Best Trail Snacks

Super GORPHiking burns a lot of calories. How many depends on your pace, your pack weight, and the terrain you’re covering, but when it’s all said and done, hiking is good for you and uses a lot of energy. Since our bodies are fueled by the food that we eat, it’s important to consume enough calories to keep going on the trail. However, you can’t haul a pizza or a bowl of cereal with you on the trail. You need small portable snacks!

The best trail snacks are nonperishable and require little to no preparation when you’re on the trail. You want to go with options that don’t take up much space in your pack, and won’t be ruined if your gear shifts around while you’re hiking. In other words, leave the skillet and eggs at home. Here are a few classic trail snacks.

Epic Bars – Any food bar will do while you’re on the trail, but if you’re looking for a change of pace from the traditional rock-hard energy bars, Epic Bars are the way to go. They’re made from ingredients like lamb, beef, turkey, and bison to give you the calories and protein you need to keep going.

Peanut butter and tortillas – Bread gets smashed and peanut butter alone is a herculean task. Enter tortillas. Tortillas are already flat, so you don’t have to worry about smashing them. Add a little peanut butter and you have tasty trail roll-ups on demand.

Granola – A tried and true go-to for hikers everywhere. Granola is the perfect combination of sweetness and crunch. You can go with plain Jane grain, or mix it up with dried fruit and nuts.

GORP (trail mix) – Good ol’ raisins and peanuts. This is just one of many varieties of trail mix. Packed with nutrients and calories, trail mix got its name for a reason.

Nuts – Almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts… the list goes on and on. Nuts are delicious and packed with protein. Plus, they are so resilient. You could even carelessly throw a handful into the bottom of your pack and they would still be perfectly edible.

Jerky – Another great trail food. Jerky is high in protein and low in fat, making it ideal for physical activity. Plus, jerky is also high in sodium which will help replenish electrolytes.

Fruit – If you’ve ever tried to bring a banana on a hike, you know just how hard it can be to protect fresh fruit in your pack. Skip inadvertent banana pudding and apple sauce, and go with dried fruit or fruit leather instead. While dried fruit might not be as refreshing as fresh fruit, it’s still plenty tasty and much easier to carry along.

Energy gels – For those trail warriors who don’t have time to waste on eating food, energy gels offer calories without the hassle of chewing. They taste a little bit like sweat, and they are by no means satisfying, but they can keep you on your feet. Typically energy gels are used by cyclists or runners who actually don’t have time to stop, but plenty of hikers have found them useful as well.

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