Are you a bit of a fiend for Pad Thai? It’s an Aussie favourite, so we asked Vanessa from The Campstove Chef to show us how to make it while hiking. Turns out it’s super easy!


We know that feeling after a long hike; sore feet, tired legs and the desire to just put up the tent and crash. No one wants the job of cooking dinner and washing up, so we’ve come up with the easiest and tastiest Pad Thai you’ll ever have out on the trails.

Love street food? Because we do! This hiking Pad Thai is sweet, sour, crunchy, flavoursome, and most of all, quick! Give this recipe a try; keep in mind that you can add as many vegetables and as much protein as you like for added nutrition.




Find a flat open area to prepare your feast


Prep Time / Cook Time

2 minutes / 5 minutes


One person


  • Pad Thai sauce in a sachet (from your local supermarket)
  • 2 cups rice noodles
  • ½ cup freeze-dried or dehydrated vegetables
  • Handful chopped peanuts or trail mix (depending what’s in your trail mix)
  • Handful fried onions
  • Lemon wedge

Dehydrated food is expensive: learn how to make your own.


  1. In a pot of boiling water put in noodles and vegetables, cook until al dente.
  2. Strain off excess water.
  3. Add in Pad Thai sauce and combine well so that everything is smothered in goodness.
  4. Chuck in a handful of peanuts and fried onions, serve with a wedge of lemon.
  5. Devour (remember to breathe!)


Do NOT forget the lemon wedge!