Post # 1
Hi bees, any avid backpackers out there? I’m looking for easy meals to pack that require very little maintenance. Preferably to just add hot water. We’re going to Iceland next month and are trying to pack some easy meals since groceries and dining out are so expensive there. The airbnb we’re staying at will have a kitchen. We’ve already purchased some instant mashed potatoes and instant oatmeal. Any other ideas? Also, we’ll be traveling internationally, so I don’t think we can bring things like beef jerky, canned tuna, or any fruit/veggies. Thanks!
Post # 2
We typically make rice, pack in ziplock bags and just add protein like beans or sausage or throw in a beef stew dried meal bag for more oomf. Ramen and easy mac and cheese are easy too. Fun- enjoy!
Post # 3
If you are in an AirBnB then it is likely you are near other residences. There should be a grocery store nearby. In the past I would find that and buy some basic groceries, depending on the length of stay I would usually get eggs, milk, cheese, and bread. That takes care of breakfast and a sandwich for lunch.
Post # 4
You can go to an outdoor store and get freeze dried meals you add hot water too. MEC (Canadian) has tons though they really aren’t delicious. They are just designed to be lightweight and made in the mountains.
Energy bars for snacks.
Post # 5
I’d recommend making small packets of spices/herbs to use, since freeze dried foods aren’t super flavorful. Empty Tic Tac boxes work great for this. I’d also suggest gathering packets of mustard and mayo to bring to use on sandwiches.
I would think you’re looking for items that are as filling as possible with little bulk. Couscous is good, rice, and dried beans. You can buy a couple fresh vegetables from the store (onions, garlic, celery, etc.) to enhance your meals. For sandwiches you can bring peanut butter, jam, dried salami, and buy cheese and bread there and have two types of sandwiches for dinner.
I’d also recommend bringing some standby snacks. Granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, etc.