5 Incredible Trail Recipes From Backpacker

Our staff and writers share their favorite backcountry eats.

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insta-pizza simple backpacking recipe
Andrew Bydlon

It’s no secret that Assistant Skills Editor Corey Buhay is a gourmet trail chef. This meal will taste like home whether it’s your first night on the trail or your tenth. 

Ramen ‘n Eggs

ramen 'n' eggs

This simple crowd pleaser is Senior Digital Editor Adam Roy’s go-to breakfast, but it also makes a great dinner.

Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese

Mike Mozart

Easy. Cheap. Comes in fun shapes. Channel your inner child and dive in. (Option B: Go gourmet with one of our homemade recipes.)

Ice Cream

ice cream
Jason Schneider

Use writer Kassondra Kloos’s travel mug method to pack your favorite flavor into the backcountry.

Rad Thai

skills dirtbag/gourmet november 09 spicy pad thai

It’s true: everything tastes better on the trail. Editorial intern Zoë Rom’s fresh take on an old favorite will make your mouth water. The recipe’s easy: Just mix rice noodles, almond butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and hot sauce until it tastes yummy.

Sometimes trail food can feel, well, uninspired. Try these 5 foods to spice up your camp kitchen this weekend. 

Can’t get enough? Check out the AIM Adventure U Backcountry Kitchen course for more recipes and tips for going backcountry gourmet.