Great Packable Recipes For Camping and Hiking

Anji Bignell — 22 September 2022

Packing light for a hike? Try these recipes using easily dehydrated/packable staples for a more gourmet experience!

Up-and-go ramen

TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 8 cups water
  • 4 packets ramen noodles
  • 4 stock cubes (or noodle packet flavourings)
  • Large handful of crushed toasted nori
  • 1 cup dehydrated, fresh or tinned corn
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp butter
  • Large handful of bean sprouts
  • 4 eggs, hard-boiled and halved
  • Chilli flakes


  1. Boil water. Add ramen, stock cubes/flavouring, nori, corn and soy sauce and simmer until noodles are cooked
  2. Stir through butter and serve with bean sprouts, egg halves and chilli

One-pot chilli

TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup yellow lentils (soaked and drained)
  • 1 400g tin black beans (washed and drained)
  • 1 400g tin red kidney beans (washed and drained)
  • 2 400g tins diced tomatoes
  • 1 bottle of beer (preferably lager)
  • 2 stock cubes
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp hot chilli flakes (or smoked chipotle)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Handful coriander, chopped
  • Extra olive oil and minced garlic (optional)


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add onions; saute until translucent.
  2. Add the lentils and stir until coated, about a couple of minutes, then add the kidney and black beans, diced tomatoes, beer, stock cubes and the rest of the spices.
  3. Cook until thickened, around 30 minutes, and serve with toppings of chopped coriander, minced garlic (optional) and a drizzle of olive oil. 

Dessert porridge

TOTAL TIME: 15 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 900ml almond milk
  • 100g dried fruit, chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Handful shaved almonds
  • Maple syrup
  • Extra fresh fruit and melted dark chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Combine the oats, almond milk, dried fruit, almonds and cinnamon in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil and let simmer, stirring occasionally until oats are softened, around 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup, extra fresh fruit or dark choc chips on top, if desired. 

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