaking is to carry them between two plastic plates.

Peanut butter and banana wraps

On a tortilla cut slices of banana and add the peanut butter. Wrap it and enjoy it. This snack will give you the power to keep walking and feel less tired.


Wraps Photo Credit

After a long day hike, you deserve to have a tasty and nutritious dinner. And if you are not a cooking person and you hate doing the dishes, there are quick recipes for tasty zip lock bag meals.

Tuna Spaghetti 

package angel hair pasta
can or packet of tuna in oil
dried tomatoes, sliced
dried basil
Parmesan cheese
garlic powder


Spaghetti with tuna and cheese 

Soak the tomatoes in water until they rehydrate. Then take them out, boil the water, put the pasta in and cook it for few minutes. When done, add the tomatoes, the tuna, the cheese and the spices. Stir everything in the pot and dinner is ready.

Beef noodle bowl

beef jerky
package of noodles
instant onion soup
mixed vegetables
garlic powder
ground ginger
dried cilantro
soy sauce


Beef noodle soup Photo Credit

Boil water and pour it in the bag with all ingredients. Then stir until noodles and vegetables are soft. Add soy sauce to taste.

Chicken Quinoa

dried chives
ground coriander
ground cumin
foil packet of chicken


Chicken with quinoa, spinach, and berries 

This delicious recipe is very easy to make and will satisfy all your needs for tasty hot dinner. Combine all the ingredients in boiling water except the chicken. Cook for 15 minutes until quinoa is tender and then add the chicken. Your warm dinner is ready to serve.

Hope you will enjoy these simple recipes. Bon Appetit!


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