Updated: Jun 22, 2022
If you’re thinking about escaping into the backcountry on a riding or multiday bikepacking trip, you’ll need to think about grub. As they say, food is fuel. When you finally reach camp, nothing beats fresh food. There’s a tonne of freeze dried meals out there and they work well, but sometimes it’s good to mix it up. Over the past few years, I’ve found tortillas a staple for riding and bikepacking missions.
Tortillas are so good, readily available and offer minimal bulk. You can pack them just about anywhere on your rig: simply fold ‘em down and stash them for later. I’ve used these, and peanut butter slugs from Pic’s Peanut Butter, for a light lunch on the road. If you want to add a little something extra, sprinkle some wholegrain crackers through the middle.
For the evening, campside burritos are easy to prepare. For the filling, throw in some cheese or avocado to add some extra jazz. My favorite tortillas by the fire are slaw, sausage and a light drizzle of mayo or something similar over the top. You can pack most of these ingredients down quite well, and they taste bloody good!
Remember to save small sachets of mayo/ketchup when eating out in your normal life, as they come in super handy when pushing the pedals.
No-cook options for riding and bikepacking trips are great and that’s where tortillas shine. Fill ‘em with fresh vegetables, dried meats or anything you like really. Heck, if you want to make your night away from the bustle boujee, rip them into smaller bits and dunk into hummus. •
Words: Liam Friary
Photography: Marcus Enno