food hike

food hikeOn short hikes, you can nor­mal­ly bring any snack you fan­cy, but long hikes require a bit more plan­ning. The foods you eat need to pro­vide enough nutri­tion and ener­gy to keep you going, but that isn’t all; it also needs to be easy to pre­pare and fair­ly lightweight.

Breakfast Meal Ideas

Oat­meal is a great break­fast option since it’s fill­ing, deli­cious and easy to pre­pare. You can also bring instant oat­meal pack­ets which are even easier.

Seeds and Nuts
Seeds and nuts are a great source of easy-to-trans­port calo­ries and pro­tein, and you can choose from a wide vari­ety of options, includ­ing cashews, almonds, pecans, wal­nuts, peanuts, and pump­kin seeds.

Fruit is a great break­fast option, and you can either eat it plain or add it to oat­meal or yogurt. Con­sid­er dried fruit as it is much less del­i­cate than fresh fruit.

Lunch Meal Ideas

Bagels are a great lunch option as they are fill­ing and less del­i­cate than bread, which often gets squished before it can be used. Oth­er great options are tor­tillas, pit­ta breads, and flat­breads. Sim­ply add some healthy fill­ings such as hum­mus, peanut but­ter or avocado.

Durable Meat
Tough meats like beef jerky and sala­mi make a per­fect hik­ing lunch as they don’t need to be refrig­er­at­ed and require min­i­mal prepa­ra­tion. They are also a great source of sodi­um and pro­tein! Canned meat or fish, such as tuna, is also a good option if you have the means to take the cans back out with you.

Hard Cheese
Cheese isn’t the light­est food to pack, but it is very sat­is­fy­ing as it con­tains lots of fat and calo­ries. It also requires lit­tle prepa­ra­tion and works well with most oth­er food options, espe­cial­ly if you are plan­ning on mak­ing sand­wich­es. It’s worth not­ing that you should buy hard cheese rather than soft cheese, as it has a longer shelf life—and is less like­ly to explode in your bag!

food hike

Dinner Meal Ideas

Freeze Dried Meals
Freeze dried meals are a pop­u­lar food option for hik­ers as you sim­ply add hot water, ide­al for a tired hik­er after a long day. There are dozens of dif­fer­ent meals you can choose from, includ­ing chili con carne and mac and cheese.

Instant Rice or Noodles
Instant rice and instant noo­dles only take a few min­utes to cook and are very fill­ing. You can also choose from a vari­ety of fla­vors, and the bowl or dish is easy to clean up as there is no cream or cheese sauce.

Lentils make a great hik­ing tea as they are rich in fiber, iron, pro­tein, and calo­ries. They take a few min­utes to cook, but they are deli­cious and can be mixed with either meat or vegetables.

Instant Pota­toes
Instant pota­toes are much eas­i­er to cook than nor­mal pota­toes, and they are a great source of car­bo­hy­drates and sodium.

Dried Veg­eta­bles
Many peo­ple strug­gle to eat healthy food when hik­ing, but you can avoid this by pack­ing dried veg­eta­bles to eat with din­ner. They are light and easy to car­ry, and you can mix them with rice, noo­dles, lentils or potatoes.


Water is the best, most ver­sa­tile and nec­es­sary bev­er­age you can bring with you on a hike.

Tablet Sup­ple­ments Or Powders
You can add tablets or pow­ders to your water for extra elec­trolytes, which will enhance your hydra­tion. Sim­ply add the tablet or the pow­er to your water bot­tle and drink away.

Hot Drinks
Many peo­ple bring instant cof­fee or hot choco­late on their hikes to drink in the morn­ing and evening. Chamomile tea is also a good drink option for the late evening.


Gra­nola Bars
Gra­nola bars make a great snack as they require zero prepa­ra­tion, they are light and filled with nutri­tion and pro­tein. Be sure and pack out all your wrappers!

Hum­mus is a very pop­u­lar snack option as it goes well with almost any­thing and is filled with fiber, pro­tein, car­bo­hy­drates and calories.