Breakfast is an important part of your day when hiking or backpacking, though some people wonder how they will fix breakfast without having to carry milk along with them. Cereal without milk sounds pretty unappetizing, but there are a couple of good ways to eat your morning cereal while backpacking. First there is powdered milk that can be packed to carry on your trip. It is easy and takes only a bit of water to make a good tasting milk substitute for your cereal in the morning. Another alternative to liquid milk is to add some coconut flakes to water for a good consistency and flavor for cereal. Let the shredded flakes of coconut soak for a couple of minutes before adding the cereal. Granola cereals taste delicious with this type of milk substitute, though you can experiment with any kind you like.
If you are camping or backpacking during the cooler months, you could opt for a hot cereal to start the day. Hot mush, grits or instant oatmeal are wonderful for a quick breakfast with nutrition. Dried fruits can be added to almost anything for better flavor. Raisins are great snacks by themselves and can add a perfect touch to snack mix, trail mix or your morning cereal for hiking nutrition. Dried fruits also give you an added bit of sustained energy for the day ahead. As long as you have the boiling water going, you could pack some instant coffee to have with your breakfast that morning too.
Certain types of bread will keep relatively well while backpacking and hiking, so adding butter to cinnamon raisin bread would be a good option for breakfast. Bagels or English muffins can be brought along as well. Truly, there are numerous options for having a good nutritious breakfast while you are camping and carrying a large container of milk isn’t necessarily a requirement.