Backcountry Menus

Seven sample menus (spring, summer, fall and winter):

1. Sample fall 3-night, 4-day backpacking trip for 2 adult females

Full trip report available here.

Day 1

Distance hiked: 6.51 km

Afternoon snack – quick energy bar (The Trailside Cookbook by Don and Pam Philpott) [155g – note: weights are given per food item, not per person – so here, 155g = 2 energy bars]

Dinner – carrot raisin salad with peanuts (Fork on the Trail by Laurie Ann March (FT)), and 1 mini naan bread each (store bought) [380g, includes container for peanut butter]

Bedtime snack – 1 dehydrated banana each, a few mini Skor bars [101g] and Baileys [278g – this was divided over 3 days]

Day 2

Distance hiked: 12.29 km

Breakfast – strawberry peach muesli (FT) [356g], gatorade [223g, divided over 3 days and 2 meals/day] and tea [62g divided over 3 days]

Morning snack – trail mix (homemade) [157g]

Lunch – apple peanut salad wrap (FT) [352g, includes container for peanut butter] and gatorade

Snackchocolate peanut butter balls [126g]

Dinner – quinoa and spinach soup (FT) [164g] and bannock (FT) [190g]

Bedtime snack – 1 dehydrated banana each, a few mini reeces pieces, [107g] Baileys

Day 3

Distance hiked: 12.1 km

Breakfast – Canadian maple blueberry granola (FT) and dried fruit [284g], gatorade and tea

Morning snack – honey mustard gorp (FT) [179g]

Lunch – bannock (FT) with hummus (rehydrated), dried peppers, dried fruit [160g] and gatorade

Afternoon snack – quick energy bar (The Trailside Cookbook by Don and Pam Philpott) [174g]

Dinner – bacon and egg bagel with veggies [308g]

Bedtime snack – banana chips, a few mini turtles [118g] and Baileys

Day 4

Distance hiked: 7.7 km

Breakfast – huevos rancheros (egg/salsa/cheese/tortilla wrap) (FT) [258g], gatorade and toffee coffee hot chocolate (FT) [145g]

Morning snack – pizza trail mix (FT) [155g]

Lunch – black bean dip (FT) and dried peppers [147g] with homemade crackers [143g] and gatorade (ate at trailhead)

Afternoon snack –  fruit leather and beef jerky (ate on drive home) [106g]

Other than eating Sunday’s lunch and snack after our hike was done, we estimated food quantities perfectly. Any tips for increasing calorie content while decreasing weight would be greatly appreciated!

2. Sample winter 3-night, 4-day snowshoeing backcountry trip

See menu.

3. Sample spring 7-night, 8-day backpacking trip

See menu and the review of this menu post trip here.

4. Sample 3-night, 4-day canoe trip for 5 people (2 adults, 3 kids)

See menu.

5. Sample 3-night, 4-day early May backpacking trip

See menu.

6. Sample 3-night, solo spring backpacking menu

See menu.

7. Sample 6-day, 65 km fall hike for 2 people

See menu.

8. Sample menu for 6 day, 80 km fall hike for 2 people

See a review of the menu (what worked/what didn’t, what we changed from the original planned menu).