ultimate hiking snacks

Ultimate List of Snacks For The Trail

By on May 22, 2017

Great Backpacking, Camping, and Hiking Snacks

Going on a hike? Having a well-packed backpack is important for making it through a long or difficult hike.  Going backpacking?   Having fuel between meals will keep you going on your journey.  Carrying weight on your back, climbing hills and mountains, and walking nonstop will burn a lot of extra calories.  This is not the time to diet!  You need the fuel not only to feed your body but for maintaining your mental energy to keep going.  If you’re starving, it’s easy to lose motivation and want to quit early.

For packing snacks, there are a lot of options from sugar foods like candy and cookies to healthier options like fruit and trail mix.  I personally buy larger sizes of snack containers since it’s more economical and portion out into portion-control baggies.  This is especially great for backpacking so you can have one baggie per snack per day.  Also, if your trip is multiple days, make sure to incorporate variety!  Trust me, it will make a big difference on your morale!

Note: This is not a discussion on what you should or should not eat on your hike.  

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Sugary Snacks

Hard Candy – Lifesavers, Jolly Ranchers, Werthers
Chewy candy – Sour Patch Kids, gummy bears, Bit-O-Honey, Starburst
Dried Fruit  –  banana chips, apple, pineapple, blueberries, mangoplantain chips, raisins, craisins
Fruit leather
Fruit snacks
Energy Gels
Honey Stingers



Energy Gels, Honey Stingers


Banana Chips, Bit-O-Honey

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Plantain Chips


Salty and Less Sugary Selections

Trail Mix – I love the Archer Farms Monster mix.
Dried vegetables – carrot chips, dried peas
Meat sticks  – Nick’s Sticks (antibiotic and hormone-free)
Cured Meats – pepperoni, salami, summer sausage
Protein/Energy bars gomacro bar, PROBAR, Bobo’s bar, RXBAR, Clif Bar
Nut clusters
Packaged olives
Epic bars (also a great Paleo snack)
Filled pretzels
Mixed nuts
Nut butter
Kind Bars
Granola bars
Tuna pouches
Beef jerky
Babybel cheese
Fig newtons
Sandwich crackers
Hemp & Chia Seeds
Roasted chickpeas


Nick’s Sticks



 Monster Trail Mix


EPIC bars


Kind Bars, Larabars

Great options for Hiking (but NOT for backpacking)

Items are on this list for various reasons.  Anything that takes up a lot of space, melts in hot weather, is heavy, breaks easily, or will get squished is not great backpacking food.  However, it might be a great option for hiking as long as you account for weather and backpack space.

Candy bars – Snickers, Twix, Almond Joy
Salty snack mixes – Chex Mix/Pub mix/Gardettos
Covered pretzels – Yogurt Pretzels, chocolate pretzels
Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches
Celery and peanut butter
String cheese
Puppy chow  >> Not sure what this is?  Trust me, you need to know.  Find the recipe here <<
Wheat Thins
Peanut Butter Graham Jam

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Peanut Butter Graham Jam

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Yogurt Pretzels



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    May 22, 2017

    This is a great list! I always stop by the grocery store before hiking, but I’m so indecisive I usually just ed up buying a bag of apples haha. I absolutely love the Monster mix and I love that Target always has coupons for it or a sale!

    Amanda | http://www.poppyseeder.com/

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      May 23, 2017

      You could get a big container of trail mix and pack it up in little baggies and just keep in your cupboard for an easy go-to hiking snack! Depending on the length of your hike, apples probably aren’t much caloric energy to keep you going as strong. Just a thought!

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    May 23, 2017

    These all sound good even for the daily snack! And I like to make sure I always have a snack with me =o)


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      May 23, 2017

      I pretty much always have a Larabar with me!

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    May 26, 2017

    I love snacks! Especially while hiking! I usually go for trail mix or nuts. Great list!

    Simply Lovebirds

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      May 26, 2017

      Trail mix is probably the simplest go-to snack!

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    Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    June 5, 2017

    LOVE this list. Thanks for the puppy chow shout out 🙂

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      June 5, 2017

      That stuff is amazing 🙂

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