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Food



Recipe: Simple Slaw

Add a bit of fresh flair to your camp meals with this healthy side. It pairs perfectly with our Impossibly Easy Barbecue Chicken Sliders for a camp picnic. [Step-by-step slideshow]

Recipe: Impossibly Easy Barbecue Chicken Sliders

These juicy, saucy, super-simple mini sandwiches bring hearty home cooking to camp. Pair them with our Simple Slaw for the perfect backcountry meal. [Step-by-step slideshow]

Recipe: Backcountry Poached Eggs

Elevate your morning with this surprisingly easy technique. Click here for a step-by-step slideshow.

Recipe: Easy No-Bake Cheesecake Sandwiches

"This decadent, creamy dessert was born out of an addiction," says our Trail Chef. "I couldn't bear a backpacking trip without cheesecake." This crowd-pleaser requires no cooking and is super-easy to make. Click here to see a step-by-step slideshow.

Gear Review: Kind Dark Chocolate Chili Almond Bar

A sweet-and-spicy trail mix combo.

Gear Review: MaryJanesFarm Ginger Sesame Rice

A vegan rice that serves as a savory addition to any meal.

Gear Review: Packit Gourmet A Shepherd's Cottage Pie

A filling comfort food for cold camp days.

Gear Review: Adventure Appetites Heady Cake and Bake

A pancake mix packed with savory-sweet deliciousness.

Raising the Bar: Best Energy Bars for Backpackers

We tested 40 new energy bars flavors and culled these five top picks.

Gear Guide 2013: Food

Get fueled with tasty backcountry meals.

Gear Review: Starbucks VIA Refreshers Very Berry Hibiscus Drink Mix

These aptly named Refreshers from Starbucks provide a flavorful energy kick to get you back on the trail.

Gear Review: Skratch Labs Raspberry Exercise Hydration Mix

These fruit infused drink mixes from Skratch Labs are the all-natural energy boost you need during a hard summit push.

Gear Review: Hiya Green Tea

Enjoy staying hydrated with this cold-brewed green tea from Hiya.

Gear Review: Sahale Snacks Pomegranate Pistachios

Step aside, GORP. This flavorful nut mix from Sahale Snacks is taking trail snacks to a new level.

Gear Review: PocketFuel Pineapple Coconut

Go nuts over these flavored spreads from PocketFuel.

Gear Review: Mooney Farms Bella Sun Lucí Sun-Dried Julienne-Cut Tomatoes

These sun-dried tomatoes from Mooney Farms are great on-the-go or to add flavor to a meal.

Gear Review: Just Tomatoes Etc! Freeze-Dried Strawberries 'N Bananas

This freeze dried fruit from Just Tomatoes is great on its own or as an add-in.

Gear Review: Honey Stinger Vanilla Organic Energy Gel

Quick energy is the hallmark of these energy gels from Honey Stinger.

Gear Review: Clif Shot Bloks Chocolate Cherry

Stay energized the natural way with these fruity sweet Shot Bloks from Clif.

Gear Review: Packit Gourmet Poblano Corn Chowder

Spice up you adventure with this poblano corn chowder from Packit Gourmet.

Gear Reivew: Packit Gourmet Pizza Margherita Wrap

This pizza-inspired flavor-packed filling from Packit Gourmet will become whatever you make it.

Gear Review: Packit Gourmet Curried Mango Chicken Salad

This cold-water-prep chicken salad from Packit Gourmet will keep you fueled and on the trail.

Gear Review: Backpacker's Pantry Cuban Coconut Black Beans and Rice

Bring the fruity flavors of the tropics to the backcountry with this vegan meal from Backpacker's Pantry.

Gear Review: Adventure Appetites Basil Pistachio Penne

This rich pasta from Adventure Appetites combines many exciting flavors - smoked salmon, black olives, and sun dried tomatoes to name a few - into one satisfying backcountry dish.

Gear Review: Quaker Real Medleys Summer Berry Instant Oatmeal

Spice up a backpacker's staple with this berry oatmeal from Quaker Oats.

Gear Review: Packit Gourmet West Memphis Grits Soufflé

Bring southern comfort food into the outdoors with these mildly spicy and cheesy grits from Packit Gourmet.

Editors' Choice 2013 Gold Award: Snow Peak Titanium Double Wall 450 Mug

Drink from the sweetest camp cup on the planet.

Editors' Choice 2013: Adventure Appetites Reindeer Gouda Scramble Wrap

This breakfast is so good, you'll forget it's camp food.

Editors' Choice 2013: Sweetwood Cattle Company Beef Jerky

This small-batch, baked (not dehydrated), Colorado-made protein snack is a cut above the rest.

Gear Review: PowerBar Energy Blasts Extra Food

Enjoy your extra calories with PowerBar Energy Blasts.

Easy-as-Pie Backcountry Chocolate

Need some inspiration for killing a serious backcountry chocolate craving? Look no farther, you've clicked into a chocoholic's dream.

Expert Panel: Instant Upgrades



Test Kitchen: Cooking Trail Eggs

We cracked dozens of eggs to find the perfect camping prep. Here's how to pack them efficiently, use them in trail-worthy recipes, and clean up quickly.

Backcountry Chocolate Recipes

Need to kill your chocolate craving? Use these recipes to get your chocolate fix in the backcountry.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Food

Fuel the biggest cold-weather adventures.

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Honey Stinger Caffeinated Lime-Ade Energy Chews

A tester favorite for their smaller-than-average size and a mix of quick- absorbing organic sugars.

Editors' Choice Snow Award 2012: Bear Creek Country Kitchens Dry Soup Mixes



Cooking Backcountry Eggs

Don't be afraid of cooking this superfood in the backcountry.

Camp Friendly Cheese

Jimmy Kennedy of Cabot Cheese shares four scrumptious camp-friendly, cheese-centric delicacies that will surely satisfy. Plus: Watch our how-to video about making a cheese wax candle.

Test Kitchen: Cheese

From Gouda to good old string cheese, we tested 20 types to find the trail-worthiest.

Expert Panel: Instant Upgrades

We asked a few of our favorite pros how to fix some common backcountry annoyances

Test Kitchen: Salami

We sampled 50 jerkies, salamis, and summer sausages to find the tastiest and longest-lasting. Here’s how to choose, use, and make trail-worthy meats.

Expert Panel: Instant Upgrades



Recipes: Cooking with Salami

Try these camp-friendly breakfast recipes using summer sausage and salami. They're delicious ways to add protein to your trail menu--and finish an opened serving of sausage before it begins to spoil.

Test Kitchen: Coffee

We perked more than 100 caffeinated cups to find the best trail-brew technique. Here’s how to choose your method, gear, and grounds.

Recipe: Quinoa Taco Salad

Gourmet Southwestern salad, perfect for that light afternoon meal.

Recipe: Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

Super quick and full of flavor. Perfect for a fast and easy meal.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Savory Southwest

Black beans and a heaping dose of flavor make for tasty, fiber- and protein-rich meals

Gear Guide 2012: Bridgford Ready To Eat Sandwiches

For emergency calories or just an easy-to-pack meal, Bridgford sandwiches are easy to carry and can keep for up to three years.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Trail Bars

Snack smarter and pack a variety of energy bars to get the right boost at the right moment for optimal on-trail performance.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Drinks

From a morning cup of joe to easy-sipping fireside nightcaps, here are our staff’s most-requested trail beverages.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Dessert

Sweet treats to close a campside meal--and help you recoup after an energy-zapping hiking day.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Dinner

Hunger-sating (and quick to prepare) meals to cap off a long day on the trail.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Lunch & Snacks

Grab these quick-fix and fast-fueling trail meals on the go.

Gear Guide 2012: Food - Breakfast

Start your day with these tester-favorite and camp-ready breakfasts.

Gear Guide 2012: Food

Fuel more trail miles with our favorite new packable meals.

Editors' Choice 2012: Hungry Hikers Murray's Hurried Curry

Yes, it's the journey that counts. But every trip is better with fast, delicious food like this.

Adventure Upgrade: Cook Like a Pro

Pack and prepare a week's worth of mouth-watering meals.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook: Become a Backcountry Batali

Serve a 5-star meal that matches the scenery.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook

Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Nutty Stews

With a fatty boost of peanut butter, these savory soups fuel cold-weather trips.

Recipe: Smoky PB Chicken Chili

Peanut butter is the secret ingredient to this smoky chili

Recipe: Pumpkin Peanut Soup

A can of pumpkin makes for an interesting trail soup

Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Oliso PRO VS97A Vacuum Sealer

A perfect splurge gift for the foodie on your list

Ski Strong: Stay Fueled

Conquer cold with proactive hydration and calorie-packed nutrition.

Recipe Upgrades

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desert recipes that are easy and tasty campground meals.

Recipe: Five Ponds Fajitas

Grab some dehydrated veggies, a little salsa, and some beef jerky for these tasty Fajitas.

Backcountry Cooking Tips

Three backcountry cooking tips that will guarantee easy and tasty meals

Recipe: Mud, Dirt, and Worms

Your favorite desert as a kid goes trail-side.

Recipe: Mom's Carlsbad Spread



Recipe: Shredded Rice Salad

Some quick-cooking rice and a handful of vegetables makes this a healthy trail lunch.

Recipe: Mexican Chili Mac 'n' Queso

A bit of frozen chorizo extends your backcountry options.

Recipe: Backcountry Pizza

If you're camping with kids, this pizza is a must make.

Recipe: Gado-gado Spaghetti

A spicy peanut butter sauce makes this a light spaghetti dish that is excellent either hot or cold.

Recipe: Cashew Beef Curry

Boil-in-the-bag rice and beef jerky make this recipe a snap.

Recipe: American Chop Suey

Make a double batch of this at home. Have it for dinner with your family then dehydrate half for your next few backpacking trips.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Desserts

Fast-and-easy desserts for the trail.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Lunches/Snacks

Knock off more miles after a tasty trail-side lunch.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Breakfasts

Fuel a long day on the trail with these tasty breakfasts.

Recipe: Sweet Rice Pudding

Brown rice becomes a yummy desert with this easy recipe.

Recipe: Oatmeal You'll Never Get Sick Of

Think apple pie and lime cranberry flavors!

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Fall Desserts

Enjoy comfort sweets that complement any autumn campfire meal.

Recipe: Butternut Squash and Honey Apple Cakes

Get a hearty dose of fruit and vegetables right on the trail.

Recipe: Insta-Pumpkin Pie

Bring a little Thanksgiving right to the trail with this easy backcountry pie recipe.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Hot Cereals

Fuel your day with these energy-packed twists on classic breakfast bowls.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Thai Food

Pack your collapsible chopsticks and dig into this delicious Asian cuisine.

Recipe: Trailside Summer Rolls with Tangy Satay Sauce

Get a dose of veggies on the trail with these DIY summer rolls.

Recipe: Spicy Peanut Noodles

Protein-rich and flavor-packed noodles for the trail.

Recipe: Fruit and Nut Quinoa

Gourmet breakfast served in your sleeping bag

Recipe: Power Oatmeal

Traditional oats with energy-packed surprises

51 Summer Camping Secrets

Maximize fun and minimize hassle with these essential tips on comfort, safety, cooking, and finding solitude during the high season.

Summer Camping Secrets: At the Stove

Bake without an oven! Build your own spice kit! A DIY guide to dining while summer camping.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Stew Recipes

Warm your belly with these hearty dishes.

Recipe: Farmer's Mash

For a hearty vegetable stew, make this easy Farmer's Mash recipe in less than 10 minutes.

Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie

This gourmet chicken pot pie is an easy recipe for a warm and filling backcountry dinner.

Gear Review: Mary Janes Farm High Attitude Six Pack (Bulk Dehydrated Food)

Stock your backcountry pantry for a full season of chowing down on delicious, satisfying, organic (and vegetarian) trail food.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Coco-Zen Truffles To-Go

Portable and delicious chocolate truffles

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Equal Exchange Organic Spicy Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa, with the emphasis on "hot"

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Packit Gourmet Trail Meals & Baking Set

Eat well without all the fuss with these prepackaged camp meals

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Coghlan's Multi-Spice Shaker

Improve the taste of any meal

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Snack This Veggie Medley

Grab your veggies on the go

Trail Chef: No-Cook Oatmeal

Everyone's favorite breakfast staple doesn't necessarily require a stove.

Gear Review: Bandit Wine



Gear Review: Pre-packaged Desserts

Follow a day of hiking with one of these yummy desserts.

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Dinners

You won't go hungry with these backcountry dinners.

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Lunches & Snacks

Easy-to-eat lunches and snacks that actually taste good.

Gear Review: Pre-packaged Breakfasts

Oatmeal, granola, and eggs–backcountry style.

Gear Review: Handpresso Wild

Caffeine in the palm of your hand–no plumbing or plugs required.

Gear Review: Nuun U Natural Hydration Tablets

A subtle way to mask chemically treated water.

Trail Chef: Chefs Mike Faverman and Pat Mac's Mouthwatering Dill Salmon

We review their new recipe book Ultimate Camp Cooking. Plus: their easy-cook Dill Salmon recipe.

Dan's Wild Berry Trout Recipe

Dress up your fresh caught trout with this delicious wild berry compote.

Trail Chef: Tomato Pasta with Spinach-Cheese Sauce

New research shows spinach makes your muscles work more efficiently, so power up with this savory dish.

The Biggest Winner: Why Backpacking Burns Fat

Your body is an engine. It runs on a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and a very small amount of protein. And it's a finely tuned engine, using the best fuel for every need.

After Burn: Staying in Shape Off-Trail

How to keep off what you've hiked off.

The Wrong Way: Top 52 Hiker Mistakes

Your guide to 52 common mistakes hikers make--and how to avoid them.

Dirtbag Recipe: Tuna with Olives and Capers

Try this quick and easy fish recipe.

Gourmet Recipe: Grilled King Salmon with Porcini Mushrooms

Take your fire-side fish skills to the next level with this savory salmon recipe.

Trail Chef: Spiced Cocoa Nuts

Add pizzazz to your gorp with this addictive mix.

Trail Chef: GoodBelly ToGo Probiotics Review

Fortify your immune system (and avoid GI distress) in the backcountry with these tasty powder mixes.

Trail Chef: Apple Leathers & Rhubarb Pie Roll-Ups

Why pay a mint for fruity snacks when you can make your own?

Trail Chef: Premium On-the-Go Fuel

Fill the tanks with these 5 new trail snacks.

Trail Chef: Top-Grade Trail Fuel

Fill the tanks with these 6 new on-the-go snacks.

Trail Chef: Top-Grade Trail Fuel

Fill the tanks with these 6 new on-the-go snacks.

Trail Chef: A Brave New S'more

Switch things up with these twists on the classic treat.

Trail Chef: High Country Poppy Seed Cake

You can bake this yummy treat even at altitude, and you and your mates will be fighting over the last crumbs.

Reader Recipes: Easy Pasta & Rice Camp Meals

10 reinventions of trailworn dinner recipes. Plus some easy breakfast and dessert options.

Reader Recipe: Chicken Curry Wrap

Overall top-scorer: This wallet-saver meal is super easy to make but packs dynamite flavor.

Readers' Choice Issue 2011: Reader Recipes

BACKPACKER readers submitted scores of simple, delicious recipes. Here are 21 taste-tested favorites.

Trail Chef: Nutty Rice

Switch things up with this easy twist on a classic staple.

Trail Chef: Backcountry Eggnog

Just because you're 10 miles into the wilderness doesn't mean you should miss out on holiday drinks.

Trail Chef: Savory One-Pot Meals--Chili Crunch and Tortellini Stew

Check out these delicious one-pot dishes.

Reader Recipe: Creamy Clam Chowder

A hearty, creamy soup that will fill you up in the backcountry.

Reader Recipe: Indonesian Pilaf

Red quinoa adds a nutty kick to savory herbs and veggies

Reader Recipe: Sweet Potato Pizza Pie

Instant sweet potatoes and mini marshmallows make this a unique twist on pizza.

Reader Recipe: Pecan Pancakes with Fruit Compote

These filling flapjacks have a pleasant crunch and natural sweetness.

Reader Recipe: Blueberry Crisp Bars

Take a break from gels with these fruity and peanut-buttery pick-me-ups.

Reader Recipe: No-Bake Cow Chips

Despite their eponymous appearance, these rich cookies taste divine.

Reader Recipe: Warm Apple Crescents

A yummy desert or breakfast cooked over the campfire.

Backcountry Bartender: Single Malt Scotch Review

If you prefer a flask to a cocktail in the backcountry, give these fine Scotches a chance to warm you from the inside out this winter.

Trail Chef: Russian Tea & Apricot Oatmeal

Fuel up with these belly-warming meals.

Trail Chef: 4 Hearty Sandwiches

For your next backcountry lunch, don't just munch on an energy bar. Try one of these tasty options.

Recipe: Drunken Choco-Berry Fondue

A top-ranked dessert in the 2004 REI/BACKPACKER Camp Cook-Off

Recipe: Omelette in a Bag

May 2000 readers' favorite

Recipe: Stick Cookies

March 1982 readers' favorite

Recipe: Angry Red Lentil Tortilla Soup

First-place entrée winner of the 2004 REI/BACKPACKER Camp Cook-Off

How to Do Everything - The Master Chef

Temper our recipe for Earthworm Patty Supremes with a little Drunken Choc-Berry Fondue. Plus, other recipes and cooking skills.

Trail Chef: Backcountry Birthdays

Toasting to the day of your birth in the backcountry isn't complete without a proper dessert. Or three.

Learn the Art of Winter Cooking

The gear, techniques, and recipes you need to whip up five-star meals in cold climes

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Toddy and Wintermint

Warm up with these tasty backcountry winter cocktails!

Four Season Kitchen Tips

Try these 6 kitchen tips, excerpted from BACKPACKER'S new book, Campsite Cooking: Cookware, Cuisine, and Cleaning Up. Plus, cold-weather tips from the pros.

Recipe: Molly's Kickin' Mac and Cheese

Fast, filling, and yummy macaroni and cheese is comfort food wherever you pitch your tent.

Trail Chef: There's a Worm on My Plate

And if prepared properly, it'll be quite tasty and good for you, too.

Gear News: Hydro Flask Backcountry Beer Growler

Enjoy a cold beer mid-trip with this 64-ounce growler.

Trail Chef: 8 Tips for Making Perfect Pasta

Plus: Pesto Pasta with a Kick recipe

Trail Chef: Peanut Butter Omelet

It tastes delish. (Yes, really.)

Survival: Famished But With...No Cooking Pots

Doing more (fresh-baked pizza and rumaki hors d'oeuvres) with less (a canister stove and a frying pan) is the essence of backcountry cooking. But when you're stuck without pots, pans, or utensils for more than a week, knowing how to cook and boil water with these four stand-in containers can be a vital, calorie-providing skill.

Survival: Lost with...Only a Bottle of Whiskey

Put that hooch to good use with these tips for starting a fire, treating water, and even signaling for help.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Backcountry Kitchen Accessories

Everything you need to stay sated in the backcountry.

Gear Review: Packit Gourmet Big Easy Gumbo

Bring a taste of New Orleans with you on your next camping trip with this packaged Gumbo.

Dirtbag/Gourmet Recipes: Fondue

Add rich, cheesy flair to your backcountry fare.

Recipe: Savory Gruyere Fondue

Wow your campmates with this restaurant-worthy appetizer.

Recipe: Beer and Pretzel Fondue Dip

Cheese and beer make this a camp favorite.

Trail Chef: Not-So-Common Ramen

In a tip of the hat to this universal noodle, here are two sweet breakfast and dessert ramen recipes.

Trail Chef: Send Us Your Backcountry Cooking Secrets

Plus: 10 time-saving tips from the pros

Trail Chef: America's Next Titanium Chef

Last call for submissions for the 2011 Readers' Choice Contest! Plus: Three easy recipes for flat trail bread, tortilla sunrise, and a fruit smoothie

Trail Chef: America's Next Titanium Chef

Last call for submissions for the 2011 Readers' Choice Contest! Plus: Three easy recipes for flat trail bread, tortilla sunrise, and a fruit smoothie

Camp Chef Makeovers

Stuck in a ramen rut? Are your camp recipes ultralight but ultra boring? Does your food bag weigh more than you do? Our expert chefs solve these problems and more, with tips, recipes, and gear picks for 10 flood-flummoxed hikers.

Recipe: Tuna Salad with Sprouts

A simple tuna salad gets a nutritional punch with the addition of bean sprouts.

Camp Chef Makeover: Scurvy Guy

If your backpacking menu excludes anything fresh, read on for a few helpful tips.

Recipe: Easy Coconut Curry

Bring some spice to backcountry cooking with this easy, flavorful curry recipe.

Camp Chef Makeover: Mr. Lite, Fast, & Drab

Backcountry cooking doesn't have to mean bland.

Camp Chef Makeover: 7-Eleven Shopper

Fast food leads to fast crashes trailside.

Recipe: Smoked Salmon Pasta

A decadent pasta dish built for the backcountry.

Camp Chef Makeover: Mess Sergeant

Cook for a group...with style.

Recipe: Pepper and Pesto Omelet

Breakfast for two, any time of the day.

Camp Chef Makeover: The Foiled Foodie

Prevent fresh food spoilage on the trail with these tips.

Recipe: Apple-Raisin 'No Freeze' Oatmeal Bars

An easy, year-round homemade snack.

Camp Chef Makeover: The Winter Hiker

Staying warm does require extra calories when hiking in the winter.

Recipe: Cherry Cobbler



Camp Chef Makeover: The Sweets Lover

If you have a sweet tooth, you'll love this on-trail Cherry Cobbler.

Recipe: Smoked Trout with White Wine Sauce

A gourmet meal designed for the backcountry.

Camp Chef Makeover: Mr. Heavyweight

Packing the kitchen for a weekend away? We'll help you pare down.

Recipe: Ginger Garlic Soba

Punch up boring noodles with ginger and garlic.

Camp Chef Makeover: Lady Blah-Blah

Break out of the boring one-pot routine.

Recipe: Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Boost your on-trail protein intake with this tasty dish.

Camp Chef Makeover: The Herbivore

Easy ways to take protein on the trail without involving meat or overly fortified energy bars.

Trail Chef: No-Burn Chocolate Fondue

A fast, simple way to make silky fondue that's easy to clean

Trail Chef: Crazy-Easy Craisin Chicken

After a long day on the trail, I am in no mood for gourmet slicing and dicing. Here's a delicious, sweet, and savory dish that lets you leave your cutting boards at home.

Dirtbag/Gourmet Recipes: Tacos

Fill up on these protein-rich meals.

Recipe: Colombian Arepas

This gourmet dish combines dehydrated ground beef, fresh cherry tomatoes, and arepa flour for a protein-filled meal.

Recipe: Chicken Guaco-Tacos

Chicken, cheese, and avocado–what more do you need?

Dirtbag/Gourmet Recipes: Curry

Spice up your backcountry menu with this flavorful and satisfying Asian staple.

Recipe: Mango Curry with Rice and Lentils

In 20 minutes, you can have Asian in the backcountry.

Recipe: Thai Red Curry Noodles with Soy Nuts

Spice up ramen noodles with this easy Thai dish.

Camp Chores: Doing Dishes

Just like at home, there's clean-up to do after every meal in the backcountry. Here's how to get your dishes clean.

Gear Review: Packit Gourmet Cheesecakes

Suffer no more: instant cheesecake for the backcountry.

Gear Reviews: Packaged Breakfast, Snacks, & Dinners

Your pre-trip shopping just got a whole lot easier.

Gear Review: Packaged Dinners

Take the hassle out of menu planning with these fast meals.

Gear Review: Yummy Camp Snacks

Cheese spread, bars, drinks, trail mixes–there's more variety than ever in trail snacks.

Gear Review: Fast Camp Breakfasts

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, don't leave camp without inhaling one of these tasty options.

Gear Guide 2010: Essentials A to Z

Having the right boots, packs, bags, and tents is never enough. Here, a roundup of all the other "essential" pieces of gear you'll want in the great outdoors.

Gear Review: XY Zin 10

Upgrade any camp dinner with this medium-bodied wine.

Gear Review: SteriPen FitsAll Filter

Strain and filter your water with this SteriPen product.

Gear Review: Katadyn Base Camp Gravity Filter

Filter water for a group with this big bladder.

Gear Review: Bamboo Mini Utensil Set

A fork, knife, and spoon for the green and ultralight crowd.

Gear Review: Herbal Oats Granola Bars

The four Herbal Oats granola bar varieties are all-natural, preservative-free, and delicious.

Gear Review: JetBoil Flash

With great fuel efficiency, quick boil times, and a small packed size, this stove is ideal for campers who need hot water fast, without the fuss.

Editors' Choice 2010: Tanka Bar Spicy Pepper Blend

Give yourself a flavor-rich protein boost with this update on a classic.

Editors' Choice 2010: Starbucks VIA Ready Brew

The best instant coffee. Ever.

Gear Review: Sea to Summit X-Mug

A coffee cup that packs flat

Gear Review: Lunch

This sweet and savory sandwich is a staff favorite.

Gear Review: Starbucks VIA

The best instant coffee ever

Gear Review: EZ Grill

A disposable grill for backcountry feasts

Gear Review: Snowpeak's Titanium Flask

The finest flask for your finest single malts

Gear Review: Ruff Wear Bivy Bowl

A light collapsible dish for your backpacking dog

Gear Review: Coleman's Dirt & Worms

Kids will love this dessert.

Gear Review: PackIt Gourmet Condiments

Dress up any meal with these condiments.

Gear Review: Singleton of Glendullan 12-Year-old

Fill your flask with this smooth Scotch.

Gear Review: Optimus Terra HE

A great two-pot cookset

Gear Review: Evernew Aluminum Ceramic Non-Stick Deep Pots

A ceramic coated cook pot with a fry pan lid

Gear Review: GSI Outdoors Minimalist

The perfect solo cookset

Trail Nutrition: Eat For Recovery

Double your trail miles–or just boost your energy–with protein-rich snacks.

Dirtbag/Gourmet Recipes: Couscous

This satisfying whole grain is filling, fiber-rich, and ready in less than five minutes.

Recipe: White Bean Chili 
with Couscous

With couscous, beans, and veggies this is a complete, and tasty, trail meal.

Recipe: Salmon-Tomato Couscous

Salmon jerky and curry powder are key to this hearty dish.

Editors' Choice 2008: GSI Outdoors Dualist Cookware

Party of two? Your cookware is ready.

Top Chefs: Reader-Submitted Recipes

We taste-tested a stack of your recipe submissions–everything from pasta to pub food. These four winners emerged as the best of the bunch.

Reader Recipe: Cashew Chicken

A spicy Asian dinner with satisfying crunch.

Reader Recipe: Backcountry Thanksgiving

A simple dish from two thru-hikers.

Reader Recipe: Sweeter S'mores

Think the classic campfire treat can't be beat?

Reader Recipe: Queets Valley Shepherd's Pie

Classic, pubworthy flavor for camp.

Reader Recipe: Ravioli au Beurre

Fresh pasta in less than five minutes.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Thai Food

Bring takeout to the trail with these flavorful Asian noodle dishes.

DIY Fall Trail Snacks

Turn fall's harvest into healthy, energy-packed treats.

Recipe: Spicy Pad Thai with Chicken and Veggies

For authentic takeout on the trail, try this spicy Pad Thai.

Recipe: Easy Pad Thai

Craving something Asian on your next trek, but don't want to put in a lot of effort? Try this easy Pad Thai.

Gear Review: Primus Gravity MF II Stove

This reliable camp stove runs on any gas, quick to heat and easy to use.

Winter Camping: Recipes & Menu Planner

These recipes are fortified with extra warmth and calories for winter camping.

BACKPACKER Trail Chef Video Center

From beer pancakes to on-the-go tiramisu, our resident Trail Chef will have your mouth watering in no time.

Dirtbag/Gourmet: Camp Potatoes Recipes

Transform boring old instant potatoes into spicy, hearty meals.

Camp Cooking Tips and Tricks

We'll show you how to be the ultimate trail chef in no time with these tips.

Gear: Backcountry Cookware

Just because you're in the backcountry doesn't mean you don't need cookware. Here, some essentials to make you king of trail kitchen.

Drinks For the Trail

From cocktails to coffee, these recipes and tips will keep you quaffed no matter what.

Snacks for the Trail

Need to recharge with something tasty? These savory snacks will do just that.

Dessert Recipes for the Trail

Finish your meal off right with these treats for the trail.

Dinner Recipes for the Trail

Whip up a four start meal with these trail side recipes.

Breakfast Recipes

Start the day right with these out-of-the-ordinary breakfast treats.

Eat for All-Day Energy

On the trail, when you're snacking is just as important as what you're consuming.

Recipe: Sesame-White Bean Potato Cakes

These potato cakes are heavy on the carbs–and taste.

Recipe: Italian-Style Potatoes

Spice up boring potatoes with some summer sausage, brown sugar, and tomatoes in this Italian-inspired dish.

Recipe: Wasabi Potatoes with Salmon

The wasabi adds a kick to instant potatoes, while the salmon is a perfect protein source.

Recipes: Perfect Pancakes

Batter up for these trail-ready pancakes.

How To Make Perfect Camp Pancakes

From toppings to cleanup, these four tips will enhance the perfect lazy-morning camp breakfast.

Recipe: Blueberry-Hazelnut Rice Flour Pancakes

This gluten-free variation on the traditional recipe serves up superlight cakes.

Recipe: Beer Pancakes

Reason #57 to love a good brew: The carbonation in beer makes for extra-fluffy flapjacks.

DIRTBAG to GOURMET SANDWICHES

Flavor-infuse your lunch menu with these pesto tuna, ham, Gouda & apple, and spicy chicken salad recipes.

Recipe: Spicy Chicken Salad Sandwich

P&J is for amateurs. This spiced up sandwich is just what your taste buds need on the trail.

Recipe: Ham, Cheese & Apple Sandwich

Take your ol' ham and cheese up a notch with this concoction.

Recipe: Pesto Tuna Sandwich

Take your tuna to the next level with this gourmet sandwich.

Desert Recipe: Tiramisu



Desert Recipe: Bananas Flambé



The Manual: Win a Camp Cookoff

Ideal appetizers, perfect wine pairings, desserts, and advanced techniques.

Ultralight Done Right: Food!

Easy, lightweight recipes. Plus quick ways to stay full and happy without hauling extra weight.

Gear Review: Evernew Titanium Pasta Pot

This featherweight pot is great for solo pasta lovers.

Family Camping: Fun Food

Meal-by-meal tips to please the whole family

The Kitchen Sink: Backcountry Cookware Reviews

Everything you need to eat well in the backcountry.

Weekend Planner: Time-Saving Recipes

From dumplings to pasta, check out these three recipes for on-the-go goodness.

Backcountry Tooth Care

Treat dental problems–from minor to major–with these tips.

Trail Chef: Cook Bacon and Eggs in a Bag

Wow your friends with this campfire cooking trick.

Recipe: Quick Pepperoni Pizza

Craving a slice? Get your fix in the backcountry with these easy stovetop recipes.

Recipe: Parmesan-Polenta Pizza

Improve the basic pie with cornmeal crust and fresh basil sauce.

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: The Exercises

Use these proven exercises to get in the best hiking shape of your life.

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: The Total Fitness Plan

Get trail-fit fast! This 4-week program was designed specifically for hikers by trainers Melissa Racouillat of San Francisco's Stone Clinic and Darren Flagg of Boulder's Animal Strength Human Performance Lab.

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: Age 65 & Up

Stay in shape with these workout tips, and advice from a fitness hero.

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: Age 50-65

Fight the sedentary lifestyle and get a move on with these exercised and essential skill.s

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: Age 35-50

Get ready for the long fitness haul with these skills, workouts, and essential info.

Fitness Special—Hike Forever: Age 18-35

Build your fitness foundation with this essential physiological info, tips on eating right and exercises for staying in prime hiking shape.

Recipe: Spicy Teriyaki Elk Jerky

Elk meat makes for a leaner, more tender–and always organic!–trail snack.

Recipe: Burger Jerky

Say goodbye to rock-hard, overpriced, gas-station jerky with this cheap and easy recipe.

Health Nuts

These tasty nutritional all-stars offer a bounty of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and good-for-you fats. Here are a backpacker's four best bets.

Readers' Choice 2010: Submit Your Favorite Trail Recipe



Editors' Choice 2009 Gold Award: MSR MugMate Coffee Maker

The ultimate solution for backcountry coffee–fast, ultralight, and fuss-free.

Editors' Choice 2009: PackIt Gourmet Austintacious Tortilla Soup

Put this meal on the menu for any trip: It's easy-prep trail food that will wow every palate.

Editors' Choice 2009: Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews

Our favorite new fast snack proves that healthy can be tasty, too. Oh, and it's not a bar.

Recipe: Campfire Baked Apples

With under five minutes of prep time needed, these apples will please anyone.

Recipe: Creamy Peach (or Berry) Pie

It doesn't get easier than fruit, pudding and boiling water for this simple dessert.

Recipe: Chewy Fudgy Nutty No-Bake Cookies

These simple cookies are perfect for the trial.

Beyond the S'More

Invent your own dessert with these versatile starters from your pantry.

Recipe: Peppered Venison With Wild Rice Risotto

We're serving up gourmet grub from America's top cook. Here Mark Fischer, head chef of Six89 in Carbondale, CO.

Utensils: Primus Meal Set

Freshly grated Parmesan with your fire-side spaghetti dinner? That's not a problem with this easy to clean, full-featured mess kit

Dinner Party: Cooking for a Group

Plan and cook for a group with these time-tested tips.

Recipes: 4 One-Pot Stews

Don't settle for a hunk of ice-hard jerky when the mercury plummets. A hard day of winter hiking or snowshoeing should be followed with a piping-hot stew.

The Tortilla's Many Uses

More than just a hammock for your burrito ingredients, tortillas are very versatile.

How to Do Everything - Cooking

Eat like a pro with our recipes for every course.

Freshen Up with Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Upgrade your trail menu–and lower your carbon footprint–with farmers' market fare.

Custom Training: Exercises for Every Body Type

Get stronger and hike longer with a workout that matches your physique.

Packing Heat: Fiery Southwestern Recipes

These 4 red-hot recipes will warm you faster than any campfire.

Camp Coffee Gear: Make the Perfect Cup

4 backcountry brew gadgets even the snobbiest baristas will love.

Taste Test: Camp Coffee

Whether you're going ultralight or ultra gourmet, it's crucial to pour the right cuppa joe.

Trail Recipes: Portable Pub Grub

We'll show you how to adapt you favorite bar food for the trail: Mushroom-Asiago Veggie Burgers, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip, and Toasted Tortilla Chips.

Trail Recipes: Rising Sun Cuisine; Sushi on the Go

4 Japanese meals adapted–and enhanced–for the trail

Eat Better

Want to hike farther, explore tougher terrain, and carry big loads without bonking? To achieve your biggest backcountry goals, you have to change how you eat.

Summer Fitness Special: Hike Stronger, Live Longer

Achieve peak performance on the trail with our complete guide to training and eating like a backpacker.

Better to the Last Drop

A hiker cannot live on water alone. Next time out, try these coffee, tea, and wine updgrades.

Recipes for the Trail: Fish Feast

4 hook-and-cook dinners just waiting to be caught

Taste Test: Best of the Bars

What to grab when you need a boost

Free Food! Trailside Edible Plants

Wild parsnip, burdock, and wild carrot grow throughout North America. Learn when and where they're prime for picking.

Recipes for the Trail: Underground Cuisine

3 tasty, filling trailside finds that could save dinner–even your life.

Trail Food: 3 Edible Nuts

You're lost, hungry, and starting to shiver: Time to play squirrel.

Menu Maker

Not sure how to eat right on the trail? You're in luck. We've taken the liberty of coming up with the perfect plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—for just about every situation. So break out your inner chef and get cooking. You'll be eating like royalty in no time.

Eating Well On the Trail

GORP is great...for a snack. Backpacker offers some pointers on keeping your energy up while on the trail.

Reader-Submitted Gorp Recipes

The trail-staple GORP gets a face lift with these reader-submitted recipes

Packing List: Kitchen Kit

When cooking in the backcountry, don't leave home without...

Why Backpackers Need to Eat Protein

Protein helps hikers regulate their metabolism, repair tired muscle, and boost their immune system.

The Workout: Hike Farther, Hike Stronger

Want legs that can tackle any climb, any heavy pack, any mileage? Well, don't work harder–work smarter. We grilled fitness experts and scoured the medical literature to uncover the latest, greatest strategies for building strength, endurance, speed, and flexibility.

Dinner Camping Recipes

Restaurant-quality dining on the trail. Choose from Mushroom and Tomato Orzo with Pesto or Chicken Posole Wraps for your next campfire dinner.

Appetizer Camping Recipes

Unwind after a long hike chilé fondue, French bread bruchetta, or an Asian peanut dip

Breakfast Camping Recipes

Spice up your oatmeal with lemony blueberry sauce. Or go for camp-side blueberry pancakes--topped by more blueberry sauce.

Week-Long Backpacking Menu

Avoid the Pop-Tart rut with Backpacker's seven-day, two-person shopping and menu list.

Weekend Menu: Vegetarian

Eat for energy minus the meat with this three-day, two-person meal plan.

Weekend Menu: Simple Meal Preparation

A three-day, two-person menu and shopping list for those who go camping to escape the rigors of everyday life--including the kitchen.

Weekend Menu: Campsite Gourmet

From cashew-ginger chicken to fruited scones, tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for the trail and the campsite.

Day Hike Menu: Ultralight

What to eat when you're one person spending one day on the trail and looking to travel light

The Essential Weekend Backpacking Menu

Banish blah food with this 3-day guide to quick, delicious meals.

How to Keep Your Food Warm In Camp

3 simple heat shields to keep your meals toasty in the backcountry

Camp Stove Cooking: Curry in a Hurry

4 easy recipes that will warm your whole body.

Regional Trail Recipes

Four trailworthy variations on favorite regional recipes

Holistic First Aid

A naturopath's top 5 remedies for common backpacking injuries.

Post-Hike Beverages: Hot Trail Toddies

4 steamy drinks to spice up your after-dinner stargazing

How to Recycle Spent Fuel Canisters

Different cities have different rules for recycling your used fuel canisters

Flavor In a Flash: Ultralight Spice Kit

Enhance bland backpacking food with an ultralight spice kit including everything from curry to soy sauce.

High-Energy Food: Eat For The Long Haul

Enjoy all-day power by combining these 5 superfoods

Backpacking Recipe: Spicy Trail Pozole

Stuff yourself with this camp-style version of a traditional Mexican stew.

Backpacking Recipe: Savory Corn Fritters

Pack your fishing rod; these biscuits go perfectly with fresh-caught trout or catfish.

Backpacking Recipe: Maple Sweet Grits

A simple twist packs protein into this down-home favorite.

Backpacking Recipe: Rum and Black Bean Soup

Enjoy this hardy and healthy Mexican soup at home or in camp

5-Minute Meals: Cups Of Cold-Weather Comfort

Four new recipes for belly-warming campfire drinks

Dessert Recipes: Sweets For Your Sweet

Sweeten up your next overnight trip with any of these 4 dessert recipes

Dessert Recipes: Beyond The S'More

Make your romantic weekend in the backcountry extra special by inventing your own dessert. Use these versatile starters from your pantry: piecrusts, pudding, and maple syrup.

Freshen Up: Fruits and Vegetables on the Trail

Liven up camp fare with these 35 natural foods.

Taste Test: Beef Jerky

Rich flavors and moist textures take top honors with these trail snacks

5-Minute Meals: Backcountry Breads

Four hearty, ready-in-a-flash bread recipes

Instant Weekend Menu

Cooking tips and recipes for easy backcountry meals

5-Minute Meals: Quick-Prep Pastas

You really want more granola? Get your carbs in a tasty, new way.

Taste Test: Battle Of The Bars

31 flavors, 12 discerning testers, 4 clear energy bar winners

Trail Cooking: The Low-Impact Kitchen

9 tips for Leave No Trace dining

5-Minute Meals: Pack In The Protein

Add four low-carb recipes to your trail cookbook

Trail Bar Review: Snickers Marathon Bars

Keep going-and going-with our favorite new trail snack

5-Minute Meals: Backcountry Crepes

Quick and simple crepe recipes for any meal

Four Top Trail Meals

Testers' favorite backpacking entrees

The Best Recipes: REI/BACKPACKER Camp Cook-off

The best gorp, breakfast, entree, and dessert recipes from our cooking contest: 200 contestants, eight finalists, one culinary king

South Beach Trail Diet

A hiker's guide to low-carb eating

Backpacking Basics

Our 5-step guide to planning, gear, food, fitness, and essential skills

Mighty metabolism

Do backpackers have superfast metabolic rates?

Go Light, Not Hungry

The One-Pan Gourmet shows how to eat like a king.

The Hiker's Diet

Do hikers have special nutritional needs?

Go Fish

If you can't hook a monster in one of these fishing holes, you better hang up your rod.

Mars Vs. Venus

Who's better suited for backpacking--men or women?

Water Worries

How much H2O do you really need on the trail?

Blueberry Magic

Berries Prove Balance Can Be Sweet

That Zesty Taste

Liven up your purified water.

Eye Dropper Storage

Carrying around those little extras just got easier with this trick.

Good News About Bad Food

Got burgers on the brain? Learn why some experts say it's okay to indulge.

Jiffypop Pan

This classic snack offers more then just a tasty treat for backpackers.

Broken Crackers? Keep The Crumbs

Three ways to salvage broken crackers and pulverized bread.

Finding Food For The Long Trail

We tortured 51 trail snacks and staples to pick the longest lasting foods for backpacking.

Make Backpacking Meals Better

No refrigerator, no problem, says this cooking instructor. Here's her secret to making every meal better.

The Hiking Gourmet

The hungry hiker's foolproof plan for eating like a king in the backcountry.

Gear For A Dayhike

10 essentials for long day adventures

Emeril Spices Up Camp Food

Cuisine expert Emeril Lagasse shares eight tips on how to liven up your camp cooking.

Cheap Camping Tools For Eating

How to complete your backcountry kitchen for $5 or less.

Ultralight Backpacking Do's and Don'ts

Jon provides first-hand advice for ultralight beginners.

The Camper's Grocery Express Lane

These tips will have you in and out of the grocery faster than a runaway cart.

Fast Food: A Backpacker's Guide To Grocery

A soup-to-nuts guide that'll get you through the supermarket and on the trail faster than you can say "express lane."

How To: Dehydrate Your Own Trail Food

Make your own dehydrated trail food with these simple techniques.

Reader Tip: Bladder Bowl

Try this homemade, ultralight bowl for long distance treks.

Good News For Sore Joints

Got a bum knee or ankle? Better treatments for post-hike joint pain are on the horizon.

Packable Salads

These crunchy, easy-to-prepare side dishes will make your hiking buddies green with envy.

Eating On The Runs

To keep trekking when you have the trots, feed your body the right fuel.

Camp Cuisine: No Cooking Required

Camping without stove or fire gains you freedom, flexibility, simplicity, and compactness, and sometimes a lighter load.

Drinking Risky Water

If disaster leaves you deep in the backcountry without any means to disinfect drinking water, what do you do? Follow these methods to stay hydrated without getting sick.

Retaining Water While Hiking: Don't Sweat It

When water is scarce, minimize the amount your body expends.

Dry Camping Secrets

If water's in short supply where you're headed, know the secrets of dry camping.

Chicken Soup For The Trail

Some trailworthy soups can even help you heal.

Pilot Crackers

A long-lasting bread that handles the rigors of backpacking.

Trailworthy Cheese Alternatives

With a little creativity, dairy-wary hikers can find tasty and satisfying alternatives to cheese.

Pasta Power

Put some past in your stomach for good trail food all the next day.

Foods For Backcountry Recovery

Our medicine man gives his food suggestions for recovering in the backcountry.

The Great Gorp Contest

From "good old raisins and peanuts" to trail mixes spiced with hot peppers, Michigan cherries, beer nuts, and dried carrots, the ultimate backwoods snack comes your way, courtesy of Backpacker readers.

Fight Fatigue With Food

Eat right and you'll hike stronger.

Be A Dried-Food Gourmet Chef

Create tasty trail meals like fish chowder, lasagna, and seafood with pasta.

Backcountry Menus For Diabetics

Feeding a diabetic hiker takes planning and professional advice, but not necessarily a special menu.

The Mountaineer's Herb

Ginkgo helps with altitude sickness and cold.

Dehydrate Your Trail Food

Who says you need water in your food? Dehydrate your vittles and you'll carry less weight, save money, and eat better.

Yerba Mate: New Trail Brew

Kick the coffee and toss the tea and try yerba mate.

Have Diabetes, Will Travel

Even diabetes can't slow down hikers with these health tips.

Filtering Vs. Chemicals Vs. Boiling Water

Water treatments defined.

Nutritional Yeast: What Is It?

Is this health-food-store item really needed in those recipes?

Millet, Kasha, Quinoa: Against The Grain

Rice and pasta are nice, but if you want variety, add some millet, kasha, or quinoa to your trail menu.

Boosting Backcountry Meals

With simple planning, you can turn your bare-bones backcountry meals into satisfying, energy-boosting successes.

Avoiding Caffeine Withdrawal

Your daily cups of java seem innocent-until you hit the trail and don't get your normal caffeine buzz for a couple of days.

Old-Time Camp Food

Tired of freeze-dried? Try hardtack and corn dodgers for a tasty change of pace.

Dandelion Burgers: A Vegetarian Recipe

This vegetarian burger recipe will suit your palate and clean-up the environment.

Camp Rice: Using The Chameleon Grain

Rice takes on the flavor of whatever you add to it, so no wonder it's such a tasty, versatile trail food.

Dessert Time: Use Nature's Fridge

Use streams, snow, rivers, and ponds as chilling grounds for enticing backcountry desserts.

Pass The Powdered Beans

When it comes to punching up a bland menu,there's a whole world of flakes, granules, and sprinkles waiting to be tried.

Virginia's Berrypicking Paradise

When hiking on Virginia's high, exposed heath balds in late summer, leave gorp and other snacks at home.

Camp Breakfast Tips: Rise And Shine

Eggs on the trail, stoveless oatmeal, and other breakfast miracles from readers.

In Camp, Hit The Sauce

By themselves, noodles are just plain bland. Add the proper topping, though, and dinner takes on a whole new flavor.

Camping With A Fridge

That's essentially what the outdoors is, so use those cold temps to carry tasty foods that wouldn't stand a chance in summer.

Winter Calorie Count

Winter activities demand more of your body's energy.

Tofu, Anyone?

Tofu has been much maligned, but the simple truth is that it's tasty, nutritious, and an ideal trail food.

Camp Pastas: Use Your Noodle

It's tasty, nutritious, and will survive being crammed in a pack. Might pasta be the perfect trail food?

Trailworthy Recipes

How to make dreamy drinks and crispy chicken in camp, and lots of other trail-tested cooking tips from readers.

BACKPACKER Reader Cooking Tips

Cooking tips from readers.

Grow Trail Greens

Time it right and you can harvest fresh greens every day of your trip.

Fresh Backcountry Food

Rather than tearing open an envelope, wouldn't you rather slice and dice something fresh?

Advice From Chef Slacker

Boil, pour, stir, eat. Camp food doesn't get any easier than this.

Trail Calories: Crunching The Numbers

Break down your calorie intake for maximum energy on the trail.

Food To Fight The Bonk Factor

Choose your fuel wisely to keep your engine running strong.

Protect Your Pack Food

The inside of a pack is a rough place for poorly packaged food. Protect your grub so it emerges intact.

Trout Fishing: Reel Fine Dining

When the trout are thick and the ethics resolved, catch-and-eat is the tasty way to go.

Camp Tortillas: Wrap It Up

Wrap your dinner in a tortilla and you've got an appetizing and tidy way to satisfy those hunger pangs.

A Gruel And Unusual Taste Test

Fearless campers sacrifice their taste buds to determine which instant breakfast is best.

The Backcountry Cupboard

Stock these 25 essentials for grab-it-and-go meals.

Spice Up Your Camp Food

Spice is the variety of life, so add ground pepper, ginger, and other taste bud tinglers to your camp meals.

Camping Spices To Go

These spices add zest to bland camp meals.

Camp Coffee Explained

Here's how to make your morning cup of joe the best in camp.

Getting Your Just Desserts In Camp

Just because you're in the woods doesn't mean you have to sacrifice dessert. Here are a few recipes for tasty end-of-the-meal treats that'll satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.

Don't Feed The Animals

A well-intentioned handout today could mean disaster for panhandling wildlife tomorrow.

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