Backpacking And Camping Meal Tips Using A Thermal Cooker From Barocook

Nearly everyone appreciates the natural beauty and wonder of the outdoors, but being deep in nature comes with certain sacrifices relative to modern conveniences. You can’t just microwave a Hot Pocket at your campsite, after all (unless you’re camping with an RV or “glamping,” as they call it, but that’s beside the point and not the type of camping that we’re referring to.) Eating trail mix is easy and convenient, but let’s be real - no one wants to solely survive off of nuts and raisins for a few days on end, or even longer. Rather, when you’re out in the backcountry putting in full days of activity, you’ll want quality food that will nourish you, strengthen you, revitalize you and also taste really good.

Enjoy Meals With Barocook

That’s what our thermal cookers from Barocook are here to help you with. By providing flameless, eco-friendly, portable and reusable ways to cook your favorite foods out on the trail, you’ll be able to enjoy the hot and filling meals that you deserve. Plus, because Barocook technology is flameless and doesn’t produce any carbon monoxide, our fireless cooking systems can safely be used inside of a tent or confined spaces, like vehicles. At Barocook, we make outdoor cooking easy for you.

Continue reading below for some delicious backpacking and camping meal ideas and tips from us.

Consider Quantity When You Pack Food

Before you actually prep meals or consider what it is that you’re going to eat, stop and think about how much food is actually necessary. You’ll want to bring enough food so that you and other members of your party don’t go hungry, but not too much so that excess food goes to waste or provides unnecessary weight in your backpack. That being said, when you ponder how much or little food to carry, it’s safe to err on the side of caution and take more food than less food.

One of REI’s own ‘Ten Essentials’ for an overnight camping trip is to bring a supply of extra food, because hey, you have to prepare for the unexpected, should anything on your trip go south. A reasonable quantity of food to shoot for is around 1.5 to 2.5 lbs of food (roughly 2,500 to 4,500 calories) per person per day. Now, this obviously overshoots the recommended 2,000 calories/day nutritional guideline, but this allows for extra food if your trip goes longer than initially expected. Of course, packing food ultimately depends on your size, weight, and relative exertion level. Experience will teach you what amount of food works for you.


Eat and bring foods that you like! Seriously, don’t try and force yourself to eat meals you don’t like because they were easy or convenient to prepare and bring. That being said, you might be surprised at how open your taste buds will be to various foods that wouldn’t otherwise enjoy when the food you pack is the only option for miles around you….

Quality Nutrition

Don’t be afraid to bring a candy bar or two on your trip to a quick burst of sugar-fueled energy, but remember that good nutrition leads to quality, sustainable and prolonged energy. For the long haul, you’ll want to focus on things like complex carbohydrates and proteins in order to keep you moving. Here’s another shameless plug for tried-and-true trail mix - intelligent, quick snacks like nuts and dried fruits will provide you with more stable energy for your mind and muscles than a Snickers bar.


MRE’s (meal ready-to-eat or freeze-dried meals) are ridiculously convenient when all you have the energy for at the end of a long day is to boil some water and pour it in a bag. Yes, freeze-dried meals and other convenient energy foods can get pricey when they add up, but when you don’t have the energy or even the mental acuity to prepare a home-cooked, gourmet meal at the end of the day, the luxury of a convenient, hot meal is a cost that’s rather justifiable.

Water Availability

This is an important point to consider when it comes to backcountry meal planning. Naturally, the availability of water can vary greatly depending on where you’re going. Your water sources can also influence what backpacking or camping food you choose to bring. 

If you’re car camping, you can simply pack a bunch of water with you, but if you’re hiking to and from each campsite with your gear on your back, then you’ll want to make sure that you’re camping near a river, pond, lake, stream, and so forth for convenient water access. After all, you don’t want to be stuck eating simple, dry foods during your trip - or worse, dealing with dehydration.

Fresh Foods?

Being out in the woods will make you appreciate the modern convenience of refrigeration, as you leave this food-saving technology behind when you hit the trail. When you meal plan for your trip, just keep in mind that most fresh foods are only good for roughly one day in your pack, or maybe even less. If you can’t go without your raw veggies during your trip, consider bringing carrots because they tend to last a little bit longer compared to other fresh fruits and vegetables.

Dry Foods

Dry foods are ideal for camping and especially ideal for backpacking. Foods like pasta, noodles, instant rice, soup mixes and drink mixes are lightweight, take up minimal volume inside of your backpack and also offer you some decent taste options. Plus, foods like pasta, rice, and instant oatmeal expand in your stomach and will satiate your hunger for extended periods of time, making them very efficient when you’re out in nature.

Canned Foods

For longer trips where you’ll be logging many miles daily, canned foods generally aren’t an ideal solution. However, if your trip is short and your hunger for trusted, familiar food is high, then canned foods provide a non-perishable, fairly convenient food option. Foods like tuna or other canned meat products are a nice toss-in item for rice or pasta. Just make sure to find smaller, tightly-packed cans to help reduce your overall food weight - leave the traditional 15-ounce cans or bottles at home, as the weight and bulk simply aren’t worth it.

Spice It Up!

You probably enjoy using spices at home to add some flavor and zest to your favorite meals, so why not make things tasty on the trail? Spices like pepper, garlic powder, salt, basil, cumin, cayenne pepper, and so forth can really boost the appeal of backpacking food. Plus, spices are pretty lightweight and won’t take up too much room in your pack, so that’s a plus.

Barocook Makes Thermal Cooking Easy

For the finest quality in fireless cooking and cooking without electricity, look no further than our convenient thermal cooker products at Barocook to help make eating out in nature an easy and convenient experience. Shop our camping cooking gear today!