3 Day Backpacking Menu

Ramen noodles and wild trout. Backpacking food
Ramen Noodle And Wild Caught Trout

Use the Wild West Trail 3 day backpacking menu for your next epic trip. Over the years, we have perfected the extended weekend ultralight menu and we’re proud to show you our 3-day backpacking menu. Whether you’re hitting 20+ mile days in a quest to eat more miles than calories, or you’re planning a leisurely backcountry trip, the menu prepared below has got you covered. Use the Wild West Trail 3 day backpacking menu next time you’re in the backcountry. 

Our homemade backpacking meals provide 3 full meals for 3 full days of hiking. 

Day 1, Backpacking Food & Ramen Bomb

Backpacking Breakfast

  • Two scoops of protein powder
  • 1/2 cup of instant oats
  • 1 pack of pop-tarts 

Pack the instant oats and protein powder in a Ziploc bag. Pour it into a wide-mouthed water bottle, fill with water, and shake well. The protein powder and instant oatmeal crates a delicious cold breakfast in a bottle. It hydrates you and provides long-lasting energy that will get you up the closest mountain, just in time for lunch. Eat the pop-tarts with your breakfast-shake or save them as snacks– think brunch. 

Backpacking Lunch

  • Two tortillas
  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • Trail mix: m&m’s mixed nuts, and raisins. 

Invest in a small jar of peanut butter and carry it with you for all three days. This peanut butter is going to be the perfect amount for 3 days of lunches. Spread the peanut butter on a tortilla and sprinkle some trail mix on it before rolling it up. You will create a calorie-dense and delicious lunch with no cleanup. Make the trail mix at home and carry each day’s worth in Ziploc bags. 

Backpacking Dinner (Ramen Bomb)

  • 1 pack of instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 pack of Ramen Noodles, your choice of flavor (I prefer the beef) 

Boil the Ramen Noodles first, adding the flavor packet and noodles before the water starts boiling. This will save fuel and allow some of the broth to be absorbed by the noodles. After the noodles are soft, add the entire packet of instant mashed potatoes. Be sure to include plenty of extra water to rehydrate the potatoes – add more if needed! A ramen bomb on the first night of a 3-day backpacking trip will be a carbohydrate overload, putting you to sleep instantly and creating a lot of energy for the next day. 

Day 2, Backpacking Food

Backpacking Breakfast

  • Instant coffee (optional)
  • 2 scoops of protein powder
  • 1 heaping cup of breakfast cereal

Thoroughly mix the two scoops of protein powder in a wide-mouth water bottle with vigorous shaking. The blended mix tastes similar to and has the same consistency as milk. Pour in your breakfast cereal and drink it like a milkshake. I enjoy putting instant coffee in mine as an added kick to start my day. 

Backpacking Lunch

  • 2 tortillas
  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • Beef jerky 

The peanut butter tortilla is a backpacking lunch staple and I can’t hike without it. As much as I enjoy the trail mix on burrito combination, sometimes putting beef jerky on the peanut butter is even more delicious. Make it in the field and enjoy a savory and calorie-rich lunch – ideally at a viewpoint where you take in the scenery. 

Backpacking Dinner

  • ½ cup Parboiled rice
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • ½ cup dehydrated vegetables
  • 1 tuna packet
  • ¼ cup of dry pasta

Fill your pot with 1 ½  cups of water. Put the rice in and bring it to a simmer, add the bouillon cube just before the water starts simmering. Next, add the dry pasta and dehydrated vegetables, allowing them to cook until soft. Add more water if necessary. After everything is thoroughly cooked, turn off the heat and add the pack of tuna. Mix well, and enjoy. 

Day 3, Backpacking Food

Backpacking Breakfast

  • 2 packs of pop-tarts
  • 1 Clif bar

Eat-up and eat fast! It’s the last day out here, and it’s time to move. Dry bars and pop-tarts are what you want on day 3. 

Backpacking Lunch

  • However many tortillas are leftover
  • The rest of the peanut butter
  • All the trail mix

Any extra weight in your pack is wasted energy and food. Eat everything you have, it’s the last day! 

Backpacking Dinner 

  • 1 packet of Ramen Noodles
  • ½ cup dehydrated vegetables
  • ½ cup of beef jerky 

Boil everything together – including the jerky! The meat will soften, the vegetables will rehydrate, and those delicious Ramen Noodles will soak up all the flavors. This is the perfect hot meal to eat as your epic trip is finishing. Don’t skip on the last dinner, even if it is in the parking lot. There’s still a long drive ahead and it’s best to savor every moment possible in the wilderness.

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