Trail foods are simple to make and carry, do not
spoil easily, and provide energy without a lot of empty
Apple Sandwiches- Slices of apples with
slices of cheese between them. Dip the apple slices in lemon juice
to keep them fresh looking.
GORP "Good Old Raisins and
Peanuts" Mix - Equal handfuls of raisins, nuts, and other
bite -sized ingredients - small crackers, non-sugary cereal, other
dried fruits, coconut chunks, etc. Avoid chocolate, sugars, and
Hikers Nosebag - Sort of a sack lunch for the
trail. In a plastic bag put an apple, 1/2-cup raisins, and 1/4lb.
chunk of cheese, 1/2 cup of M&M's or other chocolate. Nibble as
you go. Use dried apples for more portability.
- Made ahead of the hike and worth every second of it! Try this
as a den activity: combine 1/2 cup each or raisins, figs, dried
apricots, and peanuts or almonds. Grind/chop/blend them together.
Add 1/2-teaspoon lemon juice and just enough honey to bind it all
together. Form into bars and wrap in aluminum foil. Carry in plastic
bags (these are quite sticky if they leak, so double wrap them!)
Substitute ingredients at will.
Birdseed (Sweet version of
GORP). Mix equal amounts of sugary cereal, chocolate candies
(M&M's do not easily melt on a hike!), and roasted or
honey-roasted nuts. Add graham cracker bits for more
Healthy Snacks - Look in your grocery or
health food store for dried fruits (banana chips, papayas, etc.),
yogurt-covered nuts or fruit, and other treats. Some carry bags of
mixed treats perfect for trails.
Trail Lunches - Not as
cheap as other options, but a fun meal. Combine at least one thing
from several categories: Meat/cheese - meat jerky, hard sausages,
pepperoni, hard cheese, protein bars (health food stores); Breads -
Melba toast, pilot biscuits, granola bars with lots of grains,
hardtack, other hard/dried breads (not the ones that would mold or
go stale); Fruit candy, fruit leather or snacks (make sure they have
lots of real fruit in them); Dairy - yogurt - coated nuts or fruit,
hard cheese; Sweets - M&M's or tropical chocolate, hard candy,
most granola or fruit snacks, etc.