I usually don't buy the prepackaged dehydrated meals when I go backpacking.  I find it is pretty easy to go to any grocery store in most countries and put together some easy backpacking meals.  I tend to go for pre-processed grains (like pasta sides), and then supplement it with some packable veggies (if you are going for a couple of days, this isn't really a problem) and maybe some packaged tuna in a pouch or precooked sausage.  I usually bring oil and seasning in small containers.  What are some other easy backpacking meals you can put together yourself?