©istockphoto/AJ_WattBecause there’s more to life—and camping—than instant oat­meal. Just don’t for­get the coffee!

Alpine Scram­ble
For mul­ti-day back­pack­ing trips, noth­ing beats a good break­fast scram­ble. Use dehy­drat­ed hash browns as a base, then add what­ev­er inspires you: chopped sausage, bacon, ched­dar cheese, and hardy, easy-to-trans­port veg­gies like onions, zuc­chi­ni, pep­pers, and cab­bage. Then add eggs. If ambi­ent tem­per­a­tures are cold and you’re rel­a­tive­ly close to home, you can car­ry real eggs (out of the shell) in a small water bot­tle. If you’re on a longer trip or tem­per­a­tures make car­ry­ing real eggs unsafe, pick up some pow­dered scram­bled huevos at your local co-op or out­door store. Mix all ingre­di­ents in a fry­ing pan, scram­ble until everything’s cooked, and blow your adven­ture part­ners’ minds.

Break­fast Burritos
The best recipe for an overnight week­end adven­ture: bur­ri­tos! Make them at home with your favorite ingre­di­ents, wrap each bur­ri­to in alu­minum foil, then freeze in a Ziplock bag. If you take them out of the freez­er on a Fri­day night, they’ll be per­fect­ly ready to reheat on Sat­ur­day morning.


Pop Tarts
Toast­er pas­tries are a clas­sic for a rea­son: they’re stur­dy, deli­cious, and ready to eat. Pop Tarts aren’t a nutri­tion­al pow­er­house, but because they pack a hardy punch of calo­ries and sug­ar they make a great sum­mit-morn­ing snack, and they warm eas­i­ly in a pan or skil­let over a camp stove, fire, or toast­er. To add a hearty dose of pro­tein and heart-healthy fat, top with almond or peanut but­ter. Look for organ­ic ver­sions, too.

If you’re car camp­ing, opt for a south-of-the-bor­der break­fast casse­role: chi­laquiles! All you need is a pack­age of stale (or fresh) tor­tillas, a can or two of beans (prefer­ably black), chopped toma­toes (either fresh or canned), and shred­ded cheese. Tear tor­tillas into chip-sized chunks, then mix with beans and toma­toes and heat slow­ly over a camp stove until the tor­tillas are soft. Top with shred­ded cheese. For added piz­zazz, add jalapeños, avo­ca­do, fresh onion, canned corn, sal­sa, or hot sauce. To add a pro­tein kick, top with a fried egg.

Upgrad­ed Oatmeal
For a healthy treat, skip store-bought pack­ets of instant name-brand oat­meal and make your own! All it takes is quick-cook­ing oats, a sprin­kling of brown sug­ar, and some fun addi­tions: chopped nuts, cin­na­mon, ground gin­ger, dried berries, coconut flakes, nut but­ter, etc. Pack­age serv­ings indi­vid­u­al­ly in sand­wich-sized zip bags. If your camp­ing part­ners are handy when you’re pack­ing, let them select their own ingre­di­ents for a do-it-your­self gourmet mix­ture. Try cin­na­mon-cran­ber­ry, coconut-wal­nut, or blueberry-almond-ginger.

Eating Well

Eating Well

We’ve all suf­fered through mediocre meals in the name of back­pack­ing. Here’s five ideas to help spice up your camp­site cook­ing routine. 


Rosemary1. Fresh­en up

Fresh herbs like basil, rose­mary, and pars­ley can last for days in your pack. Lay­er herbs between paper tow­els and store in an air­tight bag. Add to your meal or chew on a basil leaf for a refresh­ing taste.


 Cheese2. Get Cheesy

Stock up on high-qual­i­ty hard cheeses like parme­san or romano, which can go unre­frig­er­at­ed for extend­ed peri­ods of time. Eat with crack­ers or shred over oat­meal for a savory breakfast.


 Pasta Salad3. Trust the pros

If you don’t have the tools to dehy­drate your own meals, or don’t trust your cook­ing to keep you sat­is­fied, try jazz­ing up ready-made meals. Re-pack­age boxed pas­tas with addi­tion­al freeze-dried veg­gies and sala­mi for a reliable—and delicious—dinner.


 Egg Carrier4. So long pow­dered eggs

Organ­ic eggs from pas­tured chick­ens are safe at room tem­per­a­ture for a few days. Invest in a three-dol­lar egg car­ri­er and for­get about pow­dered egg omelets. Just make sure you trust the farm where the eggs are com­ing from, some organ­ic sources are still sus­cep­ti­ble to salmonella.


Candy Bar5. Indulge

Do you secret­ly love pack­aged moon pies and kit kats? Pack ‘em. You’ll be thank­ful for old favorites out on the trail. Just make sure to bal­ance treats with high-pro­tein, whole-grain meals to avoid burn­ing out.