Long hike or backpacking trip food ideas are important. It is critical to stay hydrated and to eat nutritious foods. As we take a strenuous walk, we burn energy (more than we often realize!). Replenishing our bodies keeps us healthy so we have the energy to keep going.
Maybe your favorite hiking food is a freeze-dried turkey dinner. There really is no “best” backpacking food. There are reasons to bring certain foods, though.
Long Hike or Backpacking Trip Food Ideas (and why you might want to carry them)
1. Nuts – This is one of the most calorie-packed foods you can take. That means less weight to carry. With lots of protein and other nutritional benefits, nuts are one of the best backpacking foods.
2. Olive oil – Add a little to your soups or dip bread in it. The best of the oils health-wise, you can eat it before sleeping, to stay warm, because fats generate heat when digested.
3. Trail mixes – Any mix with raisins and nuts is great for backpacking. Vitamins, minerals, protein, and the best reason – convenience.
4. Corn products – Tortilla chips or corn nuts are convenient, and they don’t seem to cause the tiredness that potato chips can cause.
5. Ramen noodles – When you need a hot meal fast, there isn’t much that’s better. Toss in some dehydrated veggies and you have a quick soup!
6. Instant coffee – A necessity for caffeine addicts, and it’s good to have a stimulant available for emergencies.
7. Wild edible berries – Learn to identify a few, and you’ll have a nutritious excuse for a break along the trail.
8. Instant sports drinks – Pour a little in your water bottle and shake. Replacing electrolytes doesn’t get more convenient. Staying hydrated is important!
9. Instant refried beans – When you want sustained energy, eat beans. Fills you up and gives you energy.
10. Your favorites – Having your favorite foods can help salvage a rainy backpacking trip spent in the tent. “Emergency rations” I call them 😉
Always consider the nature of the trip when you choose your backpacking food. Hot meals are much more important in cold climates, and convenience is king, if you want to make miles.
Share Your Hiking and Backpacking Trip Food Ideas!
Do you have any hiking or backpacking trip food ideas you’d like to share or are looking for? Feel free to reach out to me through the contact form on the right or on my Contact page. I’d be happy to speak with you.
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Enjoy and Be Healthy!