Food for Overland Track – what a menu!

We spend a lot of time planning our food for each hiking trip.
We like a lot of variety and different tastes.
We take fresh and dried food, we like to plan our menu.

After reading Tony and Linda’s Antipodean Adventure 2010, we are not sure why.  It all  seems like a waste of time and effort.

Tony and Linda in their short post about hiking the Overland Track list the food they took for the trip. No mucking around, this is a simple menu.

Breakfast (6 days) – muesli bar & Berocca tablet (makes fizzy orange drink with vitamins)
Lunch – small sachet of tuna for 3 days & Cheesy Vegemite (like Marmite with cream cheese) for 2 days. Both ‘served’ with wraps for Linda & crackers for me.
Dinner – can of Ravioli & half a packet of instant mash potato, can of baked beans with remaining mash & the rest of the time a Pot Noodle each.

By the way dear readers, we are STILL writing our bushwalking / hiking food eBook, we hope it will be ready in a few weeks. Bon Appetit!


  1. Ken says

    Just walked (or tramped) in NZ and found it quite easy to get the food together in a quick trip to the supermarket.
    Breakfast: Muesli and powdered milk
    Lunch: Vitawheats and either cheese or vegemite (could have had salami for a couple of days)
    Dinner: Cup soup, Dehydrated meals – in NZ they sell the 2 serve for about $AUD8 in supermarkets, chocolate
    Spare food: 2 minute noodles
    Snacks: They sell various trail mixes in bulk in the supermarket, add some muesli bars, jelly sweets as reward for big hills (need lots in NZ)

  2. naomi says

    Why on earth would you take tin cans with you? You only have to lug them with you for the entire week, full AND empty. Unless you dump them, which you should not.

    We always took two minute noodles, sachets of hot chocolate, crackers, those continental pasta sauce and rice a riso style things, miso soup, muesli bars and crackers, surprise peas, Deb mashed potato, trail mix, chocolate, anything that comes in a sachet so the rubbish packs down light but never a jar or a tin.

    Fresh foods that travel well enough to be edible after three or four days include mushrooms, apples, carrots and the cheapest cheese you can find (coon or cracker barrel). Boiled eggs travel well too, at least in cooler months. Tofu and tempeh burgers and prepacked vege burgers are also great.

    You need two days more food than the time you plan to stay on the track – if you are doing it in six days, take eight days’ food.

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