ouĎve checked the trail guide, selected the trail, and planned your
hike. Your backpack has all of the necessary essentials for a safe
hike. With the exception of some good and nutritious trail food,
youĎre all set to go. Lightweight, compact, and trail hardy foods
that wonít spoil and pack well will help to make your hike a
complete success. We picked our favorites and have compiled a list
of ten trail foods that are energizing, satisfying, and delicious.
1. Summer sausage, cheese, and crackers - A good quality
summer sausage is an excellent source of protein and doesnít require
refrigeration until opened. Buy the small 9 oz size. It doesnít take
up much room in your backpack and isnít subject to crushing when you
toss your pack down. Pair it with some hard cheese, (sharp cheddar
is preferred) and some crackers and youíve got a trail meal fit for
2. Tuna - Itís hard to beat the nutrition and protein of
tuna for a satisfying and healthful trail food. With todayís
convenient 4.5 oz packs of tuna available on the market, itís easy
to enjoy a tasty lunch anywhere, anytime. They come pre-seasoned in
several taste tempting flavors and are sure to make your lunch on
the trail a good one.
3. Fruit - Easy and no fuss, fruit is the choice of many
experienced hikers. Choose a fruit that is firm. Softer fruits such
as bananas get too mushy in the pack and become unappetizing. Apples
are a great choice and delicious when paired with cheddar cheese or
For summertime hikes, try freezing some grapes in a Ziploc bag in
advance, then put them in your backpack for a juicy treat on the
trail. They moisten the mouth and provide extra hydration.
4. Candy Bars - Candy gives you a quick burst of energy if
you need it on the trail, but be mindful to select a candy bar that
wonít melt in the heat. Most candy bars are chocolate, so try
something wrapped in nugget. Try freezing in advance. Freezing works
best in spring and fall when temperatures are cooler than in the
heat of summer.
5. Snack Packs - Snack packs of cookies, crackers íní
cheese, fruit gummies, and string cheese are all favorites with
kids. Pudding packs are an option too. Remember to pair these treats
with some fruit for good nutrition.
6. Sunflower Seeds - Seeds arenít just for the
birds. Take the example of our fine feathered friends and enjoy the
power house of seeds on the trail. Purchase them already shelled, so
there is no worry of packing out the shells.
7. Dried Fruit - Bags of dried fruit are easy to
find in your grocery store, are compact and store well. Individual
size raisin packs are a good choice, take up little space, and are
delicious when eaten with a fresh apple. Banana chips are tasty and
pair well with peanut butter snacks.
8. Power Bars - Convenient and economical, these
energy bars are formulated with fruits and nuts to provide an quick
and nutritious source of energy. They can be found just about
anywhere including sporting goods stores, big box stores, and
9. Trail Mix - The classic trail food, trail mix is best
if you make it yourself. Itís easy! Use a combination of seeds,
nuts, chocolate coated candies or mini chocolate chips, a dried
fruit medley and a touch of coconut if you like. Stir it all
together for a taste tempting and energizing trail food.
10. Granola - A little different than trail mix, granola
includes the wholesomeness and fiber of oatmeal. It can be purchased
in bars or made at home with pure honey, nuts, and dried fruit.