Colorado Trail Backpacking Food List

Just like with my Colorado Trail gear, I spent several weeks researching before deciding on a food strategy for a 7-day backpacking trip. As with every aspect of backpacking, there are tons of resources and recommendations out there for food options. Most backpackers seems to lean toward a mix of:

  • Dehydrated meals (either bought or homemade) for breakfast and dinner
  • Something easy like peanut butter or tuna and crackers or tortillas for lunch
  • A variety of bars, trail mix, jerky, and candy for snacks

You can count on burning a lot of calories backpacking. Look for a fitness calculator online that estimates the calories you burn for backpacking and use that as a starting point for the amount of food to bring. I estimated that I would eat around 2,300 calories per day, which was around 1.5 pounds per day. But this ended up being much more than I wanted to eat and I ditched a bunch of my food, eating around 1 pound per day. Figure out how much you want to eat each day in carbs, fat, protein, and sodium and use that as the basis for your meal plan.

See my Colorado Trail Planning Guide for complete details about planning your own trip!

ItemServingsCaloriesCarbs-gmFat-gmProtein-gmSodium-mg
Day One
Breakfast
Good to Go Oatmeal1490761416170
Cafe Bustelo Instant Coffee100000
Lunch
NATURAL SEA Pole and Line Solid White Albacore Tuna Pouch, Salted110010.521270
Ritz Crackers Original21602092210
Snacks
Market Pantry Original Beef Jerky2160102241120
Simply Balanced Freeze Dried Veggie Salted Edamame11208512220
Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix11702010425
Made in Nature, Organic Fruit Fusion Superberry Blast Supersnacks1100221.5210
Vermont Smoke & Cure Uncured Pepperoni Turkey Stick1701310230
CLIF Builder's Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar1280291020340
Larabar Key Lime Pie12002510410
Dinner
Good to Go Mezican Quinoa Bowl135067813390
Market Pantry Whole Wheat Tortillas11101934160
Total2310298761323155
Day Two
Breakfast
Market Pantry All Natural Quick Oats1150282.550
Bob's Red Mill Organic Raw Whole Flaxseed1170101165
Simply Balanced Blueberry Freeze Dried Fruit0.59524.50.51.50
Cafe Bustelo Instant Coffee100000
Lunch
NATURAL SEA Pole and Line Solid White Albacore Tuna Pouch, Unsalted110010.52150
Market Pantry Whole Wheat Tortillas11101934
Snacks
Market Pantry Original Beef Jerky2160102241120
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted1120165550
Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix11702010425
Made in Nature, Organic Fruit Fusion Superberry Blast Supersnacks1100221.5210
Vermont Smoke & Cure Uncured Pepperoni Turkey Stick1701310230
CLIF Builder's Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar1280291020340
Larabar Key Lime Pie12002510410
Dinner
Good to Go Bibimap13706689670
Market Pantry Whole Wheat Tortillas11101934160
Total2205290.570119.52670
Day 3
Breakfast
Good to Go Oatmeal1490761416170
Cafe Bustelo Instant Coffee100000
Lunch
NATURAL SEA Pole and Line Solid White Albacore Tuna Pouch, Salted110010.521270
Ritz Crackers Original21602092210
Snacks
Market Pantry Original Beef Jerky2160102241120
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted1120165550
Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix11702010425
Made in Nature, Organic Fruit Fusion Superberry Blast Supersnacks1100221.5210
Vermont Smoke & Cure Uncured Pepperoni Turkey Stick1701310230
CLIF Builder's Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar1280291020340
Larabar Key Lime Pie12002510410
Dinner
Good to Go Smoked Three Bean Chili134064516360
Market Pantry Whole Wheat Tortillas11101934160
Total2300303731282955
Day 4
Breakfast
Market Pantry All Natural Quick Oats1150282.550
Bob's Red Mill Organic Raw Whole Flaxseed1170101165
Simply Balanced Raspberry Freeze Dried Fruit0.560140.751.50
Cafe Bustelo Instant Coffee100000
Lunch
NATURAL SEA Pole and Line Solid White Albacore Tuna Pouch, Unsalted110010.52150
Market Pantry Whole Wheat Tortillas11101934160
Snacks
Simply Balanced Freeze Dried Veggie Salted Edamame11208512220
Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix11702010425
Made in Nature, Organic Fruit Fusion Superberry Blast Supersnacks1100221.5210
Vermont Smoke & Cure Uncured Pepperoni Turkey Stick1701310230
CLIF Builder's Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar1280291020340
Archer Farms Lightly Salted Deluxe Roasted Mixed Nuts1170616540
Simply Balanced Raspberry Freeze Dried Fruit0.34090.510
Dinner
Good to Go Thai Curry1380561410500
Market Pantry Whole Wheat Tortillas11101934160
Total203024280.75105.51740
Day 5
Breakfast
Market Pantry All Natural Quick Oats1150282.550
Bob's Red Mill Organic Raw Whole Flaxseed1170101165
Simply Balanced Blueberry Freeze Dried Fruit0.59524.50.51.50
Cafe Bustelo Instant Coffee100000
Lunch
Wild Friends Protein + Chocolate Peanut Butter 1.15 oz pouch11707131255
Market Pantry Whole Wheat Tortillas11101934160
Snacks
Market Pantry Original Beef Jerky2160102241120
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted1120165550
Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix11702010425
Made in Nature, Organic Fruit Fusion Superberry Blast Supersnacks1100221.5210
Vermont Smoke & Cure Uncured Pepperoni Turkey Stick1701310230
CLIF Builder's Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar1280291020340
Larabar Key Lime Pie12002510440
Dinner
Good to Go Classic Marinara with Penne1430741111300
Total2225285.582.5108.52335
Day 6
Breakfast
Good to Go Oatmeal1490761416170
Cafe Bustelo Instant Coffee100000
Lunch
Wild Friends Protein + Chocolate Peanut Butter 1.15 oz pouch11707131255
Ritz Crackers Original21602092210
Snacks
Market Pantry Original Beef Jerky2160102241120
Simply Balanced Freeze Dried Veggie Salted Edamame11208512220
Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix11702010425
Made in Nature, Organic Fruit Fusion Superberry Blast Supersnacks1100221.5210
Vermont Smoke & Cure Uncured Pepperoni Turkey Stick1701310230
Archer Farms Lightly Salted Deluxe Roasted Mixed Nuts1170616550
Simply Balanced Raspberry Freeze Dried Fruit0.34090.510
Larabar Key Lime Pie12002510440
Dinner
Good to Go Indian Vegetable Korma1390521615690
Market Pantry Whole Wheat Tortillas11101934160
Total23502751031112980
Day 7
Breakfast
Market Pantry All Natural Quick Oats1150282.550
Bob's Red Mill Organic Raw Whole Flaxseed1170101165
Simply Balanced Raspberry Freeze Dried Fruit0.560140.751.50
Cafe Bustelo Instant Coffee100000
Lunch
NATURAL SEA Pole and Line Solid White Albacore Tuna Pouch, Unsalted110010.52150
Ritz Crackers Original21602092210
Snacks
Market Pantry Original Beef Jerky2160102241120
Simply Balanced Freeze Dried Veggie Salted Edamame11208512220
Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix11702010425
Made in Nature, Organic Fruit Fusion Superberry Blast Supersnacks1100221.5210
Archer Farms Lightly Salted Deluxe Roasted Mixed Nuts1170616550
Simply Balanced Raspberry Freeze Dried Fruit0.34090.510
CLIF Builder's Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar1280291020340
Dinner
Good to Go Mezican Quinoa Bowl135067813390
Market Pantry Whole Wheat Tortillas11101934160
Total214026379.75120.52580
Extra
Yum Butter Superfood Almond Butter 7 oz pouch611404896420
Grand Total15560195756582518415

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