Backpacking meals are meant to be enjoyed without the worry of food being spoiled, crushed or leaked in a backpack. Here are some ideas on how to get your vittles from grocery shop to the trail.
There are many ways to deal with food for backpacking trips. I prefer to use plastic bags and containers that can be reused to minimize the impact on the environment.
Here is a selection of containers I usually bring on my hiking trips:
1. Zip lock freezer bags are suitable for most backpacking food storage including trail snacks, rice, pasta, dehydrated meals, baking mixes and many others.
Zip lock bags could be washed at home and reused. Take some extra bags on your backpacking trip for leftovers or emergencies.
2. Small zip lock bags or mini containers are good for salt, herbs and spices storage. GSI Outdoors offer a Spice Missile Set – three lightweight, dual-chamber modules that are watertight and screw onto each other. You can carry with you up to six different spices and herbs.
3. Travel-size leak-proof bottles for vegetable oils and liquids such as soy sauce, fish sauce, vinegar, etc.
4. Squeezable tubes for condiments such as pesto, ketchup or mayonnaise. GSI Outdoors offers incredibly compact, lightweight condiment bottles that could be flattened and rolled for storage.
5. Hard-sided containers for fragile items such as crackers, Oreo cookies or for delicate fruits and vegetables. They are widely available from Ikea.