4 Day Backpacking Menu

Photo Credit: Niels Timmer

We’ve been camping many times. But I’ve never been “backpacking.” I purchased the book The Joy of Backpacking by Brian Beffort and have read it cover to cover. Most of the information I basically already knew just from having been camping so many times. But there are some differences. Mainly, you have to whittle what you take with you down to the very basics. I enjoyed the book and it was very informative.

So, for me, one of the major differences between backpacking and camping close to your car is the food.

Food for me is critical to the enjoyment of my camping experience. I need good food and lots of it. If I don’t eat I get shaky and feel like passing out. So, like I said, food is really important to me. Not only that, but I figure that since I’m bringing my kids and teenagers along, I want them to really enjoy the experience so they want to do it again. If we eat nasty, tasteless food everyday, they won’t enjoy it.

I don’t know if this menu is practical. I will be weighing the food and determining how much each person needs in the way of servings before we pack up. I hope to pack just enough with very little food leftover.

Everything I have read suggests that you pack an Average 2 lbs. per person/ per day. I figure my nine year old daughter will only need about 1 1/2 lbs. per day. Also, you need to consider the weight versus the amount of enjoyment the food item will bring you plus the energy it will provide you as well.

So, here’s my menu. Later I will try to post some of the recipes.


Lunch – Sack Lunch

Snack #1– Trail Mix

Snack #2 – Cheese-Its, Energy Scotch Bars

Supper – Lentils, Cornbread Patties


Breakfast – Pancakes, Fried Eggs

Snack #1– Cheese Crackers,

Snack #2 – Granola Bars

Lunch – Ramen

Supper – Walking Tacos, Black Bean Soup, Orange Chocolate Cake


Breakfast – Instant Grits, Hot Chocolate or Apple Cider

Snack #1 – Tofu Jerky

Snack #2 – Cheese-Its

Lunch – Macaroni and Cheese, Dried Apricots

Supper – Cashew Stir-Fry Rice, Angel Food Cake, Leftover Nutella


Breakfast – Instant Oatmeal, Nuts, Hot Chocolate

Snack #1 – Trail Mix

Snack #2 – Fruit Snacks

Lunch – Bread, Cheese, Mayo Packets, Pringles Potato Chips


About Melissa

Melissa Ringstaff is a pastor's wife, serving with her husband in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. She is a homeschooling mother of five plus four and Grandarlin' to 13 (so far) grandchildren. Melissa is the Founding Editor of A Virtuous Woman since 2001. She has written several titles including Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home, The Homemaker's Journal: Keeping House, and Christian ADVENTures in Prophecy. You are invited to visit Melissa at A Virtuous Woman.
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2 Responses to 4 Day Backpacking Menu

  1. Jana says:

    What a great menu! My husband and I have been backpacking quite a bit in the past 15 years. Here are also a few things that are great {and light} to take while backpacking.

    1. Make grits before you go. Spread them on a large cookie sheet until they harden. Then cut into squares. You can freeze these for a quick meal at home, or put them in ziplock bags and when you are ready to cook, just fry them up.
    2. Take a can of baked beans {not the vegetarian kind, apparently this doenst well}, blend until creamy. Place in a dehydrator until hardened. You can break these apart and put them in bags. When you are ready to use, just rehydrate and heat over a fire. You can also put them in sandwiches or soups.
    3. The Bear Creek soups are great for camping. They are incredibly light and all you have to do is add water and boil for about 15 minutes.

    Hope you had fun!

    • Melissa says:

      Hi Jana, thanks for sharing with me! I’ll have to try out some of your suggestions on our next backpacking trip. We are going camping in a couple of weeks, but I’m especially looking forward to planning another backpacking trip. It was amazing!

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