6 Instant Homemade Meals For Hiking – Just Add Water!

Healthy Homemade Meals On The Go

There are times when you’ve been hiking for hours and you want to enjoy a hot homemade meal. You didn’t bring your pots or pans and you probably don’t have time to cook. Not to worry, we have just the right healthy meals on the go for you.

Instant Meals Worth Bringing

These instant meals are great when you are out hiking, backpacking or camping and want some homemade flavors. All you need to do is to add water and you’ve got yourself a homemade meal. Making these food bags is quite easy as well.

Just add water. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Believe it and keep reading…

Instant Hiking Meals

Prepare Your Meal Before Hitting The Mountains

One of our beginner hiking mistakes is not bringing enough food or in some cases, bringing too much food. The following meals are lightweight and can be prepared the day before. If you want to prepare even more in advance, you just need to add more dry ingredients.

We recommend storing the homemade food in a single zip lock bag because the last thing you want to do while hiking or backpacking is dirty pots and pans. Always use the heavy-duty or freezer zip lock bags as you are pouring hot water. For safety, please read the bag labels and ensure that they are intended for high temperatures.

Boiling The Water While Hiking

Bringing hot water on your hike or backpacking trip can be a hassle. However, you can simply bring a Thermos with hot water. This would help reduce the time it takes to boil the water. However, note that if you’re going on long hikes, the water may become cold.

Alternatively, you can boil the water in a small pot using a simple to make Soda Stove. This portable stove can boil the water in under 10 minutes and it’s really easy to make!

Soda Stove

Packing Your Hiking Meal

Add all ingredients except the water to a quart freezer Ziploc bag. Seal bag and store until ready to use.

Simple Recipes That Will Amaze Your Hiking Buddies

Can you believe the above food bags contained all the delicious meals below? Read on for the recipes…


To find these simple recipes, click on the links below. In the above, we have:

Cooking Instructions

Bring water to a boil. With opened bag resting on plate or bowl, pour in boiling water. Seal bag and let soak for 9 minutes, turning bag upside down after 3-4 minutes to redistribute & mix ingredients. Open bag and eat directly from bag, if desired. Or, transfer to a bowl or mug for eating.

Enjoy your meal on the go!


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