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3 Ways on How to Plan your Food for Hiking Trips

Packing the right food and the right amount of it for hiking trips is critical. But what kinds of food do you pack for hiking?

When hiking, you need these 4 essentials – hiking equipment, a first aid kit, a sanitary kit, and food and water.

It is easy to plan and pack hiking equipment, first aid kit, and sanitary kit, but not the right food for hiking. What food should you pack? How much food do you need to pack?

If you are new to hiking, you can’t pack just any food. So, here are some useful tips on how to plan your food for hiking trips:

Tip #1: Determine if it’s a day trip or a multi-day trip

Will you be having a day trip, or will you be joining a multi-day trip?

If it is a day trip or hike, you do not need to pack too much food; it is harder to hike if you stash too much unnecessary food. Instead, opt for non-perishable and relatively lightweight foods, such as any of the following:

  • Nuts, seeds, and nut-based bars
  • Fruits, like apples, bananas, and oranges.
  • Trail mix
  • Dried fruits
  • Energy or granola bars
  • Shelf-stable foods, dried jerky, and similar types of food.

You may also bring perishable food like sandwiches or ready-made tuna salad pouches, as long as it is well-stored with a cold source like an ice pack.

If you are joining a multi-day trip or camping, you have to map out your meals. How many days will this trip be? For beginners, it is ideal to join 2-3 multi-day trips. And if it is this long, you have to pack food inside a cooler, especially perishable goods. Check Vandringarna for menus ideal for hiking or camping.

On your first trip, it is wise to enjoy the perishable foods. And for non-perishable goods, you should bring easily-packed foods, including:

  • Ready-to-eat cereal
  • Fruit or vegetable
  • Fish or poultry pouches
  • Canned goods
  • Individual packets of sauces, mayo, or mustard
  • Rice mix, whole grain pasta, hot cereal, dried soups, and couscous (if you can boil drinkable water during the hiking).
  • Coffee mix or tea bag (for coffee or tea lovers)
  • Marshmallow

Tip #2: Don’t forget to bring enough drinkable water

How much water do you need to bring during hiking?

Generally, you should carry 1 liter of water for every 2 hours of backpacking, depending on the weather, the distance, and the intensity of the hike.

Tip #3: Don’t forget the safe food practices

To avoid food spoils (for perishable goods) or foods becoming unsafe to eat, you need to do safety food practices, such as:

  • Bring disposable wipes, biodegradable soap, and hand sanitizer.
  • Keep food well-stored or well-kept during hiking.
  • Bring ice packs, if needed.
  • Do not forget to bring trash bags.
  • Bring portable water filters.

Final Thoughts

Hiking is not complete without making food stops. Also, you can’t complete a multi-day hiking or trekking trip without camping, resting, and eating food. And since you can’t bring just any food, you need to map it out and bring what you can carry and enjoy.