Food & Cooking

Bringing food for Dragon Skin can be a bit intimidating if you haven’t done it before, but it’s easier than it sounds!  If you need help contact us.

You will need to bring Friday’s lunch to Mondays Lunch, so three dinners, four lunches and three breakfasts, as well as some lollies or snacks for in between.

The food you bring needs to lightweight, be OK without refrigeration, be easy to prepare and cook and be something you will like to eat! 

Hygiene on a hike 


  • Cereal, whatever you like mix a few types together!, place in a snap lock bag. You can either have long life milk or powdered; you can use the bag as a bowl. Put powdered milk in a separate bag and work out before you go how much water you will need to add (using you own cup). 
  • OR some instant porridge, you can get it in sachets (use 2) and add some brown sugar 
  • Include a fruit and nut bar or a small apple or mandarin 


  • Vita wheat biscuits, take some vegemite and cheese to put on them. Try twiggy sticks, have a fruit and nut bar as well and some celery or carrot sticks. OR try making sandwiches using English muffins, they will last a while. 
  • There are heaps pre-packaged shelf stable tuna or other type lunch meals 


  • You need to think light, you could buy pre-prepared meals from a hiking store, these can be expensive, but preparing your own is easy.
  • Dinners for hiking (Dinners)
  • Friday bring your favourite casserole or stew, freeze it at home and reheat at skin; easy and quick stir in a pack of microwave rice or some pasta or deb to bulk it up. 
  • For Saturday and Sunday nights you will need to consider De-Hydrated foods, there are heaps of rice and pasta “side” dishes, that can be great if you bulk them up with some salami canned chicken or tuna or dried vegies. 
    Cooking your own meal is easy to try these recipes below, practice them before skin so you know what to do and know you will like them.
    DS Recipe - Pasta Bolognese 
    Try Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) it is a mince meat substitute, it is very light, cheap and dry, when rehydrated looks and feels just like mince meat, add a flavour with a recipe base like Bolognaise of Curry mince and some dried veg for an easy, filling lightweight meal. 
DS Recipe - Deb with Peas and SalmonTry Deb (Dehydrated Mashed Potato) with salmon, canned tuna or chicken. DS Recipe - Tortellini and SalamiTry Cheese tortellini with salami and a tomato paste
Looking for more inspiration...... check out the video below and also
Food for Bushwalking - Bushwalking Manual


Hot chocolate or tea to keep warm at night. You can get just add boiling water premixed sachets 


Great for team harmony (or bribes) share them around, don’t take lollies that have lots of wrapping, like starbursts or minties get jelly babies and jubes, nuts sultanas etc, chocolate will melt (although I do like bullets) throw in some cereal like fruit loops. 

AT HOME – open all the lolly bags up and put in a mixing bowl…mix, separate into a lolly bag for each day and then make sure you all eat them!


Dragon Skin recommends bringing a gas or liquid fuel stove to cook on, they can make a big difference to cooking a meal at Dragon Skin. Stoves can also be dangerous when used by a novice or someone who doesn’t know how to work them, practice using your stove before you come to Dragon Skin.  

Check out these links for some great information:

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