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Backpackers’ Food Shopping List: 10 Must Have Food Items

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We all know it’s fun to eat but not so much if you have to carry the food while travelling around New Zealand.

The key is dry food that lasts, easy to carry, and something easy to put together in a hostel. Then you can buy fresh food once at your destination.

For a quick guide to buying food check out: Food Shopping in New Zealand. Or inspiration on what the hell to cook: 10 Meals Easy to Cook in a Hostel.

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1. Noodles/Ramen

Want to be part of the backpacker stereotype? Backpackers go wild for noodles because they are super easy and quick to cook. They are cheap and easily travelled.

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2. Pasta

Stock up on carbohydrates for a big day adventuring! Pasta is cheap and light to carry.

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3. Canned Tuna

Mix tuna with some pasta for some protein and to make you feel like you are giving ‘healthy eating’ a good go. The canned meat brands in New Zealand offer tuna in different flavoured sauces making your meal surprisingly tasty.

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4. Canned soup

It may not be a good idea to buy in bulk if you want a lighter backpack, but soup is comforting on its own or adds flavour to your pasta.

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5. Kumura

New Zealand Kumura could well be the tastiest sweet potato in the world. Bake it with some melted cheese, or treat yourself by stuffing in some mince and bolognaise sauce.

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6. Cheese

The price of cheese in New Zealand shocks and appals. After you have cried about spending NZ$10 for a block of cheese, you will realise it is quite versatile.

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7. Rolled Oats

See oats as fuel for the first part of your day as energy is slowly released. Porridge is easily made and very filling by heating with water. However, it is bland on its own, that’s why a backpacker should also carry some…

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8. Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread

We have to have some indulgence in our backpack, right? Plus, this goes great with…

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9. Bread

Do you know what else goes great with bread…

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10. Ham

Buying ham at a supermarket deli is cheaper than buying it prepackaged. It will keep through the day but make sure to refrigerate once you get to your accommodation.

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