How Do I Repackage My Backpacking Food?

By Robert Palmer

When backpacking, you need to be prepared for anything that comes your way. That includes having the right food on hand. But how do you repackage your backpacking food so that it is easy to transport and store?

The first step in repackaging your backpacking food is to create a meal plan. Think about what foods you will be bringing and how much of each item you need. Take into account the weight of each item and make sure that your meal plan is balanced with a variety of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Once you have a plan in place, it’s time to start repackaging.

When repackaging food for backpacking, it’s important to make sure that it’s lightweight and easy to transport. You don’t want to be lugging around heavy cans or bags of food while hiking.

A great way to lighten the load is by using vacuum-sealed bags or lightweight containers such as Mylar bags or freezer bags for individual items like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Ziploc bags also work well for short trips where weight isn’t an issue.

When packing meals for longer trips, consider using freeze-dried meals as they are lightweight and easy to prepare in the backcountry. If you prefer fresh ingredients, opt for dehydrated foods such as beans, grains, fruits, and vegetables which can be rehydrated with hot water when needed. For snacks, pack energy bars or trail mixes which are easy to carry and won’t spoil quickly when exposed to the elements.

Finally, make sure that all of your items are properly labeled so that you know what they are at a glance. This will save time when unpacking at camp or on the trail when trying to find something specific in your bag or backpack.


Repackaging your backpacking food doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming if you follow the right steps. Create a meal plan ahead of time so that you know exactly what foods you’ll need on the trail and then choose lightweight containers such as vacuum-sealed bags or Mylar bags for individual items like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Freeze-dried meals can also be used for longer trips while energy bars or trail mixes make great snacks along the way.