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Catering Tips For Backpackers

JalanJalanMen! - Traveling the world as a travel lover is the most beautiful thing on earth for backpackers. On your adventures through different countries, one thing is essential: food on the go. Whether simple recipes for the hostel kitchen, space-saving helpers for your backpack or ideas for eating sustainably. We give you food tips that you can use anywhere in the world. 

Catering Tips For Backpackers

Space saving and easy food on the go

In the already packed backpack there is usually only little space for food and utensils, but the right food for on the go gives you the necessary strength in your legs and shoulders. When you travel, the groceries must be neither too big nor too heavy and still have to provide you with sufficient energy. Muesli bars are ideal for a morning breakfast boost. A breakfast porridge with oatmeal, nuts or dried fruit is also a great way to start the day.

Bagged soups, which you can simply prepare with boiling water in the next hostel or in the hostel kitchen and enjoy hot, are also particularly space-saving. In addition to the quick preparation, packet soups are also recommended for their salt content. We can recommend dark chocolate and oatmeal biscuits as snacks to keep you going. However, you should refrain from doing so in summer temperatures so that you don't ruin your backpack and your clothes. For the hot days we can recommend you a cold bowl, which you only have to mix with water or milk and which cools you down a bit.

If you have more space available, tin cans and a small gas cooker are also ideal travel companions. So that you don't get hungry every few hours, it's worth packing dark bread instead of light toast. You can also achieve a good feeling of satiety with rice, pasta or mashed potatoes as well as couscous as alternatives. Grated potatoes in a zip bag are also a real insider tip.

Useful tips and gadgets for on the go

You can also become a collector on your travels. Just inquire in advance which exotic fruits are available in your travel region. In general, you should use every gap in the backpack for your groceries. Space-saving utensils, such as a plate and pan in one, are ideal. With the metal plate you can first cook and then eat from it. Speaking of gas cookers: You can use less gas by keeping your food warm longer with insulating foil. So you can enjoy your food while it's still warm when you're on the go. Dirt is also helpful. Sounds strange, but it's true: When hiking, dirt is used as an abrasive to clean your gas cooker.

The 1×1 of the hostel kitchen

During your travels you will surely stay in hostels most of the time. We have a few tips for you to make the stay itself, but above all cooking in the kitchen, easy and fun.

The first thing you should be aware of is that the kitchen must be kept clean at all times and that everyone tidies up their used dishes. Otherwise the kitchen would become more and more messy and no one would enjoy cooking anymore. It is helpful if you have already bought your own cooking equipment. The combination of pan and plate can also be cited here as a practical gadget.

So that you can keep track of what is yours in the mostly very large fridge in the hostel kitchen, it makes sense to leave your groceries in the shopping bag and label it with your name. This way, there are no misunderstandings among each other and, moreover, not everyone has to know what is in your bag.

We also recommend that you only buy groceries for the next two days. It would be a real shame if the food had to end up in the trash.

Food on the go: recipes for the hostel kitchen

The hostel, but above all its kitchen, has repeatedly proved to be the melting pot of all backpackers. If you're traveling alone, cooking together is the perfect opportunity to socialize and socialize with other travelers. In addition, everything goes faster together. We have put together some super delicious and easy recipes for you below:

The best way to start the day quickly and healthily is with porridge. The porridge is boiled with water or milk and, thanks to the refinement with fresh fruit, is a real highlight not only for your palate, but also for the eyes. You can give yourself a touch of luxury by mixing in flaxseed. This meal is great for hostel kitchens as well as on-the-go meals.

A refreshing dish is couscous with crunchy, regional vegetables. You let the couscous swell with boiling water and in the meantime you can chop your tomatoes, zucchini or other vegetables of your choice. It is best to put the finished couscous salad back in the fridge so that you can eat it cold.

The classic that always works: Omelet! Whether pure or with tomatoes, peppers, onions or feta, the scrambled eggs are quick and healthy. The French variant “Croque Madame” is also delicious. All you have to do is cover toast with sliced ​​​​cheese and then crown it with a fried egg.

If you're homesick, you can feel at home with typical German recipes. A farmer's pot with different types of vegetables is not only delicious, but also really heats you up. Another option is hash browns, optionally with bacon and onions, and sour cream or cottage cheese, depending on what you can find at the grocery store.

Eat cheap

As a backpacker, your budget for grocery shopping is usually limited. We'll tell you how to get great products for little money.

We have just suggested recipes that you can cook quickly and easily with just a few ingredients. However, not all products are always available in the different countries or they cost a lot of money due to the import of the goods. It is worth while simply deviating from the recipe and experimenting with other products. Another tip that also has sustainability in mind is to eat meatless more often. You can also look up or down the next time you go to the supermarket – no matter where in the world. The shops deliberately place their most expensive products at the customer's eye level. But left and right there are cheaper alternatives.It is also worthwhile for you to take advantage of the promotions at the start of the week and before the weekend and get real bargains.


Have you ever heard of "containers"? The English term actually means "garbage diving", literally. Here, people save food thrown away from supermarkets from the dumpsters. However, this sustainable and cheap use of food is not allowed everywhere. From a legal point of view, there is a gray area in most countries. In Germany, container storage is even illegal, since the garbage also belongs to the supermarket, and is accordingly punished with a fine. In other countries like Switzerland or Canada, however, it is legal. With containers, you do not have to buy new (overpriced) products and can still enjoy durable ones.

Containering has clear advantages: it is always environmentally friendly and minimizes consumption. If you consider that in Germany more than 10 million tons of still edible food ends up in the garbage every year, it is hard to imagine that containers are not allowed everywhere. For on-the-go dining, this option is probably the cheapest. However, you should make sure that you do not commit a crime and also be careful with the food you find. While you look at the ripeness of fruit and vegetables from the outside, we advise you to check the best before date again for dairy products. You should definitely stay away from meat.

To save food nowadays various apps are also very useful. These show you when and at which supermarket or bakery you can pick up leftover food.


Well, have we whetted your appetite? There are so many options for your meal on the go. You can become a collector or learn new cooking skills. Food connects. Whether a cozy picnic during your hike or cooking together in the hostel. Eating on the go can not only be easy, but also become a real experience on your travels. So, what are you waiting for?

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