28 Tasty Foods and Snacks to Pack on a Backpacking Trip

Looking for the best snacks, meals, and food items to bring on your next backpacking adventure? Look no further. These lightweight, nutritious, and calorie-dense foods will keep you fueled for everything from hiking day trips to week-long expeditions—just be sure to pack a stove system, like the BioLite CampStove 2, if you want to make the recipes requiring boiled water.


Get ready for a day spent in the great outdoors by munching on these healthy options, all of which are easy, fast, and fuss-free, so you can start your day as soon as possible.

• Instant oatmeal

• Breakfast bars from Probar

• Tea bags

• Granola

• Dehydrated eggs


You’ll work up quite the appetite while hiking all day, so you’ll want to plan to bring at least two snacks per day—one for between breakfast and lunch and another for between lunch and dinner—plus dessert, according to Sarah Kirkconnell of Trail Cooking. Many of these options also work for a speedy lunch you can eat while you hike.

• Nuts like peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, and pecans

• Seeds like sunflower, hemp seeds, and more

• Mini cheeses like Laughing Cow Cheese wedges or Babybel

• KIND bars

• Crackers

• Trail mix

• Powdered peanut butter or nut butter packets

• Energy bars from brands like Clif BarLara Bar, and PowerBar

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