When it comes to overnight hiking trips, planning your food is crucial. After all, you don't want to be setting up for the night with nothing but a granola bar. That's why we've put together a list of the best foods to pack for your next overnight hike, so you can focus on conquering the trail, not your hunger.
This high-protein, low-moisture snack is a hiker's best friend. Not only is it lightweight and easy to pack, but it also lasts for a long time without refrigeration. Plus, the salt content can help replace electrolytes lost through sweat.
If you don't eat meat, "non-meat" jerky products are getting better and better -- portobello, pineapple, coconut among them.
These convenient snacks are packed with carbohydrates and protein, making them a great source of energy for long hikes. Just be sure to choose a bar with natural ingredients, as some can be loaded with added sugars.
Hard cheeses like cheddar and gouda can withstand a little rough handling and still provide a delicious, protein-packed snack. Plus, they pair nicely with crackers, flatbread or pita.
Nuts and seeds
These are a great source of healthy fats and protein, and they're easy to pack in small portions. Just be careful if you are hiking in bear country, as the scent of nuts can attract bears.
Dried fruits like apricots, raisins, and cranberries are a great source of natural sugars for a quick energy boost. They're also lightweight and easy to pack.
Butters and Spreads
Nut and seed butters are a great source of healthy fats and protein, and it's easy to pack in small portions. We'll put dips like hummus here, but just be thoughtful about how long those are stay unrefrigerated. Be sure to pack a spoon or a squeeze pack to make eating it on the trail a little easier.
Oatmeal is a great source of complex carbohydrates, which provide sustained energy, especially if you mix in some chia seeds. Pack a small container of brown sugar or honey to add some sweetness.
Instant soup or ramen
These are a great way to add some variety to your trail diet and provide a warm, comforting meal at the end of a long day. Just be sure to pack a lightweight camping stove or a fire starter to heat them up.
Dark chocolate is a great source of energy, and it's also a great way to treat yourself after a long day on the trail. Plus, it's easy to pack in small portions. Also plus: yum.
Trail mix is a great way to pack a variety of foods into one convenient snack. Just be sure to mix together a variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and chocolate to get a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats.
When it comes to overnight hiking, planning for the right foods is crucial. With the right combination of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats, you'll have the energy you need to conquer the trail and enjoy your time in the wilderness. So pack up these trail-tested foods and hit the trail with confidence!