19 Best Hiking Snacks for Your Next Day Hike (2023)

Bored with your current selection of hiking snacks? In this post, we’re sharing all the best hiking snacks including budget-friendly DIY recipes as well as our favorite store-bought snacks for hiking.

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Day hiking is great when you want to get outdoors but don’t have the time to commit to an overnight backpacking trip. In just a matter of hours, you can find yourself deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, surrounded by nature—and still be home to sleep in your own bed. It’s the best of both worlds!

Even though you’re just hiking for the day, it’s still important to be prepared. Hiking burns a lot of calories, so it’s important to pack the right kind of snacks to keep your energy up on the trail.

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What makes a good day hiking snack?

The best snacks for hiking have the following attributes:

Relatively lightweight: Snacks don’t need to be ultra-lightweight for day hiking (like they would for a multi-day backpacking trip), but you will be carrying them every step of the way, so, perhaps, a full-sized watermelon isn’t the best option 😉

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Nutrition: You will definitely want to be replacing those calories you’re burning and keep your blood sugar level up. Look for snacks that pack a lot of calories into a small serving, and that have a good balance of carbohydrates for quick energy, and fats & proteins for “staying power”.

Shelf-Stable: You can bring an insulated tote or backpack with you if you want, but it’s best if your day hiking snacks don’t require refrigeration.

Portable and packable: You will probably be storing your snacks in a backpack. You want snacks won’t take up a ton of space and won’t get smashed to smithereens over the course of your hike.

Minimal packaging: The less packaging you take out on the trail, the less trash you’ll need to hike out with.

Our favorite snacks for hiking

Nut butter

Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter—whatever your preference, nut butter is a great hiking snack. Spread it on crackers or fruit, use it to make a sandwich, or just eat it plain. Nut butter is very calorie-dense, so you get a lot of energy for the weight.

If you’re doing a big group hike, a full jar might be the most economical option. But if you want to snack as you hike, you might want to pick up some of the smaller squeeze pouches. We’re big fans of Justin’s and RX Bar packets. (The RX Vanilla Almond Butter is our favorite!)

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Crackers

Crackers are a great building block for lots of different hiking snacks, but if they’re too delicate they’ll just get pulverized in your pack. Look for sturdy crackers that have some structure to them. Trader Joe’s make some delicious “crips” with flavors like Fig & Olive and Mango & Ginger that hold up well. If you want a protein boost, pack along some instant hummus — just add water!

Sort of in the cracker category are those mini peanut butter or cheese cracker sandwiches. Ritz Bits were one of my all-time favorite snacks as a child. I would eat an entire box myself if left unattended. They’re also a great hiking snack. The filling binds the crackers together to make them pretty durable, but storing them in a hard-sided container would be a smart idea.

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Dried fruit & nuts

Every hike we’ve been on in recent memory has featured some type of dried fruits and/or nuts. Nuts are loaded with long-lasting protein and fat while dried fruits offer a quick pop of energy.

We are very partial to the nut and dried fruit selection at Trader Joe’s because of their prices. If you don’t have a TJ’s nearby, check your grocery store’s bulk bins to keep the price down, or Nuts.com is a good online source for dried fruit & nuts.

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Homemade trail mix

Trail mix is a great on-the-go snack that can be super customizable. We like to keep a small bag somewhere easy to reach so we can grab a quick handful whenever we stop for a water break. Some of our favorite homemade recipes have been our Maple Glazed Trail Mix and . Or, check out this post for more trail mix recipes!

*If you are going hiking in warmer temperatures, we would advise against trail mix that contains chocolate, yogurt dipped raisins, or anything else that can—and ultimately will—melt.

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Fresh fruit

While fresh fruit isn’t a great multi-day backpacking food because of its low calorie-to-weight ratio, for a short day hike, a nice piece of fresh fruit can be really refreshing.

We suggest going with something that won’t bruise easily (peaches) and aren’t messy to clean up (oranges). Apples, pears, pre-peeled oranges, or berries that are stored in a hard-sided container are all good choices.

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Fruit leathers

Fruit leathers are a great way to bring the flavor of fresh fruit on the trail without the weight and clean up.

You’d be surprised how easy it can be to make your own fruit leathers at home using a food dehydrator. Some of our favorite recipes include our Tie Dye Fruit Leathers and our Tropical Fruit Leathers.

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Jerky

Shelf-stable and loaded with protein, homemade jerky is a fantastic hiking snack. Unlike a lot of other snacks, which can skew towards the sweet side of the spectrum, the savory flavor of jerky can be a nice change of pace.

Making your own beef jerky at home is a lot easier than you might think and once you learn how you’ll save tons of money. Some of our favorite recipes are our Teriyaki Beef Jerky and our Classic Beef Jerky.

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If you don’t have a dehydrator, no worries! There are plenty of amazing brands out there producing some incredibly tasty jerky. Some of our favorites include:

Louisville Vegan Jerky
Patagonia Buffalo Jerky
Stryve Jerky
Brooklyn Biltong

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Meat bars

Along the same lines as jerky, meat bars are another portable snack that packs a lot of protein. Epic Bars and Wild Zora are a few of our favorites brands. These can be a great keto alternative to traditional “energy bars”, which typically contain a fair deal of sugar and carbs.

Tuna or chicken packets

Ready-made tuna and chicken salad packets are a great shelf-stable option for a more substantial hiking lunch. You can find a variety of flavors like Buffalo Chicken or Herb & Garlic at your local grocery store. These are great spread onto crackers or rolled into a flour tortilla wrap. We ate these extensively during our John Muir Trail hike and would still recommend them.

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Olives

We love to take olives with us when hiking. Similar to the hard cheeses above, olives can really class up a trail-side lunch spread.

Obviously, you can pick up a jar of your favorite olives, drain the liquid and repack them into a resealable, watertight container like a ReZip bag. Brands like Oloves also make convenient on-the-go packets.

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Cheese

A nice hard cheese can really class up your next hiking snack break! Hard cheeses like smoked gouda, aged cheddar, or even some varieties of gruyere are plenty dense and durable enough for the trail. To prevent oils and smells from permeating anything else in your backpack, wrap the cheese in a beeswax wrap or place it in a resealable container.

Babybel makes wax-wrapped cheeses that are perfectly sized for personal consumption. Tillamook and Cabot also make excellent cheese sticks which are great options for kids.

Cheese crisps

Oven-baked cheese crisps are another great option. They’re lightweight, super durable, and filled with calories. We get the Trader Joe’s version, but you can also find them regular grocery stores sold as Moon Cheese and Whisps.

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Homemade granola bars & bites

You’d be surprised how easy it can be to make your own granola bars and energy bites.
Here are a few of our favorite granola bar & bite recipes from our site:

  • Homemade Chewy Granola Bars
  • Cherry Garcia Energy Bites
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
  • S’mores Granola Bars
  • Trail Mix Bliss Balls
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Store-bought bars

We are living in the golden era of energy bars. There are just so many of them we can hardly keep up. Our strategy is to mix and match the brands and flavors so we don’t get burnt out. Some of our favorite go-to’s are:

Power cookies & more

It the same concept as an energy bar, except it’s a cookie! If you’re looking for a trail snack that feels a little more like a dessert, then one of these would be a good option.

Stroopwafel

A Dutch pastry (literally “syrup waffle”) is a wafer cookie made from two thin layers of baked dough joined by a caramel filling. They are super calorie dense, very durable, and actually taste better when they’re a little warmed up. You can find them at Trader Joe’s, most grocery stores, and online. A few sports energy brands like Honey Stinger and GU have also started making their own versions as well.

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Candy bar (Summit Snickers!)

While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend a candy bar as a go-to hiking snack, we’re big fans of the summit celebration. Basically, once you reach the summit (or the high point) of your hike, it can be fun to have a little something special to celebrate the moment. The “summit Snickers” is definitely a thing, but you can substitute it with any extra treat you like.

If it’s going to be hot out, make sure you have it buried somewhere in your pack so it doesn’t melt!

Nuun

A strenuous hike in warmer weather can quickly turn into a sweat-fest. All that sweat can cause your body to lose a lot of natural salts and electrolytes. Your body will naturally replenish itself with a balanced diet, but to speed up the recovery process you can dissolve a Nuun tablet into your water. The result is a fizzily, bubbly drink that helps your body recover faster.

Clif Shot Bloks

Containing a quick hit of sugars and electrolytes in a chewy gummy form, Shot Bloks are designed to keep you from “bonking”. If, after prolonged exertion, you find yourself feeling faint or weak out on the trail, there is a good chance you’re experiencing a drop in glycogen in your muscles – a.k.a “bonking”. Shot Bloks provide you with quick and easy energy to get your back to normal.

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How to pack your hiking snacks

Where it makes sense, we recommend repackaging your hiking snacks into reusable containers. The less disposable trash you take out onto the trail, the less chance there is of accidentally dropping a torn wrapper or plastic cap.

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We’re big fans of reusable plastic bags like (re)Zip and Stasher. These are perfect for storing your trail mix, jerky, fruit leathers, hard cheeses, etc. They come in a lot of fun colors, are easy to clean, and replace single-use baggies.

For snacks that are a little more delicate, a hard-sided reusable container is the way to go. We prefer ones with a rubberized gasket and locking sides to ensure the top doesn’t pop off if things shift around in our day packs. This kind of hard sized container is perfect for fresh berries, sandwiches, and wraps.

If you want the ability to keep food and drinks cold, you can even bring a soft-sided cooler. You’ll probably want to use a reusable ice pack, which will add weight of course. But pulling out an ice-cold LaCroix at the summit will be a real treat!

Also, think about the food you’re packing and try to anticipate the type of trash it will generate. It can be a smart idea to pack along a dedicated trash container. Or, plan on converting one of your food containers into a trash container once you consume its contents.

Leave No Trace

The goal is to pack out everything that you packed in during your hike. And we mean literally everything.

Even biodegradable food items like cracker crumbs or apple cores disturb the local ecology and incentivize wild animals to associate humans with food.

When small oversights like this get amplified by hundreds of hikers over many years, it can lead to really unfortunate results.

So be part of the solution by packing smart, and leave no trace. If you’d like to learn more about the central tenants of the Left No Trace philosophy you can read about them here.

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FAQs

What are good snacks for hiking? ›

Best Snacks to Bring Hiking
  • Peanut Butter and Bananas.
  • Beef Jerky.
  • Tuna and Goldfish.
  • Fresh of Dried Fruit.
  • Granola.
  • Veggies.
  • Nuts and Seeds.
  • Tuna and Goldfish.

What is the best energy food for hiking? ›

Best food for hiking and backpacking
  • Energy bars.
  • Nuts and nut butters.
  • Energy chews.
  • Trail Mix.
  • Bananas.
  • Dried fruit.
  • Fruit cake.
  • Dehydrated meals.
28 Jun 2021

Are bananas good for hiking? ›

Bananas are another perfect food to eat before a hike as they provide healthy carbohydrates and are rich in potassium and vitamin B6. Bananas may even be as effective as a carbohydrate drink for delivering energy during endurance workouts.

Is popcorn a good snack for hiking? ›

Yup, popcorn is the best trick to keeping trail mix from becoming overly caloric as it provides volume and texture with less calories.

Are gummy bears good for hiking? ›

Ditch the gummy bears (okay, maybe not all the gummy bears) and opt for fruit products instead. As you hike, your body needs energy quickly. The best way to do this is by eating healthy hiking snacks that are high in natural sugars.

What is the best drink for hiking? ›

Water and Gatorade are the best choices for staying hydrated while hiking. For extra energy on a hike, you can use coffee, caffeine pills, or energy drinks in moderation. Avoid alcohol, soda, and fruit juice while you're on a hike to keep yourself from becoming dehydrated.

What should I eat the night before a long hike? ›

The night before a hike, eat a meal full of complex carbohydrates, like those found in starchy foods including whole grain pasta, rice, sweet potatoes and beans. Complex carbs are important for hiking because your body digests them more slowly than simple carbs, like in fruit.

What should you drink before a hike? ›

Pre-hydrate by drinking at least 4 cups of water. Don't start a hike on an empty stomach!

How do I get energy while hiking? ›

Carbs provide a quick burst of energy and is often times what you need most during a hike. Protein and fat take longer to break down, so they are your “long term” energy sources. As a supplement, I usually bring apples, gorp (trail mix), bagels, and Justin's peanut butter. KIND Bars are my go-to energy source.

Should you drink coffee before a hike? ›

Having a cup of coffee right before a workout like a hike can help shake any fatigue or drowsiness that you might be feeling and help you stay focused and energetic instead.

How do you carry food when hiking? ›

On a multi-day hike, carry food in individual pouches. Repack it into Ziploc bags, soft foods on top of harder food. You want to get some fresh food and some food that stores well. On the first day, you will be able to have some nice perishable foods like fresh meat and cheese that needs a fridge, like cut vegetables.

Which of the following belongs to the 10 essentials for hikers? ›

Ten Essential Systems
  • Navigation (map & compass)
  • Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  • Insulation (extra clothing)
  • Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  • First-aid supplies.
  • Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  • Repair kit and tools.
  • Nutrition (extra food)

Why are salty snacks good for hiking? ›

In order to keep your body fueled with enough calories to keep hiking, and enough salt to keep sweating, you need high energy salty snacks. As crazy as it sounds cookies and potato chips are great. And throw in some protein and whole grains for long-lasting energy.

What should I pack for a day hike lunch? ›

Best Day Hike Lunch Ideas
  1. #1 Couscous Salad.
  2. #2 Summer Rolls.
  3. #3 Bliss Balls: Super Simple Day Hike Lunch Ideas.
  4. #4 Chicken Salad Sandwich with Chips and Fruit.
  5. #5 Bananas and Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  6. #7 Dried Sausages.
  7. #8 Premade Dolmas (a gluten-free hiking lunch)
  8. #9 A Baguette with Avocados, Tomatoes and Limes.
8 Feb 2022

Are Snickers good for hiking? ›

Braaten, balanced junk food means the high fat/high protein/high carbs of a Snickers bar. “For the long haul,” she said, “I would choose Snickers over a trail bar any day. Most of those bars have a health-spin on them, like honey instead of high fructose corn syrup, but it doesn't matter to your hiking body.”

Is chocolate good for hikes? ›

Dark chocolate, in particular, is an excellent backpacking food. It is high in calories and promotes health. Regarding calories, chocolate is one of the most energy dense foods we eat, averaging about 160 calories per 1 ounce (28.35 grams).

How much food should I take on a hike? ›

A reasonable goal is about 1½ to 2½ lbs. of food (or 2,500 to 4,500 calories) per person per day. A person doing 10 miles of strenuous hiking with a 4,000-foot climb will obviously burn more calories—and need a lot more food—than someone covering a few miles of relatively flat trail who plans to chill at the campsite.

Is Coke good for hiking? ›

While water is necessary throughout the hike, it is great to get a boost in the middle of your adventure. Pack along a few Diet Coke® to get an uplift of energy for the rest of your hike.

Is Orange Juice Good for hiking? ›

New study reveals that 100% orange juice is just as good as sports drinks and water for recovery after exercise.

How do you hydrate before a long hike? ›

Follow these tips to stay hydrated while hiking or out on the Trail:
  1. Before beginning, you should drink one or two cups of water, juice, or a sport drink.
  2. Limit the amount of caffeine drinks such as coffee and colas because caffeine increases fluid loss.
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Is it better to eat before or after a hike? ›

If you want something more substantial, it is best to eat after the hike. If you prefer to have breakfast before going on your hike, try eating something with protein like eggs or yogurt before getting started. This will help you stay full and energized throughout your entire trek and will also help keep you hydrated.

Should I shower before a hike? ›

Do not use any scented shampoos or soaps, perfumes, cologne or anything else that would give you an odor (mosquitoes may find victims by "scent"). 4. Take a shower before going hiking (see #3 for what not to use in the shower).

How often should you eat while hiking? ›

Eat every hour.

This amount will keep energy levels constant and won't overload the stomach. Consuming too many calories at one time diverts blood away from working muscles in favor of digestion.

How can I hydrate myself overnight? ›

Drink an ORS Before Bed

Instead of drinking a glass of water, drink an oral rehydration solution like DripDrop ORS, which also contains electrolytes that are essential for hydration. Try to drink the ORS an hour or two before bed so you don't wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom.

What do you do the day after a hike? ›

10 Tips for Recovering from a Hard Hike or Mountain Climb
  1. Use the Right Gear. ...
  2. Wear Compression Clothing. ...
  3. Take Care of Your Feet. ...
  4. Cool Down. ...
  5. Rehydrate and Fuel Up. ...
  6. Stretch. ...
  7. Apply Heat, Get a Massage. ...
  8. Eat a Meal.
7 Aug 2022

Is coconut water good for hiking? ›

Bring it Along on a Hike

Since coconut water contains potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, it can properly hydrate your body and replace the electrolytes you're sweating out better than regular water.

How do you replace electrolytes when hiking? ›

You should replenish fluids and electrolytes by drinking one half to one quart of water every hour you're hiking. You may need to drink more depending upon the temperature and the intensity of the hike. For variety, consider alternating between plain water and a sports drink with electrolytes.

How do you get potassium while hiking? ›

Dehydrated Coconut Water– Coconut water is loaded with potassium and magnesium, but low in sodium, and so I like to add the pinch of pink salt to it. It has a little bit of natural sugar, but is not loaded, as gatorade is, and causes less bloating, nausea and blood sugar problems than gatorade or other sports drinks.

What food items are given to mountain areas to get energy? ›

Top 20 Energy Food For Hiking & Camping
  • Granola. ...
  • Dry Foods. ...
  • Dehydrated Foods. ...
  • Nutrition Bars. ...
  • Fresh Fruits& Veggies. ...
  • Trail Mix. ...
  • Nuts And Seeds. ...
  • Hummus.

What is the most common mistakes first time hikers make? ›

We've compiled a list of the most common mistakes beginner hikers make—and how to avoid them.
  • Planning a Hike That's Too Ambitious.
  • Not Checking the Weather Before a Hike.
  • Wearing the Wrong Clothing.
  • Assuming Getting Help or Amenities Will Be Easy.
  • Not Bringing Enough Food and Water.
  • Not Learning How to Use Important Gear.
29 Jul 2021

How many hours is a 5 mile hike? ›

Most hikers average 2 to 3 miles per hour, so a 5-mile hike could take around 2 hours. Some speed hikers push the throttle at 4 to 5 miles per hour. Tough inclines might reduce your pace to 1 mile per hour, and off-trail hiking might cut that in half. There's no good or bad hiking pace.

Should I take pre workout before a hike? ›

Before or during our workout we use protein powder and/or protein bars to give us the energy we need to take on the trail. We also consume pre-workout before the hike and BCAAs after the hike. We add an electrolyte drink mix in when needed.

Why is extra water important in hiking? ›

Every hiker must bring sufficient loads of water, because dehydration is a very real possibility when hiking – especially during the summer or dry season. While its effects are usually mild, dehydration can also lead to fatigue, headache, confusion, and more severe illnesses or injuries, and thus must be avoided.

Is sugar good for hiking? ›

Sugar is good for small bursts of energy but too many backpackers get sucked into the sugar high only to find a huge lapse in energy a few hours later. Don't fall into this trap! You'll want to seek out food sources that are filled with carbs and good fats to sustain you through your long days.

What is the best outfit to wear when hiking? ›

For cool conditions, pack along a wool or synthetic cap to insulate your head. Shirts: A wicking short-sleeve T-shirt is fine in warm weather, and a wicking long-sleeve top is fine for cool conditions. For a sun-drenched day, wear a long-sleeve UPF-rated shirt (many have a flip-up collar for neck protection).

Which three essential items do you need in hiking? ›

Gear
  • A light, sturdy backpack.
  • Tent.
  • Sleeping bag or mat.
  • Earth pad.
  • Flashlight.
  • Whistle.
  • 2 sets of extra clothes (including underwear)
  • Towel.
20 May 2016

What is the difference between hiking and trekking? ›

Whereas the definition of hiking includes the word “walk”, something typically seen as jovial, easy and pleasant, trekking is defined as a “journey”, which is typically something that is more challenging, requires more effort and that tends to take more than one day.

Is jerky good for hiking? ›

Beef Jerky

Dried meats like beef jerky are great options for hikes because they are full of proteins that your body needs in order to refuel and keep going. The flavorful snack is also high in dehydrating sodium, another thing your body needs for that energy boost to keep going.

What should I eat while hiking the Grand Canyon? ›

Here are some hiking food ideas:
  • Nut butter, honey, + raisins on flatbread or tortillas.
  • Trail mix.
  • Granola bars + protein bars (like Clif bars)
  • Fruit roll-ups.
  • Cookies, candy bars, + gummies.
  • Hard fruit (like apples)
  • Jerky (vegan if desired)
  • Couscous + vacuum-sealed packages of tuna (plus a backpacking stove)
12 Sept 2018

What is the best energy food for hiking? ›

Best food for hiking and backpacking
  • Energy bars.
  • Nuts and nut butters.
  • Energy chews.
  • Trail Mix.
  • Bananas.
  • Dried fruit.
  • Fruit cake.
  • Dehydrated meals.
28 Jun 2021

What should I eat on a day hike? ›

3. For a Hike or Day Trip...
  1. Trail mix.
  2. Nuts, seeds, nut-based bars or nut butter packs.
  3. Fresh, whole fruit that doesn't require refrigeration such as apples, bananas and oranges.
  4. Dried or freeze-dried fruits and veggies.
  5. Energy bars, chews or gels.
  6. Granola or granola bars.
  7. Ready-made tuna salad pouches.
  8. Whole-grain tortillas.
5 Jul 2022

Are sandwiches good for hiking? ›

Sandwiches for hiking make excellent food items for hikers. There are many types of sandwiches for hiking, but you should always make sure your sandwich has enough protein in it. A meat-containing sandwich can provide hikers with as many as 500 calories.

What is the healthiest sweet snack? ›

Healthiest Sweet Snacks
  • Fresh Fruit. 1/14. It's packed with vitamins and minerals that help your body function. ...
  • Dark Chocolate. 2/14. A half-ounce square of 86% dark chocolate contains only two grams of sugar. ...
  • Apple Chips. 3/14. ...
  • Apple and Nut Butter. 4/14. ...
  • Cereal. 5/14. ...
  • Greek Yogurt. 6/14. ...
  • DIY Smoothie. 7/14. ...
  • Dates. 8/14.
8 Jun 2021

What are the six salty foods? ›

This is the American Heart Association's Salty Six Infographic highlighting six popular foods that can add high levels of sodium to your diet. They are bread and rolls, cold cuts, cured meat, pizza, poultry, soup, and sandwiches.

Why are salty snacks good for hiking? ›

In order to keep your body fueled with enough calories to keep hiking, and enough salt to keep sweating, you need high energy salty snacks. As crazy as it sounds cookies and potato chips are great. And throw in some protein and whole grains for long-lasting energy.

Are fruit snacks good for hiking? ›

While fresh fruit isn't a great multi-day backpacking food because of its low calorie-to-weight ratio, for a short day hike, a nice piece of fresh fruit can be really refreshing. We suggest going with something that won't bruise easily (peaches) and aren't messy to clean up (oranges).

What should I pack for a day hike lunch? ›

Best Day Hike Lunch Ideas
  1. #1 Couscous Salad.
  2. #2 Summer Rolls.
  3. #3 Bliss Balls: Super Simple Day Hike Lunch Ideas.
  4. #4 Chicken Salad Sandwich with Chips and Fruit.
  5. #5 Bananas and Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  6. #7 Dried Sausages.
  7. #8 Premade Dolmas (a gluten-free hiking lunch)
  8. #9 A Baguette with Avocados, Tomatoes and Limes.
8 Feb 2022

Should hikers take salt tablets? ›

For longer, more strenuous hikes, you may also want to pack electrolyte tablets. Sweating causes you to lose electrolytes, which can make hiking more difficult. Adding electrolyte tablets or a sports drink to your pack is an easy way to stay at the top of your game.

Is jerky good for hiking? ›

Beef Jerky

Dried meats like beef jerky are great options for hikes because they are full of proteins that your body needs in order to refuel and keep going. The flavorful snack is also high in dehydrating sodium, another thing your body needs for that energy boost to keep going.

Is peanut butter a good hiking snack? ›

Peanut butter is rich in two very important essentials to a hiker, which are fiber and protein. Just two tablespoons, which is the recommended single serving size, provides 7.7 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.

Is chocolate good for hiking? ›

Dark chocolate, in particular, is an excellent backpacking food. It is high in calories and promotes health. Regarding calories, chocolate is one of the most energy dense foods we eat, averaging about 160 calories per 1 ounce (28.35 grams).

Are banana chips good for hiking? ›

Snacking on dried fruit is a great way to boost your blood sugar. One of our favorite hiking snacks is banana chips because they're rich in potassium (remember all those amazing benefits of potassium that we talked about?) and are so satisfyingly crunchy!

Are sandwiches good for hiking? ›

Sandwiches for hiking make excellent food items for hikers. There are many types of sandwiches for hiking, but you should always make sure your sandwich has enough protein in it. A meat-containing sandwich can provide hikers with as many as 500 calories.

How do I keep my sandwiches cool when hiking? ›

Keep your sandwich cold with a frozen gel pack, especially if you're taking a long hike. For any sandwich, it's most healthy to use a whole grain bread.

What snacks to bring on a winter hike? ›

High-energy snacks

Walking in snow creates more resistance, and the cold temperatures can burn energy quicker. That's why it's a good idea to bring extra high-energy snacks in your pack. Trail mix, jerky, and energy bars/balls are great options to keep you fueled on the go.

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