Breakfast /
  Lunch & Snacks


For short trips, I usually pack breakfast that does not require much cooking except to boil hot water in the morning. Cereals, dried fruits, granola bars, oatmeal and cream of wheat are the most common easy-to-make breakfast.

Especially if you are moving camps every day, it is such discouraging that you don't want to do a lot of cooking and cleaning before you pack out.

However, because of this reason, you have to remind your party to at least eat some snacks or gorp in the morning. I have seen too many people "bong out" simply because they are too lazy to take in some carbohydrates before they started their day of strenuous activity.

Some of my favourite "easy-to-make" breakfast:

Muesli (Cold cereal)
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried fruits
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups milk powder
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
Pre-mix everything in double plastic bags. Add warm water and mix them well. Serves 4 people for 2 days of breakfast.

Cream of wheat
  • 1/3 cup of cream of wheat per person per breakfast
Add 2/3 cup of water to 1/3 cup of cream of wheat. Stirring constantly, cook for about 15 minutes until cereal becomes thick. Serve with brown sugar, powdered milk or honey. You can add raisins, dried fruits or cinnamon.

Corn Pancakes
  • 2 1/4 cups cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 5 tbsp oil or margarine
  • 3/4 cups wheat germ
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tbsp salt
  • 5 tbsp egg powder
Pre-mix all dried ingredients in double plastic bags. Add oil and water to dry ingredients and stir batter until just moistened. Spoon batter into a greased frying pan and fry. When bubbles appear, flip pancakes and cook the other sides. Serves 4 people for 2 days of breakfast.


Lunch & Snacks

Lunch is probably the meal of most carbohydrate intake during the day. I usually mix in both sweet and salty choices to increase appetite. Peanut butter with jelly, pita bread, lots of chocolate granola bars are the typical ones.

GORP (Good Oat Raisin Peanut) also becomes the most common type of lunch, simply because we are too lazy to pack lunches. Here is a list of my well-tested suggestions besides the typicals:
  • Pepperoni sticks
  • Summer sausage rolls
  • Salami slices
  • Nabisco Whole-grain Triscuits
  • Leftover Rice with Salsa wrapped in soft taco (You can a salsa packages from McDonald's)

Other than the classic ingredient of GORP, try adding some of the following to your GORP:
  • Japanese-style rice crackers with seaweed (available in Safeway bulk section)
  • Crushed potato chips

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