Light weight backpacking lunches?

#16
Billy,

That's a great question! I've solved my backpacking breakfast and dinner needs with my own sort of instant oatmeal mix and store-bought freeze dried dinners, but not my lunch dilemma. I'm a life-long brown bagger for lunch, so a sandwich has always been my go to. For the last few seasons I carry hard salami, a brick of sharp cheddar, and tortillas or flat bread. Then I have a granola bar and some dried fruit and call that lunch. However, I have a hard time getting my food weight down to the 2 pounds per day goal.

I'm going on a hike in the high Sierra in a couple weeks, and a bear vault is mandatory. Those large foil packages that freeze dried dinners come in won't fit in the BV 500, at least not enough of them. I've read about and intend to transfer freeze dried meals into smaller plastic zip lock bags to get 5 days of food into the BV.

I'd like to hike with Alex, knowing I'd eat well, but I'd want him to carry all the food cuz I don't think his menu choices will meet the 2 pound per day goal either. Having tried the ultra-light hiking alternative, I'm never going back to a large heavy pack and carrying the kitchen sink.

Sg
Thanks Salmo_g - I've settled on Salami, Laughing cow cheese and tortilla's. Maybe some pouches of mayo and mustard. Maybe 1 or 2 single serving tins of tuna to switch things up a bit.

I'm trying to get to 1.5 lbs per day without cutting myself short on calories.

For breakfast its oatmeal or Probar Meal bars and coffee.
I'm a solo hiker so for dinners I split a 2-person freeze dried dinner and add rice or instant potatoes and some freeze dried veggies.
I'm usually around 1.5 lbs a day depending on the snacks I bring along.
 

Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#17
There is absolutely no need to bring TINS of tuna backpacking - it comes in foil pouches now, either packed in water or oil. Single serving or large serving sizes. Find it at any normal grocery store. Heck, you can even get flavored tuna salad in a foil pouch (see below). You can also get chicken and salmon in foil pouches at the grocery store. The empty pouches fold flat and take up no room in your trash bag.

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Freestone

Not to be confused with freestoneangler
#19
Ok, I just found the ultimate backpacking lunch item! I don't know why noone ever thought of this before! Buy extras for breakfast and dinner! Who knew that something this good could be put in a foul pouch!!! Found it at where else but Wally World!

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Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#20
Ok, I just found the ultimate backpacking lunch item! I don't know why noone ever thought of this before! Buy extras for breakfast and dinner! Who knew that something this good could be put in a foul pouch!!! Found it at where else but Wally World!

Been there, done that. Learned it from my childhood friend. He takes it for breakfast every day on the trail. Must confess I'm not a big fan, but does a good job of adding protein and fat to a hiker's diet.
 
#23
There is absolutely no need to bring TINS of tuna backpacking - it comes in foil pouches now, either packed in water or oil. Single serving or large serving sizes. Find it at any normal grocery store. Heck, you can even get flavored tuna salad in a foil pouch (see below). You can also get chicken and salmon in foil pouches at the grocery store. The empty pouches fold flat and take up no room in your trash bag.

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Thanks Freestone - I picked some up today. They save a bit of weight but what the save in pack volume in great.
 

Shapp

Active Member
#24
I've always been partial to a piece of fitness bread (super dense and tasty), with some kaukauna port wine flavor cheese, and horse cock of your choosing (what other people call summer sausage).

https://www.iherb.com/pr/Mestemache...MI5sLp5Nn91QIVDmx-Ch2ptQP4EAQYASABEgL8tfD_BwE

http://www.fooducate.com/app#!page=product&id=3C29C228-E106-11DF-A102-FEFD45A4D471

1 package of fitness bread, 1 container of the kaukauna cheese, and one medium size roll of horse cock will last me a good 4 days of backpacking for lunch.
 
#25
I make wraps with tortillas, powdered hummus, and your choice of hard salami/summer sausage/tuna. Optional topping include sharp cheddar (which stays good close to a week unrefrigerated) or even a fresh bell pepper for the tuna wrap if you like me value a few fresh veggies in the woods. Hot sauce is mandatory. If you're bringing tuna backpacking get the heat sealed pouches not the tin cans they're much heavier.
I also bring a pound of raw cashews for each week ill be out there and munch on them throughout the day as well as at lunch.
 

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