The Best Store-Bought Snacks to Take on a Hike - Panergy

by Regina Wu
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The Best Store-Bought Snacks to Take on a Hike - Panergy

Summer is halfway over, and people all over the country are using their time at home to dust off their gear and strike out on wilderness adventures. If the idea is to take a more leisurely hike and you will have ample time to cook on your way, we have plenty of excellent camping recipes. If you plan on covering a lot of miles per day, however, you may be more interested in some store bought items that will taste delicious and fill you up without loading on the pounds or taking too many dollars out of your wallet.

The following grocery list will keep you satisfied for a full week out in the wilderness, and the only other cooking equipment you will need is a good portable camping stove (I highly recommend the Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System), something to eat out of (like this Snow Peak Titanium Trek 700 Mug), and something to eat with (like this Snow Peak Titanium Spork). Each item on this list has been tried and tested, and each comes complete with some nutrition information and some handy tips for storage and execution out on the trail.

Have fun, and always remember your flashlight or headlamp, waterproof matches and firestarter, water filtration system and water bottle, toilet paper and Ziploc bags, map and compass, first aid kit, sunscreen, bug spray, pocketknife, and whistle. Also be sure to bring a bear-resistant food canister if you are somewhere where there are hungry bears around. This food is for you, not the wildlife. Safety first, friends.

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Instant Coffee

If you prefer to take your time in the mornings and lounge around the campsite, you should pack some delicious coffee grounds, some #2 filters, and a Melitta 1-Cup Pour-Over Coffee Brew Cone so you can brew a couple of delicious mugs of coffee to start the day. But you aren’t going to want to sit around and slowly savor your morning cup if you have 22 miles to cover. The trail will be calling your name, and you’ll just want to dump some hot water in a thermos and get going. Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Instant Coffee does the trick in that situation, and you can buy eight servings for less than a dollar a piece. The coffee also packs very small once you get the individual servings out of the little box they are packaged in, and they weigh next to nothing.

ProBar Meal Bars

Meal bar has always been a funny name to me, as the best word to describe the experience most meal bars provide is “mealy.” It is hard to find a good one, honestly, but I have included two in this list that I strongly feel pass the test. Founded in 2002 in Park City, Utah, by a real estate developer and food enthusiast, ProBar set out to take all of the unnecessary ingredients, additives, and added sugars out of the classic meal bar experience.

ProBar Meal Bars are still on the sweet side, for sure, but they are made of nothing but real organic food and have no added sugars. They also pack 9 grams of protein into a small package. Twelve of them won’t take up too much room in your bear can, they will only add a little more than two pounds to your pack, and they will provide you with plenty of energy to crank out those early morning miles. 

Archer Farms Unsalted Cashew Cranberry Almond Trail Mix

Everyone needs a snack out on the trail, and this trail mix from the trusted Target brand is about as healthy as they come. Nothing but dried sweetened cranberries, raw cashews, and raw almonds make this perfect snack food a minimal but delicious source of dietary fiber and protein, as well as a strong antioxidant. Empty the 30 ounce plastic jar into seven zip-top snack bags and enjoy one a day when you need a boost out on the trail

StarKist Low Sodium Albacore White Tuna

Lunch out on the trail should be quick, easy, and cold (or room temperature, in most cases), as no one wants to break momentum to dig their cooking equipment out of their pack or start a fire in the middle of the day when they are trying to make camp by sundown. Tuna is a wonderful lunch food, as it requires minimum effort, packs well, has 16 grams of protein in one 2.6 ounce pouch, and tastes delicious. I always have at least a few pouches of StarKist with me out on the trail, and sometimes I’ll even throw some Mary’s Gone Crackers into the mix, but that’s just getting fancy. 

by Regina Wu


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