Backpacking food is always a trade-off between weight and space versus calorie density. Every ounce of weight you carry matters especially on difficult hikes. Because of that, it’s important to carry lightweight foods that satisfy your physical needs and your tastes.
The other major consideration is preparation and cleaning time. Foods that require a lot of preparation are usually not a good idea when backpacking.
This is why ready-to-eat freeze-dried meals are popular with backpackers. They’re lightweight, loaded with calories, taste good, and only require hot water to cook. But they can be expensive.
Budget backpackers can find plenty of backpacking foods at local grocery stores that are lightweight, satisfying, and easy to prepare.
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