Knowing what food to pack for backpacking can be challenging, especially if you have a gluten allergy!
Finding delicious gluten free backpacking foods is hard enough! Then, you have decide what you’re going to want to eat on the trail days in advance. Fortunately this becomes a fine tuned practice, and after a few trips you’ll find out what your body craves, and also you’ll find new things mostly from your friends that go backpacking with you. It’s basically an instant reaction to want what the other person you’re backpacking with is eating, so hopefully they will share. HAHA. On that note, make sure to pack a few delicious snacks to barter with a friend for their provisions.
I hope you enjoy list list of gluten free backpacking foods. I’ve complied it over time, and will continue to update it!
Backpacking Breakfast Foods
If you have a chill backpacking trip where you have time to have a hot breakfast, I recommend the powdered eggs. I use this one because it’s gluten free, but the others are also very good from what I hear. The individual packages are pretty expensive, so I buy the can and reheat my servings in freezer bags. Pro tip – put in way less water than the recommended amount. Watery eggs are no fun!
Backpacking Lunch, Snack, and Happy Hour Foods
These will save your life. The electrolytes, the caffeine, the yum taste. Again something to keep readily accessible to keep you from bonking! My favorite flavor is salted watermelon, but you might like something else. Try the variety pack! PS – if you mix watermelon or strawberry with margarita – it’s a party in your mouth!
GF Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
Full disclosure – I haven’t actually tried these, but I saw them on Fresh Off the Grid’s GF Foods list, and I have to try them, so I’m adding them to mine so I remember 🙂
Here’s a few things that should star refrigerated until you leave – so grab these at the grocery store and don’t forget them in the fridge when you leave for your trip!
- Lunch meat wrap for the first day – use the precooked bacon!
- Charcuterie (I like the individual packages made by Daniele) & Dubliner or Babybel cheese. Hard Cheese is what you need. Cheddar, Parmesan, etc.
- Fresh fruit – strawberries, grapes, pre-cut apple slices or an apple
- Fresh veggies – celery, carrots, cucumbers
- Hummus – Individual servings
Backpacking Dinner Foods
Backpacking Beverages - Electrolytes & Happy Hour Cocktails
Pocket Cocktails Bloody Mary Mix
Even better – if you have a super chill backpacking day where you’re planning to drink – you can pack yourself some Tito’s vodka in your UL flask, and some powdered bloody mary mix. I recommend pickles & olives for a salty snack, so reach into your snack bag and make yourself a super treat on the trail!