Lightweight Backpack Food Planning and Preparation

Lightweight Backpack Food Planning and Preparation

Learn easy ways to plan and purchase, assemble or prepare backpacking meals to expand your ability to eat well and maintain your energy on the trail, with minimum cost, weight, cooking time and cleanup.
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Want to enjoy tasty, satisfying meals on a backpack trip with minimal weight, prep time, cleanup or smelly bulky trash to pack out? Want alternatives to the high sodium and high expense of pre-packaged dehydrated meals? Want tips for planning your backpacking menus to maintain your energy and avoid the ‘bonk’?

This class will include some tried-and-true ideas for planning and prep before your trip, food for the trail and food prep at camp. You will also get some resources for ordering inexpensive dehydrated staples and preparing your own, from your favorite recipes. This class is for new backpackers and also for experienced ones who have learnings and recipes to share. We’ll have some samples to rehydrate and taste, and encourage participants to bring their own samples, experiences and questions. 

Two duplicate sessions will be offered, May 11 at the Seattle Program Center, and May 18 at the Mercer Island Library (tentative).  Class is free to Backpacking Building Blocks students, $30 to general membership.