According to the National Park Service, food and water should be one of the most important parts of your preparation for any type of hiking adventure.
Staying properly fueled is an important part of any activity, especially on those days where you have ventured out on a full day of hiking. Insure you pack the right food and drinks to keep your energy level up, muscles fueled and stomach satisfied on the trail. Not eating enough can lead to dizziness, cramps, nausea, and a feeling of laziness. You’ll want to pack foods that are light and won’t take up much room in a pack. Bring a variety of snacks that offer nutritious carbs, lean proteins and healthy fats. Combining all three nutrients will keep your energy high, your muscles fueled, and your stomach happy.
These are some of my top snacks for hiking trips:
- Trail mix – Trail mix is the undisputed king of outdoor snacks! Whether you’re hiking Mount Kilimanjaro or just going out for a short day hike, a bag of trail mix in your backpack is insurance against low-blood sugar. The tastiest mixes have a balance of salty, sweet, and sour flavors; here are the ingredients of my homemade mix: almonds, cashews, pecans, raisins, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate M&M’s, dried mango, banana and papaya.
- Energy bars – Dried fig and nut bars or yogurt covered protein bars are my favorites and provide plenty of energy needed on your hike.
- Granola – Homemade granola makes for easy eating on the go.
- Dried fruit – Apples, apricots, cherries, dates and raisins are all healthy choices.
- GORP – (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts)
- Jerky – Packed with protein, these snacks are easy to pack, nonperishable and a quick way to refuel.
- Peanut Butter on whole wheat bread – Plenty of protein and carbohydrates in one bite.