What makes a great expedition meal?

Getting the right food will help you enjoy your adventure. It’s a chance to be creative, and to understand more about rationing and outdoor survival.

Your DofE expedition food should be calorie dense, compact and easy to carry.

To optimise your expedition experience you need to plan, prepare and cook a meal as a group. Bonus tip: outdoor food packs are great for breakfast or when journeying.

DofE recommended expedition food

All DofE recommended expedition food is designed for ease of use on the trail – the packaging won’t split in your rucksack and you don’t need to keep them refrigerated.

There are two types of DofE recommended expedition food: ready-to-eat and dehydrated.

Wayfayrer expedition food is nutritious and can be eaten hot or cold. They’re small to carry, have durable packaging, and offer a variety of meal choices. You can even pick from savoury or sweet options, so save some room for dessert!

Wayfayrer expedition food packs – savoury

Flavours include:

  • All Day Breakfast
  • Beans and Burgers
  • Chicken Tikka and Rice
  • Chilli Con Carne
  • Pasta and Meatballs
  • Plus many more



Wayfayrer expedition food – sweet

Flavours include:

  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding




Dehydrated: Firepot expedition food is designed for expeditions. They are lightweight and calorie-dense. They’re also quick to prepare – add hot water and they’re ready to eat.

Firepot dehydrated expedition food packs

Flavours include:

  • Posh pork and beans
  • Beef stew with pearl barley
  • Spicy pork noodles
  • Porcini mushroom risotto
  • Plus many more


Tips and advice to get the most from your expedition food
  • Get creative with cooking – your meals don’t have to be tasteless!
  • Pack your meals together to save time.
  • Aim for compact food with lots of slow-release energy.
  • Plan an expedition menu to give yourself something to look forward to when you reach camp.

Expedition meal planner

Make sure to pack plenty of snacks for each day.


Ways to save money
  • Energy bars can be expensive – Mars bars, boiled sweets, jelly cubes or Kendal mint cake are much cheaper and pack lots of energy.
  • Cook from scratch and plan meals your whole team can share. Split the ingredients, cost, packing and effort between the team.
  • Save food from other trips such as your practice expedition – they might come in handy again.
  • Use your DofE Card to save at least 10% on expedition kit at our recommended retailers. Find your nearest store.

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Helpful resources

Expedition meal planner

Plan breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for every day of your expedition.


Eating on a DofE expedition

Make the most of your cooking equipment and know how much energy you’ll need for your expedition.