Frequently Asked Question
Backpacking meals can be bought inexpensively in grocery stores. Look for just add water or milk meals with very short cooking times. Kraft, Knorr, Lipton's and other manufactures offer a wide choice of tasty rice, pasta, and potato dishes. Chicken, Tuna & Salmon in foils pouches added to the aforementioned can add protein. Freeze-dried meals bought at camping stores, while they have their place, are often very expensive.
See Trail & Freezer Bag Cooking for ideas.