Affordable, plant-based backpacking food: Lunch and snacks

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After learning the basics of backpacking food and some breakfast tips, you’re almost ready for that trip you’ve planned. Now things are going to get a bit trickier. In my experience, lunch and snacks are the most difficult backpacking food to get right, but they also allow for the most creative freedom. I simply cannot overemphasize the importance of a strong lunch and snack lineup. A good snack can get you through any tough climb or mid-afternoon slump, so it’s important to get it right. Let’s start by talking about hydration.
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Here’s what to eat today

Breakfast: A breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, sauteed onions, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and potatoes is the perfect way to start your day. You can cook all the ingredients in one skillet. Stuff a tortilla full of the cooked concoction and make several extras to store throughout the week
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Treats for spring break campers

Going camping, backpacking or day tripping this spring break? If you’re thinking of packing chips and mountains of cereal to satiate you on the road, think again. With a bit of cooking and planning ahead of time, you can feast healthfully and affordably wherever you adventure to.
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