The Wayfayrer meals are pre-cooked meals in a bag that you can simply re-heat by boiling in the bag.
We’ve tried a few different ‘meal-in-a-bag‘ makes over the years, but surprisingly, not tried the popular Vango Wayfayrer meals yet.
Fortunately, for our recent backpacking adventure, Vango had sent us a few over to try, so here’s what we thought of them.
Wayfayrer Meal Review
Vango makes a range of Wayfayrer food covering Breakfast, Main Meals, and Desserts. You can click here to see the full range on the Vango website.
We tried a Vegetable Chilli and a Chocolate Steam Pudding.
Cooking the Meals
The instructions say to simply leave in a pan of boiling water for 7-8 minutes. It’s that simple.
We had backpacked to the campsite, and so we hadn’t brought a lot of cooking gear with us. In theory, this shouldn’t be a problem, as using the Wayfayrer food means you don’t need to do much cooking. However, the pouches are quite large for a small pot you might take backpacking, so make sure you have a pot big enough.
Alternatively, you can empty the contents into the pan, and heat it directly.
BTW, if you are backpacking, each pouch weighs about 300g
Eating the Wayfayrer Food
As their slogan says ‘Real Food’, but with a shelf-life of 3 years, and it sealed in a bag, you might think it isn’t going to taste that real.
Our lad, when first looking into the cooked Chocolate Pudding, said it looked like cat food! Not the best endorsement but after taking his first bite, it was soon devoured.
Yes, it did taste like ‘real food’. Perhaps not quite as good as a fresh meal, but not bad at all considering all you had to do was re-heat a bag in water.
You can, of course, save on bringing plates and just eat out of the packet. A long-handled spoon is ideal if you do this. However, I preferred to empty mine into my mess tin and it out of that.
We were really pleased with the Wayfayrer meals. The ones we tried were good.
You pay for the effort already put into the meals, so if you are buying a lot of these, the price can soon add up. They typically cost £4.50 to £5, however you can get them cheaper if you shop around. Of course, you are paying for the convenience of having a good meal without needing to do any cooking. And if you eat out the packet, with very little washing up too! 🙂
The Wayfayrer meals are also approved by the Scouts Association and Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, and so if you child is off on a camp or expedition for a few days, these are something simple they can cook and still get some meals. Some retailers sell them in bundles for D of E expeditions, which can save you some money (see our price search below).
On the Wayfayrer vegetable chilli, for example, the nutritional information published (per 100g) says Energy: 510kj/122kcal. Protein: 9.0g. Carbohydrate: 9.9g. Fat: 3.9g. So, a well-balanced meal. The ingredients list didn’t read like a chemistry experiment either, so that’s good too.
We’re happy to give these the Thumbs Up Award.
- An easy way for you (or your child) to cook a meal.
- The ones we tried tasted great.
- Can get expensive if buying many meals.
- If boiling in water, bring a pot large enough.
Price Guide: Wayfayrer ‘Ready’ Meals for camping or hiking