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Here, you can find links to articles, videos, and podcasts featuring Backpacker's Pantry, as well as quotes from experts in the outdoor industry. Whether you're a seasoned backpacker or new to the game, we hope these articles will give you a taste of what makes Backpacker's Pantry the go-to choice for outdoor adventurers.
My recommended gluten free camping meals: Backpacker’s Pantry: Many of their flavors are gluten free but not all. My favorites are the Kathmandu curry and Summit breakfast scramble (possibly my fave of all time).
Boulder, Colo.-based Backpacker’s Pantry, a family-owned maker of gourmet adventure meals, announces a revamped Emergency Meal Kit offering that allows you to build your own custom kit for three or seven days, and choose the meals you want to have included in your own personalized survival meal kit.
The new custom meal kits bundle breakfasts, lunches, and dinner entrees, offering an easy preparedness solution. You can also curate a personalized selection of meals for your emergency preparedness from each category and save 5-10%, depending on the quantity.
While there's something immensely satisfying about creating elaborate post-climbing dinners, there are some days when you're too exhausted and too hungry to wait for that delicate demi-glace to reduce. For those instances or any time you want a healthy and easy-to-prepare meal, consider some of the offerings from Backpacker's Pantry.
In order to healthfully coexist with my growing lactose intolerance, I needed to be more intentional about what I ate in the backcountry. That learning process led me to some fun ideas and delicious alternatives to the classic thru-hiking staples.
After trying what feels like nearly every dehydrated meal on the planet, I’ve come to the conclusion that Backpacker’s Pantry is the best of the widely available brands you’re likely to encounter in your local gear shop. In my years of peak bagging and traipsing across the Rocky Mountains, the Pad Thai flavor is always a big hit, and it’s vegan.
Making it through a natural disaster or food shortage comfortably means having enough calories to see you through strenuous activity levels. Fortunately the days of having to meticulously grow and preserve your own food are behind us for the time being. Backpacker's Pantry has put together a FEMA recommended three day meal kit with enough options and variety to keep your palate happy.
The company also makes a new Backpacker’s Pantry Emergency Meal Kit that lets you buy three days’ worth of tasty, freeze-dried breakfasts and entrées for two people in one box. Use the dozen meals for backpacking and camping or stash the kit in a corner of your garage or in your car while road-tripping, in case of an emergency.
But Backpacker’s Pantry has somehow managed to nail freeze-dried backpacking meals, thanks to a few decades of dialing in their recipes to offer one of the widest selections of meals and ensure quality consistency across all of their recipes.
Backpacker’s Pantry’s Pad Thai? A hit, one I’d enjoy fireside or just on my couch.
But then you carefully pour the boiling water into that package of Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai and spend the next 10 minutes drooling, counting down the seconds till those morsels are rehydrated and ready to be wolfed down. The second it hits your tongue, it’s like you’ve died and gone to heaven. That savory, salty, thick, hearty goodness. It’s like there’s nothing more satisfying in the entire world!
Camp-style meals aren’t just for hiking. Keep one of these pack-flat pouches from Backpacker’s Pantry on-hand – in your suitcase or the car –because you can usually access hot water from a coffee counter at the airport or a gas station.
We loved digging into the Pad Thai and Blueberry Peach Crisp after a long day of climbing—any meal that serves real peanut butter and sriracha-lime flavors followed up with sweet summer fruits is slam dunk, in our books.
Hearty and filling, Backpacker’s Pantry Three Cheese Mac & Cheese is a protein-packed freeze-dried camping food staple you’ll enjoy with creamy real cheeses and elbow pasta. Whether you’re at your campsite, in the field, at the cabin, or at home, you can’t go wrong with this comfort food.
Whether seeking gourmet cooking options in the wild, a sleep experience rivaling your cozy home bed, attire to ward off desert chills, or activities for an enjoyable downtime, our all-encompassing glamping list will enhance your outdoor adventure. With these essentials, your summer glamping escapades will be unforgettable and well-prepared.
Backpacker’s Pantry is a 72-year old Boulder, Colorado-based, family-owned company that makes lightweight, freeze dried meals that are packed with protein. I stock up at the beginning of every season.
One of our all-time favorites, Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai brings homecooked flavor no matter where you adventure. Inside the bag, you’ll find a fresh peanut butter packet for a fresh and nutty flavor as well as chopped peanuts to add some crunch to your meal. Our outdoor gear tester and seasoned backpacker Emily Pennington says, “I’m never not obsessed with Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai — it comes in a fun kit that feels like a little backcountry craft project.”
In a world of beef jerky and cheese, what is a hiker to do if they don’t eat any of that? Many of the foods we typically think of when planning backpacking meals or hiking snacks aren’t options for vegetarians — and especially vegans. Here are some ideas for your next backpacking trip!
Whether you’re into roughing it in a tent and sleeping bag or going glamping in an air-conditioned RV, you don’t want to forget your vegan ethics at home. To ensure you have the best cruelty-free camping trip ever, we’re highlighting a few of our favorite foods, supplies, and essentials to ensure you have a peaceful weekend in nature.
We’ve tried almost every last thing in the company’s catalog, and it’s always high-quality, nutrient-dense, and, most importantly, delicious. Incidentally, it’s all sustainably sourced, too. That’s true of its à la carte backpacker meals, and we found it’s just as true of its emergency food supply kits.
Are you tired of pulling a smushed PB&J from your bag? Are you finding yourself choking down bland oatmeal or trying to eat enough protein bars to fill your morning belly?
Pad Thai with chicken, fettuccine alfredo, and dark chocolate cheesecake are some of the lightweight freeze-dried meals you can bring with you, courtesy of Backpacker's Pantry. These nutritious, easy-to-carry meals are perfect for outdoor excursions and won't take up too much space in your backpack. Easy to rehydrate with boiling water, these compact meals have a shelf life ranging from three to 10 years. Plus, there's even options for vegetarian and gluten-free diets.
Well-loved gourmet adventure meal company Backpacker’s Pantry has been feeding us since the 50s and operating out of Boulder, Colorado since the early 90s, and the company has always been dedicated to giving back.
Bottom line: the Backpacker’s Pantry meals taste great. We are talking healthy ingredients, real flavor and a good variety of meal options.
Backpacker's Pantry creates a wide range of dehydrated and freeze-dried gourmet backpacking meals. They create authentic recipes using healthy & sustainable ingredients for all dietary needs.
Whether you’re headed out for a quick overnight or embarking on a multi-day mission deep into the backcountry, the gear below is what we bring on every trip to comfortably spend days and nights outdoors.
Backpacker’s Pantry meals will definitely be a staple for me this summer; not only do I feel energized after eating them, but they also pack down small, have restaurant quality taste, and are made by a company whose values closely align with my own.
Whether you are vegan, old-school vegetarian or a run-of-the-mill omnivore, there are plenty of options to choose from here. Then even get more specific, from dairy-free to nut-free, if you can't find something here, then you might be a plant. We got to sample a mix of breakfast fare, snacky stuff and full blown entrees and enjoyed them all.
All that said, we’ve reserved our best overall pick for a reliable standby that offers a large and diverse menu—including many gluten-free, vegan, and organic options—and great bang for the buck: Backpacker’s Pantry. Their Pad Thai, which comes complete with a small package of peanut butter and handful of separately packaged peanuts, is one of our all-time favorites.
After a decade of bikepacking and touring on a plant-based diet, Dakota Gale compiled this handy resource that includes practical tips, some essential considerations, his favorite meals/ingredients, and more to help anyone curious about plant-based (or plant-leaning) bikepacking give it a try on their next trip.
Camp cooking can involve a lot of grilled cheese, reheated soups, and boxed mac and cheese. These aren’t bad meals, but sometimes that mom deserves something a little more five-star after a long day of hikes.
If after a full day of adventuring, you don't have the time or energy to Francis Mallman your way through a campfire-made meal, never fear: Dehydrated camping meals have gotten pretty damn good in recent years.
Let’s face it, camping can be tough. But fear not, my fellow nature enthusiasts, because with the right camping gear, you can turn your wilderness experience from a survival test to a luxurious getaway.
For those of you out there planning on one day tackling the AT (or most any thru-hike) with your precious little cargo, or you’re a curious hiker (and perhaps a touch inspired by the likes of us) and want to know the logistics of how it’s done, this article is for you.
Resupply is fine art. As a thru-hiker, you must to learn to identify foods that will keep well without refrigeration, survive the abuse of being rattled around in a backpack for days on end, and deliver sufficient calories and nutrition without weighing you down.
When a disaster or emergency happens, you'll want to be extra prepared with emergency snacks to keep you fueled, which is why we've curated just the list for you.
The process of preparing for a backpacking trip can be daunting, so we chatted with Leilah Grace, an avid backpacker and vice president of the American Perimeter Trail, for tips and tricks that’ll have you feeling at home in nature in no time.
Backpacker's Pantry has a whole selection of tasty freeze-dried meals that'll keep your tastebuds happy on any outing. They take barely any effort to prepare—just fill to the line with hot water and enjoy the sunset (or sunrise).
As a skier, you know that staying fueled and energized during your adventures is crucial. Whether you’re carving down a resort or poking around in the backcountry, it’s essential to have access to nutritious and delicious meals to keep you going.
Nowadays, the best backingpacking meals taste like something you can get in a restaurant or whip up yourself at home. Not to mention, they’re also packed with nutrients and made with healthy and sustainable ingredients.
Backpacker’s Pantry will provide financial support to its Camping to Connect program for youth from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (“BIPOC”) communities in New York and Colorado. Backpacker’s Pantry will also make food donations throughout the year for their excursions.
All you have to do is add hot water, reseal the bag, and bam, you have a practically zero-effort meal that's delicious in the backcountry! My personal favorites are the pad thai and the mango sticky rice dessert by Backpacker's Pantry.
As someone that only recently started to try backpacking meals, I had a lot of questions about sourcing, packaging materials, and the general carbon footprint of these convenient backcountry options.
Packing for SUP camping has some similarities to backpacking—with the added flexibility of a large, flat, load-carrying deck that allows for a few luxuries.
Backpacker’s Pantry, a family-owned maker of gourmet adventure meals, announces today the hire of Sarah Raizk as its new Vice President of Finance and Accounting.
As the weather warms up, many of us are gearing up to hit the trails and campgrounds. Backpacker’s Pantry are great to throw in your backpack for easy meals on the trail.
Though minimal cooking is possible in the backcountry if you want to make your own camping meals, it is often easier to prepare a freeze dried or dehydrated meal. Both of these options are prepackaged dried foods—usually elaborate meals, where you simply add boiling water and wait for the food to rehydrate.
With weight limits to keep your board safely afloat and space limitations, you have to capitalize every inch and pound to ensure you can carry everything you might need (and want) for your SUP camping excursion, from creature comforts to preparedness must-haves.
After a ton of research and a few trial-and-error experiences, I finally have a grasp on which dietary-restriction-friendly camp meals have me racing to camp.
Many backpackers choose freeze-dried meals because they're a lightweight dinner option. The process of freeze-drying a meal removes 80% of it's water weight, while retaining a high level of calorically-dense nutrition.
It may be freeze-dried survival food with a three-year shelf life, but it sure tastes fresh and restaurant-ready. When you’re hovering over a camp stove on a backcountry ski or paddling trip, something this good and easy to prepare is truly a small miracle.
Dehydrated meals are perfect when only a substantial snack will do the trick — or the in-flight meal just isn’t cutting it. They're lightweight and easy to pack, making them perfect for hiking, road trips, and long plane rides.
Over the years, I’ve hiked in every U.S. national park, completed the John Muir Trail, and crossed the Greenstone Ridge Trail, and I’m convinced that this is the perfect camping feast for one or sensible shared meal for two.
As part of my quest for better backpacking meals, I ask John Muir Trail hikers to share their favorite sources of calories whilst on the trail.
Dinner is my favorite meal of the day on and off trail. Since I’ll only be on trail for 4 nights total, I decided to splurge on the vegan options that Backpacker’s Pantry carries since they’re high calorie and high protein.
Their meals are well reviewed by outdoorsmen for taste and fairly high in calories and protein. They offer a good variety of meal flavors and are fairly priced.
Backpacker’s Pantry is an industry leader in the pouch meals market. They pride themselves on creating delicious and diverse meals with authentic recipes, using healthy & sustainable ingredients.
For the final piece of the resupply puzzle, we take a look at hiker dietary restrictions, how easy they found resupplying with these restrictions, and which meals and backpacking snacks hikers enjoyed most out on the CDT.
To give back to the community we love, the places we adventure and the planet we must protect, Backpacker’s Pantry donates 1% of every sale, every day to nonprofits around the world through 1% For the Planet and is 100% solar powered.
We wrap the show with a new backcountry meal critic (mac and cheese edition!)
In our ultimate guide to vegan backpacking food, we offer food ideas for every meal you have on the trail. Learn about vegan nutrition, discover new vegan foods, and develop your next backcountry, vegan meal plan!
Whether you’re in the wild, at the cabin, or at sea, these gourmet camping food staples check all the boxes when it comes to freeze-dried meals and our holiday gift guide recommendations.
Outdoor adventurist Clay Abney shares what should be in every backpack before hitting the great outdoors.
Smith has been creating recipes for Backpacker’s Pantry since 2010, and has, she says, a good sense of how flavors—and freeze-dried ingredients, in particular—will mesh.
Backpacker’s Pantry, a family-owned maker of gourmet adventure meals, welcomes Duane Primozich as the company’s new CEO.
If you’re looking for light and simple, Backpackers Pantry makes a mean, Outside editor-approved freeze-dried dish that’s made with real peanut butter and dry roasted peanuts.
Freeze-dried camping meals make it easy to enjoy hearty, delicious food in the backcountry. From breakfast to dinner and dessert, these are the ones to try.
Made of featherlight freeze-dried ingredients, each meal is packed into a single pouch. In most cases all you do is boil water, pour it into the pouch, and wait a bit, and then voilà—the food is ready.
This vegan stew is incredibly easy to prepare—as in, just add hot water and the included olive oil packet. Fifteen minutes later, you have a filling meal that’s got 14 grams of both protein and dietary fiber.
Backpacker’s Pantry takes a different approach to their food; they freeze-dry ingredients without cooking them, so your boiling water cooks them fresh for a vastly improved taste.
I’m not the only one who is obsessed with Backpacker’s Pantry. Owen Eigenbrot, another fantastic Trek writer, sings the praises of their Pad Thai as well.
I compiled some fan favorites, and I based these off on my own experiences and user reviews. Here are 12 meals to stock up on for the coming season — or, if you’re a prepper, the coming apocalypse.
American Outdoor Products President Soraya Smith discusses her leading freeze-dried food manufacturer and its win at the 2020 Colorado Manufacturing Awards (CMAs) as Outstanding Food Brand/Co-Packer.
Whether you’re looking for something specific like healthy vegan backpacking food or just low waste hiking snacks, we hope you find something on this list that makes your mouth water.