When I first started backpacking, all I cared about was getting from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, that method usually resulted in eating bars that tasted like drywall for breakfast and lunch, and a mediocre freeze-dried meal at night (if I was lucky).
Now there are a lot of companies who make amazing meal pouches that fit all of today's niches from paleo to vegan, but those come with a cost. Some meal pouches can cost up to $15, and that can get pretty spendy if you're backpacking for multiple days and eating one meal pouch for breakfast and dinner. And let's be real, most of those suggested serving sizes that say "2-3 portions" are only enough for one very hungry backpacker. So to save you from fighting your friend for the last bite of dehydrated pasta primavera, read on for an entire day of DIY dehydrated meals.
You can find all of these ingredients at your local grocery store or online, already dehydrated for your convenience. But if you are curious and want to get creative and invest in your very own food dehydrator checkout our article Backpacker’s Guide to DIY Dehydrated Meals for a break-down on the do’s and the don'ts of making your own dehydrated meals.
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Hailey Light is an experienced outdoor guide and aspiring steward of the natural world. When she's not skiing, climbing, backpacking, canyoneering, or white water rafting you will find her trying out new recipes to share in her articles.