During the spring, I shared the Top 5 Things for a New Hiker to Bring on a Hike. Your comments were so helpful to add on other suggestions that a new hiker might bring! One thing you all really contributed were ideas for snacks.
Personally, I’m a huge lover of snacks. I have a pretty fast metabolism so I’m often snacking throughout the day, rather than eating three large meals. Picking quick and easy items to eat while camping or hiking is key to my enjoyment of the experience, and is also a safety precaution. Once, I went on an adventure with some people and we were only supposed to be gone for about 3 hours. It turned into 6 hours. Luckily, I had once-frozen water in the cooler (to act as a dual purpose ice pack/eventual beverage) and granola bars in my bag. I learned an important lesson that day about outdoor activity. I also have learned over time that snacks should be easy to eat without getting you messy, or require your hands to do much prep work, because they may be dirty as well.
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So, what sort of snacks should you bring with you on a hike?
10 easy and delicious snack ideas to bring on a hike:
(with credit given from the comments when appropriate)
- Lara Bars (Kristin)
- Pretzels (Sarah)
- PB&J Sandwiches – Peanut Butter is a great protein, and I don’t worry as much about PB&J staying cold as I do a meat-based sandwich. Plus, they feel more like a snack than a full meal.
- Beef Jerky
- Fruit Leathers – A dear friend of mine is the Founder & CEO of a company called Peaceful Fruits and their fruit leathers are SO good! You may have also seen Peaceful Fruits on Shark Tank!
- Dried Fruit (Kristin)
- Chips – they don’t have much nutritional value, but they’re easy to separate into a ziplock bag, toss in your pack, and then pull out when you’re ready for a quick bite.
- Nuts (Kristin)
- Trail Mix – if you want more than just nuts to snack on
- Baby Carrots
Just remember, leave no trace, so pack any garbage these snacks might create right back off the trail with you!
Do you have any go-to hiking snacks?